How it all began
“Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end".
~Seneca, Roman philosopher
I became a seamstress in a unique fashion (pardon the pun). I never intentionally set out to sew. I don’t think I really gave much thought to it. At the age of 8 or so I taught myself to knit and crochet so that was really my craft of choice---and I was really good at it. I crocheted everything from afghans to pillows to Bible covers to stuffed animals—everything! I would go to Joann’s to buy yarn and hooks and nothing else. I always thought those women huddled around the sewing pattern tables at JoAnn‘s were a little on the weird side—seriously flipping through catalogs and aggressively yanking out cabinet drawers—mind you I was 8. I never knew that seventeen years later I would become one of those “weird women”. :) I would say it was through divine intervention that I discovered my passion for sewing. My Husband’s Grandmother, Anne helped me discover sewing. It was in her untimely passing in 2004 that my Mother-In-Law (the BEST IN THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD) passed Grandma Anne’s 1988 New Home Sewing machine on to me. At first I looked at it and had no idea what I would do with it. I only sewed pillows briefly in 12th grad Home Economics. Secondly it was EXTREMELY HEAVY—all metal and weighed a ton But because of how “Extraordinary of a Woman & Seamstress” Grandma Ann was I figured the least I could do was learn how to sew to commemorate her legacy.
Young Grandma Anne--wasn't she beautiful!
Grandma Anne's New Home--My First Sewing Machine
So as soon as we returned from the funeral I headed off to Hancock to take sewing lessons for $5/hr. from a sweet store attendant named Mrs. Helen. I had no idea that this would spark one of the BIGGEST OBSESSIONS in my life. You know what I mean. You have it too. I can see that look in your eyes!!! You know the way your hand twitches and heart palpitates when you find that awesome pattern or that spectacular fabric-----you know EXACTLY what I’m talking about! LOL Let me tell you ALL about it…………………(to be continued).