Sewing Class!

I had my first sewing class today. We’re starting really basic; we hand stitched. I learned the cross stitch and the slip stitch. I prefer the slip, but there are reasons to use the cross. We also did hidden cross.

I learned how to pull the fabric to create a straight edge.

I learned to sew with only one thread instead of doubling it.

We did double hems and sewed a button with a shank on.

We went over equipment and uses for things.

Most people in the class are around my age group.

The teacher is fun. She said she won’t give us homework because she knows we have lives haha.

So I need a few more tools for next week. I’m to bring my machine, it’s book, and a sewing book (my book may be more ancient than the teacher’s). I’m glad I got a wheeled case for my machine.

She asked what experience we have with sewing and I guess I’ve tried more than others in the class between attempts at quilting and costumes, but I explained that I can’t make petite shirts that allow for my arm muscles or bust.

A few of us are there, in part, to make costumes for Comiccon and Hallowe’en.

It was a two hour class, but it didn’t feel like it. Two hours to sew two small hems and a button.

I’m glad I decided to finally take sewing classes.

Here is a picture of my cross stitches:

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Here are slip stitches and a button:

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There are 9 days of class in total and I’ll probably sign up for the costume workshop too.

She thought my slip stitches were great and my cross stitches were like some kind of messed up Celtic knot pattern haha.

I usually sleep in more on Saturday, so I might need a nap before baking brownies, doing coursework, and writing.

Ciao,
R~

2015 ROW80 – Round 1, Check 2

I’m doing okay on this challenge. In five days I’ve written 1,354 words. I need to do about 250 words a day to reach 20,000 in 80 days, which means I should be at 1,250, so I’m slightly ahead.

I’m slowly getting things done around the house while writing, but my dishes and laundry could use some drastic attention. Tomorrow I┬áhave writers group, so other than lunch time I’m not likely to get too much done on my book, but the group meetings are always amazing for inspiration and knowledge. Later this week, I intend to attend a Steampunk Ottawa event because it’s been a while since I last saw those people. Speaking of Steampunk Ottawa, I’ve registered for sewing classes to improve my costume-making skills. $150 for 3 courses, which are supposed to take me through a lot of sewing material. Sorry, that was a little bit punny. I’m also taking a Coursera course for free on learning how to learn. I figured it was a good one to test out that would help me learn best from other future courses. So far the information is interesting. My first assignment for that is due this week, so I best get at it.

I’m probably trying to do too much at once, but I’m enjoying myself and living life. I’m keeping busy with my martial arts and I’m also taking breaks for things like video games, painting, and leisure reading. I have direction and goals I’m pursuing. Even if I hadn’t met my writing goals this week, I’d feel good about it because I’m working on my book while balancing the demands of day-to-day work and life. Time to write an essay.

CIao,
R~