I believe from our use of the word ‘patchwork’, surviving ancient textile remnants and the myths and legends that surround the notions of traditional patchwork, that it all originated in the world of mending.
As a newbie in the world of quiltmaking, I learned how to draft and construct traditional American geometric patchwork patterns to any size. Like most, I was instantly hooked, and still love a well made traditional quilt. However, since I met freehand or improvisational piecing, that has been my go-to technique. in which fundamentally line is a seam, think it, do it.
From my family background, and standard for my age, came education in the practical skills of sewing, mending and dressmaking, from a mother who believed every woman needed to know how to use a sewing machine for her home and family.
From my early interest in stitch and its potential as creative embroidery came appreciation of applique techniques in textile art.
I’ve been consciously thinking of holes for some time, but realise now that I’m considering ‘patch’ as the opposite of ‘hole’ and in fact have already unwittingly combined them:
So should works featuring holes be called lace, or ‘holework’?