by Kevin Henkes
One of our favorite storybooks is Owen, by Kevin Henkes. Owen is a little mouse who is ready to go to school, but not quite ready to leave his favorite blanket behind. His parents, egged on by a nosy neighbor, try increasingly desperate strategies to induce him to give it up, to no avail. Finally, his mother has a brilliant idea--turn the blanket into handkerchiefs that Owen can carry with impunity. I love stories with sewing solutions.
I thought of Owen, and his mother, and the dwindling stack of handkerchiefs I share with Dandelionslayer. We use them often, and gratefully. And they disappear. Usually they turn up again, in a pocket that hasn't been used for a while. But the total has been diminishing.
I also thought of the serger, and the cool presser feet that go with Grandma O's Duetta. I decided that the edges of paisley handkerchiefs would be a perfect place to practice using them. So I ripped up the skirt, and made four handkerchiefs.