Sue Vincent's Daily Echo

I used to do a lot of embroidery. No matter how neatly you try and work, or how carefully you preserve the integrity of each individual skein and hue, winding them carefully around cards to keep them separate and useful, you always end up with a tangle of mismatched threads; the tail ends of shades, the offcuts and strays…a rainbow heap of intertwined colour where finding an end seems nigh on impossible… even though you know that each thread has to have two to choose from! Through the tangle the occasional thread of fragile gold gleams and catches the light.

Sometimes the threads become knotted, caught up in themselves and the long, laborious process of untangling them begins… or else you take the knife and cut the knot, knowing that the fragments of thread that remain will be of little use for anything else. Yet, the work that is produced…

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