My friend Alexandra gave me a bag of remnants that she, in turn, had gotten from a friend. I was moved by how each piece of fabric had been washed, ironed, and folded. Such reverence for something most people would have simply thrown away. True abundance comes not from quantity but from appreciation.

Summertime Spread

Because of COVID-19, this summer we will be forced to stay in Rome–something we don’t normally do. So we are not prepared for the hot weather here.  Our bedspread is too heavy for summer temperatures. Searching for a substitute, I discovered an unfinished project stashed in a closet—a patchwork quilt using The Man’s old shirts, boxers, and jeans. Will it get finished this summer? I certainly hope so!

Patchwork Quilt Blocks

Patchwork Quilt Blocks

So why do I start projects that I don’t finish? One excuse: I have more ideas than time to actualize them.

Unfinished craft projects + Why Don’t Crafters Finish What They Start? 3 Reasons Why You Leave Projects Unfinished + Why you don’t finish projects and what you can do about it

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The Unfolding of Mariano Fortuny

Art Narratives by Cynthia Korzekwa

What is a pleat other than a fold.  And what is a fold other than the combination of order and flexibility.

Pleats have been around for a long time. They were around in ancient Egypt and continued to be used throughout history. Just think of Mary Stuart’s famous pleated collar, the Scottish kilt, and the Greek fustanella .

Textiles of the past were coarse and thus more difficult to fold.  Now synthetic fabrics make pleating much easier for contemporary fashion designers.  One such designer is Issey Miyake who loves pleats so much he’s even named a perfume  in their honor.

Miyake Like Pleats

But the most successful pleated dress of all times is that of Mariano Fortuny, the “Delphos” dress.

The son of a well-known Spanish artist, Fortuny was born in Granada in 1871. His family was wealthy enough to permit him to study and travel. At the age of 18, he moved permanently…

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