Sunday, June 26, 2016

First Fabrics and Stitches

     There has been a lot of changes during this last week. I now have a mini sewing kit of my own, thanks to my wife. While I was off working at my paid job she spent some time assembling this sewing kit. Her creativity paid off and as she pointed out, this is a "mans' sewing kit. The kit contains the basics and should prove to be a great start to this new challenge. The things that she included in the kit are:

  • Needles
  • 3 colors of thread 
  • 2 marking pencils
  • Pins 
  • Pair of scissors
  • Seam ripper
  • A few lengths of fabric
  • And a mini "tackle" box
This is a great start, but I know that I will be quickly expanding and will soon have a multitude of new toys flowing out of the box.

    This morning I was already practicing with stitches. I did that basic running/basting stitch and the back stitch.They are both straight forward stitches but definitely it takes a bit of practice to become good and proficient with them. Keeping the stitch size even comes with some practice. The other thing that will have to be practiced is making the stitches tighter so that the thread is not loose. It seems that even though it appears that I am pulling the slack out of the stitch there is just some play in the thread, which is very evident on the back. Practice, practice, practice is the order of the week. I am really looking forward to this challenge.

     As I said, my wife is creative. She was able to think outside of the box. I guess that comes from having a couple of daughters that she has helped with teaching the basics of sewing to. The fabric choices that she made were thoughtful, especially the Star Wars fabric that she selected. She chose this one so that I could cut out the different framed pictures on the fabric and use them as practice sewing the boxes together. I will be working on that this week and hope to have a couple of pouches that are sewn together by the next posting.

     I have been hitting the books and the videos hard during the last few months. I have a few places that have been my go to for learning this new art form. I have a few links that I have shared of my favorite sites so far. I have already learned so much and look forward to learning a lot more. Have a wonderful week and never give up on whatever you are reaching for.