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 now we are working with custom face masks with the best materials for your safety.
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….