It’s In The Bag !

Having had a jolly good dose of the lurgies this week I am finally beginning to feel more like me. As I sat watching mind numbing daytime TV with hottie, blanket and pup for comfort, my sewing machine sitting at the other end of my living room was taunting me.

All neatly prepped for my oriental fabric bag which should have taken just a couple of short hours has turned into an epic torture myself week. Every day when I finally pulled myself out of bed I promised myself a bit of sewing ( the fix all medicine), but I just couldn’t seem to make it happen.  So in true creative’s style gave myself a sizable anxiety complex about being lazy and the usual blah blah blah! Why do we test ourselves when we are least able to cope with the test? Oops! Maybe that’s just me ….. am I alone in the ability to cause self-induced stress and anxiety?  AND why do I think about work when I’m home being all poorly? Sad Act I hear you cry 🙂

Sew today I finally sewed YEEEEHA! It was worth having everything cut and sitting there mocking me because it was as simple as plug in the machine and tally ho, off we go.  The MissouriQuiltCo from You Tube  that I have both used and mentioned in the past is the perfect, easy peasy way to make a most presentable and practical bag. Every time I use this method I am never disappointed, you could swing by You Tube and take a look. Some great little tutorials there.

Friend Del at curlsnskirls used to fantastic effect on her ‘Library Tote’ with some fabric I had sent previously. Here we go, a tangent ….. Note to self get next parcel finalised and sent. Have a few bits together but trying to find amongst my obscene sized stash a particular thingie to send.  I must refer to it as a thingie else the surprise will be spoiled 😉

What do you think of this tote being the next subject of an Absolute Beginners class? You may recall last year I did a few but with a simple cushion. Am thinking this tote would make a great starter for a beginner. Think any beginner would be happy to walk out from a 3 hour class clutching such a useful item!?

So dear reader, for your approval my oriental tote and a little doobrie with left over fabric. Said doobrie is perfect size for me to put all the vital miscellaneous dross I carry in my main handbag 🙂

 

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Karen Inspired It … Lara Wanted It!

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Fail To Prepare, Prepare To Fail

Well prep done!

Fingers and toes crossed Kiddie’s Klobber workshop will go great.

Am pottering away to my bed now, not much sleep I’m guessing as I will run the workshop over and over but hey ho! Small price to pay for the outcome, more of those happy faces I’m hoping.

Will report back here with details later on this weekend.

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Absolute Beginners …

This is a 3 hour workshop that I run from the superb facilities at my friends haberdashery shop My Sewing Basket in Dunstable, Bedfordshire, England.

My attendees have little to no experience so we explore how to thread a machine, wind the bobbin, practice a bit of sewing in a straight -ish line and then I throw them right in.

Although at the beginning they are a little nervous a real comradery builds amongst them and before I know it the volume level is through the roof…..just where I like it!

 

By the end they start to turn through their cushion slips and I just stand back and watch their faces as the penny drops with them how this inside out thing really is a cushion cover, they insert the cushion pad and laughter is the over riding sound. How fantastic is that? To know I helped get them there.

Eager To Get Started

Eager To Get Started

My wonderful new students waiting for their Absolute Beginners workshop. All have little or no machine or sewing experience so guess they may have felt a bit nervous at this point!

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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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