I was one of those kids who didn't believe they were artistic. Some kids don't believe they're good at math and I tell those kids that they most certainly can do math but they may need to hear or see the concepts differently. That's a post for another day.
Sewing makes me feel creative. I enter into quite a positive and meditative space when I sew, even with the machine clanging away. And there is nothing quite like the satisfaction of giving away a gift that you built with your own hands.
I started to sew fabric around the same time I started learning to sew human skin in medical school. I know that sounds strange, but the concepts of the "grain" of both fabric and skin and the manual dexterity are similar. I won't be a surgeon, but I will suture frequently in the emergency room. Sewing was a therapeutic release from the chaos of learning medicine as a third, some would say fourth, career in my late 20s after a long break from traditional science courses. The more detailed my understanding of physiology became, the more I needed a creative release and sewing has been a reliable right-brain weight to my strongly left-brain self, for what that theory is worth.
What are your hobbies? How do you fit them into your life? I would love to see your comments below.
Happiness comes to those who hobby. I just made this up, but I am sure someone famous has previously recorded the same thought. They probably had hobbies.
I learned to sew in late 2012. I took some classes at a local shop called Needlework in Hamilton. It started with a pillowcase and I've since made dresses, shirts, blankets, aprons, bowties and quilts. I cannot believe I made a quilt.