Submission for the March Edition for the Dawanda Shop Directory Blog Carnival, themed “Vintage Crafts”.
The rose corsage was part of the parcel’s wonderful packaging.
Yesterday I received a wonderful gift from my friend Krista in Estonia – I already gave it a whole post so click here if you want to read about it. I wanted to do something with the wonderful wrapping paper she had used, so I decided to wrap the parcel’s box with it and use it for my crochet threads and WIP. In a house with three cats threads are too much of a temptation! I am making a crochet pouch for my mother-in-law and though I planned to work more on drawings this week, I also felt a strong need for sewing, a craft I love to make but that I have neglected due to lack of time.
I try to be flexible with my work plans and give some time to intuitive needs, because they can end being my best works. Did you know what I was doing on New Year’s Eve? Working in my doll Eliza, one of the pieces I’m more proud of. I also think allowing myself to follow that creative sudden needs is a way to balance my tend to overwork. Crocheting (and sewing) is a patience process that helps me slow down and just relax.
Sewing is one of my inherited crafts. Both my two grandmothers and my mother were/are professional sewers and the three of them worked and taught sewing at home. I’ve been surrounded by thread, fabric and scissors since I was born. When I was little my grandmother taught me to sew, crochet and knit, and until I moved with my husband I was the Permanent Apprentice at their work rooms, ironing and sewing buttons. I started to lose interest for it at school, where we were forced to sew things I didn’t like, and the routine of their life as sewers finished separating the concepts of creativity and sewing in my mind. I could tell true from fake silk with a glance, but I didn’t want to hold a needle ever again in my life.
Detail of crazy patch quilt – unfinished – and embroidered cuffs. 2007
Until I had Internet at home and started exploring the Crafty Blogosphere, I had never seen things like free-form embroidery and crochet and was hooked from the first look. Actually one of the first sites that made me crazy about embroidery was Krista’s site – who would tell me I’d meet her two years later and call her my dear friend!
I’ve been making slow progresses in embroidery in the last two years and have enjoyed every minute of it, and always regret not to give it more time, always favouring my business first. So today as I was having my coffee, I saw the line of coincidences was already too long and that today I would Celebrate The Crone, which is the name that is given to elder witches and deities. The Crones weaved the destiny of humans; today I would weave the line started by my own elders, brought again to me by wonderful internet artists like Krista.
Jimi Hendrix Portrait, pattern made from one of my own drawings, 2007
Recognizing the power of inheritance is essential for a Witch, whether if it’s directly inherited knowledge from family, or globally from clans, totems or affiliations. Connecting with ancestors is one of the more powerful ways of keeping our knowledge and legacy fresh and balanced, so it is a regular ritual procedure in a Witch’s schedule, just as sometimes we celebrate the Maiden, the Mother, the Newborn Goddess.
Later today, scrolling down posts of the Dawanda Shop Directory, I read the theme of the Blog Carnival was vintage and inherited crafts. I had to laugh and write this.
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