Earth Ark, recycled linen damask table cloths and women's handkerchiefs, silk, cotton and ash leaf, hand embroidered, hand quilted, 88" square, 2011. The weight of this piece is heavier than a usual quilt, and so I stitched a canvas sleeve for hanging purposes across the top edge. We have invented a way to hang it so that there is no pulling on the front of the quilt. It will hang 5 inches out from the wall. Ned and I installed Earth Ark in the Little Current United Church yesterday. The hanging device involves four brackets and two wooden bars as well as the sleeve. Ned figured out the how of it.
OK, it's his invention. It went up easily. The only thing that was un-nerving is the height of the ladder. Because of the pews being attached to the floor, we couldn't open the ladder all the way, and it was hard to move around.
I did climb up to sew the ash leaf on, but it was just too scary to try to stitch in that awkward position 12 feet up in the air. My man came through for me again.
And thank you so much to all the volunteer participants who helped to create this work of art.
I will be making a photo presentation of the making of this panel on Sunday Oct 30 during the church service which will be repeated on November 10 during the regular circle project Thursday at 2 pm.