My stitching group, the Sew Wots, had their first get-together of the year today. We met at Mary’s home, and admired her lovely garden – she spends a lot of time in her garden and certainly gets results. Beautiful gladioli were in full bloom alongside the garden path, and I’ve never seen gladdies so tall - they must have been almost 6ft tall.
There was a lot of catching up to do with everyone, and show and tell to admire. Then we had a real treat – Mary showed us many items from the past, made by her Mum and Grandmother, and things Mary had made as a child and young woman. Doilies and table clothes with crocheted edges, a pair of dainty knitted child’s cotton socks, beautiful lacy gloves, and a pair of hand made kid gloves were passed around and admired. Most of us could relate to the embroidered oven clothes made from sacking, in fact I could remember stitching one in sewing class as a child. Then there were cosy woollen blankets, aprons, and knitted handbags, such a lot of creativity in this family. One particular hand bag took my fancy, it was knitted from cut up nylon stockings. It was certainly an era of “waste not, want not”.
After presenting everyone with a pretty hand made pin cushion, Mary then issued our challenge for the year, and we each pulled a name out. The challenge was to make that person a small wall hanging 12 inches or smaller, not square or oblong, and it must include some “bling”. This is to be the Christmas gift to the person whose name we have drawn. Guess I’ll have to get my thinking cap on – doing something neither square or rectangular will certainly be a challenge to me!