I was thinking of the birch tree, the one I took a video of the other day. On that same day I saw a burly old tree, all bumpy and swirling, and to me the bark looked like lace. I imagined making a tree, on one of the old quilts, made of lace and doilies and the embroidery from linens and hankies. All that monochromatic texture.
But this morning I had the urge to make a scarf. My plan was to use some of the special hankies I’ve been saving and figure out what to do with them.
When I make my scarves, I have a way I sew them together. It’s become a system, something I don’t even usually do myself. I usually give them to Kim to sew.
But I felt like doing something different and as I was going through the hankies I got the idea to just start sewing some of the white and off-white ones together. Not using my system, but haphazardly. I wanted to make something layered where the hankies draped and hung in unexpected ways. Like the peeling bark on the birch tree. I sewed some doilies in for more texture. I wanted it thick, to have substance, and be wispy at the same time.
And I wanted the bottoms to know they were the bottom. I wanted them to have drag, something for the rest of the hankies to push up against. So I sewed gathered hankies and doilies at their center, and trimmed the bottoms with hand crocheted lace and vintage buttons.