1970's Vintage Cat Embroidery


Back in 1970, when even buying a banana was a luxury we could ill afford and I was consumed with the ills of poverty and tragedy,I found a way to create. Not from kits or patterns,but scraps of thread I scrounged and an old pillowcase.  I don't know where I got the pattern for the cat embroidery. It wasn't a transfer (couldn't afford that), and I can't remember if I made it up or not?  I do remember sitting on the settee in what was once my nana's council house, and was now our home, and all the woes of the world were held at snarling bay as I stitched away.


I look at it now and remember each stitch, the pain is gone, and what remains is a beautiful reminder that a life nurtured can blossom.

"Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good"
Romans 12:21

Comments

Delightful, delightful.
Ansie said…
The way you describe your circumstances at the time makes it sound very depressing. But there is nothing depressing about that cat! It is gorgeous.
It just shows how creativity can make the spirit soar.
Thanks for sharing.
Megan Carroll said…
that is gorgeous, embroidery is my new love and your cat is very inspiring.
JafaBrit's Art said…
thank you all :)
Victoria said…
I LOOOOOOVE that!! Cheeky indeed, with a side of sass... nothing like a good stitch to take your mind off the worst;o}
Debrina said…
Go the 70s, I say (I was born in 1971)! Very hip, kool kat there Jafa lady. Would you believe it, myeord verification for leaving this comment is "hippe"!
Jennibellie said…
Wow this cat is stunning, love it and it's lovely to hear the inspiring story behind it, thanks for sharing
Libby Rudolf said…
a lovely kitty and wonderful artistic expression despite the world around you (us)
Alyn said…
I think I have the pattern still.
Alyn said…
My Nan stitched this very same cat. She did it in browns and oranges..
I love it. It hangs in my bedroom so I see it everyday.
I think I still have the pattern.
jafabrit b said…
Alyn,
that is so cool. Where was the pattern from, can you share a pic or any info on it?
Alyn said…
How do I post a pic please
jafabrit b said…
Alyn, you can't post directly on my blog, but you can email a jpeg of your image using the contact form at the side of my blog and I will post it and credit you. :)
elizabethcox100 said…
Hi, I have just purchased a framed embroidery of the same pattern in a charity shop, but in yellow ground with reds and oranges! I was born in 1959 and the 70s feel takes me back.
Liz
jafabrit b said…
OH that is awesome, please do send me a pic, would LOVE to see it. So obviously this was a very popular pattern at one time. Just use my contact form on the right or send me an email at jafagirlart at yahoo dot com

thanks for stopping by

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