Once upon a time there was the embroidered Muslin Panel. It was a very nice embroidered Muslin Panel, a proud metre by 60cm. It was wafty and ephemeral and above all, delicate.
A bright idea occurred. Rather than having to dangle, Panel wanted to be able to stand up. Enter Evil Goo. Some of the lightness would be lost but Goo promised great things such as rigidity and independence. (didn’t mention the smell.)
Days later and Goo had dried. But Panel was unhappy, stiffer yes, rigid no. And so plasticy and heavy. It took a tall wooden pole at either end to hold him up. Little Pet’ ( the part jacket) came
to help support Muslin Panel in its hour of woe. Valiantly Little Pet’ held up the panel as strongly as she could but the top section kept flopping over – first this way then that, until a tear formed and the floppy bit had to be amputated . The tall wooden pole at that end became short wooden pole. Tall wooden pole attached to the other end tried hard but the weight was still too much, so Tall Dress was introduced to hold the trees section up. (still don’t mention the smell) . This new element caused great jealousy and tensions between Little Pet and tall pole.
It all proved too much for Muslin Panel- it began to split. Oh no! cried the tall pole and bowed in grief. It bowed and bowed until it could not take anymore and split.
What happened next was too brutal and distressing to relate. It involved terminal surgery, boiling water, blades, two pairs of scissors and a bin.
So where are they now? This once proud and happy Muslin Panel has been torn in two. One part stays with Little Pet’, a mere shadow of former glory: the trees section has proved to be a right flirty piece, having made promises it couldn’t keep to aluminium pole, it is now cozying up to Tall Dress again.
Moral of the story – if you are meant to dangle, be happy to dangle. And of course – do not put your faith in Goo. ( have I mentioned the smell?)
As for the second muslin panel – that was a complete disaster – the evil goo did not bind onto the surface evenly – it was like terminal dandruff crossed with very nasty skin disease. The second little pet still exists but is currently homeless and purposeless. Her life in goo is over – it will be straight PVA from now on.
Come see what survives – April 14 and 15, 21 and 22. Bring tissues.