Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Think Pink






Weaving summer linen scarfs is one way to beat the heat,  if I can't be floating on my back in a lake somewhere in Minnesota or Finland.  I've been fascinated with this picture of an antique dutch darning sampler from 1850, handstitched on linen, with darning stitches that mimic woven patterns.  Isn't that Rosepath? When darning a woven design, the repair would be imperceptible.  The colors and design in this sampler look so modern. My rosepath scarf, woven over several days,  is certainly not fast weaving, but like a story, unfolds in its own time.  In this heat, there is no rush.

Another hand carved spoon set from the Little Old Lady spoon carver of Ely includes, left to right, lilac, black locust, and cherry spoons.

10 comments:

tremblinginsidethecocoon said...

Beautiful scarf Susan!!
And I love those spoons!!

Victoria said...

Your work always delights my senses. Absolutely lovely interpretation of your inspiration.

textilepractice said...

i wish i could look at your weavings in real life, they are always so beautiful! I do want to weave when I see your work :) (btw, I have finally warped my loom and started weaving!) And rosepath is the most beautiful pattern.
Love the spoons too!

kristin said...

your weaving's are breathtaking. i just can't get enough of them...and now, you've turned me on to darning samplers. i've never heard of this before. so refreshing and inspiring to visit here.

Judith said...

Ordinarily I'm not a big fan of pink, but in this case I truly respond to the combinations and am enjoying continuing my paths. (your work is) Inspiring yet again...thank you! and I decided to open comments too.

Peg Cherre said...

That's DARNING??!! I never heard of a darning sampler! I always just thought of darning as something my mother did to fix holes in our socks, but never taught me to do. Wow!

Peg Cherre said...

That's DARNING??!! I never heard of a darning sampler! I always just thought of darning as something my mother did to fix holes in our socks, but never taught me to do. Wow!

Claire said...

Very very lovely. Have you seen the darning samplers from the Ackworth Quaker School? I saw one at an antique textile fair recently - amazing work.

Susan said...

As to the darning sampler, I admit I know nothing about it, other than its age and Dutch origin. I assumed that it was an exercise in filling in a hole in a woven pattern--darning. It would explain the effort of darning a patterned mitered corner, tricky at best.
I hadn't seen the Ackworth darning samplers before.
Thanks for mentioning them.

Julie Whitmore Pottery said...

Well, here I am , the lucky owner of this piece of art. I didn't know you had a blog til today, and want you to know I wear the scarf often and when I don't it hangs on a lovely old carved peg rack in the hall. I also think the piece that inspired your design is lovely. You are a wonderful photographer and admire the pictures, especially the toad!
julie