Welcome to my 'other blog' the one that explores my crafty side. I have been a maker of 'things' since childhood. By nature I'm creative. I still love to write, and you can click on this link to visit my blog: Hanging On My Word, which is where I indulge in the thought and word side. Although a teacher by profession, I don't offer tutorials. This is my showcase of projects I like to share. So pull aside the curtains and let's begin (I'm a bit theatrical too!).

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Hand in Glove with Grandma

As you know from my previous posts, I learned to crochet from my Gran. She in turn learned from her own mother and this was probably repeated along the generations.My own mother is a wonderful knitter, a craft I never mastered.

I thought I’d share with you some of the delicate pieces I have inherited from my Gran. She always worked with fine crochet threads and cottons and would probably have been surprised at the some of the garments I’ve produced from modern yarns.This delicate dressing table/tray cloth is now framed and hangs on my bedroom wall above the bed. A lovely reminder of my inheritance.

The colours are pale cream with a deep burgundy pink running through, worked in random-dyed thread. Here is  a close-up of some of the fine work.

Whilst sorting through a drawer in my craft cupboard I found these gloves she made. They fit me perfectly but unfortunately I have no occasion to wear them.

Here is my Gran on her wedding day in 1918, and I wouldn’t be at all surprised if some of the lace edging and trimmings on her wedding dress (and quite possibly her undergarments) were worked by her or her mother, or even one of her sisters.

My Great-grandma had four sons and six daughters (one of whom was my Gran, Edith, above), and as well as bringing them all up and running the family home, she found time to crochet and sew. So many people today say they haven’t got time to learn new handicrafts, or even pursue the ones they already have, but perhaps it’s just a matter of making a choice. I’m glad to see that crochet is having something of a renaissance at last. For more pictures of my Gran and Granddad’s wedding see Wedding Day Delay

I'm updating this and linking to Sepia Saturday where gloves are a possible theme choice. Why not give it a try?