Some Old Men


I have made a few cards from vintage knitting patterns.

You can see the documents below, so you know what they looked like before I cut them up.

The no-longer-available Sylko thread is beautiful, giving the smoothest stitching experience I have ever had. Fact not euphemism.

Printed around 1965, is my guess, since the prices are ‘old money’.

I have paired them up with those Waverly envelopes.

All of my work is individually numbered. The camera guy is 822, the older man is 823, and, the pipe man is 824.

They may be used as Father’s Day cards, or they may not, and will start appearing in my Folksy Shop over the next few days.


Fake News Is Killing Minds

If you are new to this project, you can find an explanation here.

11 squares are now sewn, 17 still to do.

I decided to sew the patches to an old sketchbook cover. It was a mistake, and I won’t be doing the second piece in this way. My tough-skinned finger has bled a few times. However, I am reasonably pleased with the result, so will continue.

You can read the news items relating to each February day at the end of this post.

7. Aldi overtakes Co-Op        8. Obama relaxes in the Caribbean

9. Whatever happened to the It Girl?    13.Facelifts losing their lustre

14. Dubai announces drone taxis      15. Tyrant Kim’s playboy brother murdered

16. George Cohen will donate brain     19. US patrols South China Sea

20. 100,000 people starving in South Sudan   21. New Zealand gnome thefts fund meth trade


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.