|Tatting by Bessie Cooper|
Along with the apron, mom gave me Grandma's tatting shuttle. No gold coin could have felt more precious than that shuttle when Mom pressed it into my palm. I never saw Grandma use it, not that I recall. Instead, her hands were usually busy with a crochet hook during my visits. But I do remember my mother talking about how that shuttle flew in her mother's hands -- and how much work it was to wash and stretch those lace curtains. My mom does not love the act of tatting, yet that shuttle is the artifact she's treasured all these years in remembrance of her mom.
You may have textile treasures you're planning to pass down some day. They may even be things you made yourself. But here's my question: Have you ever given the tool used to make the piece along with the gift?