I’ve had an on-off relationship with sewing over the years. I did learn basics in school – I even remember making a skirt in middle school (around the age of 9 or 10), which I subsequently never wore. I dont think I liked the fabric which was a floral with a dark background if I remember correctly. It means however that I must have at least been able to read and cut out a pattern and follow some kind of directions.
Every year in senior school we had to stitch our initials on our polo shirts in our house colours for gym class. God forbid you did it in the wrong colours or your stitches werent the right shape or size!
By the time we got to 16 or so, we didnt have to do gym, and therefore I never stitched again! At least until my mid to late 20s when I did some tapestry work and made the occasional William Morris cushion cover. At some point I moved over to cross stich, I presume as something more delicate and finer than the chunky tapestry wool and I’ve been doing it ever since.
In the 1990s I did do a patchwork cover – around the size of a single bed spread, all handstitched, but never made it into anything. Again I dont think I was happy with the result. I have no idea where this ended up and to be honest I think I threw it out. It certainly got lost in the different moves I did during the 1990s and 2000s. I still have some fabric from this period – I know I used to have a couple of cushion covers I had made up from Laura Ashley fabric, and I have much of this fabric lying around. Being in matching pinks and whites means that anything I make now would not really match anything in my deep red and brown apartment, I dont know what to make, but am loathe to throw it out!
When living in Ireland I brought a Singer sewing machine from a place in Drumcondra, Dublin for the princely sum of €200. I certainly dont make the best use of it, bringing it out once every 6 months or so to make up cushions, sachets etc where I want to make them up and where I know my hand stitching wouldn’t be strong enough. I certainly don’t make best use of it – perhaps it’s time to get it out again?
I am still doing some stitching, primarily cross stitch, following a pattern – I don’t think I’ve ever done free style sewing in my life! I have a plan to do patchwork/quilting at some point – I certainly have enough stash but never seem to get around to doing any of it.
So what is your relationship with sewing? Love it? Hate it? Never learnt how to do it?