Who taught you to sew? I haven’t a clue who actually taught me to sew. Did someone actually sit me down and say this is how you sew? I hope not for their wellbeing. As a very young child I remember my mother and I going to the
Sewing Centerin Wynnewood Village, . During the hot months of the year, it was really hot in the store (no air conditioning in those days). The fabric had so many different textures and smells. My favorite smell was dotted swiss, but I didn’t like the texture - it was itchy. While my mother looked at the pattern books, I couldn’t sit still, and would often fall backwards out of the chair, hitting my head, and embarrassing her. She always consoled me, then back to looking for patterns. If we finally agreed on one for a new dress, the material had to match “exactly” to the design on the pattern envelope, or I was not happy. Dallas, TX
I was born a girl, among an immediate and extended family of women sewers: Mother, Grandmothers and many aunts. I hated sewing! Most of my neighborhood friends were boys, my close-in-age cousins were boys….I wanted to play ball and dig in the dirt.
Why did you start sewing? I haven’t a clue why I started sewing. Well, come to think of it, I guess, I do know. I don’t have enough room in my current back yard to put in the size of garden I want, and I needed to do something with my time now that I’m retired. Gardening is very slow in January, and during the periods of seed germination and plant growth. I started hanging around a quilt fabric store in my neighborhood. Now don’t get excited and think I am a quilter! I’m not (that’s for another post), but I was again drawn to the textures of the fabrics, their softness. The smells, well there weren’t any, not like I remembered as a kid. Newer methods for removing excess dyes from the material had improved the eye burning experiences and the smells, in addition, air conditioning! The only patterns in the store are for quilts, pillowcases, etc…NO CLOTHES…my kind of store!
What inspires you? The smiles on the faces of those who receive the sewn gifts I give.
What do you love most about sewing? One BIG point needs to be made clear…I do not love sewing. I LOVE gardening, I love photography, I like sewing. I must also admit, sewing now supersedes cooking, and maybe even canning; but I’m going to have to think on that one.
What are your favorite things to make? I enjoy making things that are NOT to be worn by anyone or anything. So far, pillowcases have been the most rewarding. I have made a couple of table runners. I will be making table runners as Christmas gifts this year. I hope to have the runners made and mailed out by the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, so folks can use the runners during the holidays. I will be adding one special item to each gift, which will make the runner extremely unique, but can’t share details until after Christmas!
What is your favorite sewing tip or trick? My favorite tip: STOP SEWING when getting tired or frustrated with a project. In the past, I have been known to cut up the material into little pieces or to light the barbecue grill and burn it!
What is your favorite project you have created? Actually, I have three…the first being a throw for my mother to use when she is sitting in her chair, second, pillowcases for my grandsons, and third a reversible Christmas table cloth for a small side table.
What are you currently working on: My garden! However, I will begin Christmas table runners in a couple of days. I just completed making a standard and a king size set of coordinating pillowcases for a dear friend’s birthday, and need a sewing break while the weather is a bit cooler.
Thank you for sharing, Linda! I hope everyone who stops by will leave a comment for her!