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Monday, March 02, 2009

When I Was 18...

There are so many old things of mine at mum's house, and I have been looking for something interesting to me.
When I was a high school student, there was a theme to make something for memory of graduate.
I was very busy as a member of a basketball team, but I choose "Patchwork (Quilt?)" as my theme.

My mum is a multi talented lady for handcrafts, so she told me how to make, and I remember that we enjoyed to make this tapestry together (mainly I had to make, of course!)
I was suffering from terrible stiff neck from when I was young, so it was quite tough for me to sew and make such a large piece, but it was fun!

My mum is still displaying this tapestry in her room, she just loves this because she remember of the time when I worked so hard.
Unfortunately, I totally forgot how to do Patchwork, and I remember it was quite tough for a person who has been suffering from stiff neck like me, so this is the first one also the last work of my Patchwork...

And I was very curious about handcraft from when I was a child, and when I was about 18, a book caught my eyes at book shop. It's Tole Paint (I don't exactly know how to say this kind of work in English, though...).
This design was shown on the cover of that book and I fell in love, then bought some materials soon and tried it, as I knew luckily I had unpainted wooden tissue box at home!

This is also still placed in mum's room, it got a bit dirty, but I'm glad that she is still using this.
I know this would look quite amateur's work from people who loves tole paints, though isn't it quite good as a first attempt of 18 years old girl??? :D

Unfortunately this didn't attract the interest of mine longer, so this is also my first and the last tole paint work...

Now I'm so happy that I could meet "Cross Stitch" as a hobby that I will continue for a long long time in my life!!
Sorry, I have no photo of my cross stitching work to share, so have been talking something else these few months...
But thank you so much for your visit and your comments!

And I really appreciate for everyone, thank you so much for sending me lots of prayers, hugs, wishes, they give me courage.
I have been trying to think positive until I hear the result of my tests.
Thank you everyone, from the bottom of my heart...
Take care and Happy Stitching!

18 comments:

Margaret said...

Yuko, I made the exact same pattern for a quilt for my in-laws! Yours is beautiful. And the toile work -- wow! You're very talented! I would never be able to paint like that. Wonderful!

I hope your feeling better soon and know your test results. Good luck!

Doris said...

beautiful quilt work!, and gorgeous tissue box!.

i hope all be good Yuko,take care.

Julie said...

Super quilt and tissue box, they are lovely.

Nancy said...

Thank you for sharing your quilt and tissue box Yuko! You are multi-talented just like your mum. They are very beautiful, and I am sure they create many sentimental memories. I have also been doing crafts of some kind since I was a little girl, but unfortunately nobody saved my things. I am glad I found cross stitch like you, and I am glad I found you as a friend to share this with! I am thinking positive thoughts for you.

Anna van Schurman said...

Tole painting is what we call it in English too. Yours is lovely!

Mãe da Rita said...

I love your works! The Patchwork is great (there's a lot of work in it, for sure!) and the box is so delicate! I loved the colors! Hugs!

Irene said...

Your quilt and tissue box are gorgeous. It's always nice to try a different craft, that way we know which one we really love and are not always wondering what the others are like to do.

Siobhan said...

You are multi-talented! Beautiful work--all of it!

Carol R said...

A gorgeous quilt and tissue box! How lovely that your mum saved them for you.
[[[hugs]]]

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angelasweby said...

Yuko.
What a lovely mum you have :>) She must be so proud of you. She has kept all your early crafts and still has them near by. You must have learned a lot from her. I remember that quilt pattern. It was in a magazine quite a few years ago. Yours looks lovely and the tole painting too shows artistic flair. I've enjoyed many different crafts too over the years from watercolour painting, knitting macrame and crochet but, my stitching has lasted the longest :>)
Warm hugs, Angela

Cindy said...

It is fun to look at the crafts that we did when we were younger, isn't it? How wonderful that your mom has kept your creations on display! Your quilt and tissue box are beautiful :)

Theresa said...

Your quilt and painting are beautiful~~~ It is always interesting to see the things we made when we were young!!

Solstitches said...

Hi Yuko,
What a wonderful team effort the quilt is. I love those houses!
Your painted tissue box is gorgeous. You are very artistic.

Susimac said...

Oh WOW Yuko your quilt is gorgeous as is your painting, how lovely that your mum has kept them though I can see why she would they are both beauties.

ElisabethB said...

Your quilt is so nice. The houses quilt is one of my favorite. I should be sew one with my stash ! It's a good way to use all kind od fabrics ;-)

Brigitte said...

Wow, Yuko. You are as multi-talented as your mom. A family of artists you are.

Evik said...

WOW, Yuko, this is beautiful work! :)
Evik
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