Thursday, February 14

A cloth book for Cedar

These are my two favorite pages: vintage hankies for both backgrounds.
The owl and Blue Jay are from vintage linen hand towels.

The little cross-stitch people riding the bird make me laugh. They remind me
of The Littles or The Borrowers.

I love how things feel so amazing (in my mind) when I feel that click
of the process figuring itself out.
The owl in the night sky. Of course.

I found a vintage linen hand towel from 1979
and that year june 27th, Cedar's birth day,
also fell on a Wednesday.
It had to go in. I circled his day in blue.
Cardinals are also special for me
and the purple fabric is from my Grandmom's stash.

I trashpicked a chair once
with that solar print fabric on it.
I've so far used it to cover a journal
and had to use some scraps in here.

I love thrifting. Almost all these spools are thrifted.
That red embroidered wing is handsewn by me.
It didn't make it in the book,
but I love it
and I still make lots of my work about wings.

When Cedar was 6 months
I traced his hand and
here it is forever in white wool felt.

I was stumped for a little while on how to bind it.

But then figured this out. I am so pleased.

You'd never guess how long it took me to figure it out though.
It looks so simple.

The waves of our lake we visit each year in Ontario
complete with lily pads and dragonfly.
And the ocean waves
for so many things have happened near the ocean for us.

Mama and daddy birds with a fabric banjo
which my sister painted
on a little shirt he soon outgrew.
Banjo was our nickname for him before we met him on the outside.
The mountains/pyramids and moon/sun in the starry/snowy sky
are perfect fodder for inventing stories.

I'm a pretty botanical, birdy kind of person
so of course there was lots of that sort of thing.

The mola is from a visit to Ecuador
and became a sunrise over a blue ribbon ocean.

I embroidered this feather for another project
but it's perfect here.
The heart is a piece
of my baby blanket.

The book was based loosely on one my Grandmom made for my sister as a baby.
I finally found a use for all those embroideries, vintage linen hand towels
and scraps of things I made or picked up at the secondhand shops.

I was pretty obsessed for the week.
It's nice to be finished and have a little creative rest!
But it was also so great to get sucked in
and feel so much joy
in creating.