I like details. I think they often make or break a decision, a choice, how I feel about something. Did you ever notice when an actor puts himself into character? The bow of a ballerina? The music before the start of a movie? The role of an actor does not begin at the first scene but long before and after to draw the audience into the portrayal of the story or to leave one thinking after the story has been told.
To me, delivering the wedding cape, talked about here to my friend was an opportunity to set the scene for the wedding that was about to occur. Everything had gone smoothly in the process of knitting the cape so I wanted the happiness to continue. Maybe, it was like Chapter Two, Smooth Transition of Cape to Bride. How could the delivery of the cape that meant so much to me be delivered in a most meaningful and thoughtful way, to let the wonderful story of a wedding begin long before the walk down the aisle?
Well, this is what I did and it created some inquiry on Ravelry.
It happens that I have not only a yarn stash but also a collection of sewing materials. I was, after all a seamstress long before I was a knitter. It is surprisingly often that I go into the ‘sewing vault’ for something I am knitting. Snaps, seam binding, elastic are some items I’ve needed. So, when I was thinking about packaging this project, I remembered I had a catch of fabric bags I had received yarn in. How perfect are these bags for gifts! I love that the hand knitting shows through this fabric. These are just squares of tulle with a ribbon as a drawstring top. How easy would these be to make, in just the right size, with ribbon strung through to match the theme of your gift!
I knew that the bride’s colors were navy blue and orange. So, I took some pictures, like the one above of the cape packaged by our Van Gogh “Sunflowers” painting and sent the photos to her Mom. Maybe, to be added to the photo album of the wedding? It was my way of staying within the theme of the story that was being created.
When I saw these photographs of the cut flowers and flower arrangers, I was taken aback. First, I had to hold my breath at how gorgeous the flowers were. Then, I noticed the warmth on the faces of the arrangers. Then, and only then I realized how our Van Gogh painting came pretty darn close to the exact shade. Sight unseen, I thought that pretty spectacular. Can’t you just feel the love in the air?
Here is a picture of one beautifully created centerpiece. I like the touch of the navy fabric underneath and the warm light bouncing from the flickering candles.
I wish the bride and groom every happiness in their future, and I must say, as I notice details, I do love the navy pumps in the photo, below.
Photo credit: Amy Paulson/photography