As it is the first Sunday of the Month, I am taking this opportunity to join in with Sian's happy band of followers for Storytelling Sunday Three. This year, Storytelling Sunday has a theme Pick Your Precious rather than, as in the past, Sian making a new suggestion for each month. We all have those special objects, things we cannot bear to part with, and this will afford us the chance to remember and write about them and share them with this lovely community.
For Christmas, I bought my granddaughter a sewing machine. Although she is only six years old, she has always shown enormous interest whenever I hand or machine stitch. To me, this is the loveliest thing.
In the past, I have mentioned on this blog that my mother was not a needlewoman, although she was a marvellous knitter. My skills as a stitcher are the precious gift of my grandmother, whose patience knew no bounds as she spent, not only hour upon hour of my childhood teaching me how to sew, but also the time to show me the beauty that stitches can make on fabric.
As I sat with my granddaughter and watched her face as she machine stitched her first strips of fabric, I had a real sense of the continuity of life. Watching her hands as the machine whirred away, brought to mind how carefully my grandmother watched mine all those years ago.
This is going to be a quilt for dolly's crib
How far we have progressed. I started out on a treadle machine and now my granddaughter is learning on a machine driven by electricity. I do hope that in the years to come, my granddaughter is able to teach her own family the wonderful art of stitch. There is something so reassuring about the continuity of these artistic skills.
And my precious object for January is, a photograph of my dear grandmother. I loved her so much.
It is the only photograph I have of her, and to me the most precious of things. We were in Jersey in the 1960's visiting my Aunt and Uncle, who lived in St Helier, and she is, of course, wearing a dress she made.
Now, do pop on over to Sian's place at From High in the Sky and enjoy the sharing of Precious things. She will be delighted to welcome you I am sure.
Until the next time...