As we enter the holiday season that starts with Thanksgiving, I am so thankful for my ability to sew. I am thankful for the opportunity sewing has provided me to make things for others and for the pleasure that come from the creative process.
In the last few years, I am grateful because it has been a means of connecting with so many wonderful guild members here in Illinois. The folks I have grown so fond of have also been a source of encouragement and inspiration.
For example, I finally finished the jacket for my mom that I have been putting off for a long, long time. I am eager to box it up and mail it to her for Christmas. I was ready to forget the whole thing because I was frustrated with how to move forward on it at several points. I took my questions to neighborhood group gatherings. I never failed to have patient, kind advice and help that allowed me to take the next step.
And then, it will be on to New Year’s… and a chance to establish some new goals. I think I will be resolving to develop some new techniques and skills and get more sewing done. The company of fellow chapter members at neighborhood meetings is a great place to get motivated for such goals. I cannot encourage you enough to take advantage of the knowledge and willingness to share information and insights. If you are interested in any particular subject, our neighborhood group leaders are always looking for topics you are interested in learning about. I may be invaluable in bringing some of those resolutions to fruition!