Yesterday, my Mother, Milly , died from pancreatic cancer. She had only been diagnosed a week before, and very quickly went downhill, having decided she wanted to be with my father who died back in 1959. Back at Christmas, she had me go through her closets to find the dress she wanted to be buried in. She loved that dress, but it had short sleeves, and she didn’t want her old lady arms to show, so I told her I would make her a shawl to cover her arms.
I showed her the brocade fabric two weeks ago, which she loved, but she wanted some beading on it. I came back home and started in on it, only to get sick from the virus that had been going around the nursing home. I worked on the shawl as I could, but only got one edge finished. However, I’m sure that the funeral directors will be able to drape her other arm so that no one will know that the other edge didn’t get much done.
I made the piece quite long, 7′ or 2.3 m, and with all of the ribbon edging that I put down the vertical sides, I hemmed over 20 yards or about 7 meters of yardage. The short edges, that were intended to cover her arms, have an iron-on flower applique that I sewed along the bottom edge. Next came turquoise glass buttons from Czechoslovakia, alternating with dyed shell rondelle beads.
Here is a close-up of the brocade fabric I used. It has a sweet series of tendrils along with tiny flowers scattered throughout. I did mostly seed beads for the stems and flowers, with a few flat aqua glass rodelles with an AB finish to emphasize the aqua glass beads. The shawl is quit elegant, and I’m proud to have given my mother this last present. I know that she and my Dad went dancing in heaven that night and she had great, good fun twirling around heaven in it.
What present have you been meaning to give to someone you love? What’ keeping you from doing so while you still have time?
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