PolkaTastic!

PolkaTastic!

Getting ready to rumble.

Kiddie’s Klobber workshop tomorrow with some fabulous ladies who are treading into the unknown with some basic machine skills.

Workshop came about as a direct request from some attendees of my Absolute Beginners workshop.

The desire to learn to make garments as unique as their little one’s.

The joy of being able to sew is only the seamstress/tailor limits their creations once the core skills are learnt.

Before long these brave, creative souls will be sewing up a storm and delighting in that pleasure when people comment “did you really make that yourself, you’re so clever”.

Rome wasn’t built in a day, but it started on good foundations. My aim is to give them the good foundations.

This little skirt is a sample I ran up before workshop to be sure it goes together well, is effective without overloading the learner with too much technicality. Yet!

Hope you agree this age 3 reversible skirt turned ut pretty well?

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Sewing Bee Got Me Going ….

By that I mean I’d started to slip on my creative activities. Truth told Mum passed and I lost the will, she taught me and initially it all felt too hard which now when I look back I think you LOSER! Mum would have given me a swift clip upside the ear for being so, well daft. She spent my lifetime teaching me her fantastic skills. She specialised in Ball Gowns and Bridal Gowns so along the way I picked a bit up.

Off topic a tad!  Do you walk through stores man handling every fabric item you walk past? I do! Grab between fore finger and thumb, give it a quick rub together and something in my finger tips and guess my head says YUK or STOP. I know I’ma bit weird but not unique, I met a lovely lady the other day who was doing exactly the same thing. Which is a relief as I was beginning to worry that my 18 yr old and 22 yr old daughters had another learnt from Mum behaviour.

Anyways, I digress.

The creative soul never left me, just put on hold until the first night of The GB Sewing Bee. I drove my poor Husband mad with my OMG look at that, why that way etc. The usual front room moaner. The following day a conversation with my dear chum Rachel at work (I’m old enough to be her Mum but we get on great, I see so much potential in her it’s exciting ….. yes my girls have bag loads too). Rachel nags effectively and kept on and on at me about why have a gift and keep it to yourself.

Until then I truly hadn’t realised what a gift my Mum had shared with me. I assummed ALL females knew how to sew. As I now know, especially here in the UK it’s been a dying art for many a year now. Our US creative souls have us hands down, keeping it well and truly alive! I was shocked, ney stunned that needlecraft is off the school agenda.

So here I was a veritable mine of information (Rachel’s words), and not sharing. It didn’t take much effort for her to make me realise I could actually use the gift Mum gave to escape the day to day grind of being a working Mum and Wife. At this point I MUST say I totally love being a Mum to highly taelnted and beautiful daughters and I’m married to the love of my life, it’s the work bit that is the issue. It’s a non creative role. All creatives will understand when I say, we think in colour….TECHNICOLOUR. Most ‘normal’ jobs are very structured and black and white so my creative juices were being utterly stifled without my even realising. So out of the mouths of babes, Rachel woke me up.

Next step, how do I spread the love, teach those who want to be taught and earn a bit. I’m definately no business woman. Not yet anyway!  Hoping this here blogging malarkey gets a few clever businessey types sending in ideas of money makers.

Uh Oh!  Having a dream moment ……. to earn my living doing what I love …… could that ever happen? Does that ever happen to anyone?  Wake up woman, get back to the moment .

A bit more serendipity came my way when a dear mate of many years Donna mentioned in passing that her family were to open a haberdashery shop in Dunstable, Bedfordshire (My Sewing Basket) and did I know anyone who could teach sewing? I stood there like a lemon thinking, well I can sew, and pretty darn well. By the time that thought had formulated Rachel had already bowled in with ” Mrs here is a master at it”.

Think I had a little blush at that point but not for long. Soon enough Donna and I had our heads together and what seems like the shake of a lambs tail first workshop was held in the workshop at My Sewing Basket. I started with “We’re Absolute Beginners” where my first group of ladies were to put none too finer point on it OUTSTANDING.

They came in knowing not a jot about a sewing machine and left 3 hours later expertly threading various machines, winding bobbins, having cut out thier cushion pattern left clutching their 14″ cushion and cover they made with their own fair hands.

A few pictures will follow of that first workshop, it will stay with me always. They were so chuffed with their efforts and I was totally over the moon that all these lovely ladies had enjoyed their 3 hours and all had given 100%. It made me feel great and I instantly knew how proud my Mum would have been.

A few of us ventured into the world of the A Line skirt and whilst this workshop proved to big a HUGE learning curve for me as well as my ladies it was still utterly outstanding and a positive joy to meet these wonderful, vibrant, open and giving women.

Now we are in the middle of the UK’s traditional holiday season so I’ve a bit of time to think of new ideas (childrens clothing is proving to be a popular idea, many thanks to Angela for the suggestion on Facebook). I am ever open to ideas. I want to grow this for many reasons. Yes I won’t lie, I do want to make a future for myself earning my crust at the thing that makes my soul sing, but also to spread the love. Get others as hooked. Imagine knowing you helped to show another the path to being a shepherd not a sheep in this world of mass produced skinny people clothes!

All this because of the GB Sewing Bee!  THANK YOU  I feel I’ve found myself once again. The me my beautiful Mum and Dad so lovingly moulded, guided and loved. I miss them every day but now I’m not so sad, in fact I smile to myself and think Thank God, I lucked out and got the best parents this here girl could ever have hoped and dreamed of.

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