Monday, 8 June 2015
First Aid for the Soul
This is another little 'keep safe' I've made as an example for forthcoming workshops. I made 'First Aid for the Soul' as a tactile little emergency kit for those difficult days - or moments. A place to keep positive reminders as something to turn to. A reminder to be in the moment and to appreciate those moments. A good friend once suggested I write down three positive things each day. It's something I try to do from time to time but don't always manage, but it can be helpful and certainly makes you start to notice and appreciate things - hence the 'capturing moments' pocket. The embroidered 'be here now' is a reminder to myself to stop and take a moment, especially when my mind gets itself all wrapped up with difficult thoughts. Lastly the little 'words of comfort' pocket is a place to store helpful quotes, words or sayings.
You might be interested to know about the materials I've used? I found the piece of vintage linen I've used for the outer cover and the pockets of the little wallet in one of the fabric boxes when I did my workshop at Hope and Elvis. It is lovely and soft and worn and a bit stained in places and only just the right size to make this little fabric folder from - I used it all up. I just knew it would be perfect for something. The circle is cut from the centre of a doyley and has the most beautiful hand stitching round the edge - much neater than I could have done. The leaves on the pockets and the little motifs around the circle are cut from vintage lace and I've added tiny beads and sequins. The flowers on the pockets are cut from a vintage silk handkerchief, very carefully stitched down and embellished with tiny beads. The silk used for the cross on the front is from a vintage kimono and the darker coloured finer linen used on the inside is from an vintage tea cosy cover. The little book fastens with a hook and eye.
Gosh this is quite a long post for me! Thanks for reading and to everyone who comments here or who sends me an email. It is wonderful to know that people connect with and appreciate the work that I do.xx
Posted by gentlework at 02:52