Today I want to tell you about why I got started sewing and crocheting. There have been a few inspirations in my life like my dad, my nana, my mom, my granny, and my Nana Evelyn. For as long as I can remember, I saw them piddling with some kind of craft. They would gather around a hanging quilt frame, sew, drink tea, and gab the day away until it was time to cook supper. To me, seeing that was amazing. They were happy and they made sure people around them felt loved. They didn’t always agree on everything but at the end of the day, they loved each other.
My dad made things for around the house and he had a very creative mind. He would sit at the sewing machine and come up with something new every time. The dog bone pillow was my favorite. It was a neck pillow shaped like a dog bone. It was different than anything I’d ever seen but he was always doing things that surprised everyone around him.
My nana was always crocheting whether it was something for her family, a neighbor, a friend, or even sometimes complete strangers. They would see something she made and wanted to have some of her beautiful work. From baby blankets to coasters and bedspreads, she could do it all. She did a lot of hand sewing, as well. I don’t remember her ever sitting in front of a sewing machine. She said she’d rather do it by hand.
My mom is more of a crochet woman. She’s super talented. When we talk, she’s always showing me something new she’s working on like slippers or potholders. She just completed an owl bedspread for my sister. She has always been able to see a need or a want from around the house and just crochet it up on the spot without a pattern. While she loves to crochet Mom also loves to cook. I always call her to help me when I don’t want something conventional for supper and she just comes up with something amazing out of thin air.
My nana Evelyn and my granny came from a different generation where they had to mend clothes and blankets That was the norm when they were growing up in the early 1900s. They were able to repair anything with just a patch and make it look gorgeous. From patchwork to doilies, it was amazing to see these women do their thing.
These were my inspirations. I learned something from each one of these people. While the thing they taught me may not be everyone’s cup of tea, they taught me that simple sewing skills whether it is hemming a pair of pants or patching a blanket, should be something that everyone has in their skill bag.
Who were your inspirations? How did they inspire u? Let me know in the comments below and let’s share where our love of the craft came from. Have a happy hippo day, y’all, and remember to smile and share the love.