My Grandmother Gave Me a Gift I'll Treasure Forever

Posted by Kerrin Brookes on

As Mother’s Day approaches, I can’t help but reflect on my grandmother. She was an immigrant to his country who built a life on the prairies. She’d often go for walks with her two daughters – one in the baby buggy, one walking beside. My grandmother would push the buggy with her belly so that her hands were free to stitch.

I was lucky enough to share a very special bond with her, and it's her influence that started my enduring love of sewing, quilting, and embroidery.

When I was a young girl I’d spend hours at her knee, learning from a master. To a child, those moments are infused with awe and wonder. After all, adults know everything, and anyone who’s ever created something from nothing but an idea knows the tremendous sense of magic it brings.

It’s what makes this work so rewarding. It’s why I love what I do. It’s not about the thread, the fabric, or even the designs – it’s about stitching together a life filled with beautiful moments and memories.

I still feel my grandmother’s hand in everything that I do, and I think of her most every day. If I could see her one more time, I’d show her my sewing machine, and share everything I’ve accomplished with the things she taught me. The love, wisdom, and time she gave me were greater gifts than she could have ever known.

This Mother’s Day, consider giving the women in your life the same gifts. They may not be as traditional as flowers, but they’ll continue to bloom for years to come.

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If you haven't had a chance yet, be sure to check out my article in the March/April 2018 edition of Designs in Machine Embroidery magazine.

Until next time!




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  • Thank you for sharing your memories of your grandmother. Enjoyed it very much.

    Joyce on
  • That is a wonderful story Kerrin, thank you! My grandmother lived in England but, over several visits, she was able to teach me to tat when I was quite young. Grandmothers have more time than Moms when you are young — thank goodness for grandmothers!

    Catherine on

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