What is a pajaki, you may ask. The literal translation is "spiders of straw" and they are a form of polish folk art made from paper, wool and yarn. They originate in the village of Lowicz very close to my father lived in Warsaw. It is almost a year ago when I first saw one on the beautiful and very talented Laura Normandin's blog and it was then I knew I had to make one. A year later it finally happened. Well you know the best intentions get buried and well, life happens. It also took me a very long time to find the package of straw tubes that I had stashed away many years ago after making some easter decorations. I like to use what I have and I knew it was somewhere in my home. I did finally find it and the other supplies were so much easier to locate : a wooden embroidery hoop, a vintage doily, cotton thread, a needle, colored paper, colored tissue paper and tiny circles of felt for the center of the flowers. I am not planning a tutorial but I might consider trying to write one later. Right now my head is blossoming with images, ideas, colors and concepts and I need to let some of these escape first.
I have wandered off on a little tangent but here I am back again. Why did I want to make a pajaki. I wanted to make one because they are so colorful and beautiful. They are polish like my father. In fact he loved straw ornaments and we always decorated our Christmas tree with them. If you read this blog you will know that spiders and webs are very important symbols in my family. I guess the last reason was simply because it didn't require me to buy anything. I had all the necessary materials within my reach.
I think I made this uniquely resurrectionfern style by the addition of the web like yellow vintage doily inside the embroidery hoop. I really wanted to pay tribute to the straw spider. I apologize for going a photography overload. I found it to be such an interesting subject and I also was experimenting with different color of painted walls. Which one do you like best?
It was not difficult to make but does take a number of hours and I was a little fearful of my curious kitties tearing it apart but thank goodness that didn't happen. I am already planning to make some more for a very special porch party in the spring. If you want to see a wonderful post that Holly of decor8 made about these "chandeliers" you should read here. I am not the only one smitten.
Deborah thinks it looks pretty fine in amongst her art collection and I think bear monster agrees.