I come from a very crafty family. Maybe it is because my grandfather on my father’s side was a shoe maker and his wife, my grandmother, was a farmer’s daughter so making things was a natural part of her life too. My dad says he remembers when he was little they kept a sheep in the garden and my grandmother would spin “home grown” wool (I’d love to have a sheep in my garden… as long as she didn’t eat my plants).
Most of my many aunts as well as my father inherited a talent for making things. One aunt restores antique furniture as well as knits and does embroidery. One of my cousins is a weaver and owns a craft shop, another is really into patchwork.
My father has always liked wood working and building things (when he retired he built himself a cottage in Lapland). But in recent years he has suddenly really got into embroidery and other textile work (I think that is my influence as he was particularly inspired by one of my cross stitch projects). This Christmas I was really lucky to receive this beautiful wall hanging, hand stiched by my dad (it came as a kit, and took him 300 hours to complete). The design is by Eliel Saarinen (a famous Finnish architect) from the early 1900’s.
The William Morris cushion you can see on the sofa has also been made by my dad.