Sewing can be a lonely, isolated activity, but only if you choose to make it that way. You can choose to go it alone and sew in your sewing room with no input from anyone but you. I see that choice as one that can be a little boring and has less potential for true creativity and enjoyment. Don’t get me wrong. I am not saying you should never sew alone in your sewing room. I am saying you may add to your productivity and creativity by socializing and occasionally sewing with other people who enjoy sewing!
Social groups of every kind have long been the basis of the American way of life. However, these groups have been declining at least for the last 20 years or so. We are beginning to see this happen even in sewing groups such as the American Sewing Guild. Most chapters are experiencing a decline in membership. The Lansing Clippers is working to not only keep the current members, but increase the number.
The Lansing Clippers offer many opportunities to get involved with other motivated, talented, and inspired sewers who love to sew and are willing to share their knowledge and to learn from others. There is an opportunity to learn techniques and to get inspired by attending each monthly meeting. It is easy to get inspired by Show and Tell by our members. Not only do they show items they made, but they usually share which pattern they used and where the fabric was purchased. They will explain what problems were encountered, too. You can’t get information like that while sitting alone in your sewing room! You can also acquire sewing skills by attending classes that are offered occasionally by the chapter. Don’t forget we have three neighborhood groups that provide opportunities for inspiration as well. For details on these groups, check out our Neighborhood Group page on our website http://lansingclippers.com/
Another great social sewing event is our sewing retreat. The retreat this year was held again in Shipshewana, Indiana. It gave those who attended an opportunity to totally concentrate on sewing for several days. We didn’t have to stop to cook meals, do laundry, or clean the house. We did stop occasionally to shop and eat! We are looking forward already to going to retreat next year. I hope you will join us!
By the way, are you going to the Original Sewing & Quilt Expo in Novi this year? It looks like they will have more vendors than last year and lots of classes. Check out their website http://www.sewingexpo.com/Events/Novi,MI/ClassDescriptions.aspx to see the list of classes and to register. Even if you don’t register for a class, you should go to see what the vendors have to offer and to get inspired. I advise you to take along a sewing friend. Conversation will make the trip seem shorter and you will have more fun sharing ideas for sewing projects with a friend!
Keep sewing and be sociable with other sewing enthusiasts!