More sunshine today, so more gardening – but I also managed to find time for a little stitching. I’m making a new lining for this little vintage sewing basket, a gift from a good friend:
The basket was made in China, and the lining was communist red. Not really my colour, so I’m replacing the red with vintage turquoise silk. The turquoise fabric was a very kind gift from an old friend, with whom I recently caught up on facebook, and dates from around the 1960s. It was originally a cheongsam, which was made for her while she was living in Singapore.
So I’m thinking about circles, and spheres, and curves: the circles that bring us together via the spiral pattern of time; how people from the past can become a part of the present, and how something can travel halfway around the world to begin a new life. About how this little round basket will become a safe place for a collection of treasured sewing tools, and about how it will always remind me of two friends in different times.
I’m even using a curved needle: