I’m sure you can’t fail to have noticed the popularity of the ‘Keep Calm & Carry On’ logo. It appears on posters, mugs, t-shirts, cards… and of course there have been the off-shoot slogans too.
Checking with our favourite Wikipedia for its history, I found out that the poster was originally designed in 1939 as a morale boosting message to the British public. The idea was to release the poster in the event of a German invasion and since this did not occur, the posters were for the most part destroyed.
It wasn’t until 2000 when a poster was rediscovered in a book shop in Northumberland that the general public became aware of this simple yet effective phrase.
Since then, the ‘Keep Calm’ phenomena has spread not only in the UK but worldwide. Some love it, others think it has lost its appeal due to mass marketing.
I have to admit I was a little wary of ‘jumping on the band wagon’ and using the phrase to create a cross-stitch piece. However, I decided that if I put my own phrase that was personal to me, then that would be ok!
Somewhat predictably I chose to stitch the piece on purple fabric and thus has to either source or dye some aida. I went for the latter option and the result was a gorgeous shade of purple 🙂 I like the fact that you can see blotches of dye on the fabric- it adds to the unique feel of the piece.
The whole piece did take several months to complete but I will admit that other projects have been started and finished in this time as well.
Today I finally got round to framing and photographing it:
It’s quite large- A3 ish size so my next decision is going to be where to hang it!
Hope you like it 🙂