Monday, February 4, 2013

winter bloom


I discovered a most unusual vintage wool blanket at Found. Its bold floral pattern works in reverse on the flip side. Red and cream. Cream and red. Considering I devoted an entire chapter in Reinvention to working with wool blankets, you'd think I would have taken out the shears by now. Poufs, pillows, bags, trivets, scarves... so many possibilities, but it hasn't told me what it wants to be, yet. Here's the thing- it's in pristine condition. Maybe it just wants to be a blanket. The kind of romantic woolen wrap that you throw around your shoulders and run out into the snow to walk amidst the frosted trees. 
Creating magic doesn't always have to involve thread and needle. I need that reminder these days when I'm pulled in every direction- except the door to my studio.  Sometimes weaving a little enchantment into the middle of a busy day is just as transformative as something more tangible. So out I went... tripod trailing through the deep snow. Tiptoeing through the powder, draped in a rosy glow.

What might you do with this vintage blanket if it was in your hands?
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22 comments:

  1. Red is a very popular color for Nebraska, the color of their college football team. Grand daughters would love it.

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  2. That'd be on the back of my couch in a minute, so I could enjoy all its beauty! What a wonderful find!

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  3. I have picked up several wool blankets over the years at estate sales. I have felted them all but have yet to cut any up. I have repurposed felted wool sweaters into a lining for my a camera bag and a laptop cover. Your blanket looks too cool to cut up...I would leave it alone, envelope yourself in it and let it keep you warm in front of a blazing fire. Love the print and the red ...have never seen anything like it before.

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  4. That one is so beautiful and so unusual that I would definitely be keeping it for snuggly snow adventures..... or cuddly lounge dreams...... or early spring picnics..... Love it!!

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  5. I vote it stays a beautiful blanket too. The red is for anger and pain and fear, alarm. The flowers are future fruit. Reversible highlights the pain/joy ying/yang. It's an omen and a blessing.

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  6. Oh I would totally keep it as a blanket.
    It is absolutely dreamy.
    ~Michelle

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  7. That blanket is gorgeous!
    I would put it on the end of my bed to keep my toes warm at night.
    If you ever come across another one let me know!

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  8. I love red as well so I agree it must stay a blanket!
    Cuddle up!
    xoxo
    ~ joey ~

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  9. You look like a Japanese Geisha in the snow looking at Mount Fuji! I would keep it and use it as it is as the colours match those of my bedroom!!AriadnefromGreece!

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  10. Oh it looks almost exactly like a blanket my mom has, same colours but slightly different flowers :)

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  11. That must stay as a blanket. Seriously. I buy every single wool blanket I encounter in thrift shops, and I have plenty, and have no qualms about re-purposing them, but that is a find. I have never seen anything like it, it is so lovely. Enjoy it whole!

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  12. I can see how it speaks to you. I think it was meant to be *your* blanket.

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  13. I would keep it as is. This is a beautiful blanket and seems it wants to be so. And it looks so fitting on you in the snow. Lovely photos.:)

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  14. I can just hear Maya's voice ... maybe it just wants to be a blanket. Love it.

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  15. I would just wrap myself up like a little pitta pocket with a hot water bottle tucked inside, and watch old B&W movies in the dark. THATS really what blankets are for ;)
    Val
    xxx

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  16. My mother brought two similar blankets in a trip to China in 1978...one in red and the other in orange. We lived in Europe then...When we immigrated in 1991,we brought them with us to the "new world", one of the few things we were allowed to take with us. Today, one sits on my sister's sofa, the other one is going to return with me back to Europe ...the warmest blanket you can have. Please do not recycle it!Keep it the way it is!

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  17. I would keep it just the same. It is so beautiful. I love red. I have that color sprinkled all over my house.

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  18. i would enjoy it just as you are doing.

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  19. i too, love as is-although a set of matching slippers for the family seems nice too!

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  20. Like most of the comments above, I vote... BLANKET! It is just perfect.

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