Friday fiber connections

My long weekend is even longer. No school today, thanks to a built in snow day that we didn’t need to use. So four days – perfect.

I have a few things scheduled like a haircut and a couple of visits with dad and a stop at a craft store. But there is also going to be lots of time for sewing and knitting and reading and running shoes.

What I really want to write about today is sewing.

I followed a link that Kat posted. It was a long post but I kept scrolling and found a gem near the bottom – How Sewing is Changing My Life: a monologue.

Yes! Sewing was my first fiber love. I learned to sew when I was six and my first project as a red corduroy jumper with pockets! I loved that jumper. I grew up with a mom and grandmothers who sewed and knit and during a time when we still had sewing machines in the Home Ec classrooms. I made a lot of my clothes through college but then ready to wear became more affordable. Pattern and fabric prices went up and there were fewer fabric stores. I did make my wedding dress and when I had babies, the sewing bug bit me again. For about 7 years I did a lot of paid sewing. I even designed some baby clothes and then a jumper pattern that I made for girls and moms (I even had labels tags for my business). But too many people wanted custom this and that and the sewing became a chore. About that same time, I discovered quilting and that became my sewing passion.

While I haven’t done as much quilting or clothing sewing in the last 10 years (when knitting re-entered my life), I never put my machine away and I still referred to my craft space as my sewing room. This last year I have had so much fun stitching up simple dresses. I have been making quilt blocks and fun bags. And I have come to realize that sewing brings me a joy that I haven’t found in any other fiber craft. Perhaps because it is quicker. Perhaps because it connects me to my mom. Whatever the reason, I am planning to spend some time in my sewing room over the next few days.

Enjoy your weekend!