Thursday, March 1, 2012

My Short-Lived Hobby (Writer's Workshop)

My Surprise Crewel Picture
My mother was very good with crafty things, although wasn't one who did crafts constantly.  I always admired the afghans she made and especially her crewel projects.  I remember the surprise I got when I opened up the tree with all the cute animals around it.  I saw her working on it, but she made my sister one too and just let me think that it was for my sister.  I didn't know that she was secretly making one for me too!

My Crewel Project
This made me want to give it a try.  I was actually good at threading the needle but I couldn't relax while doing it.  I was so tense that I'd always get an ache in my neck and shoulders.  At least I had the sense to begin with something small.  My first and only crewel project I ever did was a little Panda Bear with some flowers. I think it's pretty cute and have it in my bedroom at the moment.  I will always treasure it because it was a huge accomplishment for me!  I like that you get to switch colors often and that there are varied types of stitches to help prevent boredom.  You should give it a try!

My mom though made another very big crewel tiger for me that is hanging in my living room.  It took her a long time to make and my dad made the fancy frame for it.  Isn't it strange that with two crafty parents, I am not into crafts much.  Perhaps when I'm older and have more patience, I will take on another crewel project.  Okay, I'm sure you want to see the tiger so here it is:

Grrrr, made by mom and the frame by dad

This post was inspired by Mama Kat's Writer's Workshop prompt:  "Tell the story of trying to learn a new talent or hobby that you only pursued briefly."

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Rosemary B❤️ said...

I LOVE the panda sitting amongst the flowers. I also get a "pain in the neck" doing close intense projects like this... and embroidery crewel does not thrill me either.
I think you have the crafty gene it is just developed elsewhere - writing!


kayerj said...

I only managed one crewel project in my life as well--that is some intense needle work. Your mom does beautiful work. kaye—the road goes ever ever on

Madeleine said...

Cute! I've never heard of crewel before - is it similar to tapestry?

I used to love doing similar crafts with my grandmother when I was a young girl - special memories there.

Paula Kiger said...

That's so interesting, Karen. I remember the "crewel" days. I struggle to thread needles but used to find the actual needlework relaxing (especially counted cross stitch which I know is different!). Your mom did awesome work and I agree with the other commenter who said you are crafty, it just gets channeled differently!

BeadedTail said...

Your mom was very talented! Your work is very impressive too! I used to be able to work with needle and thread but now I can only beadweave bracelets.

Rebecca Mecomber said...

I used to do cross-stitch when I was younger. I was a cross-stitching fiend back then! Now, I don't cross-stith at all. I haven't, since we bought the house 15 years ago. I'm just too busy and exhausted fixing the place up! And now blogging is my new hobby. :)

Allison said...

I've never heard of crewel, but they are very impressive! It looks like your mother was very talented.

Tiffany said...

What a beautiful work of art, both your Mom's little animal work and your panda!

Jenners said...

Very impressive! My mom and grandmom both were crafters but that gene seems to have skipped me entirely!

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