Saturday, August 29, 2009

New Toys

Let me introduce you to my new toys- antique rag balls sent to me by a lovely customer, fresh from her family homestead in Texas. They are many, many decades old- closer to 100 years than 50, that's for sure.
I am honored to have the super exciting task of crocheting these rags into a large basket to house still more of the rag balls that will be kept for display.

As I begin to unwind the years, and see all of the different fabrics and colors, I imagine the love and work that went into creating these in the first place. I'm swept up in wondering what that red and aqua striping came from, or if the pink and black is an apron string. It seems nothing was discarded...some lengths of fabric are a mere inches in length before another one begins.


I look forward to showing you my progress on this basket, and regaling you with stories about the ups and downs of crocheting with ancient material that has been cut and wound by someone other than me. Stay tuned- it is sure to be a fantastic adventure!


elsiee said...

what a wonderful project - so filled with love and good energy throughout the years - can't wait to see your progress!

Penelope Anne said...

HOW FANTASTIC! I can imagine what went into the balls - Im so excited to see your progress - keep us posted!

PussDaddy said...

Oh, I bet this will be fun. The rag balls are pretty.


PussDaddy said...

I love your hang tags, by the way. They are too pretty to hang on anything and give away though, lol.


Jennie said...

Hey thanks for the encouragement, everybody! This is going to keep me busy for quite awhile, and I will definitely keep you posted.

PussDaddy!! So glad you found your way over- I got caught up in reading your blog last night. I haven't been in the forums much lately, and I missed the way you tell it like it is, lol :)

Lenore said...

Looks like you have quite a job ahead of you.
Looking forward to seeing the results.

rockhound said...

How complimented and praised you must feel!! To be so entrusted and honored with someone's valued treasure as those balls of fabric are! It is a most fascinating project you have at your fingertips and I cannot wait to see how the drama unfolds! I know your basket will be treasured for the treasures it will hold! Good Luck!

elenasworld said...

Wow! How cool is that! I am sure you will have lots of fun creating with these goodies

Cottage In The Sun said...

Wow! How cool is that?! Can't wait to see your progress!!

CelticKnot said...

What a lovely idea! I hope you have fun with your project, Jennie. :-)