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!

7 thoughts on “Friday fiber connections

  1. Casey’s words struck me in a deep way. I have been thinking about them since I read her post yesterday. Making is part of my being – as long as I can remember!

    Have an amazing long weekend!

  2. As I think I’ve mentioned to you, sewing is on my list of things to learn, one day. But I feel about knitting very much like you feel about sewing — and I think you might be onto something in that you feel connected to your mother through sewing. I learned to knit from a much-loved aunt, so knitting always reminds me of her and is a way to connect with her whenever we see each other (we’ve never lived in the same place).

    Enjoy your extra-long weekend!

  3. I’m so glad you’ve rediscovered sewing and found that it provides you with joy and fulfillment. Enjoy it all!

  4. It’s wonderful how sewing has come in and out of your life at various times. My mom always sewed and it’s a skill I have but I don’t use it too much. I do love making nightgowns, though. I can make them as long as I want!

  5. Enjoy your long weekend! Your lovely mom is one of my fondest memories from my literacy years. Happy Memorial Day!

  6. I sewed a lot of my clothes in high school, but didn’t have much time for it after that. I did sew a couple of maternity things when I was pregnant with Katie (1986) and then I sewed for her until her sister came along in 1991. I was really intrigued by that whole post … honestly, I’m not quite sure why I wanted to get back to sewing, but I’m having a fun time with it!

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