A Liberty Print Map of the World
I am wary of making a mistake - when I made my map of the UK several years ago, I unwittingly based it on a map with county boundaries that were a thirty years out of date, as well as making a few of my own errors, which provoked a fury I hadn't been anticipating, and which came as quite a shock. This time, I'm much more mindful of trying to get things right, but the more I've researched, the more I've become aware this is an impossible task: territories are disputed; boundaries and names change constantly (most recently, Macedonia has become North Macedonia; Czech Republic, Czechia); maps alter depending on where you're viewing them from, as Google use your location to show you the version of the world map you're likely to find most palatable; there are thousands and thousands of islands in the oceans and I can't sew every one of them; and I'm not a cartographer, or even someone with a pub quiz-worthy knowledge of basic geography, so will inevitably make mistakes again.
But despite knowing I can't get it right, the compulsion to make a map of the world remains. I was thinking about why we humans are so instinctively drawn to maps and although I can think of lots of reasons, when I was looking through some books of map illustrations recently, I realised what I really love is that each representation is unique, but also instantly recognisable as 'map' or 'world', as though a basic visual imprint of these things rests in our psyche, primed for us to match things up alongside it, giving confirmation that, yes, that's a map; that's the world.
I think it's that same thing that makes me want to replicate London Underground's tube map or iconic buildings - because there's something enjoyable about experimenting with something that will remain instantly recognisable (my friend Ben recently showed me this tube map created from tubes of squirted paint, which I love). And there's something just as enjoyable about that as an onlooker too - for Christmas, my daughter bought me these peas - they're made from wool, crocheted, and have smiley faces - but still we recognise them instantly as peas and there's something delightful in that instant recognition.
(I know people may be desperate for their own peas after seeing mine :) They're made by the lovely Lybo and you can find them here - she also sells the crochet pattern to grow your own - when I mentioned them on Instagram, Lybo told me it caused quite a rush on peas, which may be the loveliest thing I've ever been credited with...although really it should be attributed to my daughter for finding them in the first place).
Anyway, back in Map Land, a few final thoughts:
- I think Laura Mercier just make the best tweezers - the generous thumb and forefinger rest always makes me feel so much more nimble-fingered when tweezing eyebrows or countries into place (fear not: different tweezers for different jobs).
Your map looks lovely and so precise!ReplyDelete
Thank you so much, Laura - it's got more precise as I've gone on...there are a few bits of Africa (which was my first continent), where I felt very much like I was settling back into machine appliqué after a long break ;)Delete
This is going to be incredibleReplyDelete
Oh, thank you so much, Susie - I'm so pleased you think so :)Delete
Your map is looking fabulous and I'm eager to see what colour/print you choose for Australia :)ReplyDelete
Australia is going to be red - I'd really wanted it to be orange as this makes me think more of that scorched earth colour I remember from my childhood there, but I didn't have enough red prints for how many countries there are in South America, so I had to switch them. I actually did an Instagram poll this morning asking my followers in Australia to decide on a choice of two prints for me - it's been so lovely to hear from people on the other side of the world all day :)Delete
Oh my, this is absolutely incredible! I am always amazed at the talent that some people have, you can sew, design, imagine a project and work it out. I do hope that this eventually becomes a print. xReplyDelete
Thank you so much, Kay :) I'm so hoping it will too, but I'm currently thinking over how the place names will be readable on a print unless I make it the same size as the actual map, which will be 1m x 70cm (it's been sized to go in a particular frame from Habitat). I'm unsure how well they'd sell when they'd be enormous and substantially more expensive than my A4 prints, so at this point I'm still pondering...xDelete
I am enjoying following your progress with this on Instagram so good to get some background info. xxReplyDelete
Oh Lin - thank you so much for joining me in both places 🥰. xDelete
It is going to be amazing (it already is). I admire your patience and determination to create something so intricate as a world map.ReplyDelete
Thank you so much, Christina. xDelete
I am embroidering a street map of my city, so pleasurable and every street brings memories. As for a light, do you have an LED strip light that adheres to the top of your machine? It is invaluable for me. I'll post a link in another comment.ReplyDelete
Do you have a link to a photo, Chay? I'd love to see :)Delete
Link to the kind of light I mentioned: https://www.amazon.com/Madam-Sew-Bright-Machine-Lighting/dp/B07SQF2DFR/ref=sr_1_13?dchild=1&keywords=sewing+machine+LED+light&qid=1616509949&sr=8-13 They are available from many different sellers and not only through Amazon.ReplyDelete
Oh wonderful! It's like a sewing machine runway - I think I could probably guide planes in as well as my world map. I'm so grateful - this will be perfect - thank you. xDelete
Wow! This is going to be an amazing piece of art. xoReplyDelete
I have found a rather inexpensive light that works very well in my sewing room (which does not have enough light at night). Here is a link to show you - easy to use, three brightness levels, easy to recharge via usb link to the computer or a phone charger. :) https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07WNRN9WQ/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o06_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1ReplyDelete
Ooh, thank you so much - I'll take a look :)Delete
This is looking so good and can’t wait to see the final colour pick of RussiaReplyDelete
Thank you :) Russia ended up being quite dark, but uses one of my favourite prints.Delete
You really have gold in your fingers. Very nice "world" sewing work :)ReplyDelete
Thanks to share to us
Natasha @ moppetdolls
That's so kind ☺️. Thank you, Natasha. xDelete
Hurrah Flossie is back blogging, I have missed your blog I have followed you very quietly since the beggining of you blog so don't ever think no one is looking , there are many of us I am sure who just lurk in the background. Your Map is amazing my eye is drawn to Russia when I look at it , I am really looking forward to seeing the finished piece . Keep on Blogging Florence you have many sewing Girl Fans out there, or in my case not quite girl fans at 69.ReplyDelete
Oh Sue, this was such a lovely message to receive - thank you for venturing out to let me know. xDelete
I love this project - thank you for sharing more about it!ReplyDelete
Before I moved to the UK fourteen years ago (help! times flies!) I drew a map of all the counties of England with the intention of learning them. I was only ever confident in remembering some of the edge ones and, like you, realised after colouring it all in that there were outdated areas where counties had changed their borders or been renamed. It was very hard to find a definitive map! Anyhow, I laminated it and still have it floating around somewhere (along with a small set of laminated cards held together with an eyelet, on which I'd written all the dates of the kings and queens of England. I carried it with me to many a National Trust property and palace so I could orient myself in time!)...