of you have questioned why a yarn
shop would be called Showers of Flowers. Well, this
web site proudly displays one of my crocheted rose arrangements.
Let's start the yarn
shop story with the flowers in mind.
February 18, 1987, I fell and broke my right leg in 3
places, thus landing me in a hip cast and leaving me on my back for 3
months. This actually happened as a result of a prayer. No, I did not pray
for the fall, but rather for a gift that I could share with others. A gift
that would not be discarded because it was outgrown or outdated. At the
time, I was a seamstress by trade. Sewing was my life. I made my husband's
suits, shirts, etc., and taught others how to do the same.
One day I caught my husband discarding some of the
clothes that I had made due to outdated lapels, fabrics, etc. I was crushed!
Those of you who sew must know how I began to feel. I know it is a gift I
was given but I felt very empty knowing my time and efforts did not last
beyond a few years.
prayer was to be able to create something unique that would not
be discarded like clothing. I had learned a few basic crochet
stitches as a child of 9, from my aunt Ethel in Springfield, Ohio.
I soon decided it wasn't my favorite hobby and eventually started
sewing and loved it. Sometimes God has to send a Mac truck to
get our attention. My broken leg was a Mac truck. It certainly
got my attention.
Sharon Hayward Sturm
Posing with one of her crocheted
After a full week of tears, frustration and desperation,
I was looking at 3 lovely floral arrangements that friends had
sent. How sad I became as they started wilting and dying. After
a few days, I asked my husband to get me a crochet
hook and some baby yarn. I first created the carnation,
then a daisy, and finally a rose. By the time I had recovered
enough to move to a walking cast, I had replaced each of the real
flowers with crocheted duplicates and gave them back to those
who had so lovingly shared them with me.
The rest, as they say, is history. I truly feel this is a
"triumph over tragedy" story. My life took a totally different direction. I
went on the ultimate search for patterns for crocheted flowers. I felt
driven to crochet more of them. I soon realized that I had something quite
unique and special.
Over the next few years, I kept designing and crocheting.
The patterns came 3 at a time and on a regular basis. I now have over 100
flowers that I have designed and crocheted. I have experienced first hand
how they have changed the lives of others, especially when made and given by
a mother or grandmother as an heirloom.
Can you imagine having such a creation
from one of your ancestors, knowing they will be treasured by
generations to come? Over the last 12 years now, I have spent
time, money, and lots of energy getting these crochet flowers
protected with copyrights and in a crochet
kit form for the general public to enjoy and create.
The yarn shop happened along the way. It's been a
wonderful trip. Along the way, I met Jackie Briggs. She was a customer in
the shop who does it all. She's great at knitting and crocheting, etc. She
began volunteering time at the yarn shop and became my best friend and partner.
She was also the answer to a prayer. I hope you get to know both of us.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read my story. I hope you found it
inspirational and also hope you will come on board with us.