Weaving Stories through Craft – Robyn (Part 1)

My mum is very talented. She can knit, crochet, sew and embroider, (as well as many other things).

For as long as I can remember she has made clothes and craft items for me (and our family). I loved as a girl having my own unique clothes that she had made for me. My mum taught me how to sew, and her perseverance with trying to teach me to knit has been amazing (and very frustrating for her I’m sure). She has demonstrated a lot of patience and persistence throughout.

I have found it truly hard to choose one craft item from my mum to feature, then I realised it doesn’t have to be one item – I can feature as many as I want. So today I am starting with this table setting.
My now husband, Andrew and I lived in Japan for 18 months (from June 2000 to December 2001). We had an amazing time and both fell in love with so much about the country, the people and the culture. I especially grew a great appreciation for their fabrics, crafts and style. It opened a new world for me. Upon returning to Australia and re-adjusting to the real world, Andrew proposed and we were engaged. We decided we didn’t want a party and just wanted to get married as soon as we could, as we had already been together for 6 years.’

Both our parents were very excited about the engagement and despite no party they gave us very special and meaningful gifts. Mum handmade a 6-piece table set. The set includes six placemats, six matching coasters and six matching napkins. She used black linen and machine embroidered the designs with a beautiful contrasting red. Each placemat consists of nine separate designs, (all sewn onto a linen backing), with the middle design being the feature on the matching napkin and coaster. The designs are exquisite. They are not over stated and they all have a clear Japanese influence. The skill (and patience) she possesses to create this unique and special present still amazes me.

It is such a wonderful engagement present as it provides so many memories for me – memories not only of Japan, but of my mum and her skill and love. Thank you mum x