The strength of Textile Memories….

There is something very empowering about creativity.  Creating an item – like a pillow or a doll dress or a washcloth may seem simple but the process is so important.  From choosing the yarn, to remembering who this is being made for, to looking at the item years later or even passing it on  – Textile memory is something that nurtures and strengthens culture and family.

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What are your memories of the *black singer sewing machine*?

There are wonderful people from the American south that enriched my life with their textile talents.

The first two women in these photos are my Aunt Carrie and my grandmother Rosa Bertie Johnson, whose sewn clothing I wore during the Annie Hall days of the late 70’s. My aunt Carrie left me her sewing machine when I was 20 or so and all of her size 18 Simplicity patterns. She was a woman who specialized in finished ensembles that included matching hats, jacket and pants!


My father is next, George Hargett -a professional presser and bowtie sharp! He always had his sewing machine up. Finally is my gorgeous cousin Lulu who was my plus size role model.  She had an exquisite fashion sense and my aunt made most of her wardrobe growing up!


I thank them for their encouragement and the continued creative blessings!

What are your TEXTILE STORIES? Who were the aunties, grandmothers, abuelas, nanas, titis, papis and grandpas who were creative in your lives – Send the stories to us. Consider it rich nourishment……

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One thought on “The strength of Textile Memories….

  1. Karen Ruhloff says:

    Yo! When I was 11 years old, I was sent from our home in Chicago to spend the summer with my paternal Grandparents in tiny Marietta Ohio…my Grandmother and GreatGrandmother taught me to knit, crochet, embroider and handsew…through their patience, praise and occasional tap on the shoulder from Greatgrandma Mauriocourts’ cane, I came back to the big city with skills that now make me very popular with my own Grandchildren…

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