The Kindness Of Trudi

A few weeks ago, completely out of the blue and unexpected, these two Sylko threads arrived in the post.

They are perfect, especially the white one, with its very-hard-to-tangle-me waxiness.

I had previously shown a reel of my ancient, and favourite, lilac Sylko on Instagram. Trudi, the poster of said threads, and a fellow Folksy seller, commented on its beauty. I responded by telling her how sad (and possibly deceased) I would be when it finally comes to an end, prompting her to search her mother’s old sewing box for something similar.

This, by the way, is typical of Trudi Murray. I have never met her in person, but she is kind and compassionate. Not just because of this thread thing, but in the way she conducts herself on the social media. With dignity.

Trudi’s mother died way too early.

The ‘grubby’ top layer of the white thread is the most precious bit.

I have already started to use it on some pieces I am making to sell for the Grenfell Fund.

Thank you Missus xx

16. Patchwork Of Mothers – Joan Maude

I’ve reached the final face on my Patchwork Of Mothers, and it is now in my shop. It takes almost as long to record this stuff as it does to make it.

Joan Maude by Madame Yevonde, 1932. Taken from the NPG booklet shown below (Face To Face, Autumn/Winter 2016).

Maude was an English actress, daughter of Nancy Price, and great-granddaughter of Jenny Lind.

She married Frank Waters in 1933 (St. Clement Danes, Strand, London), and they had one daughter. Sadly, Frank died at the age of 45.

Her obituary (1998) said that in her later years, she walked each day on the South Downs.

The photographer, Madame Yevonde, was not a mother (or French, I think). She was a suffragette from Bromley. At the age of 21 she set up her massively successful photography studio, at 92 Victoria Street, London. I walk up this street frequently, so could easily take a photograph. All I have to do is remember to look for the number, next time I’m in the area. Easier said than done.

You can see the whole patchwork, and my research, here.

15. Patchwork Of Mothers – Pam’s Mummy

I don’t know the name of Mother 15, on my Patchwork Of Mothers, except that she is Pam’s mum from the 1988 Little Star annual. Nor, sadly, can I find the name of the illustrator.

All I know about Pam’s mum is, she likes birds, like Snow White.

If you have not been following this series, I should tell you that the legs above Pam’s mummy belong to Barbra Streisand.

I can only find this page from the book (see below), although the rest is probably somewhere in the house. It will be found by the HouseElves when I’m dead, no doubt.

You can see the whole piece here, or follow my progress on Instagram.

14. Patchwork Of Mothers – Mary Beale

Mary Beale, mother of Charles and Bartholomew, is the fourteenth ‘sitter’ on my Patchwork Of Mothers.

Born in 1633, she was Britain’s first female professional painter, and savvy business woman, earning more money than her civil servant husband.

Pretty flipping amazing.

The painting is a self-portrait, and shows her two sons (see below).

The square was cut from Face To Face, Autumn/Winter 2016, National Portrait Gallery.

You can see the whole piece here, or follow my progress on Instagram.

13. Patchwork Of Mothers – Pregnant Woman

Sadly, the woman I chose for square thirteen is unnamed, but she is pregnant, so that makes her a mother.

She was concocted by William Hogarth in 1750, carries a basket of copies of ‘God Save The King’, and is looking longingly at a grenadier on the Tottenham Court Road.

The March Of The Guards To Finchley, of which she is a detail, can be viewed at the Foundling Museum.

The square was taken from the leaflet, below.

You can see the whole piece here, or follow my progress on Instagram.

12. Patchwork Of Mothers – Artemisia Gentileschi

Mother twelve on my patchwork is Artemisia Gentileschi (1593-c1656), the first female artist to become a member of the Accademia di Arte del Disegno.

Her mother died when she was twelve. Five years later she was raped by Agostino Tassi, friend of her father and a popular artist at the time.

A long trial followed, which shamed Gentileschi. It is believed, at one point, midwives physically examined her in front of a judge. Tassi was freed. He was friends with the Pope.

She had one daughter, Prudentia, who was also an artist.

The square, showing a self-portrait, was cut from the Royal Collections Trust leaflet below.

You can see the whole piece here, or follow my progress on Instagram.

11. Patchwork Of Mothers – Barbra Streisand

Barbra Streisand, the highest-selling female recording artist of all time, is square eleven on my Patchwork Of Mothers.

She has one child, Jason.

The picture (depicting the 1977 Superman album cover. Photo: Steve Schapiro), was taken from a leaflet from the Jewish Museum. Jukebox Jewkbox! A Century On Shellac And Vinyl, July – October, 2016. Front cover image credit: Oliver Hoffman/ Shutterstock

You can see the whole piece here, or follow my progress on Instagram.