Way back in 1921 Margaret Morrison and her two sisters and older brother were orphaned, losing their coal miner father to an obstructed bowel. Their mother had died the previous year and they were left alone. John, the oldest at 17, reported the death to the Registrar and the family left their tied accommodation to go to their nearest family in Edinburgh. They couldn’t all be accommodated with their grandparents and in order to stay together they set up home on their own. Margaret was 13 and Christie and Bessie were between Margaret and John in age.
John joined the merchant navy and Margaret became apprenticed to a dressmaker. Between them, Margaret and John paid for the home and set about paying for Christie and Bessie to become nurses. They both became nurses, Bessie became a very senior Matron in a number of large hospitals around the country. There was some kind of rift during or just after world war two and Christie became estranged from the rest of the family – if you know anything of Christie Morrison born circa 1905 in Bannockburn, Linlithgowshire, Scotland I would be delighted to hear it.
Margaret Morrison was my grandmother. Her full name is a bit of a mouthful, Margaret MacLennan Morrison MacLachlan, and she has been gone for long time, having died in 1981. Whenever I am stitching I think of her. She worked for most of her life and I wish that I had her treddle singer. I have one small piece from her home. A pottery cat string holder which hung on the wall of her kitchen where we sat together when I was very small watching with fascination as she removed her rollers.
I hope she would think I have done a good job on the bag above. It is made from alternately pieced 2 1/2 inch strips of fabric which are then pressed and pleated to conceal the contrast fabric. The pleats are partially stitched so that the contrast fabric can be glimpsed. It has had cotton wadding added to give it some body and the top has been bound in black bias binding and hand stitched. there are two imitation leather handles attached with vintage green silk twist. It is lined with matching cream fabric. I have been thinking about it for a couple of weeks and I’m very pleased with the way it’s turned out. It really is lovely to be able to make things and to share the creativity of others – please visit Wendy and the crowd for another Handmade Monday extravaganza – I’m a bit early but won’t have time to post tomorrow.