Sew-ing the Seeds of Love

When I was a little girl, my grandmothers were big influences in my life. My mother died when I was young, and even though I have a great stepmother today, my grandmothers helped raise me. I remember going to their homes when I was a little girl for weeks at a time, and I would learn so much from them.

The world is so highly technical these days that a lot of the wonderful skills that I learned from my grandmothers have become obsolete, and artisans are highly sought. I can remember sitting next to my Grandma Z and she would show me how to knit, crochet, and embroider. I can still feel the knitting needles and yarn in my hands, or the excitement at the completion of my first chain of crocheted knots. I became so good at embroidery that I made a small patchwork quilt for my first-born son, with embroidered animals in each square.

I can also attribute my sewing skills to my grandmothers. My first attempt at sewing was during a summer visit with my Grandma S. She pulled out her old “pump-peddle” sewing machine, and showed me how when she was a little girl, her mother and grandmother taught her to sew. I made a set of pillowcases on that machine. My grandmother later added some fine embroidery to them. I can proudly say I have those in my possession today.

I don’t do too much sewing these days, other than an occasional mending of a stuffed animal, or shortening of some coveralls for my hubby. I spend a great deal of my time these days writing on my computer or talking on my phone. Those things are great, but I do feel bad that I haven’t taken the time to show any of my thirteen granddaughters the wonderful world of sewing and crafts.

It seems to me that since writing this blog perhaps I truly need to set some time aside. Teaching my little sweeties how to sew and craft would definitely give me some quality time with them, not to mention the unforgettable memories we could store up.

If you have any “vintage” talents like me, maybe you should consider sharing them with your younger family members as well. It’s not always about what’s in style, besides style always “comes back around.” More importantly, you’ll pass on your wonderful talents along with a good dose family history and memories to your loved ones.

Read more from author Robyn Mitchell!