"Don't forget your jumper," my dad would often remind me when I was a kid and going out on a chilly day. I never thought much about his use of the word "jumper" when I was young, but later began to wonder about it. I might just think it was because he was a sailor, for one of the meanings given in the Oxford dictionary is "a loose outer jacket worn by sailors," but I seem to remember his dad, my grandfather, calling his Big Smith denim jacket a "jumper." Well, no matter, I like the word, so "a jumper it'll be when I head over the trail on cool, crisp mornings such as this morning. My corduroy "jumper" did feel good!
And, how about wearing a jumper like the one pictured above? Talk about "stylin'! This is one of my favorites from Boro, Rags and Tatters from the Far North of Japan. (Yukiko Koide & Kyoichi Tsuzuki).
"Situated dead-end on the northernmost tip of the main island of Honshu, Aomori was home to dirt poor farmers who, out of desperate necessity, created an astonishing textile aesthetic out of boro - mere rags. Everything from work clothes to babies diapers to futon bedding for the long winter nights was sewn from stiff, scratchy hemp cloth. And, if a single layer wasn't warm enough, they stitched and reinforced layer on layer, patching holes and stuffing hemp fuzz in between for whatever little insulation they could get. Boro was the shape of survival in this inhospitable land."
|Bag made of hemp...|
My latest stitching creations, which I like to call "Rice Bag Therapy," have become a big hit here in our neck of the woods. These bags of rice are made from soft cotton knit that I salvaged from a pair of old Land's End Pants. The bag shown here has eight sections which keeps the rice evenly distributed so it can be more easily applied to a knee, neck, or back. Now, when those old aggravating aches and pains show up at the end of a long day's work, we just pop our bags into the microwave for about a minute, and soon enjoy warm, soothing relief! (Warning: I did break a couple of machine needles. I suppose hand stitching the seams is also an option.)