Something slightly different for you today. I say different, the reason remains the same yet the cloth, stitch and surface are completely different to 'now'. These are the first two 'wrapping cloths' I made way back when, 2004 to be precise. At that time I was studying the theory surrounding the history of women and cloth going way, way back as far as Biblical times. At the same time, my eldest child Helen had gone away to University. I was bereft. I missed her, I was floundering as I would no longer be able to physically hold her close, keep her safe. I had a desire to wrap her up, keep her safe, keep our relationship precious. So the first cloth emerged....over 300 buttons sewn on by hand, a life size piece, the same height as the height of my daughter at that time. The fragile pink thread, only just visible hanging free in the second image, a thread I removed from the hem of one of her infant gowns and painstakingly stitched by hand into the fabric of this cloth.
The second cloth, for my youngest child James. Again an awareness of his growing and developing into an independent adult. Another human sized cloth, the fractured surface revealing precious metallic silk. In truth this represents the protective cover I wished to provide wearing away, almost being torn away against my will. Applied to the surface of my cloth for James, torn and worn fragments from his baby blanket. A precious blanket, vintage when he first received it, a gift from my maternal grandmother.
I have revisited these cloths for the purpose of my class. I am so happy I did because now I can share them with you. I hope the explanation wasn't too 'heavy' for you...
If you are taking my class you have seen these before.........That doesn't matter because you shouldn't be here anyway!!! You should be sewing!!