You know, a successful market day isn’t just about making sales (although they do make it pretty great) . My biggest joy comes from meeting lots of new people who share sewing and ‘making’ as a passion.

The heart beats a little faster and the talking slides up a notch when we start sharing stories. People yesterday were telling me about what past experiences the colours in the fabrics reminded them of, the pleasure and relaxation which comes from their ‘making’ and a common theme: I wish there was more time!

I heard about parents and grandparents who created through sewing, crochet or knitting and passed their love and talents for making onto their children and grandchildren. I heard about moving homes, planning new colour schemes and the excitement and relief of being able to access their packed boxes of materials. It makes my day.

As a textiles and art teacher in a large secondary school I often feel a slight sense of urgency to try to pass on this love of making to my students. Things have changed alot since I started teaching 23 years ago. It seems that fewer students have access to parents or grandparents who ‘make’. It is such a precious thing to create something that didn’t exist in this world until ‘we’ made it. Making really does feed the soul and helps us breathe.

Making is meditation, health giving and generous when shared with others. I told my Year 9 girls last week ‘if you have some solid sewing skills under your belt, a passion for making and a few creative ideas, the sky is the limit and your life will be richer. Oh, and you can even make a little pocket money for yourself (or alot!)’


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