Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Not Dead, Only Resting

It doesn't take long to get out of the habit of updating the blog. Ten years of building it up and maintaining it and then, poof! It's off the radar. No excuses, I've got a lot of catching up to do.
Nice wooden floor in a Victoria restaurant.
I did get in to Victoria for the Scottish Diaspora Tapestry. Here I am with two of the panels dealing with the Selkirk Settlers, from whom I am descended. (Great-great-something-or-other Robert MacKay arrived in Canada in 1815.)
 The show was very impressive, although I had been expecting a single long banner like the Bayeaux Tapestry. The single panels are a practical solution to the problem of shipping the exhibition around the world, though, and make the installation more flexible for the hosting venues.
 The panel below, from India, was probably my favourite. The stitching was exquisite.
 There were a number of panels concerned with the Scot's contribution to textile production around the world.
 This one had a particularly nice rendition of lace. Apparently the different embroiderers had free choice as to the filling stitches.
And the Christ Church Cathedral was a glorious venue.

2 comments:

  1. Wow, that does look superb! Love that depiction of Mendhi too!

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  2. Anonymous1:11 AM

    Aren't Cowichan sweaters somehow descended from Scottish knitting? Was there a panel dedicated to Scots and the Cowichan sweater tradition? Hope your life on Gabriola settles down soon. Jean-Pierre

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