Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Word Wednesday- Haven

My word for this Wednesday is 'haven'. Probably because I've been hunkered down (again) at home, recuperating from yet another 'bug'. I've been keeping journals of things that interest me, things that are beautiful, word and quotes that I'm drawn to, etc. and 'haven' was on a page that jumped out at me today- a page with collages of beautiful, rumpled, unmade beds- seems pretty fitting, doesn't' it?!

1. A harbor or anchorage; a port.
2. A place of refuge or rest; a sanctuary.
tr.v. ha·vened, ha·ven·ing, ha·vens
To put into or provide with a haven.


So, for the project in the works...I'm trying to revive the hanky (or handkerchief, if you're a proper speaker!) The only people I have ever known to carry a 'hanky' (that's what my dad calls them, so that's what I'll call them, thank you very much!) are my dad and my husband. My dad used his to blow his nose. Kind of gross (sorry, Dad!). And my husband, thankfully, just carries one to clean his glasses. Anyway, I know hankies used to be used quite often- tucked in a man's suit pocket, carried in a woman's purse, given to babies, given to women on their wedding day, etc. But it seems that they have fallen out of fashion and have only recently begun to make a comeback, as I've seen a few on Etsy lately.
A while ago, on a whim,  I embroidered part of a song quote on a hanky for my husband. As it was washed several times, then over several years, I noticed how the white stitching looked like it had always been part of the original, white fiber of the hanky. Like it had become embedded in it. Every time I saw it, I thought to myself, "I should make more hankies!" And it took until now to decide how and why to do that. So, with that in mind, I've decided that each of my Wednesday Words will now become part of a hanky. I haven't decided yet if they will be sold individually on Etsy or become part of a larger project (maybe both), but they will be available as soon as I have some sort of cohesive group of them.
 Here is a sneak peek at the first two, using my Wednesday words, 'frolic' and 'domesticity'.

White embroidery on white cotton hanky...

with white blanket stitched edging.

Black embroidery on white cotton (in progress)
 I hope you're having a wonderful Wednesday- Juli

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