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Something New

I cannot sit still for long. Sometimes I get in this "lazy" mode and a week or so later, a whole new idea pops into my head and I can't rest until I accomplish said idea. Usually this creative burst is a bag design or the want for a new dress. This time, it's a little bigger.

There's an old house that was just sold on the end of my road.  Since I moved to my new house (about 6 years ago) I've always wanted that house. My dream was to turn it into a craft school; a place for sewers, knitters, crocheters, etc, to get together and teach classes. My town isn't really into teaching crafts, although there seem to be quite a few crafters. While there is no way I could have afforded that house, my dream for what laid inside didn't die. Maybe you can see where I'm starting to go.

I would like to introduce my new endeavor… Mini Pip Sewing School. "Teaching your little pipsqueaks how to sew".

I've only been sewing for 6 years, and being self taught, I've made many mistakes. Yet I've also learned from them and know that if I had guidance or someone to teach me, I would be much further in my sewing than I am now. I want to give kids the chance to have someone to teach them the basics of sewing, to create something with their hands, to be proud of their accomplishments.

Throughout high school I didn't have much to do at home besides watch tv and do my homework when I came home from school. When I started sewing, a whole new world opened up to me and made me realize that there was more I could do with myself. My high school offered home ec classes, (cooking and taking care of fake babies, but no sewing) and any sort of fashion class was unheard of (besides basic art, and you didn't learn about figure drawing). There weren't any programs or classes outside of school either. I was on my own.

I don't want another kid or teen to feel like they are on their own if they want to learn to sew. I'm starting classes in January but will be setting up a table during my town's farmers market this Thursday to see if there is interest.

I've thought so much about this already, but to be honest, this whole idea started less than 24 hours ago. I guess it's always been in the back of my mind as a goal to work towards, I just never thought this idea would be so close to becoming a reality.


This was the first article of clothing I ever completed. It just happened to be my senior prom dress. I see so many mistakes every time I look at it, but I am so proud of it.


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