so i've reimagined my elder cloth, or at least a portion of it, as an elder coat.
it's been so easy. which makes me feel i'm on the right track. i had taken the old quilt top and backed it with muslin with the idea of it being the middle part of the elder cloth. but it was a great rectangle, and it seemed perfectly formed for cutting an opening and a neck. and then i added some elderberry-dyed patches to reinforce the shoulders, and then a binding around the neck. and the cross-stitch i put on the inside, so that it doesn't take over the design, but still it's there for us.
jude's boro 2 class is quite amazing for inspiration of this sort and in general. and helping me to think through how i want to dress and why. this coat is so very jude as someone said, but i'll take that as a big YES and figure it can be me, too. i can feel elderberry in it so fully, and i'll treasure it regardless of whether it's altogether representative of my style. maybe it's my emerging style, or maybe it's just a mule-coat, my heirloom.
it's not even close to done yet. lots of patching and mending left to do with the old cloth and basic stitching to hold everything down. but i can already wear it, which is oh so satisfying. and the ideas are flowing. i think next i'll bundle dye with some rusty old horseshoes, then look at embroidering some sort of a mane and maybe a tail down the back. and her brand of course. and lots of other symbols and bits of memories in all the patches.