I grew up in a family with very talented people where handmade items were treasured and admired. My Nan used to make me smocked dresses with fine embroidered flowers and roses. I loved wearing these dresses, they were great for twirling and I loved admiring the embroidery work up close. When I recently visited my parents in South Africa, I asked my mum to get some of these dresses out for me.
This turquoise dress with the red roses was my favourite:
Then there was this one:
And this one:
When my Nan was too old to sew, embroider, knit or crochet, she one day handed me a paper bag full of all her embroidery patterns. That was so special to me and I continue to keep them safe, maybe one day I'll think of the perfect project to use them.