Mila Vadnjal

Mila Vadnjal



Mila Franetič was born at he beginning of 20th century, in 1906. As a child she experienced the 1st World War. All her life tears would come when she remembered regiments of young boys and men passing through her village, Dolenja vas on the way to the So?a Front, and not returning.

As a young girl she began early to prepare and decorate her trousseau - sheets, pillow cases, table-cloths, table mats, blouses, underwear. This was mostly fine embroidery on cotton and linen, in the long winter evenings, in the light of the kerosene lamp. In her later years, she used to say that she spoilt he eyesight.
She did not do embroidery when I was growing up. I remember her using the round knitting needle to create a beautiful fashionable “spiderweb” dress, woolen vests and cardigans, beautiful bed jackets, a whole wardrobe of wonderful garments for my doll.

One of the best memories was a cardigan she knitted for me during the World War II, when there was no wool to be had, from wool unraveled of old knitted garments. The wool was wound into loops, washed, dried and then wound into a ball in preparation for knitting. It was a designer garment, with green back and sleeves, and multicolored front.
When she arrived in Australia she continued took to gardening, making a great success of it. She also produced some lovely garments for her children and grandchildren.

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