Sunday, April 13, 2008

An Evening with Mallet and Ming


Unfortunately, I don't have a picture of the finished item - I gave it away before taking a picture, as the light here was so bad!

This is the "good luck" piece I made for the guys I work with. They were performing in the world premiere of a piece that one of them had written, called "An Evening with Mallet and Ming". The play was set backstage in a Victorian music hall - Ming was a "Chinese" conjuror and Mallet the creator of the act. Their glamorous assistant Wong Li (real name: Edna) has been found murdered, and M&M try to find out whodunnit...

Anyway, I only decided to do this on the Friday afternoon prior to the first performance on the Monday, so it was a bit of a rush ...

The Chinese ideogram is the character "fu" which means "good fortune". That was stitched in petit point on 22 count hardanger using coton a broder, an odd skein of which was in my stash. The gold border was done in Anchor Chainette - a very old thread which I'd found in an old workbox I'd acquired. The symbol was a freebie chart, but I worked out the octagonal border all by myself - quite a challenge for me, as I have problems with geometry!

The lettering came from a BHG book I have - I wanted something that looked like Victorian script.

The fabric was a great find at the patchwork shop. I used it to back both pieces. I then slipped card into both, and sewed them together like an advertsiing board, using a ribbon to limit how far they parted. I then hid the top seam with some braid. Oh, I wish I'd taken a photo... I was expecting the piece to end up back at the office but one of the guys has taken it home!

2 comments:

Barbara said...

It's a great project, and such a neat story behind it!

Sally said...

That's a fantastic piece Nic. I bet they loved it.