Wondering what to get those hard to shop for sewists on your holiday gift list? Buying, even making gifts for fellow sewists, seamstresses, and crafters can be a bit tricky. Unless you know the person very well, know what fabrics and color choices they like, it can be hit or miss. When family ask what I would like, I go to my default: "A gift card from X fabric store" or something similar. But, gift cards can be a bit formulaic year after year.
I have had a few surprises over the years. One of the best gifts was a professional dressmaker mannequin. It's not perfectly matched to my body shape, but it has been invaluable for hemming and draping, and I love to dress her up. Oh, and her name is Miss Manné Q, if you should ever meet. Another memorable gift: A dear friend visited Japan a couple of years ago and sent me the loveliest scraps of silk from vintage kimonos. To say I was over the moon would be an understatement.
Just last year I was given yards and yards of vintage bark cloth. A friend owns an antique shop in North Dakota and came upon a fabric stash that was all bark cloth–yards of old curtains and unfinished upholstery projects, all in glorious technicolor bark cloth. I've made a few things, but I still have a good deal left.
This year I plan to give back to many of my sewing friends. I run a community sewing group, and we're going to have a good old fashion Yankee Swap. I've been collecting things over the year, all sewing-related. to give to my friends. There will be a few surprises and lots of laughter I'm sure. I'll take photos and let you know how it all turns out.
How about you? What are your favorite ways to share your love of sewing? If you know someone who is new to sewing a subscription to Stitch magazine might be a great introduction to what you love to do. Stitch is one of the few magazines that include paper patterns and digital e-Patterns. What can I say? I'm old school, I love paper. Stitch has that perfect blend of modern aesthetics and traditional sewing sensibilities perfect for beginners or for those more advanced.
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