This piece is one that I’ve been working on (mostly in the evenings) for a few weeks now. The poems are from the book with the embossed pages and the engravings. Most of the poems are elegies and have the saddest titles: Death of an Infant, A Father to His Motherless Children, Baptism of an Infant at its Mother’s Funeral. I wanted to really highlight these titles. So I picked 24, cut them into 3.5″ squares, sewed them together by hand, eyeballing the “seams” and hoping to keep it pretty square. In the end, it more or less ended up pretty even. Then I added some feather stitching — which was actually the hardest part, I poked all the holes in one go (making a pattern of sorts with a tracing paper overlay), and keeping them straight was not easy. I didn’t get it perfect, but I don’t mind.