When “heirlooms” aren’t identified, and their stories never told, they often become items tossed or sold – as they have no history, no ties to the family. So take the time to identify your family heirlooms history and record your memories so the family treasures aren’t tossed in the trash. They are just as valuable as your family photographs and also need to be documented. Sometimes it’s not even the value of the item in question; it’s the story which holds the value.
Friday Night Family Heirlooms
Grandma McKinley’s Crocheted Spread
My grandmother, Ola (Askew) McKinley was an extremely talented woman of many talents… with one being crochet. I “Thank Her” for inheriting those craft genes.
In as well as well as grandmamma crocheted… she could never follow a pattern, but she didn’t need a pattern as she only had to see the item. I find it amazing when people can create an item by only looking at it. I have copied items as well, but I find it so time-consuming, and sometimes it never works out. I’d much rather just have written directions.
I’ve treasured this crocheted pinwheel bedspread given to me by my mother… never having much of an opportunity through the years to display it because of kids and pets. Sadly it’s often stored away in a bureau drawer and brought out once in awhile for a photograph… but it’s never forgotten.
I’m sure grandmamma crocheted this by only the light of the kerosene lamp… where she sat every night, either piecing quilts or crocheting; it was what she loved!
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