Organic Sewing by quornflour

I find that folks often offer up that they have a sewing machine and do not really know how to use it. I am pretty sure they are hoping I will offer them lessons.

Some folks even outright ask, or ask if I know someone, hoping I might offer.

Thing is, unless you want to know how to make a basic quilt; I am not going to teach you.

It is not that I am being snobbish, it is just that well: my sewing skills are crass. I can make stuff, but my process tends to be organic, I just put stuff together until I end up with whatever it was I wanted to make.

I look at the way things are made, where seams are, what the shape of the cuts are and then just wing it.

There are no rules.

Like the other day, I was thinking I needed a tote, but then when I was looking at the fabric, I decided a little overnight bag for an upcoming vacation with matching tote was a much better idea. I dug out some D rings and zippers and started cutting fabric and assembling. In the bag I had this great bag that I can use for my upcoming vacation, but if you want the pattern, well I would have to retrace my steps to figure out what it was I did in the first place.

So if you want to learn to sew, I say just go for it. Unless you plan on going on Project Runway or something, the technique does not really matter, from what I have seen on PR I am not even sure technique always matters. There isn’t a right or wrong, there just is.

Sit back, have fun and go for it!


Sometimes all you need is space by texaskillet

It is amazing to me how there are times when you just can’t bring yourself to do anything creative whatsoever. This could be for a variety of reasons that I know I don’t have to remind you of at this exact moment. Regardless of ALL that interference, something that really helps is having creative space.

A creative space of your own or shared, no matter. Somewhere that rules don’t apply, you don’t have to put your things away every time you use them or bust them out when you want to work on a project. Somewhere that gives your heart a little skippy joy feeling.

At this point in my life, I have one son that has left the coop (not sure for how long) and one that is fairly self-sufficient. Though, it must be said that the latter has been hounding me to play board games nightly. I oblige of course, as any good mother should. I can’t really miss these moments now can I? J

I digress… since my paper garland project failed this evening, I thought I would take some time to get a wee bit personal and show you some of my “spaces”. I saw a book at the bookstore a few months back and it was ALL peoples work spaces. Yay!! I love to see how folks display bits of their soul in the areas where they truly come to life and express their selves in a tangible way.

Here are a few of mine and by a few I mean just a skosh (Please be kind, I am not a photographer, but I am trying) Weeee! Sometimes I even like the blurry ones.

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