It’s early on a chilly winter morning, just before the holidays begin with fervor, and I am sitting here in front of my wondrous bookshelf and fake woodstove sipping a cup of decaf Hazelnut coffee with pumpkin spice creamer. Does it get any more cozy than that?
I do it all here: reflect, read, sew—but I
have to share.
Soon the Christmas holidays will be behind me, and 2014 will stretch in front of me like a lovely blank slate with the story yet to be written. Christmas will be but a memory and New Year’s Eve, with its celebrations and resolutions will be on all of our minds.
I can honestly say that 2013 has not been the easiest of years. My family suffered a terrible loss very early in the year, and we collectively spent much of 2013 reeling and healing. It brought us much pain, but also much appreciation of the love we share as a family. In the year’s end, a small miracle has occurred, and it’s the miracles that save us.
I truly believe that sewing is a miracle that has been bestowed upon me. I don’t know why I started, but I do know that sewing has been there for me like a steady and patient companion in good times and bad. I know that no matter how difficult life can get, I can always pick up a needle and thread and make something beautiful for myself or someone else. That comforts me. Sewing has been a good friend to me.
I am sitting here counting my blessings: a devoted dog at my feet, a warm cup of coffee, a crackling woodstove, a lovely shelf built by my talented husband, and sewing.
If you are a beginner at sewing and you want to develop this friendship with a craft that will carry you through good times and bad and always be there for you, I hope you will take a look at the back issues of Stitch. There are so many projects that are accessible, yet beautiful.
What gifts has sewing given to you? Please share with us.
Happy New Year and many blessings to your and yours. And happy stitching.