July 8, 2004
Remember Cristina? Cristina who has sent in imaginative afghan squares every month, each one accompanied by a handmade work of paper art for my enjoyment? Cristina of Voila? Cristina of the elegant lino print? Cristina whose address labels I cut out and save because her calligraphy is so lovely? That Cristina?
A while back, as I was thinking about the Sew-Up Bees for the Afghanalong, it occurred to me that a woman who had amused herself by baking a log cabin shrinky dink, might be so kind as to design a festive invitation to the Sew-Up Bees. I do not actually know Cristina, but I had a hunch. So I asked her.
Cristina graciously gave a big yes and set to work, morning sickness be damned. A few weeks later–this afternoon–the postman dropped off the results. The scan at the top of this post does not do justice to Cristina’s artistry. “Mixed media” is putting it mildly. Cristina used origami paper, mizuhiki (paper cords used for woven jewelry and decorations), and images of some of the afghan squares we have received. The picture of the Sewing Stepford Sisters was from a package of sewing needles I had bought for a dollar and sent to Cristina because I thought it was funny. (“We’re so happy! We all have the same lipstick and hairdo, and we’re sewing!”) What you cannot see clearly is that Cristina actually sewed, not only with the mizuhiki, but with tiny silken threads on the afghan squares. It is Rilly Something, I tell you.
And get this: she made another one. But I’m saving it for later.
Thank you, thank you, thank you Cristina, for sharing your talent so generously!
P.S. The first Afghanalong Sew-Up Bee will be on Sunday, September 12 in New York City, details to follow. We hope to have Cristina there, holding court with her feet up as she approaches the adventure of childbirth. We will schedule the Nashville Sew-Up Bee soon, and we’d love to hear from anyone who’d like to organize a sew-up in their hometown. Believe me, thanks to everyone who’s knitted, we’ve got squares enough for many blankets, and it would be great to get them done up before wintertime.