There are many things that are passed down through the generations, many are individual to each family and some are essential like riding a bike, learning to swim and how to boil an egg…(possibly). For me it was crafting; sewing, knitting, cross-stitch, paper crafts and baking. And now, i consider these my essential lessons from the previous generation, especially my Nan.
During my childhood i spent a large amount of time with my grandparents and to keep me entertained i was immersed into a world of yarn, fabric and my Nan’s sewing machine. My Grandpa also had crafty talents and for many years knitted all of my school jumpers and my favourite white and pink bobble hat with homemade pom pom.
Like all long term crafters my Nan used the small bedroom in her house as the sewing room, always piled with yarn and fabric, the 1970’s clothes doll and hidden pins on the carpet under a variety of multi coloured threads. For me its was an aladdins cave of treasures and produced a staple supply of summer t-shirts, frocks and the fashionable hair scrunches to match all my outfits.
Present day, i now really understand the pleasure and addiction of making things, whether it be for a practical use, a loving gift or just for pure indulgence. So, this is a thank you to my Nan for passing down through the generations all these wonderful skills and today, i promise to continue the generation line to my three boys.