TWO ANGELS AT THE TREE (2004): Made from recycled textiles, Two Angels at the Tree is adapted from a painting seen on an early American blanket chest. I loved making the tree, with all of its French Knot leaves, and the border, with its blanket stitching trim. The angels’ dresses are made from sweater sleeves; if you look closely at the hems, you can see the ribbing that was the cuff. Materials used in making this piece are: felted wool made from abandoned sweaters, a little piece of vintage lace, and wool tapestry thread; 11” x 9”.
FORGET ME NOT (2004): Forget Me Not. Felted wool made from old sweaters and other recycled articles of clothing, vintage paper maker’s felt blanket, and raw sheep’s wool. Embellished with antique buttons and wool thread stitching; 20” x 23.5”.
PIECES OF DREAMS (2003). Felted wool (which I make from old sweaters), vintage velvet from an abandoned church rectory (a gift from the pastor), wool thread, silk thread, antique buttons (mother-of-pearl, vegetable ivory, cut steel, rhinestone, paste, china, cloth, brass, etc.), antique seed pearls, Austrian crystal beads, miniature jingle bells; 14.5” x 14.5”.
This piece grew over a period of years. It was a wonderful experience and I sometimes wish I had kept it.