Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Sew Grateful Week 2014 - Reflections Day




Eep! Two posts in one day, what bad blogging form. I should have published the giveaway yesterday in accordance with Debi's schedule but I was busy painting the kitchen! Don't worry I'm not going to bombard you with daily posts. I'm just participating in these two days for Sew Grateful Week this year.

Today is the day for reflecting on the role sewing has played in our lives. Sewing entertained me as a child, clothed my dolls, and allowed me to be creative as a teenager. Learning this skill also enabled me to make a bridesmaid's dress for my daughter and give many personal presents made with love :) As I've grown older and realised what an increasingly fragile world we live in, being able to sew is helping me create an ethical wardrobe I can be proud of, and thanks to the Internet connected me to many people who share my interest and want to talk about it! Some of them are in countries I most likely will never visit - I love the international perspective this gives me and of course some I now count as dear friends.

To those who have been supportive on my journey. I thank you all, starting with my mother who is not fond of sewing and put up with the huge messes I created all over the kitchen table and floor for years. Also my primary school teacher Mrs Foster who taught me as a 10 year old to make my first dirndl skirt (dusty pink floral if you're interested!). I wore that thing to shreds, and I think that's what really kicked off my interest in sewing clothes. Next up: my college tutor. She really believed you could make anything you imagined! Not forgetting a big thank you to my family now. I'm making a mess and encroaching on space again! Finally, to all of you with sewing blogs who take the time and trouble to create, photograph and write. You have opened up a new world of social sewing for me. I've learnt so much from you and am so grateful for all your advice, tutorials and support when I make my inevitable snafus! Keep doing what you do, you are fabulous!

Thank you, and happy Sew Grateful Week to you all!

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    1. Thank you - and I mean every word!

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  2. Beautiful post! Thanks for reminding us what a privilege and a joy it is to be part of this amazing community :)

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  3. http://www.marcigirldesigns.com/blog.html check out the bag - idea for your small scrap busting?

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    1. Actually that is really cool :) thank you and all the blue scraps I have would make a bag that would be lovely for the beach I think. I was going to say, when I can face quilting again but I have just had a naughty little thought - I could just cut up my patchwork skirt! Lol!

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  4. Lovely post! makes me think about my own sewing journey. :)

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    1. It's such a lovely skill to have. I don't pause very often to think about that - but I should!

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  5. So fantastic! The online sewing community is so wonderful! xoxoxo

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    1. It is! I've so enjoyed my first Sew Grateful week. It's a great idea to have a dedicated time to reflect on something that brings us all so much pleasure.

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  6. What a lovely post! The online community is such a unique thing, isn't it?

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    1. It is. I found it by accident really - I've been sewing in a small way since I was a girl and was becoming more interested in sewing as a way to clothe myself as an adult. I began to look a few things up online and couldn't believe the amount of other people who were also sewing! Round here, I feel like the only one.

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  7. Such a lovely post, those people who encourage you early on make such a difference don't they?

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    1. They do and I do think of the people who enabled me or taught me to sew quite often as I'm doing it (sometimes their words come back to haunt me if I'm trying to cut a corner, lol). Especially my primary school teacher. Without her I don't know if I would ever have started to make actual full sized clothes!

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  8. It's fun to read of your sewing journey - as well as how you've been rethinking it these last few weeks.

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    1. Thank you - I'm enjoying sharing it. I've got another post for the Colette project to publish but I've also started to sew as a result of learning about what I like. Can't wait to show some actual clothes, lol!

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  9. What a powerfully beautiful reflection in terms of what sewing means to you. You write with such instantly recognizable passion for your beloved craft, dear Philippa. Thank you in turn, just as you thanked all of us, for enriching our lives with your posts, creations and beautiful online friendship.

    ♥ Jessica

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  10. Thanks Phillipa - I really enjoyed reading your reflections on sewing, and the wider impacts. I'm only new to reading your blog, but I am really appreciating your posts. I do hope you don't mind, but I have awarded you a Liebster award if you are interested. More details are over on my blog: http://dreamingdashie.blogspot.com.au/2014/03/awards-and-giveaways-more-reasons-to-be.html

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    1. Thank you! I'm lovely to have been awarded the Liebster award. It will be fun to write a post on it, and I can already think of some people I would like to nominate! There are so many great blogs out there, it will be a privilege to highlight a few.

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