I’m not much of a TV fan to be honest, most of my free time is spent reading, doing stuff online or doing something creative. I posted a few months ago about my favourite place in the house being my conservatory, that’s where I spend a lot of time and it has been declared a TV free zone, by order of the management ( well by me, that is!). However in the UK there has been a programme on over the last few weeks that has tempted me to sit in front of the box (although I suppose they are not really boxes any more …. but let’s not get technical).
You may wonder what could have enticed me to do such a thing? The good ol’ Beeb (BBC) decided to bring sewing out of mothballs and created a competition type programme called ‘The Great British Sewing Bee’. All I can say is that I am thankful I recorded it and am looking forward to watching it again in a marathon 4 hour long viewing session, accompanied by copious amounts of tea and biscuits and maybe the odd cucumber sandwich.
What a breath of fresh air, a competition that was marked out from the rest by the grace and kindness of not only the participants but also the judges were kind, encouraging and well mannered. I may be biased because of my great love of sewing in any shape or form BUT it is one of the best shows I have seen in years! The contestants all produced brilliant work and when the winner was announced no-one was left sitting with their jaw hanging open wondering if the judges had been watching a different show. The finalists all created work of a superbly high quality but one person’s work was of a consistently high standard throughout the series and she won……. how refreshing!
However, there is another side to this, I am a keen sewer and have many and varied projects on the go at any given time. I have many PhD’s (projects half done) and there are frequent sightings of UFO’s (un-finished objects) in my workroom (aka: the conservatory) but I don’t mind a bit. I’m a fabric ‘collector’ ….. my husband tries valiantly to distract me when we pass fabric shops, it rarely works, I can sniff one out a mile away ….. but then he’s a bit of a wood collector so I think that makes us even, and my fabric takes up less space!
But this programme enthused me, and this from someone who is already over-the-top enthusiastic about sewing. So last week I had an overwhelming urge to start a new project ….. which I am delighted to say I also finished in a couple of days. I made a handbag out of some beautiful Harris Tweed, which I bought when we holidayed on Harris a couple of years ago, and I am thrilled with the result. And I’m sure I was not the only one in the country who was inspired to pick up a needle as a result of this programme either.
There is something so deeply satisfying about creating things with your own hands, whether it is with fabric, paint, or any other medium ….. it does our souls’ good and for me it can be a very spiritual experience, I can get lost for hours working on a project, deep in thought, enjoying the freedom of not having to focus on mundane need, but revelling in the joy of creating something beautiful. I believe creativity is innate in all of us, we may not all be Monet or Da Vinci but we each have the ability to create something beautiful if we will allow ourselves the time and space to explore our potential …… when was the last time you followed your heart to create something new? Carve yourself a bit of ‘me time’ and experiment , and as well as doing yourself some good, you might really surprise yourself with your own abilities.