|Detail from a crocheted bedspread by Auntie Ety|
|Detail from a table topping by Auntie Ety|
|Detail from Knitted bedspread from Auntie Nita|
|Detail from a crocheted bedspread with raised floral motif by Auntie Nita|
|Detail from a crocheted round table topper by Auntie Ety|
I am so extremely lucky to have been given a number of my aunts handiwork and I cherish them. My aunts are all gone now but I am glad to have these mementos of their handiwork handed down from them. I am keeping these family treasures safe for the generations to come. I just hope they appreciate them as much as I do.
I got married, moved to Chicago and not surprisingly, the needle, thread, embroidery floss, yarn and hook demanded my attention. Must be in the genes. At work, during breaks, the ladies would work on their crocheted afghan projects, Not wanting to be left out, I asked one of the ladies to show me how and together with the other ladies at work, we had a crochet party at her house. They were using yarn instead of the perle cotton my aunts used. Yarn seems easier to work with than thin perle cotton thread and they also came in a myriad of colors as opposed to the white and ecru my aunts used. This time, I learned to crochet much faster (my first project, a yellow and while granny square afghan) and was soon producing afghan after afghan for the family.
|One of the crocheted yarn afghans I made|
|A cross stitched picture based on a Renoir painting by my cousin Boots|
|One of my cross stitch projects|
|One of my petit point projects . It is really small at only 2 1/2" by 3 1/4"|
done on 28 count linen
Sadly, my eyes are no longer as sharp and it is becoming more and more of a strain to work with the embroidery charts so I could not churn out as much embroidery, needlepoint and cross stitch as I used too. Admittedly, I am embarrassed by the amount of UFOs (unfinished objects) I have as well as the number of charts and designs I have squirreled away that I would like to tackle someday. I know there are not enough years in my lifetime left to finish all that I want to get done, including those of my other hobbies - painting, quilting, jewelry making, knitting, crocheting etc. But I'll never give up trying.
|a detail from one of the quilts I made... Kimonos with Shoburi quilting|
Methinks it is a token of healthy and gentle characteristics, when women of high thoughts and accomplishments love to sew; especially as they are never more at home with their own hearts than while so occupied. ~Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Marble Faun, 1859