Good morning. Do you have a favorite room in your house? I do. It is my sewing room. I know I have shared this room in a blog post before. But today I wanted to share with you some things INSIDE my sewing room that I am working on. Come on in, and I will show you.
I have been searching for something in my sewing room that I have put away for safe keeping a little bit too well. Yesterday I took that room apart and found these things I had lost.
Several years ago, a dear friend gave me these blocks that had been done by who she thinks is her Grandma. They are HAND stitched. Tiny two inch blocks, hand sewn together, with authentic 30's fabric, to form these Scotty Dog blocks. Each block measures 23 inches in
width, by 19 inches in length. There are 12 gorgeous blocks! A true treasure!
Next, are two different sets of blocks that were also begun in the same era of time. Perhaps a bit older. These were given to me by my dear neighbors Carl & Sue. Carl's Mom passed away a few years ago, and upon cleaning out her home, they found these unfinished projects. They gave them to me to do with what I wanted. I have taken them out and admired them so many times. On one set, I did make a template to finish the hand stitching on them. But then I put them away and lost them!!
These are beautiful butterfly blocks, all done in original 30's fabrics. Each butterfly is perfectly cut out and pressed with a 1/4 inch seam, and ready to be hand stitched to the muslin background fabric. Six of these were already done. But there are 18 total!
My wing back chair and ottoman where I knit and crochet is all organized by project.
Here are a couple of photos of the vintage sewing notions I like to collect. That small gold tin is filled with hooks and eyes. Probably cut off of garments as women did to be frugal a long time ago.
Even underneath my farm table! GASP!!!
To the young gals who have expressed an interest in learning to sew. I say go find a modestly priced sewing machine. You can find one at the Goodwill for that matter! I see them ALL the time! You really only need a straight and a zig zag stitch. Pick a simple project. And go for it. I would be happy to host you here at my house. My girls have both said that they would like to do that too. I am certainly no seamstress! And there is so much I don't know how to do. But I can help with what I do know how to do. I have ALWAYS had a desire to learn to sew. When I was a 19 yr. old new bride, I bought a Sears Kenmore sewing machine. I paid 10 dollars a month for it. It was 99 dollars. I used that to death! Making simple things like cafe curtains, pillows and making small repairs to clothing. However I didn't really know how to sew. About 13 years ago or so, I learned to quilt. And I gained confidence and began to tackle other things as well. But even still, I am not a garment sewer really. I just wish I were!! But you can learn to do anything you want with determination, and U Tube, and online tutorials and well illustrated books like those I mentioned. So go for it girls! And you are never too old to learn!
Find a table to lay out your project, and just sew!
Go out and make it a great day!