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I am very much controlled by the fabric that I find, and am constantly gifted with amazing vintage or recycled pieces of fabric that challenge me to think outside my normal set of inspirations or sparks in order to attempt to do just with the fabric. In this case, I was gifted a tea cozy made up of small pouch like fabric circles, very floral, almost victorian applique like. The original design of this shape came from the sugar sac quilts of the early 1900’s (thank you Louise!) when, during the depression, woman saved the cotton bags in which they bought sugar to be able to make quilts, as the supply of such frivolities was near impossible. By forming them into these floral like shapes, it allows the cotton to provide a layered warmth not otherwise attainable with a simple single layer of cotton (backings of course, were not available either).

In the 1970’s there was a renewal of this shape as applique, or as applique as a base for a garment, and this type of design could be found as vests, and home textile items; tea cozies, placemats etc. During this period it was more likely to find african inspired textiles (still cotton) being used instead of the pale florals of the sugar sac days.

I had thought of using this fabric to do small pieces, but then realized that I could use them as a way to create a hanging floral like arrangement, and that they could be worn, on a necklace, or a bracelet. Perhapsh it was also the end of winter that began to inspire me as I wanted to set forth the intention of spring, and so these pieces were my way of inviting in a little more sunshine!

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The jewellery pieces will be on sale at ShopGirls in Toronto for Spring 2008

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