I’ve been feeling guilty about all of my unfinished projects, which I rediscovered while cleaning our computer/music/craft room (aka: The Pit). Among the projects squirreled away in various boxes I found:
I have come to believe these half-completed creations are ’blocking my blessings’ and am determined to complete at least a few of them so I can free some of my mental creative space for new projects I am excited to begin.
I think I will start with Basmati Bag #2, which is a present for my big sis. True story, I was ¾ of the way finished with this jacket when I lost my workbag containing the two embroidered front yokes during one of my travels. That pissed me off so much I put the project aside for what is now approaching 2 years. High time I took it out of the box it has been living in, dusted everything off, and got busy. Progress updates will be forthcoming…
The only time I feel inspired to decorate my home is between summer’s end and Christmas. Now that it is ‘officially’ fall I am planning my Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas mantle looks (see my 2016 looks here and here).
This Halloween I am feeling inspired by the way black, silver, grey, dirty white and olive green look together. I will reuse my ‘Boo’ sign, buy a few led candles, ravens and assorted lanterns, and make the black feather wreath, branch bunches, and lace-covered, velvet, and glittered pumpkins. Check back over the next few weeks as I post a few easy-to-follow ‘ tutorials and to compare how closely the eventual reality matches my vision.
I have started to teach 6 co-workers, who range in age from 26-40, how to sew. We meet each Friday afternoon and spend a few hours sharing lunch, chatting, and discussing all things sewing. Three are novice seamstresses and the others rank somewhere along the beginner spectrum. I’ve been sewing for as long as I can remember so I had to really think back to what my grandmother and mother taught me, and combine that with what I learned during my fashion design training to create my own ‘learn to sew’ series. In other words, always begin with the baby steps.
The first baby step will be to assemble a basic sewing kit, which will come in handy whether one ends up sewing or not. I’ve suggest visiting JoAnn or Walmart or surfing Amazon to purchase the following:
Thread (start with the basics – black, white, brown, red, blue, and beige/yellow)
A containerto hold it all (any old tin, box, or tupperware will do initially)
Over the summer my plan is to teach the group hand sewing stitches and techniques, sewing machine use and maintenance, fabric and pattern skills, and help the group with their first sewing projects (which include a pillow/comforter set for a doll, making a throw pillow cover with a zipper, a full skirt, and a table runner).
Are you a sewer? What sorts of things do you like to make? Do you have any tips or wisdom I can pass along to my sewing circle? I’d love to know…