Monday, June 7, 2010

Doilies & Notions

I wanted to post a photo from my article in the May/June issue of Victoria which has been out for a while now. The series of four projects for this were a tribute to my mother, grandmothers, and the things they made in their sewing rooms. It seems crochet hooks, embroidery hoops, calico and colored thread are the trifles that stitch together generations.

From the article: "As a girl, I followed my mother down aisles lined with bolts of fabric and listened to the calm clatter of her sewing machine in the evenings. I cross-stitched alongside my grandmother, who would unfold her intricate needlework each time she visited. And I remember standing patiently still, early one summer, while Nana pinned the hem of a calico sundress. It was red and white with the tiniest loops of crocheted trim edging the neckline...."

38 comments:

The Moerks said...

What a lovely photo and evocative post. It brought back memories of my grandma's tatting and tiny fine crochet. And standing on the kitchen table while mum hemmed my new dress for the local show.

sylviesgarden said...

What a beautiful picture.
x

Green Pickles said...

I love doilies. My mum used to have the crocheted ones on the backs of chairs, on tables, sideboards - they were everywhere and it really reminds me of my childhood!

Love
Aimee
x

Emom said...

Sooo very vivid those memories.....I too, walked those aisles....and listened to the clatter of the sewing machine....maybe that is why I relax whenever I sew now....smiles. Thank you!

Nicole said...

the excerpt from your article is beautiful! and that picture is so dainty and girly! i love it!

Poppies and Sunshine said...

What a beautiful picture!! I love lace and pretty doilies like this. So vintage and sweet.

The Thirty-Something Bride said...

I have the same kind of family!

Lavender Playground said...

What a wonderful memory you have with your grandmother.

Grandma Nina said...

I love lace, doilies, thread, buttons, crochet hooks, knitting needles and sewing machines. I have some of the very same memories of my mother and grandmothers and now my grandchildren will hopefully have the same memories of me.
Thanks for the memories.

Helena - A Diary of Lovely said...

truly gorgeous!

Louise @ Illume Design said...

what a beautiful photo.. you have such a pretty blog.

Louise @ Illume Design Invites

Erika said...

I love doilies- they are so feminine and delicate. Beautiful picture.

Beverly said...

congrats! the photo is beautiful

Sharon said...

Your photo is so sweet and nostalgic. Your post reminds me of learning to sew with my mom and learning to crochet with my aunt. What blessings are those memories!

essie said...

that is just such a gorgeous photo! there are few things more beautiful than vintage lace. thanks for adding some prettiness to my day!

Leigha said...

I will have to find a copy! Looks like a lovely article.

Suzanne said...

I just love your beautiful container!

Marinka said...

this is so cute

NanaNay said...

I love all the things in the picture. I've used doilies for years in various projects. I made an old fashioned tree skirt with some tatted pieces my mom's step mom had made, doilies, lace, ribbon, etc.

I'm the grandmother now that teaches, my granddaughter is here and we have been sewing today. I showed her how to put a pin in a pattern and fabric without sticking her fingers. Important thing to know:)

Carly Anne said...

What an awesome tribute-I'd love to read the full article!

XO
Carly

All this is Grace and Charm
http://allthisgraceandcharm.blogspot.com

Lulu said...

This photo is indicative of the world I aspire to live in!

...on the brink of something beautiful said...

beautiful (and so is your blog!)
-kellie

Melissa said...

What a inspirational post. Brings back warm memories of the doilies my grandmother would make for various occasions and to place throughout her house.

Craftiness NOW said...

so pretty, and how lovely to have such sweet memories of the women in your life!

Blair said...

You are such a wonderful writer! The photo is also lovely. :)

http://abookofblair.blogspot.com

A Casa da VĂ¡ said...

Family memories... there is nothing more lovely right?
Your blog is beautiful! ^_^

Frannie said...

Lovely photo. There is something so endearing about doilies. Vintage memories I suppose. I have doilies scattered throughout my home.

Elissa said...

that color palette is beautiful and brings back so many memories spent with the women in my life. thanks for sharing!

Laia Chic said...

I love your blog!! i have every yutorials!! fantastic

Linda Starr said...

What I couldn't do with all those doilies.

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Persis Shah said...

those lines from the article are so inspiring.

just came across your blog and i have to say i LOVE it. please come check out mine too when you have some time. maybe we can follow each other. =)

Persis
http://onestylemile.blogspot.com/

Rachel Dangerfield said...

Hi Livy! I was just perusing your archives tonight, and I feel it is necessary for me to reiterate how brilliant I think you are (wildly brilliant!). Hope you're having a great summer so far.

Anne Marie said...

what a wonderful tribute......and congrats on that article....

thea said...

sounds a bit like my childhood too... thanks for taking me back there ... :)

thea.
xx

(spoonfulzine)

Miss TD said...

J'adore this picture!

m.fay said...

wonderful post...your blog is darling. happy to find it!

m.fay
http://www.amateurcouture.com

hope you stop by and say hello.

Edera Jewelry said...

What a lovely blog you have here! This image is beautiful--so many of my favorite things: lace, tins, and spools of old thread :) My mother is a textile artist and used to design clothing, so I have similar memories of the sound of her sewing machine and visiting fabric stores...

xo,
Ivy

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