Here’s a fun little fact…when I was 12 my step mom decided to enroll me in 4-H sewing lessons in the village where her sister lived. I was somewhat skeptical about the whole thing, to say the least. Was she trying to get rid of me for an hour a week (if you knew 12 year old me that answer would be a HELL YES!) or did she genuinely want me to learn to sew?
In the end it turned out her heart was pure and the whole experience proved to be a win-win endeavour for both of us. Added bonus? She was able to visit her sister once a week, and I learned to hand sew, along with a few basic embroidery stitches, by creating an apron to be judged in the Fall Fair.
And they taught me about judging honey at the same time…but that’s another story
Spoiler alert: I didn’t win any ribbons at the fair!
But, when the embroidery trend smashed bigly out of the spring gate this year, my 4-H experience meant I would not be one of the masses who would have to pay the price for “hand crafted” denim with the exact same pattern as millions of others. High five 4-H!
All I needed was a little You Tube refresher on a few basic stitches, and no fear of being judged at the fair, to get back in the game. Plus, it made for a fun rainy day project for me to get creative.
All in all, I only invested a couple of hours into adding a few fun flowers and using a darning stitch to patch an annoyingly large hole at the knee of my Levis 501CTs. But there’s room for more if our unusually over the top PNW spring monsoons continue. Insert face palm emoji here!
Because I despise being a copy cat.
Keep being your authentic YOU friends…because no one else does you as good as you do!