Friday, February 18, 2011
The belated Hard Times Valentine here is just an idea for anyone to try next year. It's another variation of the wound up rag surprise ball, this time made with vintage rag balls, with randomly sewn on texts I cut from a bodice-ripper romance novel (discard from our library). I tried to pick out the juicier parts.
It could have held trinkets, tickets, jewels or anything inside. Mine included fragments of a lusty affair between Gilbert and Eugenia. I don't know how it ended. I cut the rag strips arbitrarily, so all the Valentines ended inconclusively. Maybe everything will work out in the end. I love to unwind a rag ball, made by someone else, to see the fabrics that were part of someone else's story, the soft faded colors, lumpy textures, unravelling threads, flannels, plaids, rayons and cottons. They tell another story, an authentic story.