Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Tatting Tuesday - Family Heirlooms

What ever happened to family heirlooms?  I remember a blessing/christening gown that was passed around on my mom's side of the family.  Pretty much every baby in our family, boys and girls, wore the gown to be blessed or christened.

I admit that I'm part of the problem.  My own children didn't wear the family blessing gown. It had traveled to a different line of our family, so we went without.  An elderly neighbor of mine used to tell me about the blessing gowns she made for grandchildren out of her wedding gown.

Now that people seem to be more interested in traditions and vintage things, maybe the idea of having family heirlooms and keepsakes will make a comeback.

Recently, my niece Evelyn was born.  She is named after my mom and I thought it would be nice to give her something that could be passed along in the family.  I searched through my tatting patterns and found one for baby booties.

My hope is that these booties will be passed along in the family for years to come.  I was happy that my sister-in-law liked them so much and they look adorable on my niece.

Since I was already on a roll, I decided to tat another pair of booties for my shop.  I finished them yesterday, but it took me so many hours to do that I had to put a high price on them.  My friends tell me I shouldn't feel bad about charging more since it takes a lot to do all those little knots.  Let's hope someone wants to start some family traditions of their own.

2 mad comments:

A.G. said...

It is so nice to have something to pass down. That's lovely that you made something so thoughtful for your niece. I'm sure she'll treasure them forever. And Evelyn is such a nice name.


Karen T said...

Thank you, Anika. My mom wasn't thrilled with Evelyn as her first name and went by her middle name, but I think Evelyn is much more popular now.

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