I wanted to do this for a long time. Share my interest with someone with similar appreciation of craftsmenship, creation and imagination. My friend Alison and I decide to do a sewing workshop together. The very much anticipated day had finally arrived. I love sewing but to be able to share it with someone was going to be new experience. I set up our small workshop, made sure I had some fresh strawberries and cream when we decide to break for lunch. Yes, there were biscuits too. All covered in chocolate, they were lovely.
Sewing is great but there are times when things do not go according to plan, so I also had a bottle of a rose to hand, just in case. The last thing was to add some good music and what can be more inspirational then some French blues.. or Spanish or.. . I suppose it really depends on what you are creating.
We started of by comparing our equipment, bits and pieces. I though Alison was moving in with me when I saw all her bags and boxes as she was coming it. But then it helps when you are organized and I must admit since our workshop I have aquired few essentials that make my sewing life easier and I do not know how I was sewing withouth them.
We cut our patterns our beforeheand so we could concentrate on sewing. Alison was making beautiful silk blouse and I was going to make a loose cotton top. We started sewing and soon we were into it. When one of us got stuck the other one would help and give advice. It was great to see how other person works. Hours were passing by, strawberries were eaten, and our creations were starting to take a shape. Before sunset, we had a glass of rose, ditched the french blues, tuned to some salsa and turned the volume up. I loved the atmosphere. The only thing is, do not lose your concentration. Wine is fine but you do not want to be sewing your fingers to the top or making the button hole triple the size required. Keep the rest of the wine when you are done sewing, no matter how tempting it is.
After sunset when we had done quite a bit of work already, we decide to end our workshop, packed up, had last few biscuits and said goodbye.
If you are passionate about something, try to engage with others, at least once. It is very rewarding to discuss matters with someone who knows exactly what you are talking about, has the same experience or can give a new poin of view. Skills development can come in any form all it takes is time.