Theresa was a member of our group. She is keeping the skills of the garment industry alive in South Wigston.
There’s not a day goes by when I don’t do some sort of handicraft. Through lockdown I binged on crafts, it really helped me cope. I completed a blanket, a small throw, a shawl. I had a go at bookbinding and made three notebooks, I made a few cards and almost completed a piece of bobbin lace.
One of the crafts I do is hand spinning. It took me a while to learn, but it’s like riding a bike, once learned never forgotten, you can get a bit rusty though! The repetitive motion of drawing the fibre to make a yarn and keeping the wheel turning is relaxing and slows your mind, it’s mindfulness I guess.
My mum died earlier this year leaving unfinished knitting, so I’ve decided to finish her work. I’ve found it quite cathartic, I think about mum as I work using colours she chose and patterns she picked. Mum was really talented at many crafts and I miss her.
My interest in handicrafts has enriched my life I’ve met some lovely people and been to some interesting places. I’ve also collected far too much wool!