Wednesday, January 25, 2012

This Post Needs A Title Love and Stitches


Another fat quarter... ironed, squared, hemmed, blanket stitched, and trimmed with crochet. And I love it. I am smitten. I like how fun it is to choose a print, and to play with the stitches, and I like that I can start it and play with it in minutes throughout the day, and complete it without breaking a sweat. This one I, bravely, released into the world, as a hostess gift. I say "bravely," because I may have a minor (read: totally obsessive) fabric attachment.

Do you find yourself thinking about the person you are making a gift for? I do. It's a kind of tender intimacy I feel whenever I am creating something for a particular person, because my mind sort of meditates on how I feel about them, and my wishes for them, what a great person they are...

(off topic, but how does one grammatically make the "they" and the "are" and the "them" and the "is" jibe? Because I suspect I am messing with my plural/singular/English/proper language skills. *Embarrassed.*)

My point is: handmade gifts get a lot of love put into them. I like to think about the person I am making the gift for, and it makes me happy, feel blessed, feel connected, and the process becomes a gift for myself, to be reminded how I feel about this individual.

Would you like to see something?


This!

Yes, a pillowcase, with a sheep stack.

I don't know how to describe how I feel about this. It's weirdly adorable.
I saw it on Etsy*, and sent the link to Geoff, like a month ago. I so completely and totally forgot that I did this, and then a few days ago Geoff handed this package to me... I was blank, in love, but blank, and he had to remind me that I sent him the link!

It took me about thirty years to figure out that he really does not know what-how-when-where to shop for me, and that there is no correlation between this fact and his love for me, so every now and then I email him suggestive material... so to speak. Clues. Hints. Something that figuratively grabs him by the shoulders and says: Think man! Her birthday is in twelve months, and she thinks a pillow case would be really great! Buy this. He actually loves me more for doing this for him, and now that I see how well it works, well... yeah, lucky me!


Nothing is safe! Because weirdly adorable is even better with a crocheted edge, I totally went to town on my pillowcase. Oh, and pardon the wrinkles, but my head mushed it all up, when I was counting sheep last night.

*Holy Farm Critters! They have chicken towels!!?!

6 comments:

  1. How about "Love and Stitches?"

    I love that sheep stack, too!

    (No answer on the language issue. English is oddly awkward in that way. French would handle it with aplomb, as I suspect would Spanish.)

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    1. Good one! Thank you.

      English IS "oddly awkward." I prefer weirdly adorable.

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  2. I should start sending my husband links to things I love. This is a great idea!

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    1. It took a lot of links before I actually made a *catch!* But it's fun... like circling favorites in a toy catalog, and just enjoying the wishful-ness of it!

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  3. Hi, Natalie! I have trouble with that whole awkward grammar they/he/she/it subject/verb agreement thing, too. But I DON'T have any trouble with how adorable that pillow case is! I bet it feels really smooth and cool under your cheek. My big question is how do you get that crocheted edging onto that finely woven fabric?

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  4. Susan, dear friend. Never mind grammar, the main thing is to keep talking, right? So nice to hear from you. With the pillow case, or dish towels, first thing I do is blanket stitch the edge... a sharp and large eyed embroidery needle and DMC Cotton Perle 5. Then I just do a row of single stitch crochet on the blanket stitch, and build from there. I hope that makes sense.

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