I think I may be done with this piece.
Judith had hoped that I would use every scarf. What you see above is my son being not quite able to show the whole piece. A baby is to be wrapped in it. The baby is teeny. The scarves are silky and slippery. I’m having nightmares of the baby sliding out if this covering on onto the floor or perhaps shooting out of a tight hug and ending up across the room.
The center strip that I had calligraphed is longer than all of the other scarves so I have had to do some creative piecing with some of the other scarves.
Judith’s baby was born on Passover so she felt that it was important o include some text from the Haggadah. I thought that given Judith’s history the phrases “ from sadness to joy, from grief to holiday from great darkness to great light “ seemed particularly appropriate.
Judith had hoped that I could include and elephant, because her mother loved and collected elephants. She also wanted to include her baby’s name and birth date. I figured out how to turn the baby’s name and birthdate into an elephant.
I was pretty pleased with myself for figuring out how to do that.
I am looking forward to Judith seeing this in real life.
My day was rounded out with a bit of mending.
I’m guessing this cloth is from late teens or early 1920’s. It isn’t the world’s most elegant mending job but it will keep the cloth in useable form. It’s kind of therapeutic rebuilding cloth from thread.
I have downloaded some issues of Home Needlework Magazine from 1916. Directions for just these sorts of tablecloths appeared in every issue. If you wanted you could send away for either a paper pattern to copy onto your own linen or linen pre printed with the embroidery motif.
Home Needlework Magazine was put out monthly and seems to have been sponsored mainly by the silk mills of Florence, Massachusetts that produced silk and cotton floss for crochet and embroidery. If you love the history of handwork, it worth reading an issue or two of the magazine. If you are obsessed , like I am it’s easy enough to download a few years worth of issues.