I found this beautiful brass and enamel Country Women’s Institute badge today, once awarded to a New Zealand lady for her ‘good service’ for home and country. Isn’t it sweet? We were in Helensville, a small rural town just out of Auckland, for a kids’ birthday party and called in at a couple of second hand stores.
In one of the antique stores, housed in old cinema, I discovered a treasure trove of textiles from different parts of the world.
The owner of the shop pulled out a hand-stitched quilt that a friend of his had made, using flour bags, French ticking and fabrics that shop owner himself had printed. It was beautifully constructed and hand-quilted. The quilter had also made him a notebook cover, that was sashiko stitched and layered with patched, like Japanese boro fabric. “Is she local?” I asked, “Where can I find her?”.
Her name is Renee, she lives in New Zealand and she blogs …. in Korean. Frustrating! But I gather that she’s local, so I’m looking forward to seeing some more of her work one day and maybe even meeting her.