Creative Problem Solving – I love it!

So I finished my Agatha Christie (of the mystery title) work this morning. Framing tomorrow. Show at Powderham Castle opens on Friday. I really loved making this one!

The Indian embroidered braid in the turban is edging from a sari – I bought it many years ago while working for my degree, in a tiny shop in a side street in central London – The Cloth House which sells fabrics and vintage haberdashery.

The background ‘wallpaper’ is Indian braid which I found in a local charity shop a couple of years ago – I had no idea what I would be able to use it for at the time but it was beautiful and only £3! The pale blue braid is cut-work and was applied onto a background of gold paint.  I knew that covering the background would be tight as I had a finite length of the braid. However, I hadn’t factored in the pattern repeat which had to be matched like wallpaper and required a greater quantity of braid. Also, being from India, there were slight irregularities in the pattern which made matching even more tricky.

Originally, the picture was intended to be just the prince alone, but in order to use less braid for the background, I added the monkey and parrot (with more than a nod to Frida Kahlo.) I laid the long lengths first and was able to patch in the smaller areas from the offcuts. Just enough! Quite a challenge but fun and very satisfying.


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2 Responses to Creative Problem Solving – I love it!

  1. Loren says:

    Jane, this is wonderful! So cool!

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