Sea Green and Sapphire

A blog about a love of colour, addiction to fabrics and joy of crafting…

My Crafty Family


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.


Author: Heidi

I love colour wherever I find it, in art, photography, gardens, nature. I also love all kinds of fiber arts; spinning, dyeing, knitting, felting, sewing.

3 thoughts on “My Crafty Family

  1. Hello Heidi,
    I adore the wall hanging. Looks fab in your living room and such a wonderful gift, which will no doubt be treasured. On seeing the name of the architect I was prompted to google him and low and behold I Rich and I are actually familiar with the designer as we visited Hvittrask when we were in Finland a few years back, a great place with some wonderful designs and if I recall models of Helskinki too. All very fascinating and very tourist, but very enjoyable.
    Look forward to seeing some of your quilt images here and your finished jumped too:-)

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