My Winding Sheet

As I’m always banging on about the importance of preparing for your own funeral in advance I thought it was time for me to shut up, put my money where my mouth is and get on with it. Having thought long and hard about what kind of disposal and ceremony I want I have decided on an eco woodland burial (hopefully in the same woodland as my nan). I’m super passionate about funerals that give something back to the earth instead of taking from it. I don’t want to be buried in a lead-lined coffin and if anyone even thinks about embalming me I’m coming back to haunt you!

With this in mind I have decided to forego a coffin completely and be laid to rest in a shroud (aka winding sheet). These days shrouds can come in all different designs and shapes and materials but basically a shroud is a just a sheet of fabric wrapped around the body.

Now, as a keen crafter I thought who better to make my burial shroud than me. So here I am embarking on one of the biggest and most important projects of my life. Touch wood I don’t die before I finish it. That would suck!

I am currently half way through the research phase of my shroud and it’s already become a completely fascinating process. I’m learning so much about funeral history as well as loads about natural fabrics and homemade natural dyes. I’ve even got a pinterest board for shroud inspiration. I can’t wait to get started!

I’ll be keeping you up to date with the process here on the blog so keep your eyes peeled for updates. Today I’m going to show you a couple of amazing shrouds that I’ve come across during my initial research. The amount of work that goes into something that will completely return to the earth is so incredibly poetic and gorgeous.


This ‘leaf cocoon’ by Bellacouche is made from pure wool.  Read about the design evolution of the leaf design here.

funeral shroud

This piece is by the incredible Pia Interlandi.  She studies the rate of decomposition of different fabrics and her shrouds are some of the most beautiful I’ve ever seen.  I’d also highly recommend reading about her ‘Pig Project’.

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2 thoughts on “My Winding Sheet

    • The felt shroud is beautiful isn’t it. I think it’s wonderful to make your own shroud. I can’t wait to get started on mine! If you decide to make one I’d love to hear all about it.


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