by asterixsew Moderator 04 Jan 2017

While slowly getting all my sewing stuff into my new room I keep finding bits and pieces that I haven't seen in ages. This is one of them. Every now and then someone asks about who helped them start to sew when they were young. One of my childhood memories of sewing is of my Grandpa who created the cushion cover below. When he was in his late 60's he had bowel cancer and for rehabilitation he was taught to embroider and over many years he created colourful mainly celtic inspired designs which he sewed out in 6 strand embroidery thread. This is rather frail and fragile and was used as a cushion by my mother. Following his operation and treatment my Grandpa lived to be 96.


by rsloan 05 Jan 2017

What a beautiful memory to cherish. My Aunt Ella taught my sister and I to crochet while we were quaranteed with chicken pox - I think we were 7 & 8. Later my sister and i made straight skirts in Home Economics (that's when schools used to have those courses) - and they even had zippers.. Neither one of ours was wearable (LOL). But when my sister became a majorette in hight school, she needed to have many costumes made for her various performances. Since my mom worked long hours, my sister and I made them all. We would hold the pattern pieces up in the air and try to figure out how to do it - how they ever got made I don't know, but somehow we managed because of the limited sewing skills we learned in Home Ec. Our Home Ec teacher is still living (she's about 90 y/o) and she considers us a success. When we were first married, my husband was in the Air Force and we had very little money. When the kids came along i took a course in Stretch-and-Sew sewing with what was then a brand new type of fabric - polyester! I made dozens of Tshirts and pants for the kids, pajamas, and even clothes for myself. I still have all those patterns - I cant seem to part with them. Good memories - thanks.

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asterixsew by asterixsew 06 Jan 2017

What a lovely reply. I made my first garment at school and I know that the teacher made most of it and I was hooked, much more fun than the dolly clothes I had made up to then

by 02kar Moderator 05 Jan 2017

It's a piece of history and an heirloom. I'm so glad you found it again and shared it and its story with us.

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asterixsew by asterixsew 06 Jan 2017

Karen I knew I had it. Unpacking after out move is taking time

by pennifold 05 Jan 2017

How precious is that. And what a grand age your grandfather lived to. I agree with the others and hope you can find a way of preserving this for perpetuity. It's gorgeous. This reminds me of something I saw today on Pinterest! I'll PM you. Love Chris

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asterixsew by asterixsew 05 Jan 2017

Thanks Chris

by katydid 04 Jan 2017

Lucky to have this!

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asterixsew by asterixsew 05 Jan 2017

I know and it is one of a few pieces still about that he created

by sandralane 04 Jan 2017

Cherish it always, with happy memories of times spent with your Grandpa. It is a priceless keepsake. Thanks for sharing with us all. Sandra.

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asterixsew by asterixsew 05 Jan 2017

Thanks Sandra

by crafter2243 Moderator 04 Jan 2017


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by lbrow 04 Jan 2017

How special this is and sweet of you to share with us. Things like this along with memories is something money cannot buy. Cherish it and do your best to preserve and keep it/Lillian

by carolpountney 04 Jan 2017

Nice to have such wonderful memories in stitches

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asterixsew by asterixsew 05 Jan 2017

I have ore pieces of my Grandpa's than my grandmothers which I expect is unusual

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by spendlove Moderator edited 05 Jan 2017

Lovely - look after it now it has resurfaced!

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asterixsew by asterixsew 05 Jan 2017

Yes I will

by jrob Moderator 04 Jan 2017

What a beautiful treasure. I think I would research a curator who could direct you in the best way to frame this and enjoy it every day.

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asterixsew by asterixsew 05 Jan 2017

Thanks Jerri, its in a box of things to get done