I read something last night in a crochet book I am reading that hit me in the head.
I have been in a sort of Craftsy induced self study program to learn to crochet.
I think motivated by the fact it took me a whole year to knit some lap blankets for the boys, at least one of which is now a dog bed. I heard crochet was faster and after those projects that is all I needed to know.
I have a long way to go, that dog sweater had some made by me mistakes and is going to be redone, but I have been approaching this as if this was a degree granting program.
What I read last night was this - before you begin you have to come to honest terms with who you are. Specifically are you a person who wants to figure out and follow line by line patterns or are you someone who is happy with mindless but relaxing repetition.
When I read this I thought I just want to have something to keep my hands busy when I watch Netflix - you can't do that if you are busy getting lost in instructions. If I want to be precise I will make a shirt.
At least at this stage that's where I am.
I also realized I don't actually like a lot of crochet patterns. I am not a lacey person, so why am I suffering self esteem issues because I can't figure them out?
This made me think about how we approach sewing.
Do you want the clothes or the sewing time?
Do you like simple seams and quick garments or something slow and challenging?
It seems to me that we need to take the should out of sewing.
I see a lot of sewers, particularly those who blog or talk about it, taking on a whole list of projects because that is another skill they have to master. I was myself like that over the Chanel jacket fiasco. I don't actually think those jackets are flattering to everyone, like me who is a banana shape, and I found all that hand basting annoying when I had papers to mark, dogs to walk, meals to eat, and grandchildren to talk to.
I also am a quilting drop out. I like to fit but feel doing the same seam over and over again makes me feel antsy. The exact opposite of my sister the ace quilter who buys her clothes.
So my questions for you this morning are what I realize are the fundamental issues:
What kind of sewing do you enjoy most and look forward to?
What kind of sewing do you feel you should do/learn to do but don't really have your heart into?
I think the answers to this one will be pretty interesting.
- 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