Black stichting on jute sack

Black stichting on jute sack

Black stichting on one of the jute sacks of this photo project.

White stitching on jute sack

White stitching on jute sack

White stitching on jute sack.

Organic type of stitching on jute sack

Organic type of stitching on jute sack

Organic type of stitching on jute sack in rural France.

Stichting on puple jute sack

Stichting on puple jute sack

Stichting on partly puple colored jute sack.

Wild stitching on rural jute sack

Wild stitching on rural jute sack

Wild stitching on jute sack that was used in rural France.

Stitching on green colored jute sack

Stitching on green colored jute sack

Stitching on partly green colored jute sack in rural France.

Jute sacks - well used and often repaired

Jute sacks - well used and often repaired

Having found a stack of jute sacks in the attic of a small farmhouse in rural France, we immediately noticed the intricate detail of the repairs to all the sacks.

These 50-year-old sacks had been used to store hay, to sit or sleep on during field trips, and to transport produce to the market. Intensive use had obviously damaged the sacks and they needed to be repaired on a regular basis.

This personal photo project shows my macro photography of the stitching on some of these jute sacks.

The macro photos show that each of the repairs is unique - some of them were made in great haste, while others show the hand of a needlework expert.

When I close my eyes I imagine the farmer impatiently repairing a sack in the field during a lunch break on a hot summer’s day. The hole in the sack is a nuisance that needs to be repaired quickly in order to make the sack usable again.

I also I imagine his daughter creating a perfect patch while sitting next to the fireplace on a misty winter’s morning.

Isn’t it wonderful that we can conjure up these images after 50 years?