This morning, I was cleaning out the spare bedroom and I thought I’d go through the pile of linens that were passed down to me by my maternal grandmom. When Grandpop was in the Navy, Grandmom sat and spent her hours of waiting doing needlework with her sisters. She made piles of dresser runners and tea towels, which I happily inherited.
I looked at her tiny stitches- when she made them, she was much younger than I am now and had very good eyesight! I ran my fingers over her work, cherishing my connection to her in that way. I think that if Grandmom had not taught me to sew, I’m not sure I’d be doing what I’m doing today! (These are my grandparents holding my mom – weren’t they a cute couple??)
I’ve been thinking that I’d love to recreate some of Grandmom’s work- I think it would make my connection to my past even deeper. I chose a favorite dresser runner from the pile, and created some embroidery motifs from it. I’m looking forward to stitching up the same exact flowers that Grandmom did, over 70 years ago.
It’s one of the things that I truly love about sewing – while Grandmom had to sew to make ends meet, now I get to sew simply for creative enjoyment, and the skills that she taught me still connect us – even though she’s been gone for several years.
I decided to share these patterns in The Art of Home Club, they are truly sentimental and special to me!
(Yes, really, I just decided to do this this morning! Because I am a “fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants” kind of girl!!)
Members of The Art of Home Club will find these special patterns in the “Bonus” area of the Club site starting today:
If you’re not a member of the Club yet, and would like to find out more, please click here.
I’ve spent the week talking about all of the cool content and bonuses, so I won’t repeat all of that here in this newsletter. If you’d like to learn more and watch my video, please click here.
Don’t forget that the Club will only be open to new members through Wednesday Nov 15 and then it will be closed to new members until around February or March of 2018.