Saturday, June 20, 2009

My Gratitude List in French Reproduction Fabric

I call this my gratitude pouch, but if you could lookGratitude pouch into the bottom pocket you would find a flannel cut in a half circle filled with pins and needles.


Yep, I made it as an updated version of a midwife pocket for sewing tools and small piecing items.

It quickly became my gratitude pouch when I put a ring of plain paper slips at the top.

I pull one piece off and write what I am grateful for and slip it into a pocket. When I am feeling like it, I re-read them.

Our thoughts are powerful. focusing on what I am grateful for rather than worried about is important to me in reaching my goals and for my continual sense of well-being. My gratitude pouch hangs near my desk and gets plenty of traffic :) next week when I travel to teach, I will roll it up and take it with me to add to on the road.

Do you have a container for your gratitude list? How about one for symbols of your most special treasured people, places and things?  I do. I filled the inside of a silver colored box with the softest velvet in a deep green, and decorated the outside with embellishments. It sits on my desk too.

I find it comforting and natural to have these loving things near me as I work at my desk. Tell me about yours?

If you haven't read Changing Times: Women's Stories 1902-1942, you can directly download the PDF photo-filled eBook of 16 stories here or at the icon on my page. Then join us Monday, the 29th,when the three finalists will be my guest in an open dialogue about writing their story and writing as a creative outlet. It is a free at tele-class at 5 PM PST. The phone number and code will be posted next weekend at Women On Quilts.




Eirlys said...

What a nice idea! I can particularly see children enjoying making these. I wonder if the pockets have different nuances for you? Do the fabrics convey different types of gratitude? - different colourings of that emotion? Thanks for sharing.

Kimberly said...

That is a great idea- children could make one with felt and glue or iron on glue, if they are too young for the machine. Thank you Eirlys!
To your second questions I say -you are one creative mind! I didn't go there, just loved the French style fabrics and happy colors of red and yellow.I think I may pursue your color symbolism to make another one for a gift. Thank you! Kim

Anonymous said...

This is beautiful! I too would like to make one, could you tell me where you got the pattern?
Thank you,

Kimberly Wulfert, PhD said...

HI Debbie,
I drafted it myself. I used a picture of a 18th century midwife I had seen at a museum as my model. do you know what a midwife is? It's the earliest version of a sewing and coin or personal "purse", my word. It could be rolled up and left hanging, depending on the types of midwife, this one was for sewing. They had very long strings, like an apron, and were tied around the woman's waist and place under her skirt, reachable through her split or pocket. they were also called a pocket by some.
Try it yourself, making the pattern on freezer paper or plain paper, the full size you want and go from there.

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