Yesterday I finished the wedding dress piece...hurrah! I started Defining Moments 16: Marriage early last year by dismantling my wedding dress. Then I screen-printed our vows to the dress fabric as well as some of the flannel lining. I hand-stitched a strip of lace from the dress, fused on bridesmaid dress fabric in squares of various sizes, free-motion stitched the entire background, hand-stitched a photo image of the happy couple walking down the aisle onto my headscarf, hand-stitched my great grandmother’s hand crocheted headscarf to the piece and then, drumroll hand-stitched the entire headscarf on top of the crocheted scarf to the then 5 layers of cloth. That last step took many weeks but was so worth it because I love how it all turned out.
My husband helped me carry it downstairs to photograph. When I asked him what he thought he said HUH! Man of few words then, man of fewer, now 45+ years later!
It was so fulfilling to me to make this piece. Many on social media thought it criminal that I was tearing apart and painting my wedding dress while I queried, what am I to save it for? My mother who made it would’ve been honored to see what I did with it, I believe. And for me the screen-printing and stitching of the
vows was a bit of a renewal in itself.
Onward to #17…