Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Hello out there. How are we?
I am putting the finishing touches on my newest (free-est) sewing pattern for Janome, the Paper Fan Dress. Raise your hand if you were obsessed with folding paper fans as a kid? (my arm hurts) Okay hands down. I loved folding paper fans and can remember also trying to match up a scalloped edge cut with school scissors so that each scallop would be the same width to each of the folds. I even drew out lines to help this happen. I imagine my chosen career path should come as no surprise. Paper fans were the inspiration behind this little dress as was this painting by John Singer Sargent, one of my all time favorites. More on that soon enough.
I had such a great time in Tampa. I am coming to love teaching sewing and patchwork in person a whole lot. While for the students having to set up sewing camp somewhere other than home is a challenge, for me, getting to sit right next to each of them as they work is really fun. I am always amazed at how quickly everyone gets going, and the enthusiasm is inspiring to me. While I think I am helping to spread a few tricks here and there, in many ways I feel like I'm learning the most from these sewing sessions. Lucky me. Not to mention every time I travel and teach I get to meet some of the pals I've corresponded with right here. We can hear each other's voices. And all is just as you expected it would be. I've also come to learn that you can be as different as night and day to another person, but if you have a love of sewing (or knitting, or crochet, or patchwork) in common, then that is more than enough reason to share some time together. And stories, and laughs and even a tear or two.
Then jealousy sets in. And I want to be the one sewing. So I head home to do just that.