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I am a mother, a new grandmother, and a teacher. But whatever happens in my life, I keep sewing. I have worked as a political communicator and now as a teacher in my formal life. I have also written extensively on sewing. I have been a frequent contributor and contributing editor of Threads magazine and the Australian magazine Dressmaking with Stitches. My first book Sew.. the garment-making book of knowledge will be published in May 2018 and is available for pre-order from Amazon


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Thursday, August 12, 2010

The best thing about sewing is not the clothes

My mom is one of those who says "it's always something." She is right of course, if you have a big family who is always in everybody else's business and we do and we are, well there always is a something.

Lot goes on in life and if you are looking for material to worry about, well yes mom, there always is something to work with.

It can crowd out your mind. You know what I am talking about. The thoughts you have in the middle of the night, the issues that don't have tidy solutions, the things you are not crazy about, can't do anything about, but know you are going to just have to learn to live with. Some things don't happen for a reason, that's the truth, some things just happen. 

But when I go down to my sewing room it all just goes away. Knitting, you do when you have to think, but sewing takes you to a place where your mind lets go of everything but your project. When sewing takes over it takes you away.

It is such a relief. You are relieved.

I think sewing just rests my soul.

You feel that?


Dana said...

Yep, I'm feelin' it. :)

Claire S. said...

I'm the 7th of 8 kids - totally understand 'it's always something' ! LOL

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

I totally understand that feeling. I'm constantly seeking it like a junkie looking for his next fix. That feeling calms me, soothes out the hurts, allows the best me to step forward and centers me in the way that NOTHING else does!

Linda T said...


Anonymous said...

I have a quote on my sewing room wall that says "sewing mends the soul"...and its 100% completely true! :)

Digs said...

Playing music's like that too: when you have to focus on rhythm, pitch, the notes in front of your eyes, and what the people around you are playing, there's simply no room for worries!