I’ve loved reading all the email messages and stories that have come through for ‘Sewing School’, but a comment that keep popping up is ‘because I’m self-taught’.
I sense that there is a feeling of needing to ‘qualify’ how your sewing skills have been acquired – YOU DON’T.
This issue also arose for me this week. I’ve been asked to provide a bio on myself for a project I’m involved in (but more on that another day) and when I sat down and put pen to paper, well, I’m not actually ‘qualified’ for anything. If only I hadn’t deferred that accounting degree offer back in ’89 I would at least have some kind of qualification beside my name!
The same goes with sewing. Although I have attended some classes and workshops, by and large my experience has come mainly from running a business where sewing almost every day for 6 years has given me the wealth of knowledge that I have.
I’ve learnt as I’ve gone along from the internet, books, crafty friends and family. I made plenty of mistakes along the way but have learnt from each one of them.
I understand that many of you feel you need to fine tune your skills and would love to have someone to show you an easier or better way – that’s all perfectly reasonable too.
But, it’s more than OK to be self-taught and each and every one of you should be proud of that achievement.
Are you self-taught with a sewing basket full of experience? Leave us a comment below and show how proud you are of that achievement.