February 14, 2009
The steady hum of activity - sewing-bee style
What a day.
Nikki, I sweep off my hat and make a deep bow to you (scrap that curtsey nonsense) - you donated your week to organising today's sewing bee, and you made it possible for so many good people to find a way to bring colour and cheer to families affected by the bushfires.
What was the best bit of the day?
Serious discussions about yo-yos was fun.
And super sewing stars ready and willing to learn new skills...
... and producing gorgeous results!
That was ace.
The hive of activity and the contented hum of concentration as bags were constructed. (Spot TinnieGirl thinking hard).
The lovely cutting shop, with slices and dices turning out the bags lickety-split, and the sorting area, with the goodies laid out by age group and gender....
...carefully observed by a sofa full of dolls, waiting to go to new owners.
Meanwhile, over in the embellishment room, zig-zags and fusing made merry!
While the first bags were being built, we got to work on yo-yo hairbands, yo-yo embellishments, fused applique animals, cowboy hats, pirate ships, flowers, ice cream cones, butterflies, matruyshkas...
...and more onto t-shirts, bag fronts, pockets, flaps and ... oops, a bag lining. Ah well. Beccasaurus kindly stitched a yo-yo over my most serious oops. It's a design feature! (But of course).
But the best two bits?
One was the way that everyone who walked into the sewing/bag construction room stopped and said "Wow!" spontaneously.
Wow for the lovely hum of many machines running together. The quiet, determined activity. And the results, oh boy.
The results! The piles of bags were stacking up as we took our weary souls home. Fresh sewing souls were still flooding in the door, so I'm sure the pile of presents grew. Notepads, pens, t-shirts and a toy in every bag - at the very least.
I'm thinking of the donors and the recipients, the families and children whose little bags of fun have so much potential for healing handiwork (drawing, making and colour), hugs -- and a reminder that we were all thinking of them with today's sewing bee.
I met so many lovely people, and it was a wonderful day.