Too precious to forget – the making of a memory ‘stick’

There are two sides to this story.

On the one hand there are many ways to remember someone who has died by making or crafting something that perhaps was significant to them or something that we can remember them by.

On the other hand there can be many ways for us to prepare for that final journey, this time by crafting something that will serve a twofold purpose – firstly for display at a funeral ceremony – perhaps as a drape or throw over a coffin or casket and after the event to be retained as a keep sake or memory item for the family, to perhaps be shared or passed on across the generations like a totem stick that is passed down the family tree.

For those who love working with fabric it could be that a memory throw or quilt would act as a memorial to the life lived. There are lots of options.  Some of their favourite clothing or other item could be upcycled to create a special quilt to remember them by.

Or as previously mentioned the quilt could be made in anticipation of our ending of days.  The beauty of the quilt is that the squares when combined can tell a story that can be expanded over time and its contents express a range of themes and ideas.

If you are this way inclined, an opportunity is coming to town, as they say.  As with most projects there are lots of variations on a theme.  Many people think that quilting is complicated and therefore not for them – but for a different take on the easiest quilting process, it might be time to head this way.

This quilting process is minimal but effective. Only using 3 layers of fabrics!  Second hand clothes from the op shops OR old baby clothes to remember when the adult-kiddies were just little tikes – ones imagination is the only limitation.

The workshop runs for 4 weeks – 10th May to 31st May every Wednesday morning 10am – 1pm at Art Mania Studio, Council St, Wallsend.  For more go to: www.artmaniastudio.com.au   or call  4955 0509

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