I just never know when an idea is going to come to me. There I was in the bathroom, looking at the scarf a friend had given me, when I thought of the handkerchiefs.
A few months ago Gretchen contacted me and asked if I would be interested in a box of handkerchiefs that had belonged to her mother. I said yes. I had seen ladies handkerchiefs often in antique shops and even had a few, but I never could figure out how to incorporate them into my work. (Last week, for the first time, I used one in my Poodle Stripes Pillow) Women would embroider flowers or initials on them or crochet the edges. By the condition of the ones I’ve seen, they must have been more decorative than practical. And who would want to use them, they are so delicate and beautiful.
So, it came to me, as I was looking at my scarf made from recycled Saris that I could do the same with the handkerchiefs. Although not silk, the handkerchiefs are thin and silky, often transparent. Sewn together they would hang and flow similar to silk.
I was excited this morning to see how it would work. So I went through my box of hankies, not the ones Gretchen sent me, but some others I had that were slightly stained, and began to experiment. I sewed seven together which seemed like a good length then sewed 6 more together. I placed the six on top of the seven and stitched them together down the middle. This is the way the Sari scarf was made, it gives the scarf a little more body and layering.
I wore the scarf on our walk with the dogs this afternoon. I’m still getting used to the way it looks, I think it’s going to work.
One of the handkerchiefs that Gretchen gave me with an embroidered “D” on it.
The handkerchiefs on the left are white with embroidery or crocheted edges, the ones on the right have printed designs on them. I think it will work to mix the two types of handkerchiefs together, but I’m sure I’ll try a bit of everything.