A stitching bee

pink stitching

Gina Sekelsky's pink stitching

Oh I had such a peaceful and tender time learning to sew by hand this evening. And it was with five of my loveliest friends. It was all made possible by this generous person, Gina Sekelsky of Dreamland AND lettergirl. Gina, who was willing to take a chance on me and my Le Donne friends sight unseen, is no longer a mere kindred spirit in the blogosphere. She is now a bonafide friend.

A Le Donne stitching bee is a very, very fine place to be. Especially on this rainy night.

Gina is right: It is indeed a meditative, soul-nurturing process to put a simple stitch into a soft fabric.

We were all made comfortable very quickly, making bandanas using the reverse applique technique our teacher demonstrated for us. And now we are eager to get together again soon for more stitching companionship.

The bounty we can aspire to?

Perhaps something like this skull cap…

Or an embellished scarf…

Or something truly magical…like this jacket adorned with Angelou words.


For now, just to enjoy the process of completing a simple, satisfying project offers more than enough pleasure for one day.

To bed, to bed for this girl who is now lucky enough to say that she can, after all, sew.

Methinks it is a token of healthy and gentle characteristics, when women of high thoughts and accomplishments love to sew; especially as they are never more at home with their own hearts than while so occupied.  ~Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Marble Faun, 1859

my stitching project

My stitching project

Postscript for Thursday: This morning, instead of opening up my laptop, I reached for my stitching project instead. There is so much to be enjoyed in this world of ours, isn’t there?

7 Responses to A stitching bee

  1. Gina September 23, 2010 at 5:57 am #

    I want your friends!!! I envy your ability to bring interesting women together, and I am so glad you are acting on your talent by establishing Le Donne. Such a wonderful evening. Thank you!

    • Rachel Greenhouse September 23, 2010 at 6:54 am #

      Gina, you are welcome to share my friends. They are indeed wonderful! Now that you are part of our Le Donne community, we are just getting started…we hope to see much more of you!

  2. claudia kaul September 23, 2010 at 9:07 am #

    I’m so sorry I had to miss this event. (I had an NCV meeting) I need something like this sewing project for the long winter nights. Hopefully next time I can make a debut entry into Le Donne. Keep up the inspiring gatherings, Rachel. 🙂

  3. Lizzie September 23, 2010 at 4:49 pm #

    I swear this night, made me feel so calm – thank you, I loved it .. you do have a magnetic gift for drawing people together and inspiring them to do things they may not have time for, or things that they do not allow themselves to “typically” try.
    Thanks for including me in all of this. It’s nourishment for the soul.

  4. Anne-Marie September 23, 2010 at 7:29 pm #

    I had a wonderful evening with you all, and Gina, I hope we do get together again, and often. You are so creative and patient and your children are great. I’m really tickled with how well my bandana is coming along, who knew I could sew (well I sort of suspected I could since I pretty much knew to do the opposite of anything those nuns told me:). Thanks!


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