I don't know if I subconsciously took in the fact that one of the students in my Patching, Stitching, Weaving: Creating Healing Cloth workshop was using her mother's collection of decorative hankies to honor and explore her relationship with her mom. But...all of a sudden it hit me....handkerchiefs!!!
My Dad always had a handkerchief in his pocket...even in the last days of his life. It was a part of who he was... It became so obvious to me that cotton handkerchiefs could be the format for this series about him.
I asked my Mom, on my most recent visit, if she had saved any of Dad's handkerchiefs. She hadn't, but fortunately Amazon had a packet of nine white cotton ones, which I immediately purchased!
Now to wash them and start stitching. I have a number of ideas and it's great to have a format. I still have to decide if I want them to be colorful stitched pieces or more monochromatic...or I can try both!
I'm looking forward to starting on this personal project...I can see the possibility of it going on for a long time.
This post brought a memory of making monogrammed linen handkerchiefs as gifts for my Dad over the years ... I wonder if my brother still has them.ReplyDelete
Hi Liz- Wishing that my Mom had kept some of my Dad's but they were really not special (no monograms!). I will have to make my own connection with my memories of Dad while stitching on these. It continues to amaze me how cloth can elicit deep memories and connections.Delete
I have several hankie projects on the go....my gran's and my nana's - such gorgeous old linens!ReplyDelete
Hi Allison...sounds like some awesome projects! Any photos?Delete
What a great inter-generational connection! Can't wait to see what you do with them... I imagine lots of meditative stitching :)ReplyDelete
Hoping so, Carol. Had my Stitch-In group yesterday and talked a bit about approaches to pieces...planned or unplanned. I may start somewhat unplanned. Perhaps meditating on my Dad and then just seeing where the stitching goes!Delete