I was recently nominated for the Unique Bloggers Award by Margaret at the Crafty Creek
Thank you Margaret, I was thrilled to be nominated and included in a list of some very inspiring bloggers.
The idea is to answer three questions, nominate others and then set three more questions. I loved Margaret’s questions, so decided to answer them, then set three new ones and then invite you all to answer any you wish, either on your own blog or in the comments, because I think we are all pretty unique when it comes to the content of our blogs.
What’s your earliest sewing memory?- I was taught to embroider by my friend Jane’s Grandmother. She gave us pre printed fabric and embroidery silks, and away we went. I can picture us sitting in the kitchen/diner in Jane’s home, feeling warm and rather proud as coloured flowers appeared before us. Now that might sound ambitious for beginners, I think I had made things before in binca, etc and done simple running stitch at school, but if I can’t remember that, it’s not a memory! Jane and I both still embroider. So here’s to all the Grans and Nans who take the time to sit with children and nuture their creativity.
What have you made that you are really proud of ? Now you may all recall the hoohah I have made about making buttonholes on scary new sewing machine and putting a zip in last year, for the first time since I left school. So you maybe surprised when I answer a Dressing Gown to this question.
What happened was that I took it into my head 30 years ago to make Mr E a dressing gown, from towelling material. This was not as ambitious as it sounds as MIL was a very talented seamstress, who in the past when I had tried to make a blouse for myself, had taken it off my hands and done the difficult bits, like about made the whole thing. So I bowled along to her house and showed her the fabric and pattern. We laid the fabric out on the table and I waited for instructions. They didn’t come. Long story short, we didn’t know then that she was already beginning to suffer from Alzheimer’s, and no longer knew what to do, and couldn’t help me.
Meantime of course I had lots of expensive fabric which was supposed to be a Christmas present for himself. Well somehow I managed to figure it out what to do, and a very creditable dressing gown it was and it was in use till the fabric fell to bits. I was very proud I did it, but I wish we had all realised then what MIL was suffering.
Is there another craft you would like to try? No laughing now. No not allowed. I would like to have a workshop session with a blacksmith. My 2x grandfather was a blacksmith, and his father before him etc etc, and I would just like to try to walk in their shoes, if only for a couple of hours.
My Questions and answers
1 Somewhere you always wanted to visit? Tempted here to say Peru and New Zealand, which are true, but probably won’t happen. So more realistically I could say the lavender fields in Provence or Manet’s garden, but even those are a bit ambitious at the moment. So my answer is Lowry’s gallery, Beamish Museum or the Styall woollen mill. If I limit myself to one, it would be the woollen mill, again because I have ancestors wo worked in mills.
2 What is the silliest/ or least successful craft you ever tried? Years ago, maybe 30 again, I attended a craft evening class. In the first term we tried a different craft each week. I remember making candles using wax crayon and empty baked bean tins, and pasta pictures which we spray painted gold. The latter looked like pasta spray painted gold!
3 Of all the crafts you do, which is the most relaxing and why. I think the most relaxing thing I do is knitting. If I start to knit some afternoons, warm and cosy, contented, the motion of the needles becomes quite hypnotic. I often end up needing to have a nap!
So lovely people, over to you, you are all unique and amazing. I’m off to count sparrows now, as you do , for the RSPB bird count. Look forward to reading your comments, and once again thanks to the Crafty Creek, I was honoured.