And there came the memory. When I was in grade school I lived with my Mother in Pendleton, OR; just down the road from the Pendleton Woolen Mills. At that time (they still might), they sold bags of their scrap wool fabrics very cheaply. My mother would buy the bags, as money was available, and then at night, she'd sew those strips together and spend hours carefully braiding them together. I'll always remember her sitting there for hours at the machine stitching pieces together, and then getting down on the floor, and turn by turn, putting together the rugs that eventually covered our floors. When we left there, the rugs were left in the little rental house. I wonder if they are now someones treasured collectible (that would have been the late 60's) or if they were just thrown away.
Tucked inside the envelope was a flyer to order these fabric folders.
Just for fun, here's the back of the envelope where the technique is illustrated.
I'd moved on several patterns and was still reminiscing about Mom's rugs, when the thought struck me. If the pattern is about tearing and braiding together cotton fabrics, what were those uncut, factory folded tissues for? Back to Simplicity 7419.
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Okay, that's it. Back to work.
Thanks for dropping by,