A while back I wrote about attending an estate sale at a friend’s home. She was going through a long overdue divorce, and they were selling the house and everything in it.
After much musing, I settled on a napkin edged with
Since that time she has settled into a small sweet apartment and a happier life, and I wanted to give her something that would commemorate that brave move, but also reflect where she had come from.
When I went to the sale, I was overcome with emotion at the magnitude of her decision and the gorgeous home she was so eager to be rid of. I had no interest in the lovely antiques or beautiful china. Instead, I made a beeline for a bin of vintage linens tucked in the corner of the living room, next to the grand piano.
These linens went back decades, with monograms that reflected the progression of the generations. They were carefully pressed and preserved, an immaculate reflection of a more refined time.
I decided that I would give these beauties a new life and create something from them that my friend could use in her new home. I scooped up the entire pile and took them back to my studio. They sat there for several months, while I organized my space better and mused on their potential.
Around the holidays, I found a pillow form and placed the linens in different arrangements. I figured out how I wanted to put them together, but the tidal wave of holiday preparations consumed me and this was one gift that wasn’t ready to be made. It sat on my ironing board for many weeks. I kept musing on the linens I had chosen. This project needed time.
But this week my friend is planning a celebration of her new life and it’s time. Tonight I will take needle to fabric and with each stitch I will celebrate both where my friend has come from and where she is going.
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Do you have any textiles with sentimental value and plans to use them? I would love to know.