Strange Material – Leanne Prain – Chapter Three

The last few months have been ones of upheaval; workmen in altering my living space; Open House for Made in Roath in mid October and preparing for Made by Hand for the remainder of the month. Some days I need a little quiet time, to reflect on what I’ve been doing and to catch up with my reading. It’s been over 3 months since I picked up this book, Strange Material.

Chapter three is about poetic textiles. English literature classes at school did nothing to encourage me to read poetry. For ‘A’ level I had to study The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock by T S Eliot and, as a teenager who was interested in being a Mod (clothes, music) and boys, I had no comprehension of what this poem was about.
‘Of restless nights in one-night cheap hotels’ – I had never been to a hotel never mind had an understanding what a one-night meant.

In 2009 Rachael Matthews and Louise Harries made a  blanket, with the help of 850 knitters and crocheters. Each made a 30.5 cm square containing a letter of the alphabet. The letters were then stitch together to read the poem In My Craft or Sullen Art by Dylan Thomas.

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Kerry Larkin is  a wordsmith and her poems have been machine stitch onto quilts at the Comma Workshop


Augustina Woodgate known as the Poetry Bomber, sewed parts of poems by Sylvia Plath and Li Po into clothes on sale in charity shops.


The chapter concluded with a series of exercises, writing a poem and making a scarf.


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