Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Pinned up on my studio wall, I have some photo images of really heavily patched and stitched antique boro.
The patches in those boro pieces are all raw edged, and seem to completely cover whatever had been the original base fabric.
I like that nothing went wasted, and everything was important enough to be patched.
... Years ago when I was a teenager, a woman commented on my heavily patched and mended jeans, (they made my mother cringe and I know she used much restraint not to steal them from me in the middle of the night and set them on fire). The woman told me that to patch something was to show love. I never forgot that. (And I appreciated that this kind stranger understood me.... I wasn't accustomed to that.)
Anyway... looking at the boro images, and then glancing over at the ever growing pile of small bits of fabric scraps and off-kilter shaped pieces of batting left over from previous projects and now just sitting on my shelf, got me to thinking it was time to use it all up.
So I'm starting a little series of "Remnants", which I will be posting in my shop as they are completed.
More to come soon. xo