As I have mentioned before, I greatly admire the work of Kate Davies at KDD& Co
and have recently purchased her new book Wheesht. ( If you follow this link you can read Kates' overview of each chapter.)
It is about creativity, but not what you would normally expect from a book about this topic. The content here is more 'thought provoking' rather than 'how to'. I believe that it will take me quite a long time to get through every chapter and do the writting justice by considering the content and pondering what this could mean for me. Even then, in light of what I have read in Chapter 1, this process may cause changes in my practise that could be on going.
To illustrate, Chapter 1 is concerned with darning. It was my grandmother's darning samples that she did when she was 7 or 8 years old that got me interested in embroidery to begin with, so my attention was peaked. I don't do a lot of darning, winter is short here and I tend to live by the saying "a stitch in time saves 9. " So when it came to the task for this chapter I couldn't think how I would do anything. But the chapter also made me think why I have nothing to darn and I realised that although winter is short, and that is a valid reason, I also put my clothes in the Charity bin and buy new ones because the replacement cost is so cheap. Another reason is I don't like the look of repaired clothes. That led to the question "why don't I like the look of repaired clothes? " I'm a bit shame faced to say that the answer was "what will people think of me". (I'm still pondering this one.)
Then I considered just what did I have to be repaired? An old quilt.
I made this back in the 1980's before we had patchwork shops here. It is all made from cotton dress fabrics of different weights. It have been washed so many times the fabric is very soft and lovely to have against your skin. This is the quilt my husband always pulls out when he needs a quilt.
But the use of dress fabrics has led to so some of the seams coming apart. Not only coming apart but fraying so badly it can't be resewn without some major work.
The answer is to patch it. I love those Boro garments that are patched and darned with Shashiko stitching, my solution isn't nearly as elegant but I unpicked the binding and trimmed that flaying before adding the patch.
As I had made this quilt so long ago I couldn't find the original quilting thread or anything like it. So I settled for my "spagetti thread" , which is a bit heavier than what I used originally.
I then replicated the quilting pattern I used originally, with a few adjustments, and patched that seam.
I know other sections are going to fray like this so this will be an on going project. I am going to count this piece as my Recycling Project for this month. I wonder what Chapter 2 will produce?