I would like to introduce you to my Aunt Pauline's hand (I am sorry Pauline for the crummy picture!).
Pauline's hand can sew, knit, crochet, DIY, cook, repairs high voltage transformers, play with her grand-children, take care of my 98 years old grand-mother, she is the local WI secretary but, most of all, Pauline's hand weaves admirably.
Weaving is so mysterious.
When I visited with her she was working on placemats and dish towels on two of her three looms (the third one is at my aunt Jeannine who also weaves) which, she offers to the members of our large family (larger than Céline Dion if you want to know!). Pauline never sells anything, she gives it away! When she opened her wardrobe, it was brimming with plastic bags full of wonders, hours of fabulous workmanship.
Tablecloths, baby blankets, adult blankets, car rugs, placemats, tea towels. In Pauline's house, all the linen is handmade and generously offered.
She gave me some tablecloth scraps, her scraps are so much more beautiful than mine! I have an idea germinating about what I am going to do with this, but it's for Christmas so sh!
Then she handed me this.
I quickly snapped a picture and then I saw her smile, "wrong side" she said.
She weaved this cloth a few years ago, with the intention of making a suit, which she never made. It's a really thick, dark blue and lilac polyester weave worthy of Chanel. Pauline said : "you have it". Emotional doesn't cover how I felt.
I have been looking for a worthy project since then.
I would like to make a coat and I have been looking for a pattern I saw years ago. It was a long Chanel-like coat with a zipper in the front, the coat was white on the envelope, but I can't find it. Can I jog your good memory to help me find it? I will take any other suggestion as well.