Cead Mile Failte

Materials: wool and acrylic knitting yarns

Technique: cut-paper lettering design, intarsia, knitting

Size: 36 x 36 x 10 cm

Description: The words knitted into this cushion say Cead Mile Failte. These Gaelic words translate as ‘A Hundred Thousand Welcomes’. This is an old Irish blessing, apparently used frequently in Ireland. My mother’s family came from Ireland, and so I felt that these words were very appropriate ones with which to greet visitors to my home.

The lettering is knitted in dark brown wool, and the background spaces are knitted in various shades of cream, yellow and orange. The overall design has been created to give the impression of ‘stained glass’. My mother, Pat James, knitted the cushion using a graphed form of the design.

Featured in the “Designing with Letters” public lecture and slide presentation at the State Library of Queensland in 1993, and in the “Designing with Letters” presentation at the Brisbane Art & Craft Fair in 1998.
Displayed in Indooroopilly Library in 2001, Holland Park Library in 2002 and Toowong Library in 2004.
Displayed in my solo exhibition “Colourful Language” at Gallery 119 in 2004.

 

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