I have been very inspired by traditional handwork in Turkey. Ireland used to have such a culture but the younger generation have lost touch with this. Istanbul is full of markets which are usually famous for their foods and spices but I go to the markets on the hunt for textiles. Lots of factories sell their remnants off at the market. While you can pay 10 euro for half a yard of fabric in Ireland, you will find the fabric going for 2 or 3 liras at the market. I love the culture that surrounds the marketplace. My mother in law has inspired me a lot and taught me how to do many things as regards to sewing which I never thought I would be interested in. Now I find myself looking out for next my next project whether it be quilting or crochet.


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