Finding the Courage

I have talked about learning to sew for several years and I kept putting it off.  It would be an investment in time, money, and I would have to find yet another space for another craft.  Our CA bungalow only stretches so far!  I had some very good excuses.

My friend Bettes came through Berkeley not too long ago and stopped for a day to visit, a total delight.  She wanted to make a pilgrimage to the local fabric store and I went with her.  I dunno, I was there, I wanted to do it, I finally signed up for classes.

After starting the first project, thinking that this vest was going to cost in the neighborhood of way too much, I began to have second thoughts.  I am too old to learn a new craft.  It takes a good ten years to become proficient, blah blah, blah.

Then I came across this article in the New York Times Magazine.  Scroll down and you see a picture of an elderly woman  intent on a canvas.   Hmmmm, she started selling her paintings at the age of 89.   But I read too fast and thought she started painting at the age of 89.  No matter.  She started something.  If she could start at 89, well, surely I can start at 70.  It was inspiring.

First vest is almost done.  I even think it will fit.

4 thoughts on “Finding the Courage”

  1. and, it’s fun! right!!! good for you. Plus, that was a wonderful fabric store with fabulous people. It’s always good to stretch out and meet others working in a different medium and see how they think and react…one of the reasons I have loved learning to sew.

  2. So let’s see a picture of the vest! And I loved the NY Times article. So inspirational showing us all that it is never too late.


  3. Penny, I don’t weave, weft or sew but it’s wonderful that you find the way to expand doing what you love so much. And then to write about it

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