Saturday, May 31, 2014

Yvette's Gift


 Well, this long in the process, slow cloth has been completed, mailed and received.  It went off to Yvette as the winner in my 2013 blog anniversary give away.  During the course of the year, on and off, I put together this story starter cloth.  
You've met parts of it along the way and here it is in its entirety.  
Cloth and Medicine Bag, together.
The story begins a long while back in the Mistakes in Weaving
post, where I began the weaving portion of this cloth.
After Yvette won the drawing for my blog anniversary, I began to consider HER and what I would like to send her.

The first thing I did was work on her medicine bag.

One Side

As I wove, I thought about her.  I kept thinking about things she has shared on her blog Feathers From Heaven.
I kept going back to the picture in the header and some of her words.
They stayed with me.
And I thought of her.
I mostly thought of nature at first.  The elements.

The Other Side

So, I included those colors in her bag.
Then I threw in a few Happy Flower colors for good measure.

When I began to think of cloth, 
I moved away from the desert cloth I had thought about using.
Due to a few posts of Saskia's regarding this weaving cloth..."Woven Connections"
I was inspired to pull out my own weaving cloth, started so long ago.

*NOTE: I coincidentally won Saskia's "Woven Connections" cloth 
in her Valentine's Day give a way!  Thank you again Saskia for such a beautiful gift.
It hangs where I can see it every day!

A bit of a closer look

I again began to consider Yvette.
The first thing I did was to weave in a secret message, 
written on old dyed cloth from way back.
I cut an 'envelope' type opening in the back, behind the weaving
and placed an extra piece of the message cloth inside, so she could read it.

I will let her decide if she wants to share her secret message.

Earthy things got woven in.
Grasses grew.
Vines grew.
Stars shone.
Full spectrum & magic thread circled around...capturing the light.
In the forest, a wishing star window opened up.
A golden sun/moon gave rise.

On an angle

This cloth evolved to be rather lumpy...
Thick and Thin...
Like life.

Tilted in the vines

It is a Story Starter cloth,
with areas not stitched, flaps hanging loose
and shapes suggested for inspiration...

There is room for Yvette to add her own part of the story.
Or she can keep it as is...
Hold it as is...
and imagine.

The other side tells it's own story
May she enjoy the cloth itself and the good feelings and love in which it was created.
Blessings to you Yvette.

Photos by NAE @pomegranatetrail ©2014


deanna7trees said...

a truly personal gift. it is beautiful. i'm sure it will be treasured.

saskia said...

hi Nancy

I left a comment here yesterday, but apparently that one has vanished.....what I wanted to say is: what a lovely post and what a beautiful cloth, how lucky Yvette must feel!

and of course thank you for mentioning me

jenclair said...

It is a beautiful gift! Love that you left room for her to continue her story!

Nancy said...

Deanna~ Thank you...and I hope so.

Saskia~ I think you commented on the accidental double post, that was deleted. But, no are here now! So, thank you!

Jenclair~ Continuing is important. Thank you for visiting.

Deb G said...

I love the back as much as the front. :)

Peggy said...

Oh-oh-oh, this is so wonderful. I'm going back to re-read and look at it all again, but it's so very wonderful! xoxo

jude said...


Anonymous said...

I JUST came from Yvette's site...

Your are very thoughtful! This post is a great reminder, too, of how, when making something for someone, that person informs the making.

Nancy said...

Deb~ I always do too :)

Peggy~ Thank you. Your words mean a lot to me.

Jude~ Thanks

Dee~ I love knowing who I am making for.