Crafts have always been a part of my life for as far back as I can remember. My Great-Grandmother, Grandmother and Mother all loved to do various crafts and they handed down their love of crafts to me.
When I was a little girl my Great-Grandmother would crochet house slippers for all of us kids. Each year as we grew she would crochet us new ones. I saved the last pair that she made for me and will always treasure them.
My Grandmother used to sew, crochet, cross-stitch and needlepoint. This was the Serenity Prayer that she cross-stitched and it hung in her kitchen for years. Even whey my Grandparents moved this Prayer was put up in their new kitchen.
When I was born my Grandmother made me a baby quilt which she sewed and cross-stitched. My Mother saved it for me and gave it to me when I had my children. Of course I had boys but I still use it because it was from my Grandmother.
I remember as a little girl sitting next to my Grandmother’s sewing machine while she was sewing her chicken doorstops. She used to make chicken doorstops and she would sell them at craft shows. I used to go to a lot of the craft shows with her too. When I would sit next to her sewing machine sometimes I would just watch her sew or I would rearrange all of the pins in her pincushion. I also used to use her tailor’s chalk to draw on scrap fabric. I will always cherish those times with her.
My Mother also enjoyed sewing along with knitting. She attempted to teach me to knit but I did not like it. When I was an adult I became interested in knitting again and now I have been knitting for about 10 years. My Mother taught me how to knit again and this time I really enjoyed it. My Mother still knits so we have fun going to yarn shops and sharing patterns and yarn.
My Mother used to sew most of our clothes when we were growing up. She had the sewing machine set up in her bedroom and while she would be sewing on her machine my brother and I would set up her cutting board against her bed and race his Matchbox cars down the front of it.
As for me, I enjoy knitting and sewing the most. I used to do counted-crosstitch but I do not seem to have as much time to work on that anymore. I knit this blanket a number of years ago. It is pretty but the mohair is somewhat scratchy so we use it more as a decoration.
I am so grateful to my family for sharing with me their love of crafts. I have learned so much from them and have so many treasured memories. My boys, who are 3 and 4 years old, also enjoy making crafts. We made these paper bag puppets a couple of weeks ago.
The boys also like making playdough, painting and anything that has glue involved. I hope to share with them my love for crafts and to teach them to create their own creations.
Thank you to my Great-Grandmother, Grandmother and Mother for sharing with me your crafting skills.