Whitework embroidered alphabet: letter G

A whitework alphabet: letter G (hand embroidered by Mary Addison)

A fortnight away – and one of those weeks in sole charge of two lively kittens growing daily in confidence – means that this week I’m slowing down and spending time catching up on things and people at home here in Cheltenham. Yesterday, London and Cheltenham collided daughter as No 1 dropped in on her way to a solitary writing holiday in Devon. Having booked into The Ivy Restaurant for a birthday meal, it was delightful that she could join us – and even more delightful that she ordered champagne and then paid for the whole thing! The Montpellier Rotunda, a splendid building modelled in part on the Pantheon in Rome, had been a branch of Lloyds bank for years until, shortly after we moved to Cheltenham, when more suitably it became one of the new baby Ivy Restaurants set up in a few large provincial centres. We love the fact that the building has been returned to its original use as a place of eating, drinking and meeting friends and we have enjoyed making it our place to go to for special occasions – and  only 10 minutes walk away from home!

John Piper ‘Foliate Heads’

Tomorrow will find me seriously re-engaged in long sessions on the altar frontal quilting. The wedding at Ipsden is now only 6 weeks away and I’m sure the bride’s mother would love to see the quilt in place  but is much too polite to even make an enquiry as to how it’s progressing. (It’s not for the main altar but for a table in the so-called north transept – an  altar that isn’t really an altar because the table is just a table and isn’t consecrated!) If I can get the three visible sides quilted, I shall be happy as nobody will be able to see the side facing the wall which can be done later as it will be nice to turn the whole thing round from time to time so you can see the different flowers.

John Piper ‘Foliate Heads’

Meanwhile, as I shall be concentrating on the altar frontal, here is my last whitework letter for a while. ( I shall probably take a month away from the alphabet.) G is for green man – or green person, though of course for current purposes it’s all in white! A folk symbol found carved in both domestic and religious settings, I’ve always been much taken with John Piper’s painted and tapestry versions – he calls them foliate heads – and here are a few images from my scrapbooks.

John Piper : tapestry with foliate head

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  1. ceci
    Posted June 17, 2019 at 11:04 pm | Permalink

    I feel clever that I thought of the Green Man immediately upon looking at your embroidery (I usually go ahead to the embroidered piece before going back and reading your story about it…cheating?). The face is so sly and mischievous in a joking way.

    Thank you for sharing it!


    • Mary Addison
      Posted June 20, 2019 at 10:29 am | Permalink

      Well done Ceci – and I’m glad too that although it’s white you could immediately see it’s a Green Man!

  2. Posted June 18, 2019 at 5:10 pm | Permalink

    It sounds a lovely place to eat!

    Still sending encouraging thoughts for the quilting. I hope the kittens don’t “help”!

    • Mary Addison
      Posted June 20, 2019 at 10:30 am | Permalink

      Keep those encouraging thoughts coming – fortunately kittens sleep lots between short periods of crazy activity!

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