My friend Therese Inverso is always sending me little presents in the mail. I never know what it will be when I open it. They are always wrapped in a little fabric bag that she makes out of scraps of recycled fabrics with an i-cord drawstring. Therese is an amazing knitter and over the years she has made projects for my books. She teaches knitting in southern NJ and knowing how passionate and meticulous she is about both her knitting and sewing, I can’t imagine how fabulous her classes are.
Therese is a gardener too and she loves to hear my stories about the farm. About five years ago, she turned me on to a great book called “The Egg and I” which someone just re-suggested I read in the comments section of my blog. Written by Betty MacDonald in 1945, it tells her story of finding herself living in a dilapidated farm on the west coast, with her new husband as they struggle to revive an old farm. This book was a major hit in the 1940’s. I enjoy reading books from a different time period because I discover the social roles of women honestly instead of reading what is written now in current day history books by modern day historians. “The Egg and I” went on to become a huge success as a movie with Fred MacMurray and Claudette Colbert. It spawned the Ma and Pa Kettle series of movies (hilarious) which (I think) in turn spawned the Beverly Hillbillies. Our family has watched and re-watched all the movies several times – they are fun for kids and adults.
Therese’s packages usually include something handmade that she donates to my collection which I promise to keep in safe keeping forever. I was thrilled to one day receive this.
It is a feed sack that Therese had saved from her childhood. She has told me that flour, sugar, and grain for animals came in similar fabric bags. This is how our grain comes – in large 50 lb paper bags. Kind of lacks the fabric charm, doesn’t it.
As a child, Therese embroidered zillions of these flour sacks along with her sisters (see her beautiful work at bottom of post on the scrap). I can only imagine the thrill of going to the store to purchase flour but actually looking at the sack to decide which brand to buy with visions of stitching a new pillowcase or tea towel. Wouldn’t it be fun if someone brought back this kind of packaging today? I would definitely become a customer.
Don’t worry Therese, I will keep your treasure safe. And thanks!
BOOK PARTY - MAY 5-6
to celebrate the publication of my new book
CRAFTING A PATTERNED HOME.
Our colorful 1751 farmhouse will be open to the public. On view will be many of the projects that are featured in Crafting A Pattern Home along with many other things I have made over the years.
This event will be a celebration of the handmade. I hope the day will inspire you to add some pattern and color to your home.
The event is FREE. Books will be available along with some other things I have made. For more information and directions, see the EVENTBRITE PAGE HERE. Although tickets are not mandatory, it will help me get a count to know what to expect. Hope to see you here in western Massachusetts in May.