Wednesday, 9 July 2008

Tif Challenge June: Stories

I want one.
Well, you can't do for one and not the other, it was always the same when my daughter was growing up, now she is grown up she isn't jealous of her brother anymore but my grand daughter had a bag from me last month for doing so well in her gymnastic's competition and when she saw it my daughter said those three little words. "I want one"
Of course it had to have her name on it too, just like my grand daughter's. Well, I did have some fun with it. I used my new toy; the embellisher. Well, I didn't have a pattern, I started with an idea of making it somehow geometric. I began with squares with the idea of a patchwork.
I used some lovely linen which I bought at a fabric sale recently, on this I embellished some silk from behind. The effect I wanted and managed became very soft and furry a little like faux suede. One of the silks is an orange shot silk and I noticed by embellishing this a lot the colours of the orange almost seperate as they are weft and warp after all. the other silk was an old hand painted silk scarf. the effect was amazing, it was like creating a new fabric.
Here is a close up of the silk scarf needle punching that I did from behind. I embroidered her name and the surround of this oblong in my own hand spun silks
I used curtain rings and a cut down chop stick for the clasp as I liked the wood with the linen. I also used the wooden curtain rings to attach the strap.

There is a story behind this bag. I have always been interested in symbols and symbolism. I think sometimes I almost think in symbols. As I was making this bag I was thinking how difficult it is when you live so far away from family. My daughter lives up one end of the country and we now live at the other end. I know at times she would like her Mum and Dad to be near by, when things go wrong it would be nice to be able to help each other.

Well, this made me think of how I felt when my own Mum passed away. I was trying to come to terms with feeling very lost, we had been so very close for many years. This feeling of being lost I remember articulating in one sentence, I can remember saying to someone, "it's as though I have lost my compass and I have no point of reference anymore."

I felt I put something very special into the design of this bag because the circle and lines around the circle symbolise the points of the compass but I have also placed some of them to one side. It's like saying we may not be near by but we are still here. We live our seperate lives but we are still part of the same family. All the squares in the bag fit together and this symbolises a kind of unity even if we are apart for much of the time. I am going to tell my daughter to read this when she receives the bag as I am sure it will hold a lot of meaning to her too.

Well, I may be late with my June Tif Challenge but better late than never.


Helen Suzanne said...

lovely Tricia, I'm sure she will be delighted with the detail and the meaning behind it. what a treasure to share

Tricks said...

Thank you Helen, yes, I wanted it to be special for her and having the Tif Challenge really helped me to focus on the meaning behind it. Cheers Tricia

Genie said...

Lovely work Tricia.

Tricks said...

Thanks Genie,
My daughter has just phoned to tell me how much she likes it, so that's good too. Cheers Tricia

Bernadette said...

Dear Tricia:

The bag is lovely. The abstract use of circles and lines to denote direction works really well with this piece. I had never thought to do needle felting from behind the work. Thanks for the idea. I'll be trying it in the future.

Tricks said...

Thanks Bernadette,
Yes, you know sometimes you look at the back of the needlefelting and it looks as good if not better sometimes. I did a sample and realised the potential with the silk.
Thanks again for the lovely comment Tricia