Friday, August 14, 2009

So Disappointing

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.

9 comments:

Vicki W said...

Well, I think it's super cool!

Jasmine said...

Its a beautiful piece. Their loss!

Lynne said...

It's a beautiful piece nonetheless. I enjoy reading your blog and admiring your work so much. Thanks for sharing it.

Annica said...

It's a great piece Ruth! I agree, it's their loss.

Robin Mac said...

Well, how disappointing is that, but I really like your piece and I agree, it is the jury's loss! Cheers, Robin

narkeymarkey said...

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!

Sharne's Bit 'n' Bobs said...

You must be gutted, I know I would be. Fingers crossed for next years show.

Val said...

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!!!

LOVE STITCHING RED said...

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 stitch

Gorgeous work!