Every Mother’s Day, no matter how old you are, you always hear the same old adage: “homemade is best.” When I was little, that was easy. School was the best place to craft my mum an egg cup daffodil or a calendar of a poorly drawn cat. It’s as you get older that making gifts get harder – especially with the multitude of fantastic real things you can find anywhere these days.
But mum’s hard to buy for, and the pressure of giving her something she’ll really love always gets to me, so last year I had an idea. For Christmas, I was given a beginner’s embroidery kit I’d thought would be good to get into, and I thought I’d stitch her something.
Somewhat recklessly, I decided on a negative space design with her initial. It was going to be great! It’s the sort of gift you see on the front pages of Pinterest that fill you with jealousy and admiration. But it was possibly too ambitious for me, with my few weeks of experience.
Still, I made it. True, it wasn’t perfect, and I had to outline the “A” because you could barely tell what it was, but my mum loved it! And that’s saying something, given that she’s been a seamstress for 40 years and gets annoyed at badly sewn buttons. In fact, she loved my little embroidery so much, she used her own talents and turned it into a patch to sew on her jacket!
I still think it doesn’t look like an adult made it, but that only encouraged me to keep working on my hobby. Now, I think my work looks much better and I’ve even had a few commissions! If it wasn’t for my mum’s support and praise, I probably would have given it up.
…So now I have to think about what to make her this year!