Tuesday, June 30, 2009

My Class for Rehabilitation Years ago

母の荷物を整理していたら、昔、リハビリにと思って一緒に作ったものがいろいろ出てきました。もう布を縫い合わせるということはできませんでしたので、私が布を接いで作ったブロックに、母がへリングボーンやボタンホールでシームステッチをかけ、私がまた最後にそれを形に仕上げるという作業でした。

I found some cqs in my mother's room. I remember those days when I was trying to help her rehabilitation, working together. I did all of piecing and finishing work. She did seam stitches with herringbone, straight and buttonhole stitches, though it's not easy for her already.

大体、どれも二枚ペアで作ってあります。グリーンのクロス。ほこりよけのカバーに。
I usually pieced a pair of naked blocks



刺繍を入れてあげたら喜びました。
She was very glad with my daisy.



これも2枚作りました。



ストレートステッチも乱れがちですが、それでも何とかボタンホールができています。



ランチョンマットに。



ブロックを4枚つないだクッションです。針に糸を通すこともできなくなっていたので、私が何色かボタン付け糸を針に通して用意しておいたものを順に使っていましたから、突然途中でステッチの色が変わります。



時々針をどういう方向に出したらいいのかわからなくなるのか、針目が乱れます。
I can see from her untidy stitches she was sometimes lost how to move the needle.






選んだ布のありったけの端切れで、クレージーキルトの小さなブロックを接いでおくと、揃わないなりにもせっせとステッチをかけてくれて、それをつないだテーブルセンターです。



この後、細い針と糸を持つことはできなくなり、次のリハビリプログラムは編み物でした。太い毛糸でガーター編みの30センチ角の正方形を一緒に編み、ベビー毛布ほどの大きなひざ掛けになりました。それが母の最後の手仕事でした。
It was getting harder and harder for her to handle a sewing needle and thread. After a few months I advised her to do knitting with fat yarn. She knitted several squares, which I conbined into a warm ket. It was her last craft work.

10 comments:

Ati. Norway. said...

Ah Hideko, this are all memories, they are so fragile now...
I remember that i found several unfinished things in my mothers house and took it with me in the caravan to finish it. I worked on it and have cried and memorized a lot in that holiday....1995...

Plays with Needles said...

Hideko, I feel your loss when I read your post. I lost my mother over a year ago and I find that I keep thinking of her and using her in my work. Your memories of your mother are such treasures -- just as your needlework. I'm sure you will find a way to unite them both. Fondly, Susan

Cathy K said...

Your lovely post reminds me of my mother and how she, too, was forced to finally give up needlework. What wonderful pieces you and your mother did together! I'm sure your eyes see and your heart feels the love behind the stitches! Hugs, Cathy

ayako said...

お母様の老いに寄り添って歩いていらしたのがわかります。
一つ一つが完成品になってそっと生活の中に入り込んで…
それにしても、どれもみな、組み合わせや色合いが優しくとても素敵です。

kerrykatiecakeskeb43 said...

How precious these blocks and menories are!
Hugs,
Kerry

Rengin Yazitas said...

Dear Hideko,
How precious blocks to remember all those memories with your mother.
Take care of yourself, dear friend.

Bear said...

my darling Hideko,
I can hear your pain as I look at your mothers last stitching- I know that you will keep these and remember her always trying to keep her stitchinhg going. Her knitting though was not lost to her and she made a lovely knee blanket my love another memory. I finished a pillow my Mum began she had completed all the tent stitching and I just added a backing to it and made it into a pillow for my Dad to have, and I am sure yours will continue to give you memories as well
much love Hideko 'n many big hugs Bear xoxoxoxoxo

Gerry Krueger said...

This is so touching. I am just finishing a block with my mother's picture on it. My mother is almost 90. She was never crafty and we are very opposite in interests and nature but that mother "thing" is still there... On the other hand I have tatted things from my late MIL that I treasure... Gerry K.

Hideko Ishida 石田英子 said...

Thank you very much to all for your warm and kind words. We know it comes finally, but never expect today or tomorrow, as a Japanese poem says.

nuinui said...

どの作品も、なんともいえないくらいに、ほのぼのとしていて、ほんとうに素敵です。
お母様の一針、一針・・その針目は、英子さんにとって、特別のものなのでしょうね。