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Last week I shared how I was learning to knit. Today is Mother’s Day and so I wanted to share a little about that. My mother. My mother is an exceptional seamstress. She can sew professional looking clothing, knows how to quilt, crochet, knit, and is an accomplished painter on top of all that. I didn’t get to live with her (or her expertise in these areas) growing up but our weekend visits were always full of crafting. She exposed me to crochet (I didn’t learn that till many years later by taking the Online Crochet Class at Craftsy) and every other type of handcraft, but what we ended up doing almost every weekend I was there was cross stitching and hand embroidery.
|One of the many dishtowels in my
kitchen that my Mom embroidered
|Embroidered details on the quilt (R)–one of many-
that my Mom has made for my
My house is full of things my mother has made or sewn for us…cross stitched and embroidered kitchen dish towels, quilts, pillow, and more. I’m so glad she spent all those hours sewing beautiful things for me and also things for me to put back for my children.
Last fall, my mother had a stroke and she doesn’t sew anymore. This elevated those handmade things she had sent us from loved to utterly treasured. It made me realize that for all of us, our time to create (for ourselves and others) is limited. It motivated me to want to spend more time creating and less time behind a computer screen. I decided to browse pinterest less by using pinterest more efficiently and to stop saying “someday” and “later” to my kids when they asked to do a craft activity.
I’m thankful for every minute I got to spend with my Mom sewing and crafting and those memories are my favorites when I think of the time we did spend together when I was growing up. I want my girls to have those same memories. I want them to remember sitting beside me sewing, crocheting, crafting. I want for their own homes, one day, to be full of things I have made for them with love with my own two hands.
Do you have memories of sewing with your mother? Are you teaching your children how to do a handcraft? What are you working on right now? Whatever it is…quilting, knitting, painting, felting, sewing, crochet, whatever crafty!, please share it with our community by posting a photo of it on our facebook page!
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