We all create in different ways. My medium, I think, is in thread and fabric.
I love to embroider and I feel it is my greatest talent. While some paint or draw I do my art with a needle and floss. I thoroughly enjoy it. I think I get that talent from my great-grandmother.
|I just love this tea towel with a rooster embroidered on it.|
My mother is a very gifted and talented seamstress. She seriously can make anything. When it came to my talents with a sewing machine I'm afraid I'm not nearly as blessed as she is. Those talents simply weren't passed down to me. I struggled for years to learn to sew well and because I tend to be a perfectionist, and my work was anything but, I ended up hating it. I really wanted to be good at it, however, so after taking breaks from time to time I would go back and try again.
Finally I figured out how to make it work for me. I do fairly well with simple things. And a lot of patience. Well, patience was never my strong suit, but I finally realized that if I would just practice it I did much better.
My mother's advice to buy a decent machine was also very helpful. Fighting a temperamental sewing machine hadn't helped me much and only served to add to my frustration. Now that I have a good machine, simple and easy to thread and operate, I've really enjoyed the process.
|Pink chenille throw pillow|
Once I had a few successes under my belt I was able to sew with much more confidence. After all these years I really enjoy sewing and I am eager and excited to do it more and more. Most of what I make is simple and I really enjoy making items that are useful in our daily lives. From dish towels and tea towels to curtains and valances. Decorative items like throw pillows and doilies too. I'm ready to begin quilting again and that is exciting too.
|Pretty scarf and ear warmer. |
I learned to make the ear warmer on Youtube.
I crochet and knit a bit and I really enjoy it as well. Again I do basic simple things and I hope to expand my talents. Thanks to Youtube I've been able to learn to make a few new things. I'm not great at reading and understanding patterns so watching videos has made all the difference for me.