Wednesday, January 21, 2009

My Staphorst quilt
-part 2-
Today some more about the making of this quilt and some close-ups. When I was designing the pattern of this quilt I had the bold, vivid daily wear of Staphorst in mind. Every few months I try to visit the shop of Stegeman. The family Stegeman is very helpfull (father, mother and 2 girls)and very friendly. Mr. Stegeman buys traditional costumes from people that don't want to wear them anymore or from family of people that are no more with us. The shop is very cosy with a lot of fabrics, but also other sorts of textiles, yarn, buttons etc. When you click on "fotoboek" you can see it. When designing this quilt my father -who was already ill for 5 years- got worse and died. At that moment I decided to make this quilt from fabrics people wear when in mourning. On the second picture you see a block made of fabrics when people are in heavy mourning. The damask is from a blouse, the black and white fabrics are often with different prints on both sides and are used to make a kraplap. The black fabric with blue stripes is from the cloth that goes around the neck. This is daily wear. On the first picture above you see a piece of stipwerk in the middle from a kraplap to wear on Sunday. When in heavy mourning you wear black with some white added, after a few months you can change to black and white with some blue and again after some months some green is added. Older ladies mostly stay with the black and white version.
On picture 3, 4 and 5 you can see stipwerk showing this. By the way, when making this pictures I found out that nr. 4 and 5 are the same pattern, so proba
bly made by the same person.
Now you probably wonder why I added the blue and green, which is a very unusual colorscheme. When driving through Staphorst/Rouveen you can see the most
beautiful farmhouses and the doors, fencing etc. are painted in these colours. You can see them on this site of Staphorst , click "Over Staphorst", then "Foto-impressie".
-to be continued-


NormaH said...

Oh, Wilma, the photos are so beautiful and your description makes me feel like I've visited the shop and seen the fabrics up close. Waiting now for part 3. Big hugs!

gocrazywithme said...

Wilma, this is just fascinating! And the quilt itself is breathtaking! I love that color combination, but the fact that they are mourning colors just adds to the charm of the quilt.

I believe this quilt is worthy of a spot in a museum, with its story in a booklet for all to read. Looking forward to part 3!

Susan said...

It's so great to see the close-ups. The blue and green fabrics are what make it so vibrant!

Thea said...

dag Wilma,
Wat een prachtige quilt wordt dit!!
Ik ga gauw kijken op de Staphorst-links die je gaf, ik ben zelf ook gek op de traditionele Hollandse stofjes.
Succes verder, ik heb je blog bij mijn favorieten staan.

anne said...

Oh, what a piece of work!!! It is amazing. Very nice. I'm impressed.