|My daughter and her doll|
with matching dresses
My mom loved to sew – she made gorgeous things – clothing, quilts, table linens…and I have her sewing machines. I used them a lot when my daughter was young – I made clothes for her – and matching outfits for her dolls. As my daughter got older, and we got busier – I sewed less – always presuming I would return to it when I had more time…
Instead, I found myself drawn to making jewelry, but over the past few months I have realized how many of the things my mother taught me about sewing have helped me in my fledgling metalsmith work.
|lapis pendant sketch|
I was sitting at the bench, having sawed out all my pieces and was filing the edges when this realization struck me – and for one split second – it was like Mom was right next to me, just like when she first taught me to sew.
I’ve had moments where I wonder if Mom would be disappointed that I’m not sewing and using her machines – but I don’t think that would be the case.
My mom always pushed me to be my own person, to do things that felt right for me – and not give those things up under pressure from other people. I think she would be pleased that I am making jewelry – because she was a fan of jewelry, too – and because creating beautiful things makes me happy. I only wish that she were still here – so that I could create things for her with the same love that she sewed into every stitch for me.
and a pair of Mom's earrings
Until next time.