i think this was one of the very first photos i added to my facebook profile several years ago around the holiday season. it’s a good reminder.
i bought this stitching many (maybe 15) years ago in Houston from the artist-who i don’t now know (if you recognize her work- let me know!). her work was always lovely and heartfelt.
these were the days before imports took over the handmade folk artists at the shows. it was really disheartening to see importers have copies made of these very obviously american folk crafts and bring them back to the very same shows where these folks were making a living and decimate their sales with inferior work at 3rd world prices. i’ll always remember this transaction because at the beginning of the show this piece was not for sale(NFS sticker on the front of it)- an obvious showcase for her smaller works with a personal attachment. i was just an admirer. at the end of the show i passed by again and she had put a price on it. perhaps something in the $300 range. when i spoke to her i had the feeling she really didn’t want to sell it but needed to. with some cash burning a hole in my pocket i bought it and have enjoyed it all these years. i don’t remember seeing her work again at the shows but have seen many repros of it. if i knew who she was i would offer it back to her as a gift.
somewhere i have a photograph of the whole thing. it is an advent calendar with lovely stitching and sentiments for each day of december-will have to search that down. it may be easier to take a new photo seeing as that was many HD’s and crashes ago…
so as we approach the time of year where we may want to remember someone with a little something special, consider something handmade. even something of your own making. i just added the instructions for my silk shibori wired necklace and flower into the bigcartel shop as a download. the dragonfly pin is also there. the instructions for the basic double flower are free here. i have kits for these as well and will add some more instruction only downloads this week. making things by hand is a good way to occupy yourself. and others will enjoy it as well.
i’ve also added the option to purchase a gift certificate. a nice way to give a gift of their choice.
(in addition, i’ve added a link in the sidebar and a page linked at the top)
and just a note- the large silkworm caterpillar in the last post was just a model i made from the last cocoons i raised. people seem to have thought it was real. they (the real ones) are going to start spinning tomorrow. i can feel it.