Wow, I haven't been on here in a scarily long time, have I?
It was the blogging part that got squeezed out of my life though, not the sewing - thankfully. Sewing is a great hobby: a solitary one mostly, but sometimes gregarious, with friends and the amazing online sewing/making community. A nourishing mixture of thrift, expense, creativity and time-wasting.
And it's because of thrift and community that I'm writing this today. Last Autumn, I hosted a fabulous evening of mending with the help of the great folk at The Library of Things. I'd read about similar events in the UK and the US, often held in cafes or bars, where people brought things to mend or learned how to mend them. These events were hosted by local community groups and mostly fixed household goods and electronics, but sometimes clothing too. The events spoke to a need to relearn and share old skills, as well as a desire to connect with others and a reaction against rapid consumerism - and I wanted to be p…
What-ho, Joy of Sewers! My good friend asked me to make a swimbag for her from a piece of oilcloth she'd bought. She had a bag that she liked which was the perfect size for three sets of swimmers and towels but which was wearing out, so I measured it up and then thought you might like to follow the process!
My other half watched me making this bag and said, "But you have a bag already. What's this one for?". Apparently this kind of statement only works for bags and shoes and absolutely never applies to records, books or beer.