Thread Quilters - 'Ancient Ireland'
Connecting Threads by Ane Marcus
7. Connecting Threads - Anne Marcus
I find that to create a piece for an exhibition I need to find
‘my link’ with the theme. Consequently I set out with
my daughters on a sunny August day to Armagh to find inspiration!
We visited the Palace Stables, the Cathedrals, photographed all
the wonderful doorways and finally after a picnic on the Mall dropped
into the Museum. Among the excellent exhibits what caught my eye
were the harvest knots. I loved the way a simple material could
be transformed into something so intricate and beautiful purely
by the work of a person’s hands. After attempting to draw
one I was relieved to find a postcard with photographs of the knot
and came home to contemplate.
Reviewing the day I knew I wanted to incorporate the harvest knots
- particularly a minute one by Mr S Watterson of Lisnamorrow - although
this puzzled me as I knew Lisnamorrow is in County Derry - I was
born there! I mentioned the knot to my mother on the phone and the
next thing she appeared on the doorstep with, unbelievably, the
every knot. She was the wife of the Rector appointed to St John’s
Woodschapel, Lisnamorrow in 1956 - Mr Watterson had presented her
with the knot and she had kept it. Here was my link, I was born
the following year and the connection to Armagh? Lisnamorrow is
in the Church of Ireland Diocese of Armagh. The Church of Ireland
has, and continues to play, a big part in my life.
My piece therefore is a personal link to Armagh - the centre is
a design called Cathedral Window with the windows in purple - the
traditional colour for a bishop and around it I have tried to recreate
four harvest knots, these themes are framed by a Celtic border.
Hand and machine worked.
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