Stitch Like Lorina 2 – Lisa Little

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The morning group

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The afternoon group

At the beginning of November I held my first stitch workshop in the salt store at Time & Tide in response to the objects displayed in the Frayed exhibition. There were 16 busy stitchers from Cromer, Great Yarmouth and Norwich Castle Study Centre’s Costume & Textile department who came together to sew.  All attempting either their own prepared text or beginning with the alphabet in the style of Lorina Bulwer and to enjoy looking at the exhibition.  Some stitched song lyrics, others used proverbs or sayings but all developed their own style.

The public workshop last week saw a diverse assortment of text being used too, such as poems, personal memoirs and letters and quotes from some of the contemporary artists books whose work is in Frayed were also used. One participant experimented with automatic writing based upon the theme of friendship and stitched the largest quantity of words of anyone during the session!

We also had words stitched in rainbow colours, and text not only going horizontally but vertically too in an acrostic style.

My humble attempt during the session translated into random jumbles of letters of the alphabet and at the opposite end of the fabric the beginnings of a recipe for chocolate cake. I thought I would stitch another recipe as a Frayed Facebook follower messaged me and told me they had printed out the apple cake stitched recipe I had stitched earlier and hung it on her refrigerator and she had made the cake from it- and very tasty it was too, but she wasn’t able to share a picture of it as it was all eaten!

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