Sew Creative, Sew Green

Sewing has been one of the great pleasures of my life – it’s tactile, it’s satisfying, it offers any level of challenge you’re ready for, and in the end you have beautiful new clothes – or quilts, gifts, pillows, anything you can imagine. Sewing is catching on anew with women everywhere as a natural extension of the artisan lifestyle, where creativity, craft and self-sufficiency are the way to go.

If you’re ready to take the plunge but not ready to commit to buying an expensive machine, or you need instruction and support, you’ll be happy to hear about the latest sewing trend – studios where you can take classes or rent machines by the hour, with all necessary supplies and helpful teachers at hand. The coolest of them all may be Stitch Lounge/Sew Urban in San Francisco; if there isn’t something like this in your town, it’s likely there will be soon.

Whether you’re sewing on your own or with friends at a studio, visit The Worsted Witch, a blog that will inspire you on the sustainable sewing path. Her Greensleeves page of links will guide you to organic fabrics and more. Another treasure for fabric and yarn lovers is Purl Soho in Manhattan (or on your computer) and their clever PurlBee online journal, with terrific tutorials and very wonderful gift ideas. A copy of Purl owner Joelle Hoverson’s lovely Last-Minute Patchwork & Quilted Gifts will instruct and inspire you, too.

Image: Kj.