A little while ago I saw a picture on the Harris tweed facebook page of a ladies jacket, I shared the picture & said how I would love to get hold of one of these beauties to felt onto. (it was a bit like this one)
Well one of the lovely followers of my page said she had one somewhere… & that I could have it. She did say that it had been hanging in the garden & that she had already taken the buttons but that If I wanted it to fix I was welcome to it.
& little later on she contacted me to say that actually it was in quite a bad way & that perhaps I wouldn’t want it after all, it was rotten in places & that the moths had fully fed themselves from it for some time & that she had had it for over 33 years…. However, as enthusiastic as ever & always up for a challenge I said I would still like it.
Well… I got it this weekend… & I’m quite scared that I might have just met the thing that I actually can’t fix, I’m going to try though & no quick fixes I’m going to take my time with it & use it as an art project rather than a clothing mend. I’m up for suggestions with this one, I like the idea of the honest visible mend & it will of course have my trade mark British wildlife roaming over it, but what do you think should be on it?? Photo prints, old letters & if so of what? should it be relevant to mending or of the historical & utilitarian uses of a garment like this, different stitches? Send me your ideas.