Fiber, Fabric, Fashion
...and everything in between.
Home Again for the Holidays
Very grateful to have arrived home safely after having a great week sharing the love of sewing in North and South Carolina. My heartfelt thanks to the great staff and customers at Viking Sew ‘n’ Quilt in Greenville, SC; Heirlooms and Comforts in Central, SC and House of Fabrics in Asheville, NC. You showed me truly warm Southern hospitality. Every group of sewing enthusiasts I have the privilege to meet reinforces the fact that these are some of the loveliest people you’ll ever know. I love to witness the community of sewing that exists around the country and the profound positive impact it has on people’s lives. Keep sewing, everyone!
Sewing: The neverending challenge
This past week I’ve been really challenged by a commissioned garment. The patternmaking was relatively straightforward but the whole thing is thread embellished - in bias plaid, no less! I’ll be posting a photo once it has “gone public”. Although my brain hurts, I am glad that I never run out of challenging things to create. Maybe that’s why I tend to goof up on simple things more. I’m so used to having to concentrate hard on what I’m sewing…take away the challenge and I lose interest and don’t pay sufficient attention. At least that’s the excuse I’m going to use today!
I think that’s why my hyperactive brain likes sewing so much. Studies have shown that it uses more areas of your brain than nearly any other sort of “creative” activity. When I start a project…I think about color, texture, textile performance characteristics (drape, recovery, ease, breathability, care requirements, tensile strength, opacity, thermal comfort, etc.), degree of wearing ease needed, special construction options (because I rarely construct it like the pattern instructions specify), fitting challenges…the list goes on and on. And that’s before I even get around to the nitty gritty of cutting it out to match patterns, naps, grainlines…and the mechanical act of actually sewing it together in a competent manner. No wonder my poor brain is racked on a regular basis. But it sure beats boredom.