Gail’s been painting for a while, but she wanted to so something different. She wanted to sew.
We haven’t known each other long, Gail lives in New York City and recently bought a house near us with some friends. We we all get together on the weekends and the friendship has been a quick one. Partly because we’ve all chosen work and a life outside the mainstream. And now we’re beginning to connect creatively.
When Gail suggested we get together and sew on Saturday I was all for it.
“I made a dress once in the 4th grade”, she told me as I uncovered my sewing machine, “I hated it.” Making a dress as a persons introduction to sewing is like giving someone who’s learning to read Emerson’s Self Reliance as their first book.
It’s difficult enough just sewing a straight line without having to worry about patterns and pinning and getting things just right. And it’s not fun.
I think learning should be fun. It should make your brain spark and your heart race. It should make you want more.
So Gail started at the beginning. Choosing two pieces of fabric and sewing them together. She was actually really good at the sewing part and found she was more comfortable sewing standing up than sitting down.
And being a painter, Gail had no problem figuring out the colors and shapes. I helped with the technical sewing stuff and gave my creative opinion when she asked for it.
And a couple of hours later she had a wall hanging for her new house.
Gail told me I was a good teacher and should think about giving classes. This is something Jon has said to me many times, and something I’ve thought about doing. I certainly have my thoughts about teaching and learning and enjoy doing both.
When I told Gail the idea of teaching makes me nervous, she got a big smile as if that was the best thing in the world. She basically said that’s what life is about, doing things that we want to do that make us uncomfortable. Otherwise, why bother being alive.
So, I’ll see. That idea of teaching has always been on the horizon for me. But I do feel like it’s getting closer all the time. And working with Gail this weekend was another step towards it.