I’ve managed to catch up with many of my other projects, now I can concentrate on the Bayeux.
I try to put in six or seven hours a day of work, but I’m not doing the 4.00 am starts because it’s winter. I prefer doing that in summer. The days are so short and the nights are too long.
So now I start at 7.00 am and work through the day allowing time for other projects in the evening.
There are so many stages to work through.
- First was to complete the drawings. I went to great pains to get them accurate, sometimes drawing a scene three of four times.
- They are now stored in a very safe place because I’ve finished using them.
- There were years of preparing the applique. I took a scene at a time. Sometimes it was a group of soldiers, a battle, a horse or a ship at a time.
- The applique is fused onto the entire length of the quilt.
- There are thirty-seven ships on the Tapestry. Each one is around 24″ long.
- There are six hundred and twenty-six people, thirty-five dogs, and five hundred and six other animals, one hundred and ninety horses, thirty-five buildings, and thirty-seven trees or groups of trees, with 57 Latin inscriptions.
- So everything is done in order, and I’m now finishing the applique and then on to the quilting. Yes, I have kept track of every applique piece I’ve placed down. Every needle change, every thread change, and their colour codes.
- As you can imagine, it’s in different stages.
The applique is done with a very tiny blanket stitch. On the first quilt, I used a satin stitch, but I find with the blanket stitch I don’t end up with a hard edge on the applique. It’s almost invisible.
Once the applique is finished, I illustrate the applique with pigment ink and pigment pencil for the faces.
Then it is quilted.
Yes, it’s an appliqué quilt, but it’s dimensional and your eyes wander along the length drawing you into the story.