As this piece was so roughly embroidered, I felt that I needed to cover it somehow. I remembered that I had some fine net-like fabric (organza?) and tried this. I like the effect. It mists over the image making it tantalisingly out of focus – just the way early memories are. To finish the piece off, I put a ‘frame’ of edging tape around it. This will probably now be sewn into the fabric book that I am in the process of making.
I feel as if this project is reconstructing memories, both in the way I’m going about it, and in the way memories drift back. Just in the act of hand-sewing today, I remembered going with my Mum to jumble sales and the excitement of finding clothes to cut up into fabrics for sewing projects. I hardly ever see jumble sales any more. It’s such a shame; it was great being able to pick up a sack full of stuff for about £1.50.