In Loving Memory

Recently, a client visited Seamstress Karen’s shop with a custom sewing request. Her husband’s grandfather passed away earlier this year, and she wanted to have purses made from all his old neckties (an inspiration she’d found on TV). Karen told me that in the past she would have turned down a request of this nature – preferring the more straightforward work of alterations. Instead, she called me to ask if I would be interested in taking on the work.

I made up just a couple of purses at first so our client could take a look. She was extremely pleased, and requested enough purses to give one to each of her female family members, so that everyone would have a memento of Grandpa.

There was a large collection of ties to work with, and the bulk order freed me up to made creative use of the fabric. I tried my best to match colors and patterns that complimented each other (and avoid combinations that clashed), and to make use of every bit of the tie. Some of the large ends went together to make quilted fronts for several purses, and others made flaps to close the purses. Long lengths of fabric made up the straps and, again, were quilted together for fronts and backs of the purses. I stitched the smaller ends of the ties together side by side and used them to embellish the upper edge of a few purses as well.

The result was a colorful set of unique gifts that are both functional and a beautiful tribute to a much loved family member. I really enjoyed the opportunity to work on such a meaningful project!



3 Responses to “In Loving Memory”

  1. 1 3blessings
    January 7, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    Wow! They’re all beautiful! Once upon a time, my mom made me a skirt made out of ties and I loved it =)

  2. 2 Joy
    January 11, 2009 at 11:07 pm

    What a neat idea! Gorgeous!

  3. February 16, 2009 at 11:31 pm

    What a wonderful tribute. I’m sure that your work has helped those family members in ways that they will treasure for years. Great job.

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