Memory Keeper for Julie

Posted: May 18, 2020 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time
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Memory Keeper for Julie Mo 20
H 33cm x W 19cm x D 2.5cm
hand woven & indigo dyed linen cloth and threads by Ulrike Bogdan
100 year old hand woven linen from Germany for edges and gusset
stars of vellum parchment circa 1812
blue and white glass beads
bone bead for closure
knotted nettle string handle
silk noil from Margaret Johnson for the lining
the last thing added this morning was that tiny blue bead in the centre of the fringe
the back needed an insert as the lower edge of the hand woven indigo was narrower at the base
the moon needed a little more definition so I backstitched the edge
the bone bead worked perfectly for the closure
I stretched the handwoven linen making gaps in the weave that needed reinforcing
detail of silk noil lining and edges
I thought there would be lots of feathers and shells in the knotted string handle but they were surplus to requirements and had to be cut out
full of memories from our 44 years of friendship & all set to go!

  1. grace says:

    i love.

    i love. love… the ram’s horn on the bottom of the left…sixth pic….i can hear it…calling
    us to prayer

    • Mo Crow says:

      ((( Grace))) those spiral horns on the corners made themselves when I tried to turn the corner under the gusset to reinforce the base, just had to stitch them down!

  2. Tina says:

    You are amazing not just in your artistries but in your love for earth and friendship. So totally Amazing!!

  3. Margaret Johnson says:

    Exquisite Mo, you are a star!!..ox

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Margaret))) Crow Woman Extraordinaire I was thinking of you whilst stitching the silk noil into the bag for the lining, it was a gift from you along with your crow talisman bag here’s the link!


  5. fiona says:

    Love, memories, heart and soul in every stitch…what a marvellous imagining. May it wing its way safely…

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Fiona))) have my fingers x-ed it will get there safely this week, I post everything with tracking these days even just up the coast to Bellingen!

  6. fiberels says:

    Too beautiful for words, dear Mo
    Good luck to Julie

  7. Liz A says:

    you have stitched a heart-felt prayer … holding so much love and care, a keeper of memory

  8. deemallon says:

    that blue bead! like a tiny eye at the base of things. I, too, love all of it — the spiral ‘horns’, the knotted handles, the dangling stars, and the reinforcements-turned-design. So, so lovely Mo. I can feel how much love went into this.

  9. Saskia van Herwaarden says:

    wow Mo, it is beautiful
    those blues and the bone bead, the moons and stars, and the tiniest beads I love them all and I try to imagine what it must feel like, to hold it and caress it
    it is something to be held

  10. Carol says:

    (((Mo))) Such a magical work of love! Every stitch placed with love for Julie. Love to you, Rod and especially Julie in this strange time we find ourselves in. xxx

  11. so beautiful in every tiny detail and thought – wonderful!

  12. debgorr says:

    So beautiful… I love how you hold so much in your making.

  13. Hazel says:

    Dear Mo, this is beyond words- amazing and powerful. Each move of your finger tips seems able to work magic- with stitch, knot, pen & thought. I still treasure the blue pocket from you, and know this one will carry so much love to Julie.

  14. Acey says:

    was so sure I had commented. To see this bag again. I love going back farther to also see the two of your with her amazing necklace you made.

  15. Pete Webb says:

    Beautiful; so full of feeling. vibrant energy. Thanks for sharing.

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