Textile Narratives , created for Let No Loop Down (2009) are a collection of knitted, felted and darned texts, inspired by the collection of knitting sticks in the Dales Countryside Museum; in particular the text boxes, names and dates found on individual sticks.
Textile Narratives set out to capture something of the lives of these traditional knitters, their surroundings, and their work, including the splendid examples of darned stockings in the museum collection, where in some instances it is almost impossible to see the original heel shaping for the layers of darning. The idea of darned text panels in which the words were only partially readable began with knitting-stick texts, darned stockings and weatherworn words carved into old headstones.
In some of the pieces the wrong side of the knitting is used as the front of the work, or the text is reversed to read backwards or upside down so as to partially obscure the meaning or sense of the words. Individual letters were rearranged, distressed and cut into to form checkerboard patterns echoing the formal geometric designs and knitted-in names found on the hand-knitted gloves in the Dales collection. Colour stories were developed to suggest museum artefacts; ancient documents and the surrounding landscape.