|sample silk nuno|
the idea has been fizzing around on and off for a number of years, and with the focus of an exhibition coming in September, it's sample making time...
Another prompt was this -
|mouse nest of wool and silk|
The mouse invasion meant I needed to completely clean and sort a stash of cloths crossing generations from Great Great Grandmothers to babies - a collective female history (herstory perhaps)
|cleaned and dried awaiting repurposing, remembering|
This is Great Great Grandmother Alice Gertrude's wedding dress, thick silk satin, see how rotten it is -
|Alice married in 1891|
Would this fragile cloth felt in or completely disintergrate? The woman died of pleurisy when only 37 years old, leaving two children. The age before antibiotics ... the only remedy was to use a mustard compress to draw off the liquid.
|invisible baste on Alice's silk|
|stitching right side|
To secure the scraps I used a variation of Jude's invisible baste to hold them long enough for the wool to do its magic in the felting.
|Freda's wedding veil|
another treasure is Great Granny's wedding veil, married in 1932. Also to be included would be some of the velvet from the sleeves - she had a winter wedding and then removed the top to make a velvet skirt died black during the war.
and then this became this ...
became this ...
|felted woven nuno sample|
I've been using fleece from local sheep - teased cleaned and carded so blending dark chocolate brown with creamy white. So soft. A little book would be good to make too to record these folk - to accompany the mantle that emerges.