Wilfred Owen (1893-1918), stiched portrait, finished

Wilfred Owen (1893-1918)

Wilfred Owen (1893-1918)

This has been a lovely portrait to work on. Through reading about his life, as research for the ideas to be represented in the imagery, finding out how near he lived as a young man to where I grew up, which I really hadn’t appreciated and realise how ignorant I was. I will need to sit down and put down in-depth information about the visual metaphors of the sun-dews, creeping buttercups, flying eagles, River Severn running through to the Sambre-Oise Canal, as well as the obvious fallen leaves (Autumn colours – some still young and green, others turning brown) on the Wrekin hill.

'Mental Cases' cap close-up

‘Mental Cases’ cap close-up

Close-up of uniform

Close-up of uniform

'Hospital Barge' River Severn and leaves close-up

‘Hospital Barge’ River Severn and leaves close-up

I had thought about added images of sand bags and trenches in the background of this portrait, but I decided that we are not about the way we died but the way we lived and I feel the two poems I have included in the portrait tell that part of Wilfred Owen’s story well enough.


About obsesivcreativ

I am a freelance textile artist working with and teaching traditional textile techniques including hooky and proggy matting, patchwork and quilting, batik, embroidery, spinning, knitting and crochet. I work with schools, community groups, museums and galleries creating mad and wonderful things such as Egyptian mummies, story-telling tents, rainforest maps and even coffins...
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7 Responses to Wilfred Owen (1893-1918), stiched portrait, finished

  1. rsvendsen07 says:

    This is beautiful!! Well done. ❤️😊


  2. Maria says:

    It’s wonderful! Thank you for your explanation, too – without it I would have missed quite some references.


  3. Stitch Boom Bang says:



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