Giants of Embroidery: The Power of The Pen

Machine pieced and quilted. The pens are executed entirely in French knots! *swoon*

The Pen (April 1996) by Nadia Mamelouk

Have a look at this art quilt by Nadia Mamelouk. I came across her photo on stitchinfingers, and thought at first that the pens were worked in machine-stitching. My jaw dropped when I realized they were embroidered by hand. Those fountain pens, people, are executed entirely in french knots. This work leaves me at a loss for superlatives, so I won’t even try. The dimensions of the quilt are 36″x50″/90cm x 124cm.

You know, some days, things seem pretty good and la-di-da…I make a bunch of applique creamsicles and pat myself on the back. On other days, I run into work like this, by embroidery deities who live on Mt. Olympus, and I think maybe I should retire my needles and take up chicken sexing, instead (er, my friend Danielle tells me you flip the chickens upside down to see whether they’re wearing pink or blue underoos… 😉

Please take time to read the moving historical essay that accompanies Nadia’s quilt—a story about struggle, revolution, and the power of words, in Tunisia. I have a friend from Tunisia, and I thought of him when I read Nadia’s post.

via MulticoloredPieces: The Pen, Part II: Living Through a Revolution.


7am: Dude & Doona

July and August are part of that time of the year that people in Darwin call The Dry—characterized by much less humidity in the air, by a stiff wind blowing in from the deserts in the South, and a drop in average temperatures—though we haven’t seen proper Dry Season weather this year, at all. The last couple of weeks have been humid and hot as hell…a subject that the locals will happily discuss over and over again, with anyone they run into!

Thankfully, there was a change in the air last night and we had to dig our doonas out at 3 in the morning, as the humidity dropped to 27% and a cold wind blew over the water all night, making it chilly enough at 7am to want to cradle a hot cup of with both hands and put socks on to keep the toes warm!

I have a lightweight doona (quilt) that is perfect for these not-so-cold nights during The Dry, but have had to share it with Mr. Four Paws, Sixteen Claws here.