I am one of many parents who have volunteered to teach local and state history to my son's 3rd grade class. The program is designed by our local museum and cultural center and the first lesson touches on artifacts. We will ask the kids questions like, "How do you know your own history and your family's history?" During the training session we talked about possible answers to this, like photographs and other family treasures - quilts, clothing and textiles were mentioned.
I would love for the things I make to be artifacts of our own family history. I have a small "to make" list that I hope to start working on soon. I want these handmade things to be silent but memorable parts of our moments within these rooms. I want to construct them in a way that will last a long time. Some will have a seasonal purpose and may be put away and pulled out again when needed. I am thinking about all of this.
I found the needle, thread through the scrap of calendar in a box of sewing things that belonged to my grandma.