Trudie learned to do beadwork from her mother. After Liberation, the Red Cross paid a visit to the Displacement Camp and gave Trudie the gift of a small bag of beads. Trudie could not believe her good fortune. Trudie's mother was so pleased to see her daughter actually smile that she tore the black material off her own skirt, determined that they would make something beautiful with the beads. Trudie decided that she would like to stich a goose.
Her mother’s advice as Trudie beaded:“You must stitch the beads of the neck tightly together. The goose’s neck must be strong so that he can hold his head high, and fly.”