Tuesday, March 23, 2010


Dear Reader I hope you will find this interesting; it is interesting for me to track how ideas for these two pieces came together. There is a group on Flickr called The Persistent Thread which encourages thoughts of how certain ideas are always in the background, even if sometimes one tends to think there is neither rhyme nor reason to what one is doing.

I recently stitched a piece based on the shape of a book spine, using marks in the snow as symbols. Watching the TV I briefly saw an image of Cyrus’ Cylinder in the British Museum and it reminded me of the shape I had been stitching. Thanks to the internet I was able to research its fascinating history. It is a pottery cylinder incised with an edict made by a Persian King after he conquered Babylon. There is some controversy over the claim that it is the first declaration of Human Rights. I jumped up in bed one Saturday morning, having already made the two pieces, to hear it mentioned in the news, as the Iranian regime would like to borrow it from the BM but politics seem to have intervened. There is a lot more to say about it, have a look at the link if you are fascinated.

I used a photograph of an old book spine which you may have seen here before. Old accountant pages in Copperplate had been used to cover the spine of the book. I added text using lines from Cyrrus ,some from the Bill of Human Rights, and some that I used to use with people in my work i.e. ‘You Have the Right to Make Mistakes’, ‘You Have the Right to say No’, these contrasted nicely with ‘The Right to Conquer Discretely’. Calico was coated with Ink Aid to print out the image.
I shaped the material using twin needle stitching. The piece had to be made to a certain size and I ended up making two versions of this piece as I wanted the threads to hang loosely at the edges.

Beads were made from old book pages, and eventually stitched in place with Cretan Stitch and stitches looping into the machine stitches.

I will tell the' secrets 'of the cylinder shape and the second piece in the next instalment.


  1. Fascinating, and very cool, Jackie!

  2. extraordinary... I've committed to exploring text in my quilts this year, and so I am very excited to have found your blog (vis-a-vis Cathy Cullis)...

  3. Fabulous post Jackie and totally fascinating. Beautiful work as always : )

  4. really interesting - well done

  5. I love that you can open the scroll & see more & the seemingly transparent repeated image. I must get me some of this Inkaid!

  6. How fascinating. Congratulations on the exhibition.

  7. very interesting - and really like how you use text and stitch together

  8. amazing and interesting and BEAUTIFUL~!!~

    i think your blog is even more wonderful than your flickr gallery and am hoping that you might allow me to add you to my sidebar as a "partner in inspiration" so that i can easily keep up with and be inspired by your stunning work.
    will wait for permisssion before is add you.



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