Something old becomes something new…

Tonight I’d like to share something a little bit special.

My great grandmother died a few years ago, she was a crafty old woman! I’m sure I’ve gotten my need for crochet and sewing and things from her. I have many happy memories as a child and teenager making or drawing in front of the TV while she knitted and did her thing. This old jar of mustard came from her massive stash of everything crafty.

I’m not sure how long I’ve had this little jar. While I’ve played with seed beads on and off over the years, I never really got into them, usually preferring sparkly crystals and wire. But rediscovering this remenant of my great grandmother’s stash has made want to try them again.

You open the jar and you look inside. Suddenly I remember it’s not just a jar of beads…

For a long time I thought this was a choker necklace she started making but never finished. But now I have a bit more crafting experience behind me, I think she was planning on mending it.

The jar has two of these little rusted flowers – one was on the back clasp which broke off when I handled it gently. However, I noticed in the center front of the necklace there is a little loop, did the other flower hang there?

The split bead came somewhere, maybe near the clasp at the other end?

On the right side (or the left?), there’s two buttonhole style holes and a split, what were they for? Maybe the split is to help it curve, but why isnt there one on the other side? Maybe it was hand made afterall? What were the buttonholes for?

This is where the other flower was. I can guess how this worked πŸ™‚

And finally, the rest of the beads in the jar. Are they left over from when the necklace was first made? Or are they from a fallen-apart feature that hung from the buttonholes? And what of the coloured beads, did they just get mixed up in the jar over time or were the extra white beads actually a flower with a yellow centre and green leaves, and the other colours are just ring-ins?

So much mystery and joy from a little jar. And it’s got my imagination running wild, what did it look like? What was she going to do with it? And how will I remake it?

No doubt I’ll have my head in my notebook with a pen tomorrow, scribbling what it could have been and what it might become.

I’ll tell you someting else too: I’m really enjoying ejecting my thoughts into this blog! There so much running around in here. πŸ˜› Thank you for reading πŸ™‚

Happy creating πŸ™‚

Update 2 September 2011: I showed this to Mum and Nana and they both remember it from my great grandmother’s stash. Nana even thought it might have been one of my great grandmother’s friends and she was mending it for her but never got round to it. At any rate, Nana thinks it’s been waiting for mending for a long, long time as this style was quite fashionable when she was younger. πŸ™‚

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3 thoughts on “Something old becomes something new…

  1. Thanks for sharing such a precious memory. I think its just fantastic that you have this as a connection to your grandmother. I, agree, I think many of today’s crafters spent hours with grandmothers or aunts as they did their crafts and that is why we have such an appreication for the arts. Again, thanks.

  2. Thanks guys!

    redbamsews, I do have a few other things from my great grandmother, but none like this. The others were things she made, which I’ll no doubt write about later as I want to create my own versions.

    Lily, my head is full and I’ve started to mould the pattern in my mind… stay tuned!

    πŸ™‚

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