Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Under A Blanket of Stars — by Guest Mom Stacy

I have always been fascinated by stars. The ones in the sky. We used to visit the planetarium all the time when we were little. I even recall wanting to be an astronomer for a brief moment, until I realized that there was more math involved than I was willing to commit to. I just wanted to look at the stars. All the milky, glittery shapes they swirl in the night sky. Under a blanket of stars.

Flash forward—2002. Jasper had just been born, & one of the books I had purchased for his room was H.A. Rey’s The Stars. The colors on the cover, not to mention the content, were a must-have. Plus anything by H.A. Rey is pure genius. I had been toying with the idea of starting a baby blanket business with a friend from college. I had another dream about turning the zodiac constellations into a blanket (I dream a lot! Not sleep, just dream). But how?

We tried a bunch of things. There were a few “for-sures”—muslin, gingham, & ric-rac, especially the giant ric-rac we got in New York. As for the stars, we settled on felt circles. The results were less than stellar. Not bad, but not exact.

2007—after sharing countless felting books & ideas, Jen & I were well on our way creating seven smooches. I wanted to incorporate the constellation blankets. Still wasn’t sure how to do the stars. Then, I discovered needlefelting. Perfect! Not only are there a zillion brilliant shades of wool out there, it’s fun! Pounding that roving into the muslin & batting can be cathartic.

The constellation blankets have now had three incarnations in 7 years. Don’t stop believin’.

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Blogger Sarah said...

Oh, that book is the best! My dad had a copy that I used growing up, and I've owned multiple copies since then. Great for all ages and all interest levels. If you just want to see the stars, look in the front. If you want to get a good education on the stars, how they move, the seasons, etc, read the stuff in the back, which is also great.

LOVE that book.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009 at 5:52:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i like this. there is something profound about your child's place in the universe--a blanket of the constellation under which they were born. (i'm not a zodiac person at all--but the STARS, well...)

Thursday, June 25, 2009 at 3:00:00 AM EDT  

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