I have a legacy of craftiness. On both sides of my family, I had amazing grand- and great-grandparents who made functional and decorative items. Even better, those items survive as a living reminder of who they were and their sense of artistry.
Today, in honor of the Christmas holiday, I want to share some ornaments that I have that were made by my paternal great-grandmother, Ethel Wiles Barnett.I don’t know much about Ethel, other than she was a hardy housewife with a stubborn streak. But she also was a crafter and quilter, and she liked pretty things. These are what I have of the surviving sequinned ornaments:
I can only imagine how long it took her to place each pin- it’s a time consuming task. But they are well made and absolutely lovely. I especially like the white one- the colored seed beads on the white sequins are a subtle, but effective contrast.
Tomorrow, I’ll share my version of Grandma Ethel’s sequinned ornaments. Do you have any heirlooms like this in your family?
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