Creating a fuss… #carrotranch #flashfiction


Charli Mills’ prompt this week is 

January 26, 2017 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story using the theme, “women create.” It can be art, sewing, ideas, babies. What is at the heart of women as creators? Go where the prompt takes you.


My life has seen me surrounded by creative women, principally my mother and the Textiliste.


I am in awe of their productivity and persistence.


When the family had one TV and at most 3 channels, we all gathered around it of an evening.


Dad would intermittently sleep and debate with it, the Archaeologist would read and watch, seemingly able to absorb both media with equal felicity and mum would be buried under some project.


Mostly they involved yarn or cloth but occasionally there might be papier-mâché or printing, upholstery and metal work, cake making and vegetable preserving.


No one wrote. Not there – dad was the writer in residence but it was a private activity for him. So it fell to mum to be the creative role model.


Not a stitch rubbed off on me.


The Archaeologist is different.


He is far more practical as anyone following his blog will see as he tries to recreate items that might have been in use at the time Jane Austen bestrode Hampshire as the bebonnetted giant of his imagination.


Now it is the Textiliste and her many beautiful projects.


As readers may be aware, the modest woman prefers not to appear here but the prompt gives me the excuse to bedazzle you with some of her work. Hey, if anyone fits Charli’s prompt it is her.


For the flash, we are back, of course with the North family…


And On The Seventh Day

‘Mum, are you a feminist?’

Mary titled her head. ‘Sure. Not the burning bra sort.’

Penny pulled a face. ‘Eww. You didn’t?’

‘No but your grandma might have.’ Mary shook her head. ‘We made posters once, and hats. Your grandma loved making things.’

‘What was the protest?’

‘Nuclear weapons. Seems a long time ago. I was ten. Grandpa stopped me going but grandma went. She cooked for the campers. At her happiest doing that. Creating.’

Paul looked up. ‘She was pretty good at creating a fuss too. A pacifist but never passive.’

‘Can I get a pussy hat, then?’


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Strictly speaking The Textiliste didn’t make this; she curated the making by the prisoners at Wandsworth as part of the V&As first quilt exhibition in 2010. It was a huge project which took three years from idea to hanging

About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published four books - Dead Flies and Sherry Trifle, My Father and Other Liars, Salisbury Square and Buster & Moo. In addition I have published three anthologies of short stories and a memoir of my mother. More will appear soon. I will try and continue to blog regularly at about whatever takes my fancy. I hope it does yours too. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.
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33 Responses to Creating a fuss… #carrotranch #flashfiction

  1. You have a nauseating abundance of creative talent in your family, Geoff. If mine make it to school on time I’m thrilled.

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  2. Anabel Marsh says:

    Some awesome Textiliste creations there! Hard to pick a favourite. As one who can barely thread a needle I’m impressed.

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  3. Such beautiful works of art Geoff. I hate sewing, but loved to embroider as a child. Nothing on a par to the quilts and fabric creations. Wonderful.

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  4. Those are most impressive!!! I have seen a LOT of textile art and these are right on the top with the winners of contests.


  5. The Textiliste just zoomed up from behind and is overtaking your mother in my heroine shortlist. Good Lord, there is talent! I can feel the texture just looking at some of those photos and her colour choices are simply luscious!! Sorry Geoff, the flash just faded into insignificance after that introduction to her work!

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  6. Ritu says:

    Ha ha ! Love it His Geoffleship!!!

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  7. jan says:

    Wow – amazing work. I can’t even thread a needle! Bebonnetted? Did you just create a new word?

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  8. Yaman Naser says:

    wow, magnificent effort .. Keep it up


  9. Amazing, wonderful and brilliant handiwork. Loving hands show pride of work. Wow. XX

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  10. willowdot21 says:

    Your wife is just amazing!!

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  11. trifflepudling says:

    Beautiful, beautiful things! Golly.

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  12. Charli Mills says:

    Yes! Way to go, Penny! Great how she springs the question to solidify her place among the family’s women. I like how Penny’s grandmother creates. And as to the Textilist’s art, he creations are absolutely stunning. You are well surrounded.

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  14. Love the weave of textiles and words, Looks like both parrents were creative role models, here… 🙂


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