about three weeks ago, i took my first (and, thus far, only) sewing class. i’d been thinking about learning to sew on and off for the past, oh, several years. it had just always been one of those things i’d get around to doing “one of these days”. well, that day actually came and, to my delight, i really enjoyed it. in fact, i enjoyed it so much, i was in my sewing studio almost three times a week.
the class i took was at a shop/community space called the workroom, located in parkdale, an area of west toronto. it’s a sew-by-the-hour space that also holds regular classes and sells some really fabulous fabric. the owner, karyn valino, teaches most of the classes herself, and by the end of the beginner’s workshop, had us all feeling comfortable with sewing machines and producing our very own envelope pillows. by the end of class, i was ecstatic. in my hands was a beautiful pillow that i made all by myself! granted, the beauty of the pillow probably had a lot more to do with the fabric than with my sewing abilities, but i was still excited about the possibilities.
the following week i was back to make the much-anticipated curtains. and after that… forgetaboutit! i’m seriously addicted.
as you can sort of see from the above picture, there’s a huge window on one side of my *room* that’s overlooks the dining/living area. curtains were definitely a necessity. especially as, once the pseudo-door was up, grandpa was frequently peering through the window to look at me…
later that week, i decided to make some fun-looking gumdrop pillows. i love lounging on the floor and, even though they might look nice, i kind of hate sitting on leather couches. this pattern comes in two sizes, and i originally wanted to make the bigger one – it looked far more loungable/comfy than the smaller “ottoman” size. thankfully, i saw one of the bigger ones in a store and changed my mind. there was no way i could find enough filling to fill the pillow!
so anyway, once i got going there was no stopping me… the following week i made a clutch purse, with buttons covered with scraps of fabric i had from the above projects. it took me two separate trips to the workroom to finish it up, since the first day i left as a ball of frustration… turns out i was only cranky cause i was hungry – hypoglycemia had definitely kicked in!