Bespoke Cloth Keepsakes
In 2006 I trained to be a Voluntary Children's Bereavement Officer for a local charity and as part of our training we had to accompany the children on a residential camp. It was an incredibly moving and extremely emotional weekend; spending time with children who all needed help coming to terms with the tragic loss of a loved one.
It was not long after the camp that I felt I compelled to make something for my son and daughter - something to pass on to them, something like a heirloom I guess. So it was a few weeks later when I presented them with a highly personal and unique keepsake each. They were created out of their cherished childhood clothes, the very clothes I had kept 'safe and stored away' for many years. They loved them.
Did my hands shake when I was nervously cutting up the clothes I treasured? Yes! And yet I instinctively knew this was what I needed to do. I realised that I no longer needed to hold on to all the 'stuff'. I kept a few 'extra special' items and all the rest went to a charity shop. I felt so much better, sort of lighter and more free.
As a consequence of that residential camp my Bespoke Cloth Keepsake service was born; a service where your cherished clothes are carefully turned into a cushion that can you can hold close, hug and cry with. These keepsakes can bring so much comfort to anyone who has suffered a bereavement or for children after a divorce, or when one parent works away for long periods of time.
These cushion keepsakes are inspired by your memories that your cherished clothes hold on to.
Each commission is always a privilege.