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Lincoln’s Rich Tapestry…?

March 26, 2009

On Tuesday, whilst in town with Mum, we noticed someone going into the Tourist Information Centre…it was open.  When I’d looked before, it was closed so I thought that the dreaded axe had fallen sooner!

We got chatting to the lovely ladies who manned the desk, and I put my two cents-worth in their ever-growing comments book, in support of keeping them open.  They are an important TIC Lincoln service…not just for visitors, but for locals too, who want to find out about what’s on, etc. 

We were told that the Museum of Lincolnshire Life did a poll of visitors, and over 60% said that they had found out about the museum from the TICs…to me, this says a lot about how important they are for directing visitors to places of interest, as well as B&Bs, places to eat and other entertainments available.

This has made me realise that I have stopped looking at Lincoln’s rich and varied history, and have only been seeing the negative aspects…so, it’s time to re-open those tourist’s eyes and go and explore once again.  My first visit will be to The Museum of Lincolnshire Life, and I shall blog about it later. 

On the way to work, an image of Kaffe Fassett’s Pebble Mill at One’s Heritage Tapestry popped into my head with the words ‘Lincoln Tapestry’…and it got me thinking.  What if I could get people to sew a six inch (15cm) square picture of anything to do with Lincoln, past or present…and just see how many I can get.  Then make them up into panels….just like the above mentioned…and see how much publicity it can generate, locally…or, hopefully, nationally…?

I am currently in the process of designing a Lincoln Imp, and ‘Flirt’ (the Lincoln tank) as my first squares, which I will show people to get the ball rolling.  The list of ideas is growing daily, from the obvious ones like the castle, Cathederal, Stonebow, Bishop’s Palace, and other old buildings, to the Red Arrows, Vulcan, BBMF, the uni, old pubs, churches, steam engines, Tennyson’s statue, High Bridge, Newport Arch, Romans, Roman ruins, The Glory Hole, the Drillhall…even the Tourist Information Centres…!!  The list is endless, but it will be down to the individual.

Right…I’ve got to go and cut my canvas into squares, and sort out my yarns…this is going to be fun…!

Lincoln Imp scribble                                        Original Imp

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24 Comments leave one →
  1. Princess permalink
    March 26, 2009 7:27 pm

    Yo Sandi, aaww wot a Fab idea! Good Luck with it!!! Luv PF XXX

  2. Mike permalink
    March 26, 2009 7:52 pm

    Sounds like a cracking idea Sandi! xxx

  3. Sandi permalink
    March 26, 2009 10:18 pm

    I\’ve drawn a picture of the Lincoln Imp…now all I have to do is transfer it to graph paper. I have cut my canvas 7"x7", and a 6" square is about 106 stitches…so the graph paper has been marked out 106 squares by 106…now to draw…! Hmmm….I think I will draw a grid on my Imp picture, so I get him in proportion…otherwise the bugger\’ll go lop-sided…LOL!! I\’ve started…so I\’ll carry on and see how far I get before I throw a temper tantrum…hehehe…

  4. Poppy permalink
    March 26, 2009 10:48 pm

    Great idea Sandi, oh and by the way you can buy tracing paper that is also graph paper in some places, so you can draw your imp how you like it then just trace it 🙂 what sort of stitching are you thinking of doing??

  5. Sandi permalink
    March 26, 2009 10:56 pm

    I know…I\’ve got some…er…somewhere…if I knew where it was, it would solve the darned problem of drawing the pic again! What a bother! No matter…I\’ll get it sussed. Though the graphed tracing paper will be great for tracing a pic off the computer screen…I love cheating!! (Actually I call it time-saving…!)

  6. Sandi permalink
    March 26, 2009 11:01 pm

    I like just plain old-fashioned tent stitch…when using a small mesh canvas, shading looks quite exquisite, I think. Other people have their favourite stitches…do you like needlepoint, and if so what is your chosen stitch…?

  7. Sandi permalink
    March 26, 2009 11:09 pm

    Sorry, you love doing needlework…cross-stitch and all kinds of beautiful things….don\’t you…! (It\’s me age! Getting Poppy and Rosie muddled up…ooops!)

  8. Sandi permalink
    March 27, 2009 10:27 am

    Today\’s news article in the local rag is encouraging people to do something to mark Lincolnshire Day on October 1…maybe I should nip into the Echo offices and have a chat to someone there about my idea…?

  9. Sandi permalink
    March 27, 2009 8:49 pm

    I guess the Imp scared \’em off…hehehe…!

