Wednesday, February 17, 2010

A Glimpse of History

I know that there are people who like to decorate with primitive rag balls. In fact, since I have been in the market for them, I know that there are aLOT of people who like primitive rag balls! I can't imagine ever letting one of these sit around in my house untouched, though. Looking at it in ball form every day would be sheer torture for me.
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As soon as I receive one, I do the obligatory hefting and turning and appreciating of the ball itself. Then, I nestle down in my favorite crochet chair, breathlessly ready to peel back the layers of time. I'm always nervous about this at first...Will the fabric be a relatively uniform width? Will the material be sturdy after all these decades? Will the maker have stitched the pieces securely?
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I have had my share of disappointments, but I've also had the glorious pleasure of loving every single fabric contained in a ball. Of picturing the apron or feedsack or workshirt - the life - that the strips came from. Of seeing the hard work and love that went into making every single bit count for something.
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Often what is on the inside of these rag balls is far more beautiful than the outer layers. While some of these lend themselves well to star-making, there are the precious stand-outs that just need to be something else entirely. This bowl is a good example; the colors and patterns that emerged as I crocheted remind me of a well-loved patchwork quilt.
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This one-of-a-kind wonder will be available in sosorosey soon!

5 comments:

Renee•Candy Stick Lane said...

Stunning - absolutely gorgeous!

Ribbons Undone said...

Hi Jennie, I really enjoy your blog and all your colorful creations. Back in October I crocheted a rug for my half-bathroom. Shabby Chic colors. I was so proud of it--at the time--but then I saw your goodies! If I get the nerve, I would like to share a picture or two with you. I could use some pointers and constructive criticism. Really. I hope to "talk" to you soon, Victoria PS Thanks for being a "follower" on my blog; I feel like it's official now!

Jennie said...

Hi Victoria- thanks so much for the comment! I would love to see what you made... you can email me at jenniemorse@hotmail.com or send me a convo through etsy anytime! Congrats on getting the blog up and running!!

mamasan said...

Jennie, that rag ball bowl is BEAUTIFUL!!! I love it! You are a top notch crafter!

Evelyn Fernandez said...

I enjoyed reading this reflective post and very beautiful bowl and photo to add.