I learned how to embroider from my Grandmother Clara…she was a prize-winning stitcher with strict rules of how to do things…fingers just so…needle must enter here…etc. She taught me the “right way” to do stitching. NOW…I’m doing it my way! I have dozens of her pieces. This one was a plain white linen with her signature crochet edging.
I stained the edging with “Color Wash” by Adirondack…it is a Tim Holtz product and works well on fabric. This is a mossy color…Mushroom. I am attaching a foundationless weaving to it and may use it on a side table….or maybe put it on a jacket. Who knows.
I still have to turn under all the edges and do a lot of stitching on it. ..but it’s starting to come alive.
Grace from Jude’s class said:
“something about all this ReDoing..that is very
energetic, very really, forgiving of them for their
rules and us for not going by those rules. the
outcome is beauty and happiness.
i also love though that you care Full y kept her
signature edging. i think she would approve.
“you have preserved her special touch and added your own. honor and journey combined. …now you are walking together”
I like these thoughts…and I know that Clara would too.
“Perfection is not when there is no more to add, but no more to take away.”
– Antoine de Saint-Exupery
This entry was posted on February 20, 2011 by shishi. It was filed under ancestors, ancestral, Boro, edgings, Embroidery, Grandmother, Slow Cloth, Stories and was tagged with dying, fiber, Grandmother, redoing, stitching, stories.