Thursday, May 6, 2010

My creative space: where there's a will...

My creative space has been full of improvising this week. Here's the story.

Three days after arriving in Bulgaria we were to attend the wedding of my husband's cousin, Nadya, to her partner Vichren. There was some discussion, planning and shopping for the wedding gift to be given by our side of the family. I have met Nadya several times and I wanted to give her something personally, without being swallowed up by the larger family present and being a name on the communal card.

I didn't have a lot of resources to create a wedding gift, or did I? I had along with me embroidery thread and hoop, needles, pins, scissors and just by chance a cotton placemat my mother gave me the other week. I brought it along as a bit of material to do some stitching on if the mood took me, so I decided to stitch a design on the placemat with the bride and groom's names and the date of their wedding. Good idea, but then my problems began.

To sketch the design I needed a piece of plain paper, couldn't find any in the apartment so I ripped off the bottom of my travel itinerary, found a pencil in my husband's backpack, got the Cyrillic spelling of the names and date off the wedding invitation, and a heart and flowers design from this website



Now to transfer the design I would normally stick everything firmly to a window and trace the design to the fabric. Plenty of windows, plenty of sunshine, no sticky tape. Nothing adhesive at all to be found. So I drew the design as dark as I could on the paper, pinned the placemat to it to keep it all steady, laid it down on the table top and kind of traced/sketched onto the fabric with pencil. I couldn't see the design exactly but I pretty much knew what went where.


Then I got down to work and did the stitching, just backstitch in red. I worked through the evening up to about midnight, and finished it off the morning of the wedding with a dashed border on two sides (to try and distract from the fact that the heart and the names ended up a bit off centre)

The day of the wedding was Sunday and so card and wrap were not easily commercially available. To make it a presentable package I folded the placemat in the cardboard envelope from the wedding inviation, and made a small card from paper that I decorated with hearts using the red crayon from my son's crayon roll. Finally I tied it together with a yellow ribbon taken from a bouquet of flowers from the kitchen.



Nadya was touched and I had a great sense of achievement and satisfaction, the gift was a little bit of me, made with my hands, all the way from Australia.
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9 comments:

CurlyPops said...

What a beautiful gift... now that's a family heirloom that can passed down the genereations.

Yana said...

that is a very beautiful gift!! i'm sure she loves it :)

Natalie said...

Beautiful! Thoughtful and on the fly, nice work. It will be memorable for the happy couple and for you. That's the best kind of gift. Thanks for sharing and I am enjoying your blog...

Little Ted Canvas said...

Oh wow! That is something really special, beautiful work!

Cotton Kiwi said...

What an amazing story to go with a beautiful wedding gift. I am sure it will be a treasured item for many years!

The Sice Family said...

Delicate and thrifty! I love it! Wendy xx

Jo's Place said...

What a beautiful gift, I bet it is something that they will treasure for the rest of their lives.

Claudia said...

Just wanted to say hello! I came across your blog by coincidence and I wanted to let you know that I went back....back....back.... reading all there was. And had so much fun! Love your work and your writing. Thanks for sharing your ideas and giving me much inspiration. Greetings from Germany

Jewelbar said...

So lovely! A personalised gift that can be framed! Beautiful!
XOXO Jade.

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