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This is my second post and I’m going to write about the various ‘characters’ in my family that have influenced/incited my passion for all crafty things.
Now I hope you will understand what I mean when I say that craftiness must run in the blood; I’m quite sure there are genes for it! I’ve come across so many people influenced by their crafting mums or grans and aunts; watching them in childhood and growing to emulate them in adulthood. For me it was a similar story.
My lovely Mum…..
We are four sibs that grew up watching a very passionately crafty mum with a gift for creating anything and everything within a press of a foot pedal. She had a super powerful sewing machine and I remember we were strictly told not to touch or go near it! It was bought for her by her in-laws shortly after she had married, and it kept her satisfyingly busy for over 25 years after that.
The machine was a beautiful Japanese Willcox Gibbs model (very old and unique) and required a certain amount of prowess to operate! (Let us say it is not for the faint hearted lol). She rolled off pretty dresses, gowns, bed-sheets, duvet covers and curtains as though it were no work at all!
She had also built-up quite an impressive knitting collection; Needles in every size and wool in every colour. Quite a magnificent collection. Again, jumpers, cardigans of all shapes (and fashions), blankets, tank-tops and all-things baby related just seemed to roll off her needles! Crochet? yes, same again.
In addition to this, she seemed to enjoy decorating and embellishing her sewn/knitted products. I’m talking buttons, gems, laces, ribbons, trims, borders, sequins, the list goes on!!
Sadly, my mother passed away (rather untimely) about 20 months ago. And I found myself a sort of successor to her valuable treasures. At this point I must tell you I’d never attempted anything more than replacing a lost button and never seriously learnt anything off mum, so I was a little bit hopeless.
Four months pregnant with my first (and therefore overcome with hormones and emotions), I decided justice had to be done with all these remarkable things. I simply had to learn to Sew, to Knit, to Crochet…… A daunting task for a ‘day-dreamer’ such as me. I mean, where to start???
A light at the end of the tunnel came in the form of my grand-mother; if ever there was an expert of all things crafty in the family it was her. She simply lived to Cook and Knit! And actually if she’s not doing one, she’s doing the other.
Granny’s stories of how mum started out and the projects she was involved in have kept me incredibly motivated. Since the birth of my daughter (now 15months old), my gran has provided a wealth of ideas, inspirations and motivation for all my tiny attempts. I think she was also the first to shed a tear when I first operated mums (smaller) sewing machine lol.
I have three that have particularly inspired me with their crafty skill.
At the beginning a young Aunty S (who wishes to remain anonymous) showed me basic sewing techniques and embellishment ideas. She taught me basic stitches and pretty baby dress ideas!
Aunty Bobby, who was very close in age to my own mother, is the ultimate crochet queen and my ocean of crochet knowledge. Any pattern, anytime! She was actually bursting with joy when I told her I wanted to learn, and recounted stories of friendly competitions she and mum had to finish similar projects. She told me of fabulous magazines that they both would spend hours pouring over (these are now available online apparently).
Aunty N, was like my finishing touches fairy godmother; when I got a little stuck, she would be there to save my sewing projects from being left unfinished!
And not forgetting the Mum-in-law….
A special mention of my mum-in-law. She lives in Lahore and I met her for the first time in Feb 2013, when I was at my eager-most to learn to sew. She taught me some key pieces to make, that I now cannot live without! It was when I saw her ‘stash’ of remnant fabrics that I became the most inspired and determined. (I secretly took a snap). I have to say my own stash is now equally as impressive 😉 😉
Last, but not least, being married to a proficient photographer also has its advantages. I hope to share things from hubby in a separate post.
So I’ve now introduced all the key players in my personal craftosphere; you will no doubt see/read much more about them in other posts as they are all an integral part of my crafty life as well as real life.
I would LOVE to hear what/whom has inspired you and how things came about. I hope you will share your experiences. For now, thanks for reading, until the next Post, take care xxx