I debated with myself about posting about my recent disappointment with the Pfaff Embroidery Challenge but decided I should, since I had already posted about being accepted. I got an e-mail this week that the jury panel had not accepted my work since it wasn’t 3D as they had expected. Apparently, they thought that my piece was 7 cm deep instead of .7 cm (7/10) as I had put on my form. I guess because I didn’t put 0.7 cm, they didn’t notice the decimal point. To say I was disappointed is putting it mildly. I would have much rather been notified at the very beginning that I didn’t make it as opposed to thinking I had. The organizer apologized after I sent a return e-mail explaining the decimal point confusion but they are returning my piece. I’m not sure how they thought my piece was going to be 3D since a sample was required which was a near duplicate of half the piece but…
Anyways, now you can all see the piece entitled “The Landscape of Bark – Beneath Notice” that I entered. It is a 2D piece that is 18 x 27 cm. It is machine embroidery with on lay applique on a base of canvas. It is based on a photo of bark that I took in Glacier National Park. It represents a topographical map of bark as I always am reminded of topographical maps when I look at all my bark photos.
Here is a close up. I am trying to let this whole incident not upset me and felt much better after the apology. Next time I enter a piece, I won’t be announcing acceptance until after I’m sure that it has been accepted. So I won’t be coming to London this fall (even though I’m not sure I could have come even if I was in the show) and don’t look for my piece at the Knitting and Stitching Show.
I have been working today on my machine embroidered poppy piece that I showed a preview of last week. I have all the background done and have started on the foreground. I’ll post it as soon as it is completed. Hope you all have a nice weekend.
Well, I think it's super cool!
Its a beautiful piece. Their loss!
It's a beautiful piece nonetheless. I enjoy reading your blog and admiring your work so much. Thanks for sharing it.
It's a great piece Ruth! I agree, it's their loss.
Well, how disappointing is that, but I really like your piece and I agree, it is the jury's loss! Cheers, Robin
oh that is such a shame, you're quite right to be disappointed especially as they had seen a sample beforehand.it is such a lovely piece though, everyone is right – it's their loss!
You must be gutted, I know I would be. Fingers crossed for next years show.
Oh what a bummer Ruth – still it is a brilliant piece of work of which you must be very proud. You will find somewhere to exhibit it, in due course, I am sure. I am into bark at the moment, trying to fix some silk rods to a crunchy surface, to look like fungus, without breaking more machine needles!!!
I feel sad for you and understand your disappointment, but your piece is gorgeous and I would have been delighted to see it on display at the Knitting and Stitching show!!I would love to know more about how you made it. There looks to me, many layers of fabric and stitchGorgeous work!