Thursday, November 8, 2012

Cutting into History

I love my Lutheran Church. It doesn't have flashy screens nor loud live rock music. The children might prefer a more modern spin on religion. I am oldfashioned and hoping my type of church will survive...

One of my best friends at church is Dorothea. She is in her late 80s and still lives by herself. We have the greatest conversations on Sunday. We talk about the kids, her grandkids, and my dolls.

Recently she asked me to come over to her house. She told me she had a couple of things I might be able to use for my craft. Little was I prepared for the gifts she bestowed on me. She brought out an old box filled with scraps of old lace and ribbons. I am not certain how old some of the pieces are. I looked up the name of the company that made the box. It  was made by the company Cradle Knit that sold baby clothes. That company was around until the early 1960s. But then my friend pulled out a brown papersack. In it she had some trim which she had neatly cut of from old pillowcases. All of a sudden it dawned on me that they were handmade pieces of lace. Some of them where created via an old technique called tatting.

Do you know anyone who still knows how to tat? These pieces are so amazing. I looked at the small size of the stitches and can only imagine how long it took to create each trim. Who has the time to do this any more?

Now here I am with a big bag to use on my doll clothes and creations. I feel so very honored and grateful to my friend. I can't decide what to make. How do you even cut into material like that?

1 comment:

winterludes said...

i love this story, Ulla. i'll pm you soon (too many mistakes when i write comments)