Crafting a Meaningful Home by Meg Mateo Ilasco
STC Craft, 2010
Now, this is a bit of a departure for this all-fabric, all-the-time blog, but I am such a fan of Meg Mateo Ilasco‘s work, including her paper and textile goods and her previous books Craft, Inc. and Creative, Inc. that I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to host a stop on the blog tour for her brand-new book Crafting a Meaningful Home. The 27 projects, by Mateo Ilasco and scores of modern art/craft/design luminary contributors, are not only about “telling stories, holding memories, and celebrating family heritage,” as the subtitle suggests, but about making things together with the people you love. So it’s just about the most perfect gift you can give to a crafter you love. And don’t worry, in the mix of craft techniques found throughout the books, there are plenty of inspiring fabric-based projects — my favorites include Cathy Callahan‘s Vintage Fabric Display and Samantha Hahn‘s Family Banner.
Meg graciously agreed to introduce the book to True Up readers and tell us a bit about the textile traditions in her own family …
When we were kids my mother, like many in her generation, was an avid sewer and crafter. She sewed some of our clothes, made baby quilts as gifts, crocheted doilies, and knotted macrame planters. Unfortunately, I didn’t have much of an appreciation for it growing up. I didn’t think of handmade as “special,” rather I regarded it as something people did when they couldn’t afford to buy things. Of course, my perception changed as I got older. Now I wish I had spent more time behind a sewing machine with my mom than trying to convince her to buy things at the mall. Hind sight is always 20/20.
As I was selecting the projects for Crafting a Meaningful Home, I talked with contributors who hailed from the similar upbringings; raised by mothers who sewed. The sewing projects, like Sian Keegan’s Braided Rag Vessels (her lineage of braided rag makers), Rae Dunn’s Patchwork Coverlet (a memorial piece made from her father’s shirts), Joanna Mendicino’s Modern Norens (a tribute to her Japanese heritage), and Billie and Tootie’s Family Teepee (showing their love for the outdoors and made from a vintage quilt) — show how craft and sewing made an impression on them growing up and continue to be an important and nostalgic part of their lives as adults today.
If you’d like a chance to win a copy of Crafting a Meaningful Home courtesy STC Craft, just leave a comment on this post telling us about one of your textile heirlooms or traditions. The comments will close and a winner will be drawn randomly next Thursday, Dec. 23, 2010.
Thank you so much, Meg!
Follow the rest of the tour:
December 9: Not Martha
December 10: Papercakes Finds
December 13: Uppercase
December 14: Dwell
December 16: Craftzine
December 17: You Are Here
December 20: ReadyMade
December 20: Oh Joy!
December 21: CasaSugar
December 22: Anthology Magazine blog