Most of my posts for the last week and a half have been about garments sewn or seen out and about and after reading Myrna's post for today, I thought about a post that I'd written during the week and then thought better of posting. The post grew out of a comment that someone made to me about one of my garments. It wasn't a harsh comment but I could hear the undertone...and what I heard wasn't pleasant.
The thing about blogging is that you are putting yourself right out there on front street and your joy over something you made can be met with a wide variety of feelings by the readers based upon where they are in their own journey...some celebrate with you over your accomplishments, some are envious of what you've made, to others it's an example of what they can do with their gift...and to a few you're just bragging.
I would like to state right here and now that my primary reason for blogging is to share my love of sewing with others. The secondary reasons are to encourage others who are just starting out, to share amazing resources, to be an inspiration to others and mostly to talk about something that I am absolutely passionate about.
I've met some amazing women through blogging. I've developed some wonderful friendships through sewing and blogging...and I've learned quite a bit sewing-wise, as well as, about myself through blogging. I've been sewing since I was 11 years old...most of it in solitude so it is awesome to find a "circle" of women and men who love sewing as much as I do.
However, after 40 years of sewing...my sewing is ALL about challenging myself. It's the nuances of exploring and learning a new technique...how a fabric handles in different situations...adding or using a new design detail...trying a pattern company that I haven't used before...participating in and sewing a SWAP wardrobe...meeting the challenge of following a proscribed set of instructions yet allowing my creativity to flourish within those constraints.
To me sewing isn't about just making clothes but also about pushing creative boundaries, learning and growing, making better choices and smarter decisions and trying new and different things.
I want you to know that I appreciate everyone who stops by to read about my adventures...who leaves a comment...who starts a conversation...who asks a question. I so appreciate the ooohhs and aaahhhs over my garments (which are like my babies to me) and in most instances I even appreciate the suggestions you give! *smile*
And if I may, I would like to leave you with a few words of encouragement... Our sewing gift is a talent. A talent that you should treasure and encourage to grow. You should challenge yourself. You should listen to your inner creative voice and feed it. And if you aren't in a space where you can use it right now, you should nourish it and realize that you are inhabiting this place for just a moment. Learn while you are here and use it later when you are in the space that you want to be creatively.
But never ever stop sewing! Never stop using your talent. It's what makes you special...it is your God given gift...because when I'm waiting to meet my maker I want to know that I didn't squander one of the best gifts HE ever gave me.
Hopefully you will continue to share my journeys...knowing that I just have a passion to sew and want to encourage you to love it as much as I do...
*p.s. That's a picture of how I looked during my sewcation - a t-shirt and a pair of comfy rayon pants.