Turn Your Special Textiles into Something Special to Wear
A few years ago when my mother passed away I came across a bunch of dishtowels that she had embroidered in her later years. All her life she sewed and did some kind of needlework – especially knitting and crochet – but as she got older, simple embroidery suited her best. She would stamp the designs on feed sack dishtowels, or on pillowcases, embroider them and give them away as gifts. I decided that the best way to preserve and enjoy them was not to use them in my kitchen or store them in a box, but to transform them into a wearable garment. My mother, my grandmother, and my aunt started me on this sewing journey and this project just seemed an appropriate way to keep them all in my heart. Sewing, after all, is more than a useful skill. It connects us to the past in many ways. And I think we should all be encouraged, and even obligated, to pass on those traditions and techniques that we have been so fortunate to learn and master (more or less). So I want to share my little preservation project with you and, of course, give you a few sewing tips in the process.
First I cut away the embroidered motifs and roughly laid them on the pattern in a way that would create a balanced design throughout the jacket.
To fill in the spaces between the designs, I "crazy pieced" larger pieces of the toweling fabric.