Second gathering of the sewing group today (we really are going to have to settle on a good name for our gang) but at a different venue, that is chez moi! I am determined to get this group moving and running, so, as we were unable to use our previous meeting place this time, I thought, well, I'll hold it at mine. And this is progress for me because in times gone by I would have thought 'Oh well. It's not to be,' and given up at the first hurdle.
But this time? NO! I e-mailed the girls. 'It's at mine,' I said. '30th January. Come if you can but don't worry if you can't.' And I said to Andy, 'I AM going to get a group started, even if I have to sit around our kitchen table ON MY OWN and sew to myself.'
And Andy, my wonderful supportive husband, said, 'You won't have to sit around our table on your own because I shall come to the group and do some lino cutting.' So I shall always be part of a group of a two, you see.
Anyway, I extended the kitchen table at both ends and four of us spent three happy hours around it, sewing, crocheting and knitting. (Andy did lino-cutting but in his man den upstairs!) And eating cake and drinking tea and coffee. (Don't worry - Andy got tea and cake,too!) And I brought all my craft books downstairs (I didn't realise I had so many!) so part of the morning was also spent browsing through those for hints, tips and inspiration and just to 'Oooh' and 'Aaah' over the art of other sewists and stitchers.
Lots of chat and laughs too. It amazed me the things we chatted about. And one of the really lovely things was the way we showed each other what we were doing with our separate crafts, and we asked for advice and help from each other, and we gave advice and help to each other. It was a proper co-operative.
I've been doing lots of reading and research about sewing and making and textile art this week. One thing I've discovered is a process called 'slow stitch.'
It's like the mindfulness of the needle and thread. Taking time to sew rather than rushing to get a project completed as soon as possible. It's about the thought, the care and the rhythm of creating, about being in THAT moment with that thread as it grazes its way through the fabric and back again to make its mark within the whole of a pattern. Stitching becomes a meditation, an imagination, an escape into yourself. It calms, it relaxes, it brings a wealth of health benefits in the form of lowering blood pressure, relieving anxiety and raising positivity, self-esteem and confidence. It has caught my interest in a big, big way - it has triggered some ideas that are resonating, intriguing and (dare I say?) exciting me about where I can go with needle art in the future.
So it is important to me that this group takes root. I AM going to make it happen. There are two more people that could be interested in joining. Baby steps. A meeting at a time. I am glad I made today happen and that I didn't get downhearted when I thought it might not (even if I did eat too much cake!) and I am glad that Andy is there with me because (and this is VERY bad) it never occurred to me that it could be a group for women AND men! Of course it can! Even better!
Next meeting in around 3 weeks' time, we decided. Another group member has said she would like to host it.
Now...to think of a name...