so can someone please tell me where september went???
i'm not sure i've ever known a month to fly by so fast... i'm still feeling like it's late august
in some ways though i'm not so sad it's early october
having always liked fall best, i'm glad of shorter days, cooler weather, oven dinners and more time for stitching and sewing - i've even reduced my number of work days from three per week to two
i have high hopes of finally getting some long awaited projects off my work table, and perhaps a new one or two begun
what you see below falls in the first category... begun back in the early spring, perhaps even late winter, now i think about it
as is often the case with me, the story really began long before that...
two large boxes of embroidered table linens were bestowed upon me a few years ago - and soon after i spent a blissful morning sorting through them; one pile for pristine pieces, another for the too far gone to be good for anything ones, and a third for things that had salvageable parts but that had stains and/or tears
one in particular had such bright happy colours - it was a square table cloth, about 40" x 40", with an embroidered hanging basket of flowers in each corner
three corners were in good shape but the fourth had stains, as did several areas of the cloth
using my large square quilting ruler, i worked out a good block size, and cut the three out, after which i framed them with different brightly coloured thirties' print fabrics
i thought about removing the few lines of the hangers but decided that you would most likely see the holes, as well as colour transfer from the dark floss, so in the end i thought i would leave them - they're part of the provenance of the cloth and i like that
three squares, in a row, setting triangles in white on the sides and ends, forming a rectangular runner
the white cloth came pre-embroidered with these wonderful circles which i like very much
as i was figuring out what to do for quilting, i thought i'd like to add a little embroidery of my own -
i'm thinking of a few lazy daisy flowers scattered within, and perhaps without, the circles - i'll start with that idea and see how it goes
rummaging through my box of embroidery threads, i found matches for most of the colours - except the purples
i'm not a great fan of purple - i like looking at it and wearing it, but not working with it
i can't figure it out but there it is
anyway - in my determination to drastically reduce my supplies, and to make do with what i have rather than buying more, i hummed and hawed for a bit... a skein of floss is still less than a dollar, would only take up a little bit of room, etc. etc. etc.
thrift won the day though and i spent some time with scissors, needle and magnifying glasses and carefully unpicked enough embroidery from the fourth remaining corner to have a few small lengths of thread that i can use to add a little embroidery to the new piece
extremely fiddly, some stitches came undone easier than others, but as i went i found my mind wandering to how it might have gone the day were made... who was she, was she sitting comfortably in a chair, on a sunny porch perhaps, or did she stand by a window like i did, in order to see better?
was it a gift for her mother's table, like mine is, or perhaps the reverse is true
working quietly, mindful of the fragility of the thread, concentrating on the in and out...
the undoing of someone else's work is a humbling task , almost an apologetic one
and then i came upon a tiny knot
was it to anchor a beginning, or an ending, i wondered?
i saved it, and will use the same knot in my stitching, to bring these two pieces together at yet another level
maker, and maker
not just using, but an integration perhaps?
where one couldn't be without the other
i do like that