You may remember from this post
for my one year celebration here at pomegranate trail
was the winner of my give-away!
|A tease of a photo, announcing the give-away!|
Now that she has received her gift in the mail, I can share a bit of it here.
It began with a little box I found, altered and filled with fabric.
It grew to include a weaving I did especially for whoever would be the winner.
The weaving part is complete, it will be a medicine bag. I love making these and this one ends up being the straightest one I've ever made! How exciting!
If you like, you can read more about how I make these woven bags here.
|A beautiful AND straight weaving!|
Then, I started a little cloth in the week surrounding my give-away announcement.
Remember when you were in school...grade school, and the teacher would present a "story starter"? There would be a prompt, a beginning...to get you going. Then you would carry on, in your own way. Everyone would end up with a different story. Their own story.
Well, that's the idea I had in my head for this little cloth.
Just a little something to get one going.
So, I began the cloth.
I've seen many crafters, artists who do give-aways, giving away something they have made. While I love that, for me it felt presumptuous of me to assume that what I enjoy making, is something people would want to win. Does that make sense? I don't usually sell my work (yet!) and so I don't know if anyone wants it!!! Haha
My solution was to gift someone with something made, some raw materials and something they could either leave as is or add to it in their own way. A 'story starter'.
But, being the thinker that I am...I also felt it may be rude to assume someone would want to collaborate with me on a stitching project. Forced collaboration, not so good.
So, I carefully stitched in a way that it could be left as is or added to.
I left loose fabrics and empty spaces.
I left room for additional stitches and mosaic weavings.
I left room for the story to continue!
All of these gifts could be kept or passed along in one way or another.
|Gifts & Milo|
In the photo above of the cloth with Milo, I thought the cloth was 'done'
and ready to be sent along to Michelle.
I took it on a little photo shoot in the back yard. It was a very willing participant posing on the fence, the rosemary & lavender bushes, the apricot tree and my Mama Rose bush. We had a grand time together :)
|Gifts & the solar eclipse|
However, as you can see in the photo above...the cloth wanted more!
These two gifts went on a few journeys with me,
absorbing energy and experiences that would become a part of the 'gift'.
The moon (hiding behind the medicine bag here) was added during the super moon, we traveled to the Museum of Tolerance, the beach, the Skirball and the drum circle.
I placed a few special items in the medicine bag.
I added more stitches and some words on the back.
|Words on the back|
At last, I felt like I was done with my part. I gathered all of the elements included in the total give-away 'gift' and some special fabrics I had put aside during my fabric/magazine clean-out!
|Ready to go!|
I have always known that I find the most joy in creating things for others. That is why I am left with very little of my own work. I love the making part and the giving part!
I am so happy, grateful really, to have had the chance to make the gifts you've seen here.
This was both a fun and meaningful expression of who I am.
I hope you enjoy them as well Michelle!
In friendship, Nancy
Photos by Nancy A. Erisman ©2012