Monday, 19 May 2008

Tangled Threads

I keep my cotton threads in this old cigar box.

It was used for other things before I inherited it.

Here is the pale blue that made
the Tana lawn dress with pin tucks

and the deep red for my taffeta ball gown.

There is green for a Robin Hood costume
and purple for a tiny flapper dress;

pale pink for ballet shoes
and white for endless name tapes.

If I pull at the end of a thread
I find that they are intertwined.

It is not easy to untangle these threads
but it can be done, little by little,
if you are patient.

7 comments:

Ali said...

You find so many ways to tell a story Alice. I will never view my jumble of threads in quite the same way again.

blackbird said...

I wonder if we've ALL made a Robin Hood costume.

eurolush said...

Now if only we could see them all!

RW said...

Oh. I have made a Robin Hood costume. And I have a bin of thread but your box is much for lovely and organic. Mine is utilitarian plastic. I like yours better.

kristina said...

Such a beautiful post. K x

monica said...

Now I feel sad mine are all neat in one those hanging thingy.

They do tell a story too...

But I take consolation from the fact my dad built it for me and all his crookedness reminds me of him and makes me smile (he can't draw a straight line even using a ruler!!)

peppermintpatcher said...

I love it!