Just about holding it together


“You have plenty… use what you have.” This can be hard to believe, but it’s a recipe for finding gold in dust.

In 2010, I published a book (Sew Your Own) telling how I made my own clothes out of unlikely things – such as nettles, for the underpants.

(I know!)

Then I trained in impro, the theatrical discipline that sends you out there with nothing but what you already have. (And I went on to train others.)

When Sew Your Own came out, I met Fenella Rouse. Fenella recently asked to buy one of the customised postcards I’ve been posting about recently.

I could have added colour (pen, paint, ink, wax crayon blah blah) but since this was Fenella I thought I’d add some stitching instead.

I took from the waste paper bin offcuts from the “3D” thing I posted the other day and stitched them together.

It might look scrappy to you, but to me the plain white bookbinding thread adds a rich layer of metaphor.

Thanks Fenella for being the sort of person I feel confident to share this with (and to charge you for!).