|'working hard to mend a life' : Christine Kelly|
I like to use vintage and salvaged fabric and threads in all the things I make, their stains and history are part of the pleasure of using them. I was inspired to stitch this piece in order to include some treasured scraps of mending, a piece of cotton lace from a flea market with impossibly tiny darning stitches, a scrap of chiffon from a vintage blouse with an ingenious zig zag mend.
I stitch to relax and feel calm and to express what I’m feeling. The continuous running stitches have their purpose in holding together the shredded, and almost disintegrated, cream silk from a Victorian skirt, as well as calming my mind. All the scraps have their stories to tell and I put them together to tell mine