Debi of My Happy Sewing Place proposed the following theme for today: “As part of Sew Grateful Week, today is all about reflection. Reflecting on what role sewing has played in our lives, reflecting on those who have been supportive in our journey and reflecting on what the online community means to us.”
I covered a few things that I am grateful for in yesterday’s post but this topic deserves more thoughtful commentary. So here are my thoughts:
Sewing in Life
Sewing is not a huge part of my life but it is still a meaningful activity to me. I have only been sewing for about three years. Prior to that, I have never owned a sewing machine and never sewn anything before. My first project was the set of zippered pillows below.
As my skills grew, I became more ambitious and really tried to push myself. This really came as a surprise to me because I took up sewing mainly as a distraction from my then stressful life. I quickly became addicted to learning more and doing more.
Two of my proudest sewing moments were when I attempted to sew a couture dress and tailor a jacket. The couture dress was challenging for me; it was underlined in silk organza and the silk/cashmere brocade pattern was painstakingly matched at the seams and pockets (I still need to finish both the dress and jacket but those are blog posts for another day).
The point is that I am very grateful to find a hobby where the barrier to entry is fairly low and yet can challenge me over my lifetime. I just needed a bit of fabric, notions and desire to create that pillow.
I met many accomplished people in my sewing classes and meet-ups. The diversity of the group always amazed me. In the groups, there were doctors, lawyers, accountants, engineers, pilots, teachers, students and SAHMs. Yet, we all had an instant connection because of our passion about sewing and fabric.
I am grateful to have a hobby that has given me an opportunity to meet other like-minded folks. Working in a technical field, I don’t often have the opportunity to interact with people of many different backgrounds.
Sewing Online Community
What has surprised me the most was how accessible and supportive the on-line community can be. It may be a cliché but the world has truly become a smaller place because of the Internet. I am grateful for all the people that I have met online that have given me thoughtful advice or comments. It still astonishes me how easily I can have casual chats with people over 9,000 miles away via the World Wide Web. I am grateful that I live in the age that allows me to have this awesome opportunity.
For these reasons and more, I am ‘Sew Grateful’.