Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Grandparents Guide


*Update* 8.11.12   I know some of you have already read this post. It seems that many women learned the art of needle crafts from a grandmother and not as much their mothers. I learned from my mom but it was my grandmother who first gave me a threaded needle. Women who do not sew, often seem to have had a mom or grandmother who didn't either. Just for fun, who taught you to sew or do needle crafts if you do? If you don't sew or do any type of needlework, did your mother or grandmother?

I was asked to do a piece for  Grandparents Guide at About .com by Susan Adcox. I wrote about teaching the craft of sewing to your grandkids. I was very excited to be asked to write about something so dear to my heart! I believe all kids should have the opportunity to learn to sew. I am so thankful that my mother and grandmother took the time to teach me. Sewing has been a skill that has benefited me my whole life from a practical stand point as I have made many items for my home and gifts for my loved ones. But way beyond that it has been a creative outlet that has brought me great pleasure. I was an awkward child growing up that never seemed to fit in. Learning the skill of sewing helped me have confidence in myself when I badly needed it. It was something I could do that would result in something to take pride in.
Susan also wrote a post about my plans for our Family Harvest day that is coming up. I hope you will take time to stop by Grandparents Guide and read the wonderful articles about the joys of being a grandparent in the 21st century as well as the many helpful and insightful articles.

I linked this post at GRAND Social.

10 comments:

  1. You have some very lucky grandchildren!

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    1. Thanks! I am a very lucky grandma!

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  2. I love to sew too. I can't wait to teach my granddaughters. I learned on my Granny's treadle sewing machine. She was so patient. When I sew now, I feel connected to her.

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    1. I feel like that when I quilt. It was my grandmother who first handed me a needle at a quilting bee :)

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  3. I only learned a little embroidery with my grandmother. She did not sew clothing or anything and my mother did no needcrafts whatsoever :(

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    1. Well at least it started the ball rolling for you. Now you are brave enough to tackle quilts! Thanks for commenting :)

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  4. I consider sewing to be the most important skill that I have. Like you, it has brought me fulfillment in many ways, both creative and economic. I join the group of those who were taught by their grandmothers. My mother sewed too and was always available to help and provide supplies, but it was my maternal grandma who provided the patient hands-on learning for which I am so grateful. I consider it my obligation to pass it on to my grandchildren. Reading about your experiences in this "dying art" are what attracted me initially to your blog!

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    1. Oh wow! I didn't know that's how you found me! Thanks for sticking around my friend! I love that I can sew and wonder if I had never learned if I would have missed it? Thanks for commenting.

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  5. Learn to sew from my mother? I am falling out of my chair laughing! I learned to sew from Sister Una but with inspiration from my Grandmother. Unfortunately my Grandmother, who I knew was an amazing seamstress, lived in Michigan and I was in California but I always felt like I got my talent from her!

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    1. Hope you didn't hurt yourself :) What sort of things do you like to sew best?

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