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Group Project: Bosch Quilt

This is the Garden of Earthly Delights by Hieronymus Bosch.  It is my favourite painting in history, because look at it.  It's insane.  Painted some time around 1500, the Garden of Earthly Delights is a triptych depicting Heaven (or Eden), Earth (or mortal sin), and Hell (or the Last Judgement), depending on one's interpretation of the panels.

Honestly, I just love it because look at it.  Is that a man playing a flute with his ass?  This is some demented Dutch Where's Waldo.

Why am I telling you about this delightfully horrifying tribute to humanity?  Because this is our next group project.  We, as a collective, will be stitching this thing.  I've wanted to stitch this for a long time, but haven't been able to because in order to preserve all the absurd detail, it needs to be huge.  Like, 500 stitches huge.  I kind of wanted to make it bigger, but it's already going to be almost 200 pattern pages as it is.

Do you want to participate?  Awesome!  Here's what you need to know:

  • Make sure you join the discord.  There's a channel specifically for the Bosch Quilt where announcements will be made, and chatter is encouraged.
  • This piece is, as you can see, bizarre and kind of NSFW.  When you sign up, pages (~48x60 stitches) will be doled out in numerical order starting at panel 2, unless you specifically request something.  SFW requests will largely draw from panel 1.
  • You will get one page at a time.  Once you have sent in your completed page, you are free to request another.  This is to make sure that I don't have missing pages that get lost in a shuffle.
  • If you request something specific, you may only get a portion of that.  Pages are handed out first-come, first-serve, so your request may already be taken by someone else, in which case you'll be sent what's available.
  • Pages will be sent to you to the email address you provide.
  • All stitching must be done on 18ct Aida.  Please leave about three inches of margins on all sides, and in PERMANENT MARKER please write the panel and page number in the margins.
  • Stitch however you intend to stitch.  This is a group project, and your individual quirks should show through!

What are we doing with the quilt when it's done?  I have no idea.  What are your thoughts?

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