Born in the 70s, a child of the 80s, I came of age in the 90s, when one of my first (and most enduring) musical loves was the Manchester band James. Their Strip Mine, Gold Mother, Seven and Laid albums were the soundtrack to my formative years.

I was delighted, then, to be asked to produce a banner celebrating one of their most famous lyrics, from one of their biggest hits Sit Down. The song has become entwined with LFC in the past couple of years thanks to the exploits of our Egyptian King, and the chosen lyrics have extra significance at the end of a 30 year wait for our most coveted piece of silverware, after two decades of sweeping all before us.

Text heavy banners like this one take a lot of work and it can be a bit monotonous at times cutting dozens of letters and then trying to get them all perfectly straight. I definitely prefer making the ones with short, large font messages. However, in this case, the end justifies the means, and I am really delighted with the finished look.

The layout/marking-up phase of each project takes place in the hallway at home – the only place in our flat where I can lay it out flat without furniture getting in the way. With so many letters to place in the perfect position, I spent about 2 hours rolling around on the floor with this one. Still smiling though!

My new framing square makes it much easier to get letters aligned and spaced properly.

I had another bad evening/night with pain, so once again was grateful to have my crafting to take my mind off things. Eventually finished at 2am – currently 5.51am, and still no chance of sleep. ?

6 days to go until surgery. ?

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