Day 28: Do you do any other crafts besides knitting? What are they, and did learning to knit come before or after learning these other crafts?
I have always been a crafter, it’s in my blood! My Mum is very inspirational and we have always made things together. Here she is with some of her hand stitched and pieced quilts for Project Linus, made for children and teenagers who are sick or traumatised.
Mum and I have done craft activities together for many years, from simple childhood crafts, to things that we have created together and sold at craft fairs.
We started off with dried flowers (this was the 1980s!) and I also at the same time learnt cross stitch – I had many commissions and made some lovely pieces for Mum and Dad, but never made anything for myself…
We moved on to decoupage (what is now known as Victorian Decoupage) and my very talented elderly uncle made some wonderful wooden objects which we painted, covered with paper and varnished, often cracking them and rubbing in raw umber or occasionally using gold or silver leaf.
Unfortunately, no photographic evidence of this exists, but we enjoyed making things together and it was only my moving to London that stopped us doing so much crafting together.
I then had a quiet few years (well, not in my social life!) where I did little crafting. When I moved down to Wiltshire I took up firstly knitting and then crochet, and I haven’t looked back since…
I would like to feel a bit more confident with my knitting and would like more experience in using a sewing machine, but Mum always says that my hand stitching is probably the neatest she has ever seen.
If I had the time (and resources!) I would love to devote more time to craft as it gives a sense of wellbeing and mindfulness that I rarely get elsewhere in life…