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Below is the only item I have from my maternal grandmother - her IVORY CROCHET HOOK.
All of the flooding taking place here in Atlanta this week made me think of her. She and her family lived in Covington, Kentucky just across the Ohio river from Cincinnati. In 1937 her house flooded and they lost everything. My mother was 8 years old. She remembered pinning the lace curtains up about 6 inches hoping the water would not reach that high. It did. So I treasure the one thing I have that belonged to my grandmother.I think I take after both of my grandmothers because I love to sew. My father's mother hand-smocked little dresses for me. They are 54 years old now! Look closely at the smocking on the green dress and you can see little roses she embroidered.
I remember taking my smocking pleater to show my grandmother and she was so surprised. She told me how she marked the fabric with dots and carefully threaded and pleated each pleat with a stitch. She even smocked the tops of the sleeves.
She inspired me to learn how to smock for my daughter. This yellow one is another dress she made for me. They are all made out of very fine, thin batiste. I wish you could see the tiny, tiny stitches she used for the hem.!
The blue dress below, is one I made for my daughter. I'm sorry I didn't document them at the time and take photos of her wearing the dresses. I do remember the joy I felt making them and seeing her wear them. This was her first Easter dress.