Thursday, September 2, 2010
I bought this remnant recently purely and simply because it reminded me of Bright Star, the Jane Campion film about the doomed romance between poet John Keats and his stylish young neighbour, Fanny Brawne. I won tickets to see the film when it was released last December and I went knowing nothing more than that it was about Keats, whose poetry I had studied at school. When the opening scene began with a close up of a needle pulling thread through linen and a soundtrack of ethereal singing, I was puzzled. The connection soon became clear. Fanny, the "well stitched Miss Brawne"; the first person in "Hampstead and Woolwich to have a triple-pleated mushroom collar"; Fanny, who boasts that she only wears what she has sewn and designed herself, is "Bright Star" to Keats and to us.
Since I love sewing it is hardly surprising that i would be cheered by such a film as this. I also came away with a deeper appreciation for fabric - particularly those that i think of as French fabrics - those cottons and linens that define the finished product. I also came away with a desire to learn to crochet. Those Sophie Digard creations that Fanny and her little sister wear are to die for. No doubt crochet like that take years of practice to perfect. Still, no harm in aiming high :)