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My Love of Fabric and Cotton.....Thanks To My Mother

Real Estate Agent with Premier Property Sales & Rentals RS284559

It is because of my mother that working with fibers, yarns and fabric will always be part of my life.

From an early age I was taught to work with yarn, to sew by hand and to use a sewing machine.

My mother had a Singer sewing machine that she used to make clothing and to mend things. She was always in the middle of a project and never had idle hands even while watching TV.


Shuttle in A ShedI learned along with my sisters how to sew at an early age, how to crochet and to knit, how to darn socks. We made clothes for our dolls and then clothes for ourselves. I remember going to the local fabric store where there were bolts of fabric from floor to ceiling and wall to wall without much room to walk on the creaky hard wood floors, where the owners spoke broken English, where the smell from the sizing on the fabrics was strong, and feeling like I was in heaven with so many choices of fabrics.


My mother taught my sisters and I to open up the dining room table to lay out the fabric, then pin on the pattern, trace darts onto the fabric with a tracing wheel and then cut out the pattern. I was sewing my own garments way before I had Home EC in junior high school.  


My mother worked in a cotton mill in Conshohocken along the Schuylkill River when she was young.   She inspected fabric after it was woven on thunderous looms in a large mill and repaired imperfections in cloth to make it marketable.


I have fond memories of my mother sitting on the couch watching and laughing at one of her evening sitcoms while her hands were busy crocheting an afghan for a relative in her zigzag pattern or shell stitch. She had a steady firm gauge with her creations.


My oldest brother had a career working with cotton fabrics and I believe it was because of my mother that he ended up on this path.


I too followed my mother's lead as well as my brother's lead and got a degree in Textile Design with a focus on weaving. I did spend 10 years in the industrialized computer knitting machine world before outsourcing took the jobs away. But I still weave, sew and crochet to this day. My fiber of choice is cotton.


I have a large collection of printed fabrics, loads of yarn that I crochet and weave on my looms and I will never stop loving fabrics made by hand, and hand sewn garments.


I am thankful to my mother for her example to me as a young person, on how creating with fabric and yarn is a warm way of giving to oneself and to others. Thank you Mom!

Handwovens by Gloria Todor


Written for Thanksgiving Challenge thanks to Debbie Reynolds.


Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a lovely post, and it was wonderful to learn that you are so talented in fabrics  I love watching weavers work.  A

Nov 14, 2018 08:51 AM
Gloria Todor
Premier Property Sales & Rentals - Springfield, PA
& Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA

Thank you Ron and Alexandra Seigel A. When I weave I feel like I jump into an old tradition.

Nov 14, 2018 09:05 AM
Gwen Fowler SC Lakes & Mountains 864-710-4518
Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc - Walhalla, SC
Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc.

Lovely pictures. My Aunt Dolly used to make our clothes when we were kids and I have such fond memories. It was such a blessing to just have new clothes. 

Nov 14, 2018 09:07 AM
Gloria Todor
Premier Property Sales & Rentals - Springfield, PA
& Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA

Gwen Fowler-CRS- 864-638-3599 SC Mountains & Lakes-- Nice to receive handmade clothes from someone you know.  Thanks for stopping by.

Nov 14, 2018 02:02 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

I had a 1950s mom, and she often took in alterations and dressmaking, to make a little extra for the household.  I also use to sew, but the cost of fabric and especially patterns has become far more costly, that it doesn't seem to be as practical as it once was.

Nov 15, 2018 04:13 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS Gloria, on having this blog featured in the "FEATHER NESTERS" group!

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Nov 15, 2018 04:14 PM
Gloria Todor
Premier Property Sales & Rentals - Springfield, PA
& Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA

So true Myrl Jeffcoat about not being cost effective to sew anymore.  

Thank you so much for the Feature!!

Have a great weekend!

Nov 15, 2018 05:44 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

We have something in common, I like to sew and create and cotton is my first choice. I will be crocheting this winter. It is relaxing.

Nov 19, 2018 08:09 PM
Gloria Todor
Premier Property Sales & Rentals - Springfield, PA
& Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA

Debbie Reynolds good to hear you enjoy sewing and crocheting.  Yes it is relaxing. I have been making scarves for the homeless this season.  I am part of a group that does such things.  I hope you make some wonderful things this winter, things you or others can use!

Dec 02, 2018 11:42 AM
Patricia Feager, ABR,CRS,GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Gloria Todor - What a great mother you had who had so many talents and passed them on to you. Susie Homemaker, I am not. I never learned how to do any type of sewing, crocheting, darning, knitting, etc. 

I was so intrigued with your story. It would make a great re-enactment at a Heritage Fest or a type of Museum to teach children where clothes came from before there was all the new technology to make clothing, blankets, quilts, etc. I so appreciate anyone who can do this! And I appreciate you too! Thank you for sharing such a beautiful way of life you had and still have. 

Mar 31, 2019 07:54 AM