Sunday, May 13, 2007

Happy Mother's Day

Well today is Mother's Day in the US and since I will not be with my mother until late June, I will show her what will be coming. I felted a white wool bag with a silk hankie in the center. Nuno felt. I also incorporated silk carrier rods on either side.

I love the silk worm cocoons. I am always thinking of how I can use them in something, but haven't yet. Until now.

I have good memories as a child of raising silkworms. I'm not sure why we did, but I love the fat soft worms. They are similar in colour to the cocoons with a darker head. At one point they escaped from the box and climbed up into the drapes. The rest is vague. It's been 30+ years. We used to go and cut mulberry leaves for them to eat. The whole process was fascinating. Maybe it was a school project or just something we did for fun. Anyway, life was full of adventure growing up.

Happy Mother's Day to my mother and two sisters. Hope you have a great day. I love you all and think you've done a fantastic job of being mother's to your children.


Leigh said...

What a lovely bag. Very clever. And I love what you did with the silk cocoons. Raising silk worms is something I've resisted so far. But who knows?

Carol said...

It's beautiful and thanks for the compliment about being a good mothers. There were times when I doubted that any of you would turn out ok. We raised the silkworms for fun,education and because I had them in school. The moths did hatch and were all over the living room. Such fun & good memories that we had. Love ya

Rebecca (feltmaking and sustainable living in rural Ireland) said...

Thats a real blast from the past you have just given me .. I too kept silk worms over 30 years ago. I got them mail order from the uk and my Dad spent ages on phones to loads of garden centres trying to locate a mulberry bush plant before their arrival! Eventually he found one, we drove from Dublin to Mullingar to get it! I'll never forget keeping those little grubs, it was absolutely fascinating. What a great Dad I had.
Those empty cocoons are lovely, I use silk carrier rods, a leftover from spinning silk, in my felt work.

Mary said...

Absolutely stunning Holly, your mother will love it.