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The Joy of Sewing

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Sara (left) and Diane at our Fabriholics group

One thing that people may not know is that I have a lot of hobbies. A. Lot. Of. Hobbies. My long-suffering husband, Bryan, would certainly testify to that as 3/4s of his office is filled with my fabric collection. But I have also dabbled in knitting, crocheting, drawing, coloring books, and beading. Most of my time is taken up with beading (and reading), but one thing I keep coming back to again and again is sewing.

Seriously, there’s something magical about a fabric store. The colors. The textures. The feel of it against your hand. All of that fabric, full of potential, just waiting to wrangled into pleasing shapes…probably with lots of cursing and some screaming and at least one trip to the medicine cabinet for a band-aide.

Ok, maybe I’m not selling it right, but one of the great things about sewing is that it’s not easy and thus worth achieving. Our society doesn’t value failure very much, but sometimes failing at something (and bleeding on it because you’ve stuck yourself with a pin) makes the eventual success so much sweeter. And when you can wear or show off the thing you’ve finally mastered? Ultimate success.

Jane, doing the tiniest yo-yos I've ever seen in my life

Jane, doing the tiniest yo-yos I’ve ever seen in my life

That said, one of things we have added to our programs this fall is sewing. We just completed a four session set of classes on Clothing Repair and have added a sewing group, the Fabriholics, on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month. Do you like sewing but are stopped because it’s usually a solitary occupation? Or you’ve gotten stuck on a project and don’t know where to go next? Sometimes having others to brainstorm with you makes all the difference. Or do you just have, like me, and entire room of stuff you never finished?

Our next meeting is Thursday, 11/10, 10-noon. Come out, use our sewing machines, irons and rotary cutters and get your projects done!


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