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I am a mother, a 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 book Sew.. the garment-making book of knowledge was published in May 2018 and is available for pre-order from Amazon


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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Is this how non sewers live?

The advice to take it easy was wise, wiser than me. Tried to do some things in the sewing room yesterday and was sore. I am definitely going to have to take it easier.

I don't remember ever not being able to sew. Even when I shouldn't I have been able to sneak in a seam here and there.

This is hard. I realized too that for non sewers every day is like this. What do they do with their time and their heads?

This is a challenge and I am going to use it to catch up on unfinished knitting and button sewing and course prep.

I like to knit but it is something I do when I can't sew. Like in the car, or while visiting, or while watching the news or the tube. I got to tell you I find it a bit repetitive and slow which is why I do it when something else is going on

Don't worry. I'll live. I believe there are many people in the world who have not sewn for a couple of weeks and held it together, led productive lives, and not driven their families crazy. Surely there are.

Now tell me what are your other activities? Do you knit, crochet, scrapbook? I am open to all new non impact ideas.

Of course there is always online fabric shopping...


Corrine said...

After a recent injury (knee) I was not able to sew. It was unsettling but I remembered other times when I had gone days and even weeks and not sewn a stitch. It was my conclusion that it was bothering me not because I wasn't sewing, it was because I could not.

So I planned, made lists, studied my patterns, read about sewing, knitted, and lamented my condition. Quite frankly, no one cared.

As a medical person I want to just say, listen to the advice you have been given. Unexpected complications will not just harm you physically, but prolong your sewing hiatus!

Jane M said...

Broke my right wrist and thumb a few years ago and was miserable about all the things that I couldn't do. So much of that annoyance, at least for me, is just being rebellious and defiant at being told no. So when this happens nowadays I spend hours on pinterest and reading blogs, pulling out old Threads to enjoy and of course refondle the fabric and pattern collection. Of course I also love good, engrossing books. But all of those are substitutes, aren't they. Please take it easy so that going back to sewing is easy and carefree again. I just wonder what people do who don't have an engaging intere
st in their lives.

annie said...

Yes, on-line shopping of any kind. Also cooking. And reading in bed, one of my all-time favorites. Netflix. More chocolate. Glasses of wine. Am I a useless decadent or what?

Kelley said...

I tend to moan a lot about not being able to sew, then I go poking around on the Internet, which invariably leads me to purchasing supplies for projects that I am "absolutely going to complete as soon as I get better. Yeah, that's why I have a stash.

Andrea said...

When I have days when I cannot sew, I read sewing books, shop online for fabric and sewing supplies, and catch up on blog reading.

Hope you are feeling better soon!

jirons42 said...

Have you ever given handpiecing a quilt? At least it's using fabric. I am working on a handpieced hexagon quilt for just those time when I can't get to the machine. It'll probably take me 10 years but it keeps my hands and mind busy when I need that.

LinB said...

I cannot even begin to imagine how non-sewing persons organize their thoughts and daily routines! Neither can I imagine what goes on in the brains of math savants, or serial killers ... which last one is just as well, one supposes. When I am not actively sewing, I am imagining garments, exploring garment design philosophies, planning a way to organize my hoard of patterns and fabrics, etc. Or knitting. Sometimes I am knitting.