One thing I've always loved about my grandmother's house, is that her handiwork is everywhere–a framed picture of a family tree made of thumbprinted "leaves" turned into masked raccoons, embroidered and appliqued pillows, cross stitch, oil paintings, curtains, laundry bags, down jackets.
And as I walked through her house a few weeks ago, I was struck that the majority of crafting I do, goes out the door. Though there's nothing wrong with that, I generally craft for gifts, for other people–pillows, knitting, appliqued tees. And accept for a few curtains, a knitted hat or a pillowcase dress here and there, not much of my hand work is around.
With this in mind, I've made a new resolution which I *hope* I can continue. I want to make the girls a yearly wall hanging, for each birthday (a little late this year) that illustrates a few significant events or interests from their past year.
I started with Emma–a horse jumping since this was the year of her first jumps (and falls). And a house– we've moved into this house almost one year ago. (Is it ironic that it's a little crooked and pieced together with a few stitches?? I think not.)
I only used what I had on hand and most of the fabrics came out of my scrap basket. And a few of them have some special significance–a scrap from Emma's great grandmother, a bit from my own mother.
After I did all the stitching and zig-zagging (lots of zig-zagging), I went back and added some hand-stitching….her initials, the date, a little secret message in the corner, a few buttons, some little stitches here and there.
It felt a lot like scrapbooking with fabric…adding little elements here and there.
Yesterday I hung it from some willow branches, which I still need to trim back and eventually, once she stops shoving it in her bag and showing it people, I envision it hanging above her bed, until it's replaced by another year of growing.
That is, if I let her get any older….