February's concept was "What are you old enough to remember?" I guess I am a member of the TV generation because a lot of my early memories have to do with television. It was a new and entertaining media and certainly made my little world larger. I remember that most of the variety shows were live and sometimes commercials were too. I remember when cartoon shows had a host. I remember seeing Johnny Carson on Name That Tune. I remember when it was OK for the kids to sit in front of the TV all evening - as long as the homework was done.
My brother (who is 4 years younger) and I were reminiscing about the old shows the other day. We mostly remember the same things - probably because he was born about the time our house got a TV. I can remember a time without it -- barely, but he cannot.
I had a grand time looking for black and white television pictures on the web. Of course I can't use them all, so finally narrowed it down to these five. Plus an old fashioned vacuum tube. I don't know if this is an actual television tube, but they looked sort of like this, so this is what I chose. Technically, many of these shows were broadcast in color. But it was many years before I knew anyone who could afford a color set. So, to me, these were B&W shows!
I printed my selection onto inkjet fabric already prepared with adhesive backing. I also printed the tube and the words "Black & White Television" onto Extravorganza. The picture does not show it, but the layer of organza adds a soft blurring to the print. Once all the pieces were fused together I did hand embroidery around the pieces. If you want to do hand work on this type of printable fabric, plan to embroider just one or two layers if possible. The tube is layered over four other layers of fused fabrics and stitching through it was really a bear! Be sure to have your pliers and band-aids handy! I did try a variety of stitches and a small variety of threads. After a trip to the craft shop, that is. I started gathering threads only to discover there was not one inch of black in my stash! How strange is that?