For many moons I have observed my mom’s love of creating with her hands. As a young child, she taught me to knit and crochet. This was not an easy task as she is left-handed and I am right-handed. With patience and love, she showed me how to crochet a granny square and eventually I made a blanket. Mom also showed me how to knit scarves and eventually I knit a sweater vest.
In junior high, my mom encouraged me to hook a rug when my art teacher suggested that project as one of the fiber art choices. Because we were living in the “Age of Aquarius”, with mom’s help, I drew my zodiac sign, the crab, onto a linen backing. Next I cut wool strips and hooked them through the backing. This finished project was entered into the State Fair of Texas fiber arts competition, and I won a prize for my age group.
Now at 95 years of age, my mom is prolific at crocheting. She finds joy in making headbands, hats and scarves for others. In order to be present with her, I have taken up rug hooking again. We sit together crafting our items and thus enjoy spending time together. Once in a while I sew her granny square strips onto preformed pillows and we create an item together.
Spirit of the Plains documents the fun we are having creating fiber art together. To view our creations, visit: www.etsy.com/shop/spiritoftheplains
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