THIRD QUARTER CHALLENGE
For my 1950’s inspired picture, I drew on memorable things from my early childhood.
I was born in this house in 1953 – but of course there wasn’t a tv aerial or satellite dish on it then.
And here I am with my mum and my nan, in their 1950’s coats, outside the back door.
My strongest memory in that house is of playing with my teddy bear. It was cold one day so I sat him in front of an open fire and scorched his fur. No problem. I played hairdressers and cut it all off – even the fur that wasn’t scorched. My dad took one look and said we should call him Fred Bear (threadbare).
Apart from my arrival into this world, the biggest event in 1953 was the coronation of Queen Elizabeth. She wore a crown and carried an orb and sceptre to symbolise her monarchy and power.
Had I been a little older at that time I might have had a play-time coronation for my teddy.
Teddy is long gone but I can make a felted picture of what might have been using my memories of my early childhood in the 50’s.
So, to make a 50’s play-time coronation I would need:
A Throne (chamber pot). Our toilet was outside so for night-time there were chamber pots under the beds – they were called ‘gazunders’ – and anyone sitting on a pot was said to be ‘on the throne’.
A Crown (paper hat). Any kind of celebration involved the wearing of a tissue paper hat in the shape of a crown. I decided to make it candy-striped because I fondly remember the candy-striped flannelette sheets that were so cosy in the winter.
An Orb (large marble). I played marbles with my brother and we both loved ‘king marbles’ as they were much bigger than the others.
A Sceptre (a knitting needle). Mum taught me to knit before I could read. I had a lovely pair of brightly coloured needles with large round ends.
Righto, first job was to make some pre-felt.
After I’d made all the pre-felt, I realised that I had forgotten about teddy’s brown pads on his hands and feet. Doh! Off we go again.
I made the background from 3 layers of turquoise and 1 blue blended layer.
I cut out shapes from the pre-felt for the teddy, the chamber pot, the paper crown and the king marble then I laid them onto the background. Here it is netted, wetted and soaped up.
When it was felted and dry I got to work with needle felting.
At this point I need to apologise. I had planned to take photos of all the stages of needle felting but I became so engrossed that I forgot!
So, here’s the finished piece – teddy in all his regal splendour!