Something Sacred

Welcome to Week Three of the month-long Carnival of Creative Mothers to celebrate the launch of The Rainbow Way: Cultivating Creativity in the Midst of Motherhood
by Lucy H. Pearce

Today's topic is Creative Inheritance. Do read to the end of this post for a full list of carnival participants. 

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December 11th: The Creative Process.

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I can still picture her, sitting by the window in the room that was built at the back of my Grandmother's house, for her and my Great Grandfather, on their return from a late-in-life stint of living in London. I can see her bent over an intricate white pattern. Something like snowflakes settled softly in her lap. Hands moving quickly. A hook in one hand and a skein of fine, silken thread in the other. Hooks and loops coming together to create complex designs. Tiny white gloves and delicate purses for Holy Communions. Trims for Christening blankets. Beautiful wedding bed-spreads. Headpieces for brides. Doilies to sit under precious ornaments on the side-board.

She was always making. Her whole life. She had seven children and made every stitch they wore for years. From underwear to outerwear. She made things for the neighbour's children too. Poor children with barely a stitch to their name would leave her house immaculately dressed in warm, practical clothing.

I can see her in even later years too, siting by that window in the Winter dusk. In her late ninties. Her sight gone, listening to the books she could no longer read, her hands idle in her lap, but her love of words still strong within her. She had read the dictionary for fun as a child.

In my minds eye, I see white silken threads tumble from her hands and roll out across the floor. Each fine strand tangling around her family, binding us all tightly together. Touching each and every one of her children. Her grandchildren. Her great-grandchildren. Her great-great-grandchildren.

It encircles her eldest daughter. My Grandmother. In her hand is a paintbrush. At her feet, needles and a pile of yarn. She had seven children too, but always found time to nurture her own creativity. She took classes in sculpture, in flower arranging, in paper crafts. In many, many other things. She is in her late 80's now. I often watch her knitting for her own great-grandchildren. Her worn hands expertly working the needles and yarn. She is always making. She always has been.

The threads travel on. They wind around my uncle, a talented woodworker, another uncle, a painter, my mother, who also paints, knits, arranges flowers and always nurtured her own creativity, trying stained glass making, wood turning and many other hand-crafts throughout my childhood and even now.

On and on the white threads travel. Stretching far and wide around the world, wrapping itself around a vast collection of cousins. A potter, a textile designer, a fashion designer, a painter, a TV editor, a make-up artist and more. It touches many more in our large extended family.

It wraps around me too. It is here in these words. It is there as I stitch tiny toys for my children. It holds me tight as I set the paint out on the kitchen table for my little ones.

I see my Great-Grandmother's silken threads encircle them too. I see them in Lile's hands as she draws and draws. I see them wrap Sábha up in a cocoon of wonder as she listens to books she cannot yet read.

I see this long line travel forward. Ever evolving. Ever inspiring.

Silken threads woven expertly into an intricate pattern.

Far away, by a dusky window, I can see the source.

And I am thankful for her sacred gift.

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  • Carnival host and author of The Rainbow Way, Lucy at Dreaming Aloud celebrates her creative fairy godmothers, and gives thanks for the creative blessings that each has gifted her.
  • In 'From Trash To Treasure: Christmas Decoration' Laura from Authentic Parenting shares fond memories crafting with her mom and a little project her mom did recently. 
  • Lucy Pierce from Soulskin Musings celebrates the rich creative inheritance of her mother's poetic soul and artful ways. 
  • Is thinking differently a curse or a gift? Zoie at TouchstoneZ susses out whether her family legacy might hinder or encourage creativity.
  • Pippa at Story of Mum says she is: "Thanking my mum for the gift of dance. I am not a dancer, but her love for dance showed me how to connect to my creative core."
  • Dawn Collins at TheBarefootHome Dawn thinks we're all born with a creative inheritance from the mother we all share…Mother Nature.
  • Licia Berry at Illumined Arts reflects on the creative inheritance passed on by our ancestral lineage, discovered through sexuality and the Sacred Feminine within, and her own amazing recovery.
  • Alex at The Art of Birth explores the nature of creativity. 
  • Handcrafts are prayers, that's what Corina from PatchScrap learned from grandmother.
  • Jennifer at Let Your Soul Shine retraces her creative inheritance from her childhood and all the way back to the 19th Century.  
  • Whitney Freya at Creatively Fit is inspired by the sacred spark within each of us, a spark that transcends time and is infinitely creative.
  • Kirstin at Listening to the Squeak says "I have always known my creative inheritance and it is so very important for my children to know theirs."
  • Creative Inheritance is a Beautiful Thing, says Aimee at Creativeflutters and discusses where her creativity comes from and what influences in her family have helped her on her artistic journey. 
  • Georgie at Visual Toast shares her creative inheritance.
  • Esther at Nurture Workshop expresses the gift of a creative mind and the doors that are waiting to be opened for those who are willing to explore.
  • Denise at It Begins with a Verse  looks back at her family's creative inheritance.
  • Lys at Stars and Spirals looks at the creative inheritance as described by the astrological chart, drawing on her personal journey into motherhood and reawakened creativity.
  • Biromums wrote poems about their creative inheritance.
  • Kae at The Wilde Womb reflects on the various artists within her family and how it has shaped her identity and what impression she wishes to leave her own children. 
  • Marit's Paper World shares her creative inheritance.
  • Knitting blankets and the inner landscape--my mother's life's work, writes Nicki from Just Like Play
  • Something Sacred - Sadhbh at Where Wishes Come From writes about how the creativity of the women in her family has influenced her.
  • Ali Baker is a creative mama to twin girls who reignited her creative energy and sense of who she used to be by just doing it and creating whatever needs to be created in an imperfect way. 
  • KatyStuff hopes inheritance is a long way off, but, when the day comes her woodworker father has already said he is comforted by knowing his work is in so many homes.
  • Jasmine at Brown Eyed Girl realizes that the creativity she craves for so deeply may actually be something that runs deeper than just her imagination.

8 comments

  1. So beautifully written, Sadbh! And what an incredible woman she was!

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    1. Thanks so much Lucy. She was amazing indeed and I was lucky to have a Great Grandmother until I was in my 20's, so I have great memories of her.

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  2. Sadhbh that is absolutely beautiful - such an evocative post, I can picture your great grandmother perfectly from your lovely description in the first paragraph

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  3. That is utterly beautiful, incredible imagery, and all the love sewn up in big, thick threads :) Love it x

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  4. Your beautiful words have paid a touching homage to an obviously wonderful woman x

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