Saturday, February 6, 2016

See what I found!

Yesterday I spent some time trying to sort through the linen cupboard....and in my attempts at tidying-up came across this........

The "treasure"in the linen cupboard!
And what exactly is the crumpled pile of fabric?? 

This!!!!


And "this" is the very very first apron I had ever made!!! Ohhh the memories this piece brought back!!!

I was 10 years old when we were tasked with stitching and embroidering an apron for our needlework class :)

I remember copying the design from one of my colouring books....


I remember adding the "decorative"stitches to the border....


I remember stitching the seams ....by hand!


I remember chain stitching the strawberries....and more importantly....while trying to remove some "bad" stitches....cutting a hole the size of Africa (well it felt that way to my 10 year old heart!) in the strawberry! I remember the crocodile tears and wails of torture at the cruelty and unfairness of life that forced me to have to do needlework!!! And I remember my Mum fixing the hole for me in some "magical"way that only a mum can :) Ok.....now I know she probably used some interfacing....but at that stage it seemed positively magical!

The öffensive"strawberry
Ahhhh.....the memories this apron brought back :)

Do you have any of your school stitching lying around hidden  away?

Whatever you're up to this weekend, I hope it's restful and enjoyable! I'm off to my Turkish cooking class today.....three colour bread and a turkish potato salad on the menu.....yummmmmm

Take care

19 comments:

Pull the other thread said...

What a wonderful memory. It's really very pretty. I don't have stitching from when I was young but I have a project or two from when I was young tucked away some where. Enjoy your cookery class

cucki said...

Wow what a wonderful memory ..I love it
Sending you big hugs x

Justine said...

What a sweet apron and lovely memories. I made a waist apron when I was around the same age and my Grandma wore it every day for over 25 years. It was wonky but she said it was the best apron she'd ever had.

Rachel Tomkins said...

Wow! You stitched that when you were 10??!! It's fantastic, and so full of wonderful memories. A life with needles in hand was obviously meant to be!
I remember stitching and sewing clothes and cushions both at home and at school but have sadly not kept any of it. Such a shame as my daughter could compare what she is up against when I was her age. I hope your children appreciate your memories. :)

Preeti said...

Cute apron !! I have few small items at my mother's place which I made in school. I enjoyed needlework.
Enjoy your cooking classes :) I have a small pile of grocery packets and dirty kitchen to waste my time today :( I love cooking more when the post cooking cleaning process is not involved:D

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

Oh wow!! Its amazing that you still have it!! I learned to sew with a machine in high school. Before that I made clothes by hand for a Barbie doll. I remember using a lot of scarves and scraps of old clothes. My mother didn't sew and never would have taken me to an actual fabric store, let alone spend money on fabric.
xx, Carol

Vickie said...

Good for you that you still have this treasure. You did a fine job when you were only 10!

KimM said...

What a great post - and what a tremendous find! Thank you for sharing - BTW, you were a talented stitcher at 10 years old. ;0)
xxx

Angela said...

What a wonderful find!

Linda said...

What a great find Thoeria. I made an apron in 8th grade but don't have it anymore. I do have a box of ricrac and bias tape from that time period.

Linda

Heather said...

Aww great story lol I think 10 year old you hand sews better than 30 year old me!

rosey175 said...

Good grief, you were making more beautiful work at 10 years old than I could ever hope to accomplish! That apron is adorable. Is it kid sized or can you flaunt it around now? :D

School stitching! My grandmother attempted to teach me sewing when I was around 5-6 years old on an old treadle machine. I wasn't too interested at the time being a huge tomboy who NEEDED to be outside or wiggling or never shutting up, like, ever. Not sitting quietly at a sewing machine. Lol. I do still have a small Barbie outfit as well as a micro Barbie quilt somewhere! I also have a dress I made in my high school home ec class. It was quite a cute fabric too. Hmm....

Mii Stitch said...

Such a lovely trip down memory lane!
I remember sewing a black cat, but have no idea where it's gone :)

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

How wonderful that you found this little apron and remembered so much about making it!
I made a mat from Binca when I was 7, I'm not sure if my Mum still has it. She kept it for years, along with the paper cockerel I made for Easter one year. And the breeze block owl my brother carved for her. Which looked like a breeze block with some curved edges!

Stitching Noni said...

Oh how wonderful! Isn't it amazing what memories are invoked by something as simple as an apron :o) I am so glad that you found it :o)
I don't have any of my school stitching anymore - the last piece ended up being thrown out a year or so ago - it was a baby blanket that I used for the cats in their baskets (as I don't have kids) and after all the washings it received over the years it finally was beyond repair! Oh well... I still have my original sewing basket somewhere though (I think!)
Hugs xx

Brigitte said...

Oh Theoria, this apron is like the samplers those school girls were stitching a hundred and more years ago. So great to see what you stitched on your apron.And how you finished it, just hand sewing everything. You must have loved your needlework class.

We also had needlework classes at school but I hated them Back when I was young needlework classes were only for girls, and they were mandatory. While the boys had a free afternoon we girls were sitting at school learning how to sew, to knit, to crochet and to stitch. And I wasn't in the least interested in all of this. I would have preferred a free afternoon as well, lol. So I decided to hate needlework. And I always had a bad mark for everything I made. The only exception was the sock that we had to knit. No wonder, my grandma had knitted it for me, lol.

Meari said...

I have a jean tote bag that I made in school. It was to teach us how to add zippers, button snaps, and sew the topstitching. I think I still have the book somewhere, too.

Sheryl S. said...

Love your apron, what a treasure. great work for a 10 year old. We all had to make aprons at school too for our domestic science classes and I remember making a green checked one with cross stitch details, now where did that go??

Mary - Lecoeurceltique said...

What a great memory. I don't have any of my primary school sewing though I remember what I made.