So I’m going through the hankies, ironing each one, trying to organize them. I have a bunch of different piles going. Big ones with lots of color, big ones that are all white, big white ones that have a small design on the corner, medium ones with lots of color, medium white ones and so on in all different sizes, round ones, stained or torn ones, ones that match and on and on it seemed to go.
Until I came upon one after another smallish white hankie with a delicate flower embroidered on the corner. There were 10 or 11 of them, not enough to make a scarf the way I usually do. Anyway, those precious flowers, they needed to be more visible. They needed to be what the scarf was about. I folded them into triangles and into rectangles, coming up with complicated solutions that didn’t work. Why not keep it simple, like the flowers themselves. So I laid them out like slate on a roof or ruffles on a skirt, overlapping half way, stitching the top of the lower hankie to the middle of the top hankie and covering the seam with the hankie above it. The unstitched bottom of each hankie gives it flow and the overlapping gives it body. And each flower has enough space to be seen and not too much space to get lost. Below are some of the flowers on the scarf.
This scarf will be for sale at the Bedlam Farm Open House on Sunday. Whatever I don’t sell at the show I will offer for sale on my website.