Most precious to me right now are the 2 Guatemalan garments that I know have been worn and loved by my mum. My parents live in Belize, so I don't see them very often at all. I find it's the small things like these that enable me to feel connected when we haven't spoken for a while.
|Look at the crude finish. Proof that this has been worked by hand!|
|Large embroidery which covers the back|
|Embroidered front pockets, placket and side vent|
The other item I cherish is a Guatemalan hand woven skirt that my grandparents brought back to the UK for my mum when she was younger. I gather she must have enjoyed wearing it, as it looked well worn before I got it. I'm not the same build as my mum was, so have had to let it out slightly at the waist, albeit not very neatly! Shame on me!
|Fabric detail - Geometric hand woven motifs|
|My dodgy waistband insertion!!!|
It is my hope that my children will feel the same way as I do, so I have started thinking about what I can give to them. I have made them quilts, blankets and knitwear, but these are babies things that are not entirely useful in adulthood. Will they share my passion for textiles? I will have plenty of handmade clothes for my daughter to choose from if she wishes, but I want to be able to give her something as special as my Guatemalan skirt and shirt.
I started to create my own future heirloom by embroidering this denim jacket. My plan is to add a bit of embroidery every now and then when the mood takes me and wear it inbetween times, so it's an ever evolving piece. I started with something simple enough by first of all embroidering my childrens names to the front button placket. I then added my maiden name to the collar piece (hard to make out in these pictures), which will always mean so much to me. I am really excited at the prospect of this long term project. I don't know what it's going to turn into or what will be added next, but I know it's going to be special!
I draw alot of my sewing inspiration from these items. What do you treasure most?