The other evening I had the pleasure of meeting Jim Jentz and his wife, Wenda. Jim is a retired farmer from the Darling Downs who is in his 80's and he has had a secret passion all his life, embroidery.
Jim would make line drawings of things in his environment, utes, tractors, birds, plants, and then he would put them onto fabric and stitch them. He doesn't have a large range of stitches in his repertoire but the ones he uses are perfectly executed. He said he developed his stitching skills from sewing closed chaff bags all his life. His wife has taken his embroideries and put them into quilts.
There were so many different pieces that I couldn't photograph them all but the subject matter is unique to Jim's interests. Like all the utes (pick ups) that he has had on the farm.
or the cars the family have owned
Or the tractors, which have every detail included.
Wenda has matched the subjects perfectly with the quilting fabric.
There are sticheries he has done of his kitchen and the garden.
Even through to his interest in the exploration of the world and the sailing ships that carried those explorers.
His latest piece is one he did about the birds that visit his garden.
And he has stitched this for his daughter. I wonder how many other male closet stitchers are out there?
I went back to look at a comment and found that although I had marked comments to be published they weren't there. So I went to the control page and all the comments were back to orange again. It musn't have registered properly. I have now entered them all again. They are now appearing on the blog so I just hope they don't reset again. Sorry about that.
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