2014 Year in Review: Reflections and goals

Top 5 of 2014 - Crafting a RainbowTo round out my 2014 Year In Review posts, today I’ll share a few reflections on my year of sewing and some general goals for the new year.  I suspect we’re all at the point of “enough already!” with these year-end posts, so I’ll try to keep this one short and sweet.  🙂

2014 Reflections

#1 – There is no way I’ll have enough time to sew everything I’d like to.

My brain knows this is true, but the road to acceptance is a long one.  Looking back on this year, I wish I had more time to devote to large projects and to muslin new patterns, but let’s face it, there are only so many hours in the day!  I enjoy taking my time on my sewing projects, and as a result, sewing is a very time-consuming hobby for me.  I think I’ve done a good job of choosing my projects based on a balance of wardrobe needs and skill building, but I need to get better about being content with my time limitations.

#2 – There is more to life than sewing!

This is essentially a corollary to #1.  In a quest to devote as much time as possible to sewing, I think I missed out on other fun opportunities in the past year.  However, when I only have 3-4 hours of down time over an entire weekend, it’s really hard not to dedicate them to sewing!  Choosing another activity might mean no sewing time for an entire week, which is a tough pill to swallow.  I’m not sure what the solution is here, but I want to keep reminding myself that it’s ok to not sew sometimes.

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Teaching my second craft class: Intro to crochet

Crochet class 1

Part of the reason for my recent sewing break has been a little bit of teaching: my second craft class!  One of the participants from my sewing class in January asked me to host a crochet version for a campus organization she’s involved in, and of course I said yes.  : )

Preparing for this class was WAY less work than for the sewing version, mostly because there weren’t dozens of tiny samples to cut, sew, and label.  All I had to do was get some yarn and crochet hooks (which we wound up getting for free from the university – score!) and put together some simple instructions.  The hardest part was reminding myself how to crochet – it had been a while! – but it all worked out well, thankfully.

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Reflections on teaching my first sewing class

Reflections on teaching my first sewing classThank you so much for all your good wishes on my last post.  I’m happy to report that my sewing class was a great success!  : )  I was pleasantly surprised at how many students showed up and their genuine enthusiasm about learning to sew.  I really couldn’t be happier with the outcome!

In this post I’ll share my thoughts about the class now that the whirlwind of preparation is over, but keep in mind that I’m by no means an expert in this area.  This was my very first attempt at teaching, after all!  In fact, I’d welcome any of your teaching tips and suggestions, so please chime in in the comments.  : )

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2013 Year In Review: Reflections

Top 5 of 2013

Continuing with Gillian’s year in review series, today I’ll share my sewing reflections.  I’ve chosen overarching statements that sum up the “lessons learned” from my hits and misses posts, and hopefully they’ll serve as guidelines for my sewing in 2014 (and beyond).  If I had to sum it all up in one sentence, I’d say that 2013 has made me realize that my handmade garments should be fashionable and functional and well-made.  And really, who wouldn’t agree with that?  : )

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