Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Beginner's Sewing Class

Last night I went to the first session for my beginner's machine sewing class.

Ten other ladies and I crammed into the small corner nook set aside for us at the neighborhood community center. I listened patiently as our instructor, Debbie, went over all of the parts of a sewing machine.

Being more familiar with sewing machines than the other ladies in our class, I didn't feel as lost as many of them looked. We managed to start a small (very small) project, mostly just to get the feel of the machines.

Next class we will be starting our first real project: a bag. I would call it a purse except that it is so simple, it is more appropriately called a bag. I think that I'll use mine for grocery shopping. Now comes the fun part: going to pick out the materials!

I took a hand quilting class several years ago from our Piecemaker's store and produced a beautiful, asian influenced wall hanging. It was entirely hand pieced and hand quilted. I haven't done much with my skills since then, but that's because I realized how much work it took! I hope to start quilting again, this time machine-piecing the top.

I start my yoga class later this week, and I hope it goes as well as my sewing class did! Here is one New Year's Resolution that I can check off my list!


Kristi said...

Good for you for sticking to your resolutions. That's very impressive. I'm never usually able to keep mine.

I would love to learn how to sew, but I'm afraid I'd be one of the bewildered-looking ladies in your class. I can't wait to see your finished project.

Dawn said...

Me too! I hope that it comes out okay. I don't want to be too embarrassed to carry it!

ilva said...

I'm full of admiration Dawn, you are sticking to your resolutions! And it is so fun making things with your own hands!

vlb5757 said...

My goodness you are a ball of energy! I am always thrilled to hear that someone is learning a new "craft" that they can have the rest of their lives. I don't really like to sew but I can if I have to. I pray daily, I don't have to! Handmade things mean the world to me. I can't wait to see what you come up with!!!

Dawn said...

Hi Ilva and Vicki, I hope that I make things I can be proud of (eventually, I guess). I'll have to post a photo of the quilt wall-hanging that I made a few years ago, I was very proud of that!

Melissa CookingDiva said...

Dawn, congratulations!!! That is one thing I have wnated to do for a long time. Someday I will, but right now I'll get a sewing machine for my mom. She just retired and have always wanted one. Hugs! :)