Monday, July 30, 2018

Of mothers and daughters

A note before posting: It is an honor to be invited into someone's personal story. I will be forever grateful that I was entrusted with this story and its telling here.

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My older daughter's close friend, Danielle, asked if I could make something for her brother's wedding.

The bride wanted to have a label made for the groom's tie with something from his mother's wedding gown. A request made more poignant as Danielle and her brothers lost their mom when they were quite young.

Danielle wondered if I could do that, and likewise make a label for the bride's wedding gown. 

Yes and yes ... although as the project progressed, the bride's label became a handkerchief instead, the project written about in Past is prologue.

As I stitched, I asked Danielle if she could send a picture of her mom wearing the wedding gown I was working with ...


A gown so much like my own ... vintage 1970s chiffon, long sleeves, and simple lace. Her mother's smile.

Next I asked the spelling of her mother's name, to which Danielle replied ...


Jackie carried daisies, as did the lace on her gown ...


a gown edged in lace that magically morphed into a "J," the groom's first initial ...


And so I stitched a bit of lace to the fragile chiffon, turning under the edges and securing them with silken overcast stitches for the groom's tie label ...


Then attached lace daisies to the bride's handkerchief and stitched eyelet initials and the date to commemorate their wedding ...


And finally, for Danielle, stitched the name she shares with her mother and her daughter ...


onto a handkerchief for her to carry when her 6 year-old son and 1 year-old daughter serve as attendants in their uncle's wedding ...


Three gifts ...


made with love for a wonderful family ...

Danielle and Charlotte Therese


13 comments:

Marti said...

"Of Mothers and Daughters" and of friends who are family of the heart. This wonderful upcoming wedding will be made all the more special by your beautifully stitched, loving, gifts; one of the ways to make sure that their Mother is with them, a truly fine memorial to her and to her family.

Mo Crow said...

(((Liz))) your stitching is so fine!

Liz A said...

Marti - "family by choice" has very deep meaning to us

Mo - I used to bemoan my nearsightedness ... now I realize what a gift it is

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

the Tenderness of it all....thank you for this

Hazel said...

What a lovely honor and gift for all involved, just beautiful touching thoughtful makings, Liz, so much love.

Fiona Dempster said...

Liz - this is beautiful. What an honouring, a connection, everything one ever hopes that one's work might be is here. The bringing together of the fabric and the stitcher; the thoughts and the care; the creating. Oh my...

Liz A said...

Grace, Hazel and Fiona ... please forgive my brief acknowledgment, but we are about to take to the highway. It was challenging indeed to distill the essence of this project into a post. The story is deeper and richer than words can adequately tell.

Sue McQ said...

Liz, this is a beautiful Love Story. So touching. Nothing that could be purchased. Items to treasure forever. You have blessed these people. Love ya.

Louise Watson said...

Thanks for sharing this beautiful story and stitching. Love is the answer.

Dana said...

This story and your needlework are so touching...literally. The tactile ability of cloth to carry memory brings the past back into the material present and bridges the time gap between connected lives. So poignant and meaningful. Your perfectly stitched and ironed pieces call out to be stroked.

Barry said...

LA - such a powerful joy when one can bring art, skill, meaning and the personal together - well done. B

Nancy said...

Such a beautiful story of thoughtfulness and generations. Your stitching is so, so fine! xo

Liz A said...

To Sue, Louise, Barry and Nancy - thank you for bearing with my long absence ... your comments are much appreciated