I’ve had the loveliest Tuesday at home. Just a peaceful day of solitude and creativity. Can’t beat that really.
I began the day with a trip to a local fabric shop, one not far from where I live. I wish I could say it was nice. I mean, I came out with some lovely pieces of fabric and general supplies, but I also came out with a sense that it isn’t a shop where enthusiastic newbies can comfortably ask a couple of questions and feel like it’s an ok thing. I’ve never found this shop particularly friendly in the past when I’ve gone there to buy buttons. I think maybe I’ll stick to the shop where we bought my machine. They were friendly, supportive and offered classes.
As I can’t show any of my knitting at the moment because it’s either gift stuff or hasn’t progressed enough to be interesting, I’ll show you what I’ve got for sewing.
It’s hard walking around a fabric shop and not really knowing what to buy – I think once we’re competent at something, like knitting, it’s easy to take for granted to level of knowledge we’ve picked up. So what I’m trying to do, being utterly clueless, is apply what I’ve learned from my years of knitting and crochet to my seamstress-in-training status. For eg, I love to knit with pure fibres so I’m no less likely to sew with synthetics. I stuck to cotton fabric and cotton thread today. I’m looking forward to finding out what other natural fibres I can learn to sew with.
With my bundle of fat quarters, and a strip of sunflower fabric I bought after work yesterday, I now have three draw string bags, in varying sizes, to call my own. I whipped up the sunflower one after dinner last night and I have to say, the speed wasn’t that satisfying. The rough edges and half-doneness of it meant the experience overall was disappointing. The burgundy one next to it was the third one I made, a little more finished off than the first one, but I have a lot to learn about seaming.
The one I like best, but which has really only raised lots of questions for me, is this little one which will be a storage bag for my cotton reels.
I took more care with seaming the fabric and it feels more finished but now I have lots more to look up and find out about. Come July 20 I start classes. I can’t wait.
The nice thing about the photo above is that it shows two items my mum gave me ages ago which are now going to get proper use. I’ve kept sewing items in the box for a long time but it gets used only really when I’m sewing on buttons. And the pin cushion was a gift from her as well, which lives in the box. I love that I’m getting to use them properly at last.
DrK asked me today if I feel sewing is competing with knitting yet. I answered no. The reason I’ve put off learning to sew for such a long time, despite a few lessons and some dabbling, is because I’ve worried that knitting, and to a lesser extent crochet, take up so much of my life that there isn’t really room for sewing.
A few days in, basking in the glow of new love, I still wonder how easily the two will exist beside each other. I got a sewing machine only once I was sure that it was something I definitely wanted to learn. I didn’t want Sean to invest in it only to have it sit in a cupboard unused. So I think I’ll set realistic goals. Knitting is still the most portable, easy to pick up work I can do but in time I hope I’ll have a level of skill in sewing that will mean I can fit it in my life in a satisfactory way. Knitting is for every day, sewing will probably be for weekends – I can imagine claiming a whole afternoon for getting a project done will be something I’ll enjoy very much.