Saturday, 11 February 2017

sewing away

it was going to go somewhere else, however we all know a woman changes her mind more often than not, so the small tree patch has landed in this log cabin mini-quilt, not that I knew what it was until I learned about this motif, where other than over at Jude's, where I was carried away via the virtual waves to womenfolk.com, very quaint indeed

wonderful how fast we are able to travel these days

the cream/green silk comes from Dee and the pale blue from Julie, the stained silk from my wedding dress; the very fine cotton is, if I remember correctly, from a blouse my sister-in-law handed down to me

it never ceases to amaze me -when I make myself think about it- how in such a small square there are already so many connections....I haven't even mentioned all the effort that went into producing the fabrics themselves, the dyes, the threads; come to think of it, everything I make is always part of something bigger, resulting sometimes as a final product at the end of a long line of human production and/or natural processes

humbling to realize how small I actually am; I tend not to think too much about the bigger picture (or my place in the world) focused as I am on my belly button, very much the centre of my world; child-like almost

moving on now to this larger piece: a Big Pillow, deviating ever so slightly from the smaller ones; it can't be any other way 'cos I want to keep this boat image intact; it started life as a seperate piece, became integrated in the Larger Cloth, which itself didn't survive and has been cut into several smaller pieces, most of which resulted in the Small Comfort cushions (or Soft Landings, I'm not sure what to call them really, are they seperate enitities or should they stay together?)
As I decided we needed new pillows on our beds, it meant I had a really nice down pillow left over (a couple of the oldest ones have gone to Django as well as to  the eldest son who no longer lives here, but in his student digs and needs five pillows, new and old, I haven't asked why)

I made the pillow smaller, i.e. narrower, as the down feathers have shrunk, fallen in on themselves as it were, and I want a full plump look, without losing the softness. I've had to use a ruler for drawing straight lines onto the fabric, and am now sewing the front and back to each other as neatly as possible; when I look at all those hand-sewn stitches, absolutely mind boggling and yet, also completely as it should be


7 comments:

Mo Crow said...

stitching dreams into life

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

seeking Comfort

Nancy said...

A place to rest your head :) Lovely.

Ms. said...

Loving work and the work of loving is the best work.

jude said...

going somewhere is always a good start!

deemallon said...

those lines of stitches ARE mind boggling and so beautiful. but wait, I have to ask -- YOU CUT UP YOUR WEDDING DRESS? I need to know more. That green striped silk, BTW, was a two piece out fit I wore downtown when I tried to convince myself that I could draft wills and trusts (I coudln't). I find the connections in cloth just amazing, too.

Saskia van Herwaarden said...

moving upward thru the comments

Dee: ah well cutting up the wedding dress wasn't such a big deal: as it was blue I was able to wear it a couple of times after the wedding and though I collect random stuff, I don't keep clothing items in and for themselves, only kept if I can use them; I was 5 months pregnant at the time and the dress became too roomy as it were, plus it being real silk it faded in places, making it less 'presentable'. However I didn't despair, saw an opportunity and cut it up! knowing I could use the beautiful fabric and offer it a new lease of life: I still have the row of buttons and button holes awaiting inspiration for a jacket or something else I might wear.....

Jude: absolutely, and this pillow journey is mysterious, luring me ever further....

Michelle: loving the simple act of stitching

Nancy: definitely a place to rest one's head, also a place to rest whatever, spiritually I mean.....

Grace: ....and comfort as well

Mo: oh, that is just lovely (a thought popped in my head just now: as dreams usually come to me when sleeping which I do with my head on a pillow, your comment makes even more sense)