I've been gathering some of my favorite pieces of fabric ... the ones I tend not to use because they are so special, they beg to be saved. What??? How much sense does that make? If they're so special, then why on earth would I not use them? If I make a pot of soup, I use the best ingredients I can find. Shouldn't the same logic hold true for my textile art? It is time to start letting these special textile "ingredients" become part of something bigger than themselves.
It's a reminder of how important it is, in all areas of life, to use the "good" stuff: the good china, the special silverware, the delicate silk sweater, and, yes, the irreplaceable scraps of vintage textiles.
Here's what I think I'll do: I'll save small scraps from each larger piece and use the scraps to create a little book of special textile samples. Maybe I'll make two books; one for me and one for you. But for the most part, I hope I'll feel free enough and generous enough to allow these lovelies to fly out into the world and create pleasure for others, rather than just me.
Whatever I make with them, I hope I do them justice.