My mum was an incredible seamstress. She made all my clothes until I was a young adult. The other girls at school would ask where I got my summer uniform dresses from, as I had all kinds of fashionable designs that weren’t available in the usual uniform outlets. “My mum made them” came my reply.
My maternal grandmother was a professional seamstress who made all her grandchildren cuddly toys at Christmas
My paternal grandmother was amazing at embroidery, and I treasure some of her work.
In short, the talent with needle, stitch, and sewing machine, was great in my family. And yet, I didn’t learn how to use a sewing machine until I was 49! Once I got started, there was no stopping me. I am so glad that mum got to witness the beginning of my career as a textile artist before she died, and see that I was ‘a chip off the old block’ after all. The threads that you see in front, and behind, me in this photo are some of the many I inherited from my mums life-time of sewing.