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.

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?

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.

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.
This one-of-a-kind wonder will be available in sosorosey soon!


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 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.