Monday, July 27, 2009

Harmony With Nature

Since the beginning of creation we have relied on Nature to yield her gifts of fibers to weave into cloth.

From biblical times or of primitive peoples the process is exactly the same. With the exception of the handling of clay on the potter's wheel little has changed over the centuries.

'The growing of flax and the long stages it took to become thread,
Nature entered intimately into textiles from the past.' *

Wool harvested from sheep, fibres from alpacas, even goats and camels yielded forth the necessities... to live in direct cooperation with nature.

Barks, berries and flowers provided the palette for colour. With the discovery of Indigo, blue and white made their way into early cloth and garments.

Perhaps it is this connection that stirs our passion for collecting and caretaking of textiles from the past...

* Homespun Blue by Martha Sterns 1940.
Homespun wool blankets from my personal collection

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Gossamer Threads

Artistically arranged by loving hands and an imaginative spirit pieces of lace lie sorted and awaiting tags for an upcoming show.

Each one a reflection of its creator the light, delicate threads are as fine as a spider's web.

Some were cherished for years, tucked away to stir a memory or hidden beneath one's outer garments.

Others were utilitarian, woven for bedding, toweling and household use. Often initialed by the maker they were stacked in wardrobes, cupboards and dressers.

Each one a wonderment of their construction soon to be treasured by someone else.

* Gifted silhouette by Karen Otto (A`Musements)

* Tape and netted lace

* Bobbin and netted lace

* Cotton chemise crochet trim

* Homespun linen and pillowslips late 1800's

* Close-up of Man's waistcoat silk velvet 1840's. Entirely handsewn.