“Wow, so retro” I hear you say! No, I was 9, it was the seventies – I am just that old!
The task was given at school. The purse was a very simple folded affair, in a pink and burgundy printed velour fabric – lush. The stitching was a great big tacking stitch that an impatient 9-year-old, with a tendency to be lazy (hey, nothing changes!) could manage.
I remember my Father being pretty unimpressed with the size of the stitches. I get my tendency to be extremely blunt from him.
I don’t remember what Mum said, but I get my tendency to sew from her, because soon after she got a lovely brown and tan (a classic 70’s colour scheme) sewing machine, with a fantastic array of embroidery stitches and mysterious functions. I tested every one of those stitches, with the machine on the floor, on scraps of fabric, using the foot pedal with my hand – awkward!
Thanks Mum for giving me one of the loves of my life – I am still hooked!