In Memory of my Mother on Mother’s Day.

My mom
In memory of my mom who encouraged me to sew, embroider, knit and crochet.

I remember encouragement. Whatever I made was wonderful in my mother’s eyes.

This post celebrates my mom. She passed on two and one-half years ago now. I remember her every day. There is much I could write about, but I think I will focus on her encouragement with the needle arts.

When I was about 11  (note: I started grade 1 at four yrs. old), I took a class in grade 8 that was called home economics.  I attended the class in another school in the center of town. Because we lived just beyond the city bus route, I would need to walk to the location where the bus picked us up and ride it into the town. All that I learned in that Home Economics class I enjoyed. I must have been destined to love the needle arts. I did have encouragement! When I learned a new skill, we would go shopping to buy the necessary supplies and materials to begin.

  • From what I remember, I started by making a shoe bag. I gave it to my mom, and she used it til it fell apart.
  • Next, I made a laundry bag, and I surface embroidered something on the front. I cannot remember what the picture was to this day, but it was from an ‘Aunt Martha’s pattern which we ironed onto the surface. She used that as well.  I made a toaster cover, a mix master cover and embroidered those as well.
  • I proceeded to learn Huck weaving/Swedish weaving. This type of embroidery resonated as my nickname was Huck. My last name was Huculak.  My mom bought me some Huck toweling, and I made beautiful embroidered bathroom guest towels using the Huck weaving method.
  • My mom was a working mom in 1961, doing the books in the family business and she decided to buy a Singer-Slant-o-Matic Sewing machine. This machine was quite a high tech one at that time. Brand new on the market. This machine arrived with classes. Because my mom worked, I went for the classes. I loved every minute and completed a lovely box pleated skirt in that session. I believe that I was hooked on being able to be creative and make whatever I wanted out of whatever. I can now see that the machine was likely for me, not for her. She did not sew that I remember other than a bit of mending until long after I was married.
  • I was now making some creative 60’s clothing throughout high school.
  • I did not start to crochet or to knit until about 19 years old.

But, no matter what I made, in my mom’s eyes, it was fabulous. I can now see that the constant encouragement and the celebration of whatever I made were instrumental in my moving forward as a successful needle artist. I kept on with various needle art activities. In memory and celebration of my mom’s encouragement toward me.  I remember my mom today for many reasons but also for her needle arts support. It became a large part of my life. Thanks, MOM!

Author: Karen Monteith

Karen is a writer, needle artist, nature lover and gardener who loves to share such information and to encourage the needle arts.

11 thoughts on “In Memory of my Mother on Mother’s Day.”

  1. Beautiful post, Karen, and a wonderful reflection of your mother. My Mom, too, is just like that – always encouraging and loving everything I’ve ever done. I’m glad you had such a wonderful mother, too. I really enjoyed this post. 🙂

  2. Your mom sounds a lot like mine. She supported everything I did. Didn’t miss a concert or a show, even if I was only an usher.

    Kudos on a beautiful remembrance.

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