Thursday, July 5, 2007
Tribute to My Crafting Foremothers
My maternal grandmother was a crafting whiz. As a kid she and my mom taught me much of what I know. I particularly remember her work with plastic canvas; this was in the 1980s when plastic canvas was all the rage with crafters. But she was an an amazing crocheter and tatter as well; when she died we had scores of doilies, handkerchiefs, napkins and tablecloths that she'd made.
So for Mother's Day this year, I decide to pay tribute to my grandmother with the table setting for the brunch I hosted at my house. She made all the doilies, placemats and napkins you see on the table! I also used a Polish stoneware pitcher (which I got for $1 at a rummage sale because a piece on the top cracked off and was glued back on-- it functions perfectly as a vase, however) as a centerpiece. It was filled with roses, bamboo and pussy willows which I'd had since Dyngus Day.
I've never tried my hand at tatting; it's such a delicate and intricate craft form that it intimidates me a bit. I'd love to hear from you if you've ever done it. Is it easier than it looks?
P.S. Extra points if you can spot our cat Mochi in this photo!