Saturday, 29 January 2011

Adult Sewing Classes

That's two official Sewing Machine Basic classes I have done now. I think they went very well and it is great to see the ladies confidence increase and think about going off on their own to make all types of goodies. Maybe they will come back for some further lessons too. Here are a couple of pictures.

In the beginners class they learn how to use the sewing machine and then practise what they have learnt by making a Tote bag with bow and a matching zipped pouch. Carol said she was amazed at how much she learnt in such a short space of time.

Berni chose a sophisticated brown with soft coloured spot, Basic Grey by Moda fabric with contrastic flowers for the bow.

Friday, 7 January 2011

10 Reasons to Love Sewing

I saw this on the All About You website.

10 Reasons to Love Sewing by Olivia Gordon
  1. It's soothing
  2. It feeds our magpie instinct
  3. It's creative
  4. It's practical
  5. It teaches patience
  6. It's a time-honoured craft
  7. Our gifts are second to none
  8. There's always more to learn
  9. It's about domesticity not drudgery
  10. It requires brainpower
Click on Reasons to Love Sewing above and it takes you to the article which has some lovely narratives about each one.

I liked number 6, "It's a time-honoured craft".

"For most of us, sewing reminds us of cosy afternoons with Mum, Grandma, or another woman from a previous generation who first taught us how to chain stitch or use a sewing machine. In an age when schools no longer teach much sewing, it's such an honour and a pleasure to keep the skills of past generations alive, and pass them down to our children."

I say "exactly". Especially seeing as I am teaching 8 year olds to sew and now offer sewing classes for their Mum's or Grandma's in fact to anyone so they can feel the excitement of creating something themselves. Which is what I love seeing when I teach.

Saturday, 1 January 2011

Happy New Year!

What a lovely evening we had at Tortworth Court Hotel last night. Seeing in the New Year with music, dancing, champagne and lots of noise.

Today, 1.1.11, my birthday, was a quiet day. Listening to new cds, opening presents, reading the paper, eating birthday fairy cakes, then a lovely array of party food with Poinsettia Cocktails to round off the day.

In between times I managed to put a scrap of a website together as I am offering a Learn to Sew class as a prize on MyThornbury website. So much more to do.

It was a lovely day, thank you to all my family and friends for all their wishes, presents and cards.