Summer vacation as a teacher is pretty awesome – two whole months to sew, and only leave the house when you want! I’ve been trying to make sure I use that time to connect with local sewists, not just retreat into my delightfully introverted bubble.
First, I hung out Robin, aka. @memaderobin , who I met at Pattern Review weekend. She lives just 30 minutes away in Waterloo, so we met up for a sewing date at Spool and Spindle! Turns out she is not the kind of sewist who needs any handholding – after just a year of sewing, she was hacking her own design for a swim bolero! It’s so fun to see other people work, and Robin has an amazing brain for sewing. She is also lots of fun! Thanks Robin!
Next, I went to an ESL summer school and taught my friend’s class how to sew! The students were Grade 6-8, and OH MY GOSH they learned fast! A few had sewn before at school in their home countries, and pretty much everyone had a mom or grandma who sews… but every single one of them turned out a simple drawstring bag in no time! I gave them a little lesson on the machine, and they helped each other sew in pairs. We finished so quickly that at least half of them made a second bag with no help from me. They decorated the white fabric with Sharpies, and they looked much cooler than my sample above! It was neat to see how excited they were and how easy that thought sewing was by the end. Thanks for having me in, Cecilie!
This Saturday, I joined the Toronto Sewciaists for a sewing day! Hilary hosted us again in her condo’s party room, and we had a marvelous time. We fondled fabric, drooled over Hilary’s handmade sandals, caught up with Liz, watch Lea quilt, and I got to be the first person to tour Kristin’s renovated home! As much as I loved the sewing, what fed my soul was being surrounded by smart, driven, kind and creative women. I’m not always sure where I fit in socially in school staffrooms, but sewists, you are my people. (Then I slept 15 hours the next day, because being social is exhausting!)
And now, I’ve got one more sewing event coming up! Some Ottawa sewists founded the Ottawa Garment Guild this past year, and they seem like an incredible organisation, with monthly meetings, guest speakers, and fit clinics! I asked if there was any chance of meeting some of theme while I’m in Ottawa next week, and LOOK! We are having a picnic! If you live anywhere in the Ottawa area (I’m looking at you, Montreal and Kingston sewists!) I would love to meet you for an afternoon of basking in the sun and talking sewing!
Have you done any social sewing this summer? If nothing else, I recommend reaching out to someone you know and Skyping them! TanitIsis and I had a great hour-long chat online and I got to video-meet her whole family and all her cats. I hope you get to connect with some inspiring sewists this summer too!