During my down time I shocked my husband, my mom, and my 6th grade Home Economics teacher and picked up a needle and thread for the first time since that dastardly class.
The thing is, sewing is good for the earth and good for the pocketbook. Mending what you have will save money and precious resources over disposing of the tattered and buying new. So the hole in my slipper is now covered (with a reused stained sweater!), the tear in my duvet cover is now sewn up tight, and the lining of my coat has been reattached to it's shell where it had ripped away. I feel accomplished.
Of course, you will have to check back in a couple weeks to see if any of these repairs is actually holding up. I know that said Home Ec. teacher is not placing any bets on me. But I truly do want to get good at this. Ok, maybe good is asking a little much. Proficient?
I have goals of hand quilting blankets and, gasp, actually learning how to run a sewing machine, but I have no idea where to even begin. I know my slipper is a first step. I am happy about that...but what next?
Do you do your own mending? Sewing? Quilting? Etc...Where did you learn? What are your tips for those wanting to get started?