Needle art with books from June and July

 by Diana Studer

- gardening for biodiversity

 in Cape Town, South Africa

 

A year and half after lockdown started I met my niece again. To receive her gift of needle art. Give me a list of your favourite things, and I will embroider them into your name ...

 

Diana in needle art
Diana in needle art

Anuradha ROY

The Folded Earth

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India in the foothills of the Himalayas. A young widow making a new life. Teaching a village girl to read and write her love letters. Faded glory versus today's politics.

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My garden was just an unkempt patch of hillside, but it rippled with wildflowers on this blue and gold morning.

 

The letter D
The letter D

Robin SLOAN

Mr Penumbra's 24-hour Bookstore

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A little fun, a little fantasy. Written in 2012, but this resonates in today's lockdown.

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I was unemployed, a result of the great food-chain contraction that swept through America in the early twenty-first century, leaving bankrupt burger chains and shuttered sushi empires in its wake.

San Francisco is a good place for walks if your legs are strong. The city is a tiny square punctuated by steep hills and bounded on three sides by water, and as a result, there are surprise vistas everywhere.

 

The letter I
The letter I

Joyce Carol OATES

Hazards of Time Travel

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From the future in the year 23, exiled back to 1959. As I tap on my keyboard, and she writes about learning to use an actual typewriter - I wonder, how many people remember typing? Without the visuals, what, is that instrument?

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The girl peered at the back of the typewriter, as if searching for something missing.

But - there's nothing connecting it to - to...

 

The first A
The first A

Mousebird detail
Mousebird detail

Andrew Michael HURLEY

Devil's Day

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Teacher and his town wife called home when his grandfather dies. To run the family farm with his father. Sheep summering on the moors.

~ (walking with his son who)

feels his grandfathers at his back and imagines his sons walking before him

~ (grandfather drawing an annual map)

reset the boundaries of our land. The whole of the valley was drawn out, from the two beech trees to the old wall on the moors where our pastures ended.

 

The letter N
The letter N

Caracal detail
Caracal detail

Ian McEWAN

Solar

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His fifth wife is moving on. Nobel Laureate going to Spitsbergen with artists concerned with climate change.

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He got into the suit - it must have weighed twenty pounds - put on the dusty balaclava, squeezed his head into the helmet, put on the inner and outer gloves, then realised that he would not be able to put on the goggles while wearing the gloves, took off the gloves, clamped on the goggles, put on the inner and outer gloves, then remembered ...

 

Second letter A
Second letter A

James HANNAH

The A-Z of You and Me

I have been engrossed in reading this one again, but you need a dose of courage up front.

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Maybe the older patients are content to keep themselves occupied with parlour games [that A-Z] But I don't want any of it. I'm forty. My mind's too active. I need it deadening.

 

Margaret Atwood - The testaments - cover and endpaper art
Margaret Atwood - The testaments - cover and endpaper art

Margaret ATWOOD

The Testaments

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Dysfunctional society. Sequel to The Handmaid's Tale. Gilead  where women are Handmaids, Pearl Girls, Aunts or Econowives. I was fascinated by that cover and endpapers. Two simple shapes in green and white. Artist is Noma Bar

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Wait, I counsel them silently; it will get worse.

 

Sharing an umbrella
Sharing an umbrella

Jackie COPLETON

A dictionary of mutual understanding

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The last on my lockdown heap, with a cheerful cover. Chick lit, romcom? Not. Nagasaki, atom bomb, comfort women, war crimes.

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In feudal times, men and women could only link arms or hold hands on a rainy day under an umbrella. If a man offered an umbrella to a woman it was interpreted as an implicit expression of his love for her. Back to that cover.

 

Our lockdown has lifted another layer. But Western Cape numbers climbed and are coming down slowly, due to taxi wars and working people who depend on public transport.

 

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  1. Your niece is very talented. So many nice details.

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  2. That is an incredible piece of art. The animals are so realistic!

    And yes - typing on a real typewriter. First year of college on a business studies course, we learned to type on a manual typewriter. Second year we switched to electric typewriters, which took months to adapt to, having built up our finger muscles bashing away at the manual one!!

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  3. Your niece's work is remarkable and makes a memorable gift. I once loved the works of Joyce Carol Oates but I haven't read any of her books in years - your post sent me looking at my Kindle options for my next selection.

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  4. What lovely stories and needlework. Each one is so unique and special. Stay safe and healthy!

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  5. That's so wonderful! Very talented :)

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  6. "San Francisco is a good place for walks if your legs are strong." Ha, I can sign the sentence! We got strong leg muscles there!
    Dear Diana, the embroidered letters from your niece are INCREDIBLY BEAUTIFUL!
    Hugs and Happ Weekend,
    Traude

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