My Embroidery at the Mathers

It is a quilters paradise here in central Indiana as shows and exhibits open in Indianapolis and Bloomington. 
One of the exhibits in Bloomington, IN is at the Mathers Museum of World Cultures.
In 2014 my quilting group, The Charm Club, got a behind the scenes look at some of the extraordinary artifacts in the Mathers collection. Our task was to pick a piece to inspire a quilt of our own design and making. 

I almost got the job done except I created an embroidery instead of a quilt.
In the center of the image above is a photo of a ‘bracelet’ found in one of the collection drawers. It is made to imitate a watch. I had hoped to use the watch face in the clock tower of a tunnel embroidery.
The scale proved to be a problem so I ended up with a simplified traditional face but the inspiration was always in the back of my mind.

But the image that truly took my breath away was pulling back a curtain to peek inside a closet of Asian robes. The colors of all the silks hanging together was amazing.

I hope the layers of color in my village scene hold some of that same intense color.

For the exhibit at the Mathers I presented the tunnel book in a frame.
It will have a permanent home in my embroidery casket one day.

The exhibit is now open and on Saturday March 5, from 1-2:30 pm,  myself and other members of the Charm Club will be at the museum to answer questions about our work.
Stop in to visit if you can!

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7 Replies to “My Embroidery at the Mathers”

  1. Oh my, this is a lovely "stage" book !!!!
    So beautifully made and with such delicate details !!!
    This will be really a "show piece" 😉
    Congratulations !

  2. The clock face and the colors – how fantastic it is, the way your mind works – or the way your mind directs your able fingers! You've incorporated both the things that set your mind to work so ingeniously. Maybe a tunnel book is a common thing to stitchers, but it's new and unique to me. It's so wonderfully put together, not to mention the intricate stitchery. You are amazing, dear Janet! How I wish I could see it in person.

  3. This is just wonderful, Janet! I love your presentation, too, it is such a clever way to store and keep it in good shape. Do you ever just sit and get lost in your scenes? I think I would. 😀

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