  10. Mike permalink
    March 27, 2009 10:22 pm

    Hmm well i won\’t be reading my Stephen King novel tonight while in bed after seeing your imp Sandi! 🙂 xxx

  11. Cornish permalink
    March 28, 2009 9:51 am

    I can feel the enthusiasm from here Sandi! You go for it, even if the rest of the city don\’t appreciate it now I\’m sure they will later. Who wouldn\’t?I never knew Tennyson was from there either so you\’ve taught me something today. "On either side the river lie, long fields of barley and of rye" That\’s from memory so it\’s probably wrong and I used to be able to go further too. "That clothe the wold ………." ENOUGH!!!!!I like your imp, he reminds me of the sprite off that advert for the drink. I always wanted one of my own as I thought he was cute.Have a great weekend Sandi, I\’m knackered and I\’ve got a stinking cold so I won\’t be doing much. Take care and big hugs. xx

  12. Princess permalink
    March 28, 2009 10:09 am

    Yo Sandi! Good Morning! Oooh Lurve The Imp!!! Hope u have a Fab day 2day! Luv PF XXX

  13. Sandi permalink
    March 28, 2009 10:31 am

    Hey Mike…reading Stephen King at bedtime…?!! How do you manage to sleep…?!!!Lincolnshire has many famous names…Matthew Flinders, Sir Joseph Banks and Tennyson…then today\’s actors Jonathan Kerrigan (who used to be in Casualty, and went to school just down the road), Jim Broadbent, and Colin McFarlane…and I bet you didn\’t know that John Hurt went to Lincoln\’s Christ\’s Hospital School on Wragby Road…? Eastenders actress Letitia Dean\’s parents live nearby, so she is often in Lincoln…and talking of the soaps, that guy from Coronation Street (accused of kiddie-diddling…ahem!!) lived just up the road at St Catherines…I think he\’s dead now. And I think Abi Titmus is also a Lincoln lass. So there you have it…just a handful of people who we can boast of (hark at me saying \’we\’…I\’m a Fair Maid of Kent…not a yellowbelly!! LOL!!!)Tennyson was born in 1809 at The Rectory in Somersby, near Horncastle, and his poem The Brook is probably about the little stream that runs through Somersby. The book I have is more about the places associated with Tennyson, rather than about him.As for the Lincoln Imp, I think I shall have to write a seperate blog about him…!!A cold, Rachel…? You look after yourself and wrap up warm….you know the drill…plenty of fluids and dose yourself up (unless you prefer the natural remedies)…and isn\’t exercise supposed to help make you feel better…? Take care…and I hope you feel better soon…XXX

  14. Sandi permalink
    March 29, 2009 10:53 am

    Um…I had all the wrong shades in my head…more beigey/pinky rather than the grey, yallery/greeny shades…will have to find a picture to carry with me when I go and buy me wool (ROFL…wool…!! That word always creases me up!! Why…?!)

  15. Princess permalink
    March 29, 2009 10:57 am

    Erm…..the word "wool" creases u up?!?! Froggie makes mental note 2 use that word whenever Sandi is feeling down!! Hope u have a Fab Day 2day Sandi, weather here is gorgeous at mo! Luv PF XXX

  16. Sandi permalink
    March 29, 2009 11:29 am

    Same here…lovely blue skies…just perfect for a trip up to the old museum…only it\’s not open on Sundays…not until next week.Dunno why I find it so funny…could be to with the connotations…. \’woolly-headed\’ and such like…?

  17. Princess permalink
    March 29, 2009 11:33 am

    Froggie just sits doing a wide mouthed frog grin!!!!!!

  18. Poppy permalink
    March 29, 2009 12:46 pm

    Love your sketch Sandi, looking forward to seeing what you do with it, you are a very clever lady x

  19. Sandi permalink
    March 29, 2009 2:08 pm

    Thank you…I got his foot a bit wrong…ne\’mind, it\’s just a scribble to get the actal size and proportion. I put it behind the canvas so that I could draw him the way Kaffe Fassett does, then work with the shades instead of playing around with the graph paper. I can do the graph paper bit afterwards, when I\’m satisfied with the finished item…fingers crossed and all that garbage…!

  20. Bran permalink
    March 29, 2009 3:19 pm

    The Lincoln imp that answers a question I have had in the back of my mind for a while —– A few years ago I was given an antique door knocker of an imp and then managed to get a couple of Toasting forks with the same image on, now I know who he is—- The doorknocker ended up being called Dave the doorknocker by lots of people and now hangs on the beam above the front Inglenook along with his friends on the toasting forks!

  21. Sandi permalink
    March 29, 2009 3:39 pm

    The Lincoln Imp now has a name…Dave! I like it! LOL!! It suits him, actually.OK…now I\’m going to have to blog about the Imp, aren\’t I…?! The story of how Dave came to be a permanent fixture in Lincoln Cathederal!! Mum and Dad used to have a toasting fork with a Cornish pixie on it…

  22. Cornish permalink
    March 29, 2009 6:55 pm

    Eeeeeekkkkkk! Never put a pisky on a toasting fork, they don\’t like it as it gets too hot by the fire, not to mention where the prongs are going! It brings more tears to my eyes to think about it. How cruel!

  23. Sandi permalink
    April 4, 2009 10:46 am

    LOL! Rachel…I missed this comment…!! As far as I remember…the prongs of a toasting fork go into…bread! Da da…!! Another little bit of news…the Castle Hill Tourist Info Centre has been saved…one down, one to go…http://www.thisislincolnshire.co.uk/news/Tourist-centre-saved-axe/article-872751-detail/article.html

  24. December 6, 2014 2:20 pm

    Oh dear, whatever happened to this splendid idea? Methinks it is time to revive it, and I have the very place to launch it! Tomorrow is our last COGS meet of the year, but we will be starting again in January (next month), so I will have a word with the organisers to see what they think. 😀

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