Sunday, May 16, 2010
I had wondered if there was very many hand work embroiderier's and appliquers out there carrying on the old patterns. Rest assured, there are more of us than I thought....and we all love the vintage patterns,fabrics and manners of doing. I love being a part of a group carrying on such traditions...it's like I'm still touching fingertips with all the wonderful women in my life,that have come before me....and perhaps I'm reaching a bit into the future, touching fingertips with the women in my life..that will come after me.. I hope the old ways of needle work will always be honored and preserved....and that the patterns we have can be shared by all. It makes me so happy to see younger girls learning embroidery,applique...crochet and such. We so need to pass the traditions along..to somehow keep them alive. Perhaps I was born into the wrong time..sometimes I feel like I would have adapted more to the "back in the day" times,than now. I know I have glamorized that time and shouldn't have, for back then..a womans work was so hard and the hours just never ending..and yet,she found time somewhere,somehow..to make beautiful treasures to brighten her home... to bring meaning and beauty into her life. Great grief, how I admire those women...how I treasure their handwork..whether it be from the tatted edge of a hankie....to a crocheted tablecloth.. They are truly treasures...and for each one I acquire, I wonder..who it was that made it..and how did it find it's way to a thrift store or antique shop. Each piece has a story....and ohhhh,how I would love to meet the stitcher..to sit and visit for awhile. I just know that..though our names would be different..as would our stories, we would be forever bound together by our love for handwork of all kinds...that common thread that binds us all together..and tugs at out heart when we see a vintage piece for sale. We know instantly..that it's coming home with us...and again..we have touched fingertips with a long ago stitcher.....and we will keep the treasures safe..