Blog Hop And Why I Sew
Why Do I Write?
While I was still teaching, my friend and former principal suggested I start a blog about what I knew about teaching special education and working with students in the public school system who were on the Autism Spectrum. I was retiring that year, and she felt that I had knowledge that needed to be shared. So, that is what you see in my labels. After I retired and moved 1600 km away, I knew that I didn't have the same connections to write authoritatively about that subject.
I had bought myself a basic sewing machine as a retirement present, and through sewing, I was able to meet people like Diana, and her sewing students, who have now become cherished friends. Sewing became my passion, and I decided the blog would be a record of what I am learning, as well as a way for my friends and family back in Ontario to see what I was doing.
How Does My Writing Process Work?
I try to remember to take photos as I work, and then get my husband to take photos of me in the finished product. Despite sewing every day, I find it hard to get the photos done. I think it is because I am not confident in styling the finished product. This is an area that I need to work on, and I visit many blogs to see what works.
I find the writing part fairly easy, as I just figure I am talking to like-minded sewists. It is not surprising that people who sew are generous, creative, and love to teach and share what they know.
What Am I Working On Now?
Karen and I are finishing up tunics from Sandra Betzina V1101 that we started in the summer, but got side tracked with the jean jackets. Those pocket details, and using stripes are a challenge! But, with Diana's sew-along which is linked above, I know we will be pleased with the end result. My next goal is to become more comfortable with techniques for working with knits.
One area on which I hope to improve is to choose the right fabrics and to get a feel for what fabrics fit specific patterns. Diana mixes a number of patterns and fabrics. She makes it look easy, but I find it quite a challenge.
I am also working on revamping my blog. I have had difficulty deleting my former postings on teaching, but that is in the past, and I am fully embracing the sewing world and its creative potential. Sewing is a great way to spend the day and it leads you to finding the best friends. It provides life long learning, and gives me great satisfaction.
Who Do I Nominate?
Well, I would like to nominate Gillian at Crafting a Rainbow. I check out her videos about fabric choices. She is a relatively new sewist, starting in 2012, which is the year I retired. Her sister has a knitting blog, which is another hobby that I love.
So, enough about me! What are you sewing? Why do you blog?