Sunday, 1 September 2013

DIY Book Tote - Mrs. Dalloway

For the Mrs. Dalloway Book Tote, I wanted to include both the Big Ben (because it is so closely linked to the book and because it is such a lovely image), and the beautiful Big Ben passage from Mrs. Dalloway as well.

For having lived in Westminster - how many years now? over twenty, - one feels even in the midst of the traffic, or waking at night, Clarissa was positive, a particular hush, or solemnity; an indescribable pause; a suspense (but that might be her heart, affected, that said, by influenza) before Big Ben strikes. There! Out it boomed. First a warning, musical; the the hour, irrevocable. The leaden circles dissolved in the air.
Virginia Woolf, 'Mrs. Dalloway'
It took up many many hours of embroidering because I wanted to embroider the Big Ben passage in handwriting. In hindsight, it may not have been such a good idea, but I do love how it turned out. And also, it feels special in a way to spend so much time embroidering a beautiful passage from a book you love.

Thanks so much for reading. What passages from books or songs would you like to embroider? I would love to hear your opinion.