Hi! Welcome to my website. My name is Sharon. I have been into needle arts for a long time. (I just don’t want to admit how long!)
The first thing I ever sewed was a scarf for my second grade teacher. I still remember my mom guiding my hands as we sewed a straight stitch border around the square (60s) amber scarf. Then I spent a good bit of time learning about fabric weaving as I frayed the edges by picking out one long thread at a time, making a border up to our stitching.
I remained interested in sewing, but unfortunately when Santa-Mom sewed, she did it when we were asleep, thus limiting watching time. I started sewing on my own when I was about 9. I would hand sew doll clothes while my mom made clothes for my sister and I. I would ask questions, she would answer, and sometimes she would let me use the MACHINE!
I dreamed of getting a sewing machine for Christmas. Apparently Santa thought I was too young, because I did not get a sewing machine until the next year. My grandparents gave me a toy machine that really sewed. I had waited SO LONG… I loved it – except that the bobbin kept jamming and was very small and held little thread. The upside however, was that as my mom saw how much I sewed and how I was able to manage the frustrations of the toy machine, she allowed me to use the REAL machine more and more.
When I was 12 I made myself a school dress. I would do babysitting and use the money to buy fabric. Sewing became a way of life. Everyone always asked me if I made this or that. I was very self conscious about my sewing, and always thought that it “looked” homemade, and that was why they asked. Later I found out that people couldn’t tell whether I made it or not, they just knew that I “sewed”.
I was too advanced for 8th grade sewing in homemaking class, so my teacher taught me to knit and crochet after I quickly finished my projects. When I got in trouble in 8th grade math, it was because I was crocheting under my desk instead of paying attention to the teacher ;-).
Well, time passes, and now as I raise my 3rd, 4th, and 5th children, I find myself still intrigued with different aspects of the needlearts.