Fiber Arts Friday

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In honor of Mother’s Day, Fiber Arts Friday this week is about Mothers and Grandmothers. Knitting, Crocheting, Quilting, along with other fiber arts, remind us of our mothers and grandmothers. These crafts have been passed down, from generation to generation, with love.

Many of us remember someone special from our childhood who always had some handwork in her hands when she finally sat down in the evening. These crafts connect us with our past, with those who came before us. Those who loved us. Many of us take up these same crafts and pass them down to our children. They connect the generations.

We know how much Mothers do for us. On Mother’s Day we attempt to show them our appreciation for all their love and hard work. This weekend, let’s also think about all the handmade things they made for us over the years and thank them for those too. Perhaps a young person in your life might be interested in being taught a fiber craft. The memories will be well worth it!

Recently my daughter saw me working on a scarf that I was making for her. She asked if she could learn to “do that”. My first reaction was that she was too young (6). But I quickly squashed that notion and told her that we would have an expert teach her. – Her grandmother, of course.

When you leave a comment this week, please share with us your memories of your mother, grandmother, aunt, etc., the handwork she did, and how it has inspired you. Happy Mother’s Day!

Fiber Arts Friday Blog Carnival!

To participate:

  1. Add the permalink to a specific blog post that features something Fiber Art related, rather than your general blog address and not your Etsy store. (Please DO put a link in your blog post that takes us to your store though.)
  2. Link back to Fiber Arts Friday from your post so that your readers can come and see everyone else’s projects! Use the button or a text link to http://www.alpacafarmgirl.com.
  3. Visit as many of the other participants as possible and leave comments! That’s what helps us all connect!
  4. Double-check to make sure your link works and goes to the right page so it doesn’t get deleted.

Fiber Art Fridays Participants

1. L.L.Abbott
2. CreateCrochet
3. Texas Red Quilts
4. Rose-Kim Knits
5. Tara of Blonde Chicken Boutique
6. Hobbledehoy
7. Spazzy Yarns
8. maya | springtree road
9. Andi Stern
10. Teresa Levite Studio
11. Melissa @ Oursuburbanhomestead
12. Carolyn B (vintagepix)
13. Thistle Cove Farm
14. Jenny Hats
15. Angella – Powell Studios
16. Just Ducky

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Comments

  1. L.L. Abbott says:

    Though my mother did a little sewing and knitting, it was my grandmothers who taught me to crochet and sew, and who inspired my creativity. I am truly grateful for having learned from them.

    And it is truly inspiring to see the resurgence of knitting, and other fibre-related crafts.

    Permalink: http://soulechoes2.blogspot.com/2009/05/this-n-that-update.html

  2. i love it that your daughter wants to learn to knit. i’m sure she can get started at 6. my 3yo is learning to treadle and has mastered threading the leader yarn through the orifice. :)

    my grandmother always sewed and quilted, but i only found out after i got my spinning wheel that the work she did at the johnson & johnson mill was spinning the material that would become the pads for bandaids. wish i could ask her about that now…

    maya | springtree roads last blog post..Tools of the trade

  3. The post I linked to for today is how I learned to crochet from my Gran. Everyone in my family did some kind of hand work, even my Mom-Mom did amazing embroideries before she lost her eyesight to diabetes. I remember going to LeeWards with my mom to get beaded keychain craft kits, and we were always doing some kind of work, though yarn was what we returned to over and over. I think the ease of buying yarn, even available at Kresge or KMart in those days, just made it something that we loved. My Gran made tons of rugs, I still have the rainbow rug she made for me at the entrance of my studio. Say what you will about acrylic, sometimes it is a very good thing :)

    Andis last blog post..Management From the Top Down

  4. Lou Lou says:

    I am so new to this all and just trying to get a hang of things. My husband’s grandmother, who I adore, did much crocheting. I don’t believe either of my grandmothers did.

  5. while I don’t crochet or knit, I am thankful to my Grammie to have taught me how to create, and now I design patterns for dolls, punchneedle, stitcheries and more.

    Sue Kennens last blog post..Need Volunteers………

  6. My grandmother on my Dad’s side was a quilter. My grandmother on my Mom’s side was a cross stitcher. My Mom did crewel and cross stitch. I started doing crewel and cross stitch in junior high school. I loved sewing class in Jr. High, too. I used to sew for myself in high school and for my kids when they were little. I learned to crochet in high school – my Mom’s hairdresser taught me. I have always done something with my hands. Needlepoint, knitting, crocheting, felting, needlefelting. There just isn’t enough time in the day to get it all done. Soon, I will be tackling weaving. It’s all so much fun.

    My grown daughter is coming to see me for Mother’s Day and she has just purchased knitting needles. I am so excited to help her get started. Whoo hoo!

  7. Unfortunately my post wasn’t related to knitting or crochet this week. I do have fond memories of my mom’s fingers moving at lightning speed as she would crochet granny square after granny square for afghans and other projects. My grandmother is the knitter of the family and has recently been teaching me little bits when I get back home for visits.

    Melissas last blog post..Wet Felting Wool Project ~ Balls & Beads

  8. Beyond updating on the Fiberart for a Cause fundraiser that ended this week, my post was a bit of a stretch though I do tell you how you can get stamp patterns from things you dont’ want to get paint or ink on like vintage lace and doilies.

    Carolyn B (vintagepix)s last blog post..Fiber Arts Fridays – bits & pieces

  9. Thanks so much for sharing your stories about your moms, grandmoms, and daughters. Happy Mother’s Day to all of you and thanks for participating!