WARREN - Since she was a child, Marcella Drawl has enjoyed crocheting and has made gifts for the residents of Waterstone Place Apartments where she has lived for the past eight years.
Drawl, 81, a retired bank and hospital secretary, recently completed a crochet of Leonardo DaVinci's "Last Supper," which she has sent to her daughter in Texas.
"I have been doing this all my life starting when I was four. My grandmother and my mother taught me," Drawl said, noting times have changed and younger generations do not crochet as much.
Drawl said her daughter, Mary Ann, formerly of Champion and a retired band and choir teacher in Texas, is active with City Council in Hempstead, which is near Houston.
"She told me the people there are trying to put a landfill in their town. City Council is trying to keep the landfill away. A lot of fundraisers are being held," Drawl said
Drawl said several months ago, she saw on Facebook where a crocheted 3-foot long "Last Supper" sold for $300 to raise money to keep the landfill out.
"I thought if I had the pattern, I could also do that," Drawl said.
She soon found a company that had the "Last Supper" pattern and ordered it.
"I crocheted from Nov. 14 to Jan. 6 to finish it. I worked on it whenever I felt like it. I am fortunate that I am able to do this," Drawl said.
After it was completed, she sent it to her daughter.
Drawl said she believes her "Last Supper" crochet will be either framed and placed on a wall at a church in Texas or possibly be raffled to raise money to fight the landfill.
For the eight years that Drawl has lived at Waterstone Place, she has made scarves and doilies throughout the year to give away at Christmas as gifts to the residents.
"I give something to everyone. I gave away 52 things this year," she said.
Diane Faith, manager at Waterstone Place, said, "It is absolutely beautiful."
"When I first saw the crochet, I was amazed she hand made this," Faith said, noting everyone at bingo were also impressed and held it up against a dark background so it could be seen better.
Drawl said her seven-year-old great-granddaughter was so impressed with what she did that she wanted to learn to crochet.
"I gave her some yarn and needles. She tried it. It takes a lot of patience," Drawl said, noting that with all the technology gadgets today, there are fewer crocheters in that generation.