Bringing the past into the present

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The Bird Watcher Needlepoint Postcard by Jennifer Pudney
The Bird Watcher Needlepoint Postcard by Jennifer Pudney

On a slightly grim and dreary morning several months ago, Mary and I were rifling through a box filled to the brim with long forgotten Jennifer Pudney designs. Tasks such as the dishes and the vacuuming were shrieking to be done, but, like Pandora, the allure of this mysterious box was too strong.
Some time later, we stood surrounded with loose pieces of paper, triumphantly clutching three designs to be brought out of retirement: “The Birdwatcher”, “Dog Tired”, and “She Slipped Between Two Tall Trees”.

She Slipped Between Two Tall Trees Needlepoint Postcard by Jennifer Pudney
She Slipped Between Two Tall Trees Needlepoint Postcard by Jennifer Pudney
The next step was to take these somewhat deteriorated, over twenty year old images, and update them to 2018 quality. This meant many hours tracing over tiny shapes and details in Photoshop, so we had a crisp, clear, image to get printed onto the canvas.
It was a very exciting day at Nancy’s when the canvas returned from the printer, ready to be stitched. The excitement quickly gave way to an unusual and slightly eerie silence as we all became engrossed in stitching out each aspect of the designs. You could have heard a pin drop (in both a literal and a metaphorical sense- we do drop a lot of pins.)
All that was left to do now was photographing the samples, putting the images on postcards, and writing up instructions for the next person to stitch the design out.
We are so pleased to introduce the three new members of the Jennifer Pudney Range. They’ve taken up a lot of my headspace over the last few months. They’ve kind of become my children. They’re quiet, two-dimensional children, and they’re made from stranded cotton rather than flesh and blood- but they’re my children all the same. Tess
Dog Tired Needlepoint Postcard by Jennifer Pudney
Dog Tired Needlepoint Postcard by Jennifer Pudney