I love the friendships that sewing has brought into my life. When I first started stitching again, sewing was a solitary sport for me. I would sew feverishly all weekend for 15 hour stretches punctuated only by exhausted slumber. My fingers would ache from all the sewing.
Then I was able to merge my love of sewing and journalism when I took a job at a couture sewing magazine. From there I needed to ramp up my mostly self-taught skills andI began formal training in fashion design. Between the magazine and school, a whole world of amazing people in the sewing field opened itself up to me. I was working with some of the most knowledgeable people in the industry by day and working alongside other designers by night. To be in a school workroom until 2 a.m. Is just about the most fun I have ever had. Sewing and design attract a fascinating cross-section of society, and I have met Ph.Ds, a concert pianist, and a network news cameraman to name a few.
I was working on launching a multi-crafter site when I first met Stitch Contributing Editor Susan Beal. She was pregnant with her daughter, but that didn't stop her from jumping wholeheartedly into the project and in the process she connected me with many other new friends.
After I left that job I lost touch with Susan for a while, but reconnected when I came to Stitch. By this time her second child was well on his way to being a toddler, but that didn't slow her down much either. Susan can do it all, from beading to quilting. She is a grand writer and has penned several delicious historical articles for Stitch.
However her brilliance in jewelry and sewing was truly able to shine when she worked with me on her Easy Embellishments DVD. I just love Susan's simple and straightforward embellishment techniques, as well as her great tips and tools, which is why Easy Embellishments is one of my top picks for holiday gifts. For more of my holiday picks, visit the Sew Daily Shop.
What friendships has sewing brought into your life? I would love to know.