My interest in and love of textiles was stimulated from a very early age by being surrounded by the fabrics and embroidery projects of my mother , Jennie. In the 1970's she did C&G embroidery parts 1 and 2 and toymaking at Warrington Art College and I remember her staying up all night to finish assignments ( I can see where my attitude to deadlines originates!) She sadly died over 20 years ago but I've kept a lot of her course work, samples and finished pieces. I recently sorted through some of these and came across this wonderfully stitched pulled thread work banner which I'd forgotten about but instantly recognised as having hung in our dining room at home.
What made me take a sharp intake of breath and a sense of connection was that the subject matter of the design was the stone relief Susian Guards (or 'Immortals') from Persepolis in Ancient Persia which we visited over Christmas !
I showed the banner to Ian without saying where it had come from - he instantly recognised the figures and was bowled over that my mother has stitched it over 30 years ago.
After a careful press, it now has pride of place in our hallway.