Thursday, January 17, 2008

I mentioned my Mother-In- Law in the last post. She was a wonderful heirloom seamstress. She had a real love for what she called "sweet embroidery" but she never seemed to master it. So she begged me to learn all the stitches and so I did. We were a good pair.

When Nana came started to have a hard time sewing on her beloved Bernina sewing machine we knew she was in trouble. We were told it was dementia and so we moved her and the brother she was keeping into our home. By that time she could no longer sew and when she sat down at her machine she was blank. But she still loved what I would create. So create I did.

When she could no longer talk to us I tried to stimulate her and show her the beautiful dresses she made and she would smile. One day I was looking at her old "Sew Beautiful" magazine by Martha Pullen and saw each one had in paper dolls and Nana had made many of these outfits and so I cut them all out and she ad I played "paper dolls". She loved it. After 2 and 1/2 tears with us she went to meet the Lord on September 5, 2001.
Link to Sew Beautiful:

The last gift she had given me was a tapestry piece and she challenged me to make it "mine". It took me months to begin doing that and I finally started while she could still watch. But after her death it was far too painful to work on it and I set it aside. I even gave it to my mom to keep. She handed it back to me a year ago and again I picked it up. I have made some head way but still have a long way to go. I decided today I would show you what I am doing and maybe you all can keep me on task.


Melissa said...

That is So beautiful!

Lady Why said...

That is just gorgeous!! I'm so glad to see your blog and I can't wait to read all about your projects!!

Love a fellow Lily from the Garden,

Angie in Alabama

tangled stitch said...

It is so beautiful and your story was beautiful too. My mother in law loves needlecraft but doesn't do it so she used to give me projects to make for her. The hardest one was a Scarlett letter sampler, but it was very rewarding too and she loved it.

Purpleflowerpatch said...

This is going to be an heirloom piece when you finish it - just gorgeous!