City of Residence: Warner Robins
Occupation: Member, Crochet Club of Middle Georgia
Q: You were just honored for what’s become a rather unique skill these days.
A: I won the Grand Champion prize at the Crochet Club of Middle Georgia’s Annual Achievement Day. I won it for a tablecloth I made and got a couple of other ribbons, too.
Q: How long have you been crocheting?
A: Sixty-eight years. My grandmother taught me when I was 5.
Q: What did you make then?
A: A doily. She got me going on it and I just went at it until it was about eight inches around. It wasn’t perfect, believe me. Later, I taught myself to make things with patterns.
Q: Still have that doily?
A: I did for years, in a cedar chest, but last time I looked I didn’t see it. I’m not sure what’s happened to it.
Q: You’ve no doubt made a lot things over the years.
A: So many. Threaded bedspreads, Afghans, doilies, tapestries -- I made a tapestry that hangs in my Sunday school class at Second Baptist -- clothing, collars, sweaters, hats, scarfs, potholders and oh, the list just goes on and on. I’ve won two other grand master ribbons with christening dresses for dolls that included caps, bloomers and booties.
Q: Useful and decorative things. What’s kept you interested -- what else do you get out of crocheting?
A: It’s fun. And it’s very relaxing. Peaceful. My doctor told me once, whenever I get stressed just sit down and crochet. He said it was better than any medicine he could give me. I believe that’s true. It’s so comforting and relaxing. I can get going and hardly want to quit. It’s also a fun way to get with others and socialize.
Q: Such as with the club?
A: Yes. I’ve been a member since 1985. When I worked I couldn’t always come but I did when I could.
Q: When did the club start?
A: Jessie Averyt organized it in 1976. There are about 15 to 20 of us that come, and we meet the first and third Wednesdays in a room at Gold Cup Bowling from 11 (a.m.) to 1 (p.m.). Anybody’s welcome to come.
Q: Do they have to know how to crochet?
A: No, no. We’re happy to help them learn. Crocheting is an old, old craft that’s been handed down, usually in families. I taught two of my daughters and, oh I don’t know, maybe 15 or 20 others. If we don’t teach people it will just be lost. You can go online and see how but it’s not the same as having someone help you. We’d be glad for anyone to drop in. Men, too.
Q: What does it cost to get into crocheting?
A: Just a couple of dollars. You need a crochet hook and some thread or yarn. Come around and it’s not uncommon someone might even give you a hook and some yarn.
Q: What else does the club do?
A: We sit and crochet our own projects, share new things, help each other with little problems we might have and we also do a lot of club projects.
Q: Like what?
A: We have community projects like making lap robes for nursing homes, Beanie Babies, snuggle bunny blankets at Christmas for The Children’s Hospital in Macon, give a scholarship and make things for kids at Camp Wings, butterflies for (Heart of Georgia) Hospice and hats for soldiers.
Q: How can people get more information?
A: It’s probably best to call P.J. Lively at 922-8675.
Q: What’s your project for next year’s contest?
A: A “Gone with the Wind” Scarlett O’Hara doll outfit. I had started it but put it aside for another project and when I got back to it I had forgotten the stitch. I’m having to start all over.
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