Thursday, August 7, 2014
Creativity is an interesting thing. Where do you think you get your creativity? I was talking with a fellow blogger, Katherine from Sew Me Something Good in an email earlier today. We both have very vivid memories of stitching with our great grandmothers.
This lovely tea towel was stitched when I was 4 in 1960. My great grandmother, Grandma Dolly lived with my grandparents and I remember when we would visit she was always stitching. One day I asked her what was she doing and she showed me. She pulled out a brand new tea towel, asked what color I liked and threaded a needle! She showed me a few stitches and then let me have a go at it.
I had always been a little afraid of her because she had thyroid disease which made her eyes bulge, that along with thick magnifying eye glasses made her look a little scary. I remember relaxing as I sat on her lap and she told me what a beautiful job I was doing. I do believe looking back, that was my entrance into all things fiber! As I got older I pulled this out and added a few more stitches here and there. I thought it was lost until my parents cleaned out their house to move and there it was in a box with embroidery floss. Memories instantly came flooding back.
Fast forward to today. I honestly think Grandma Dolly got the ball rolling for me. I can't imagine not doing something with my hands in a creative way. When I had my neck accident I didn't sew for about 6 months and I think it hindered my recovery!
I believe everyone is creative, some of us work at it, to some it comes easily and some haven't found it yet, but we all have it.
So pay attention, you never know who you may be inspiring!