I hadn’t done a jigsaw for many years, and was delighted when one arrived as a birthday present. Its one thousand pieces were more than I might have chosen, but I persevered over several weeks, and now it’s finished.
The problem with so many pieces is that you really need to be able to spread them on a large table. I compromised by sorting them into various bags, then working on the contents of one bag at a time. The picture of Mousehole was of particular interest as we visited that town just a few years ago. After all that work I can hardly bear to break the puzzle up again.
John Spilsbury, a London mapmaker and engraver, is credited with making the first commercial jigsaw puzzle around 1760. He cut a wooden map of the British Empire into pieces so aristocratic children could learn the geography of the lands Britain ruled. The largest commercial jigsaw puzzle went on sale in 2011 and contained 32,256 pieces. You’d need a huge table for that one!
When did you last do a jigsaw puzzle?
“One thousand pieces in a puzzle
is not a task that one can guzzle.”