The dance-like-nobody-is-watching of stitch craft

Free-motion sewing calls the senses and casts a spell that captures the soul. Once you start, you are lost to its charms. When not doing it, I’m thinking about it …It feels so…  so brain -soothing, so trance-inducing and such a wonderful unconscious celebration of just being. It’s the little book of calm for compulsive sewing. The dance-like-nobody-is-watching of sewing craft. So lovely to do. Really, I urge you to have a go yourself – you will truly love it.

The next time I go to Dublin I will be hunting for some cotton gloves with rubberised finger tips – they give traction, grip and control to manouver the fabric around so that it glides without stuttering or other annoying sticky impediments. That gives rise to jagged angles that would poke your eyes out like skinny elbows instead of voluptuous curves in the resultant stitching – gah! Jags and pulls are irritations that puncture the fluid  motion and create ripples of irritation through the zen-like spiritual elevation and enlightenment of the spirit. Ah. I wax lyrical. But you will, too, if you try it.

Anyhoo, I appliqued and decorated a flower with FM stitching (and stitched down a bird cut from a fabric bought for some curtains) then made a lavender sachet with some squares of linen and cotton just to find something to make and do some FM. I am enamoured.

Before Christmas, I made a bunch of chef’s hats and delivered one to Joe (as you might guess) who loves to cook. His speciality is (you guessed again?!) soup! He also likes hats – he sported a rather nice reindeer one with a flashing red nose at his outdoor carol service. Now he can look a treat and dress up in the kitchen for his soupy supremos.

Have to say, machine embroidery isn’t a patch on FM…. just saying…. Next time you feel stressed, try free-motion sewing. Failing that,  add a dab of lavender to milk. Leave town with an orange and pretend you’re laughing at it. Do something different. Roll up your sleeves, or eat an orange or am I just being a bit Manny after swallowing the little book of calm? (Black Books), Lol.

Have fun, Hel

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