Look at that quiet industry. See how the sewing bloggers create. I was at Oh Sew Brixton with Handmade Jane, Tilly and the Buttons, Stitch and Witter and Lazy Stitching – and a few other new friends. I’d loved Tilly’s interview with the owner, Fiona Douglas, and really wanted to meet her, so was more than happy to go along to last night’s meet up on International Women’s Day.
In my mind, 8 March will now forever be known as International Pathetic Woman’s Day. Two hours after arriving at the venue I hadn’t sewn a stitch. That’s how pathetic I was.
How so, Karen? I went off-piste. Fiona presented us with a variety of projects to make. One leapt out at me – covers for iPhones or Kindles. I didn’t need either of those, but I did have a new iPad screaming out for a cover. I’ll just adapt the pattern, I thought. I forgot that I can’t do maths. Seriously, numbers are my nemesis.
Two hours later, I was still adapting that pattern. A simple rectangular pattern probably designed by someone’s genius pre-schooler. Fiona was very patient and did her best to help me. Tilly kept her head bowed over her embroidery and stoically didn’t laugh. Lazy Stitching told me, ‘Baby steps, Karen.’ Stitch and Witter said, ‘It will probably fit something.’ Handmade Jane allowed me to borrow her sewing machine when I became too frazzled to thread my own.
Finally, my work was done. My iPad cover was too small. It was time to go home.
I sat on my sofa, gazing at my lovely new cover for something not an iPad. What a shame. What a waste. Then I stared at my heaving bookshelves, and the penny dropped. A book cover! For all those books that rattle around in my bag, getting dog-eared and scuffed. Success!
Someone asked me recently, ‘Are you the type of person who has loads of bags in her bag?’ I don’t know why she thought that…
One more to add to the mix!
Thank you, Tilly, for organising this lovely meet up. Next time I’ll bring my brain.
In other news, the knitting of the scarflet continues apace. This beauty could be yours if you visit Teen Granny’s Knit Relief Ebay stall on 15 March. I’ll keep you up-to-date with details!
This could be yours!