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We’ve been in Canberra for almost 17 months and making a trip to the CRAFT ACT Museum has been on my to do list since we arrived. Then the other day whilst picking up supplies for my crochet workshops I finally popped in to check it out!
The space itself was much smaller than I imagined but as I walked into the space I squealed with excitement as the Portraits of a Tea Cosy was on display!
The cosies were amazing bright, bold and rather elaborate.
My favourite was The Emperor’s New Tea Cosy 🙂 which of course made me chuckle out loud!
I took an hour or so wandering around a second time and reading all the amazing stories of how so many people had come to own their beloved tea cosies. The stories were beautiful! And I couldn’t help but notice the common thread in each tale… (pun intended 🙂 )
The people who had cherished their tea cosies for all these years had been given the tea cosy as a gift from either their mother, aunt, grandmother, great grandmother, cousin, friend or sister and they had kept it, and used it to this very day.
I absolutely loved this idea of the tea cosy becoming an heirloom and I thought it would be a wonderful idea to revive the tradition again. Because what better way to catch up with our family and friends over tea and cake 🙂
And so I decided to design a crochet pattern for a Pineapple Tea Cosy which could be passed down from one generation to the next collecting stories as the years go by… and creating its very own little portrait!
Have you got a tea cosy with a story to tell? Or have you made a tea cosy lately? Let me know all about it in the comments below.