Yes, September is National Sewing Month!!! I am inviting you to join me in celebrating and honoring the tradition of the needle arts by recognizing those people in your life that have either taught you to stitch, encouraged you to stitch, given you time and support as you have pursued your passion for stitching.
Who taught you to sew/embroidery/knit/crochet? What was it about them that made you want to take up stitching?
We all have a story to share about those people in our lives who have given us the gift and love of stitching.
I would like for you to send this person a hand written letter or card (send flowers if you like...lol) and say Thank You and tell them what it means to you that they have shared their gifts with you.
I know many have already passed on (you can write those in your journal if you like) but there are plenty of folks who keep us inspired and wanting to learn more right here right now who would probably appreciate knowing how they touched your life.
It is also a good time to reflect on how you are or have impacted the life of another stitcher in a positive way....did you give them some thread or fabric to get them going?
Take time to be grateful for those experiences....really let yourself feel the treasure that we all have to enjoy and share with one another....our time and attention.
So often we are caught up in the project or technique at hand.....wanting it to be "wonderful" or as amazing as we see it in our minds even though many of us are not able to translate the exact perfection of our minds onto cloth or thread.
Take a step back, take time to reflect.....and take a crazy leap into the abyss....and enjoy what you have accomplished and created. Isn't it wonderful?
Then take out a note card or piece of real paper....and write a note to someone who has impacted your stitching life positively. (no text messages, tweets, e-mails, etc permitted)
Feel free to enclose a little mug rug....a package of needles or even a tea bag....any little token of appreciation....people always love a little surprise....think of how many people's lives will be touched if every one of us just writes one note. I know I have several to write :)
In closing, I'd like to acknowledge one woman who has taken on a huge mission to invite those who don't stitch to learn to stitch by giving them the necessary tools to begin. She came up with this idea all on her own....out of the goodness of her heart....without being paid one thin dime....just to share with others the pleasure of stitching.
Who is this woman?
Madame Samm from Sew We Quilt and Sew I Quilt! Did you know she has singlehandedly launched a 3 month campaign that includes daily giveaways to quilters and not yet quilters/stitchers? She has given so much of her precious time and talent just to encourage others to learn to stitch so they too can share in the joy of stitching. Impressive isn't it? I think so....THANK YOU Madame Samm for being willing to do so much to share your joy with the rest of us :)
At the end of September, I am going to invite you all back to share your stories about your experiences and the outcome of your sending notes....and of course if you received a note....that might be fun to share too.
With much gratitude and big smiles,