Christmas Kee-Kee REWIND

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Episode Summary

Hey y’all! With the need to practice safe social distancing due to COVID-19, many of us won’t be around our families during the holidays this year, including Lisa. But that doesn’t mean we can’t still celebrate right?! In this rewind episode, which was recorded in 2019 and re-released this year, experience a black Christmas in warm weather south Florida, as Lisa, along with her mother and sisters, reminisce about fiberglass ornaments (also known as “fur”), smelly Baby Alive dolls, goofy-looking popcorn bucket hats, their family tradition of Christmas sewing and much more!

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Hello, stitchers. Welcome to Stitch Please the official podcast of Black Women Stitch. The sewing group where black lives matter. I'm your host Lisa Woolfork. I'm a fourth generation sewing enthusiast with more than 20 years of sewing experience. I am looking forward to today's conversation. So sit back, relax, and get ready to get your stitch together.

hello everyone. And welcome to the podcast. I'm your host. Lisa Woolfork. today's episode is a rewind episode. This means that we are going to rewind back to last year of 2019 and the special Christmas Kee-kee episode that I did with my family. But during that time, I really enjoyed the episode. I really loved sitting down and talking with my mother and my two sisters and reminiscing about the sewing my mother would do for us and the Christmas creativity.

And it's also an opportunity to create an archive about one's family. And so one of the things I wanted to recommend as we move to the holiday season, Which is going to be very different, of course, because of the time in which we live now, 2020 and so much has changed. And including for many people not having in-person holidays, we are not going to be traveling for Christmas this year.

This will be, think, maybe the first time that it's just been my husband, myself and my children, we usually travel or people come and travel to us. And we aren't able to do that because we are choosing to follow guidelines of social distancing. And when we can limiting travel in order to prevent the spread of COVID.

One of the things I wanted to suggest as before I get into this episode, just a few things. One: record your older relative. If you have older relatives, talk to them, do oral history, you'll be amazed at what you could learn by talking to your parents and grandparents and great-grandparents. Ask them about what things were like for them.

When they went to school, ask about the things they used to do to have fun. You will be very surprised. I was very surprised when I talked with my grandmother about growing up the way that she did at a rural community with little access to resources .

So she was talking about these remedies. They would use with certain plants and this kind of thing, because they didn't have access to doctors or medicine. So these are the kinds of things that you don't ever learn unless you ask. And I just would like to offer this as a suggestion for those folks who have the opportunity to talk to our elders and gather that kind of information so that we can help to complete our family stories and pass those on.

You'll notice that the audio quality is different than what I've been able to develop now for the podcast. So I enjoy listening to these episodes, even if they're not the highest audio quality, because I was just starting and it just helped me to see how far I've come. So that also feels really nice.

So the Stitch Please podcast, will be back next week with an episode with Jen Hewett. Print maker, fiber artist, surface designer, a woman of so many artistic gifts that she shares with us at the podcast next week. So be sure to tune in to this great episode with Jen Hewett, and if you are a Patreon subscriber, you will be given access to the video version of our conversation.

So that's another exciting benefit we have for Patreon subscribers. But for now without further ado, here is the Christmas Keekee episode with Lisa, Sybil, Stephanie and my mother Ianthia Woolfork, recorded in 2019. Thank you so much for listening and I wish you happy holidays.

Thank you for listening to this rewind episode of a Christmas Kee-Kee from 2019 with my mother and sisters, we will be back next week with a great episode with Jen Hewitt and we'll see you then happy holidays.

Hosted by Lisa Woolfork

Lisa is a fourth-generation sewing enthusiast who learned to sew while earning a PhD in African American literature and culture. She has been sewing for more than twenty years while also teaching, researching, and publishing in Black American literature and culture.

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