The majority of my sewing stash is inherited from my Mum and Granny, both sadly no longer with us, but definitely living on through my love of craft.
Granny made a lot of her own clothes, as well as clothes for her three children, on a trusty hand-operated Singer that my Grandad still has. And Mum was a fantastic sewist, making her own wedding dress, clothes for me, curtains for all her friends and fabulous quilts.
Unfortunately I didn’t realise my creative potential until after Mum had died, despite her many patient efforts to teach me how to knit, cross stitch or use a sewing machine! But I think she would be very proud that I am finally using all of her tools and haberdashery. She would also have a good laugh at the beginner’s mistakes I sometimes make!
My inherited stash includes boxes of fabric, several unfinished works in progress (which maybe one day I will get round to completing!), patterns and a lot of thread. My favourite items are these 11 spools of vintage Sylko cotton: gorgeous rich colours on wooden reels. I’ve been tempted to use them in projects a few times but I can’t quite bring myself to. Maybe one day I will pluck up the courage!