That was who my maternal grandmother, Cecilia Torres de Cordoba (better and more lovingly known as: La Cuchita) was. From a very young age she had cataracts in both eyes. If you asked her she would tell you she could not see a thing. Yet putting her left eye very close to the fabric she could sew for hours on end on her Singer treadle sewing machine. Every family member enjoyed at some point knitted and crochet baby wear, blankets, ornamented something (because it could be anything) with delicate crocheted edgings or a dress or 2 (or more) that had been created with them in mind.
So it was through Cuchita that I learnt, when I was 8 years old, the love of needlework and fiber/textile crafts art. It would take me about 20 years to actually finish my first project: a baby blanket for a coworker/friend. Norma Blackwood, another coworker who shared the love and enthusiasm, would be the one to teach me to read patterns and in that way perfect my art.
I now take another step forward as I am happy to honer my Cuchita's memory opening my small boutique. Here I get to create a small profit from this love for the needle & fabric art, with others through Tia PIA Qture, as I share with others the nurturing, home-like feeling that only homemade items can bring, with all their uniqueness and beauty.