My mom: For teaching me to sew at a fairly young age — 10 or so — and giving me my first sewing machine when I was in college. I also want to thank her for all the fabric and sewing notions I’ve “borrowed” over the years, and more that I’ll borrow this week when I see her for Thanksgiving. She also taught me the basics of vegetable gardening.
My dad: For teaching me how to use and respect power tools. While my tool collection pales in comparison to his, I learned the basics of working with wood and building things from my father. He also built me an incredible fort when I was younger (rope ladder and all), and I probably didn’t ever thank him for that. Thanks!
My grandmother and my great-aunt: These ladies knew how to work a needle — whether it was sewing, knitting or crocheting (technically, crocheting uses a hook, not a needle, but who really cares?). Though they both have passed, I have dozens of hand-embroidered pillowcases, vintage buttons, knit and crocheted granny squares and various other notions that were passed down to me. I can look at those things any time and remember that crafting runs in my blood.
Hobby Lobby: For having a 40 percent off coupon every week. I spend way too much time and money than I should at that store, so the coupon can really come in handy.
Downing’s General Store: Robert and Louis Downing don’t seem to get too frustrated when my kids pull all the trim off its spool or chase the dog around the store. They always have tons of helpful advice, whether I’m looking for fabric or seeds or just browsing. They also humored me last week and let me buy a huge basket of zippers — there were hundreds of them. It’s just more fuel for my crafting addiction.
Stitches from the Heart: This is a sewing Facebook group I’m a part of. The ladies in this group are so funny and supportive of sewists of all abilities. Anytime I have a problem, I post a question to the group and get tons of great advice and feedback. We also keep each other informed of deals on fabric and tips and tricks for sewing. Although I’ve never actually met any other members of the group in person — and some do live around here — I feel like we’re great friends.
The Internet: OK, it might be weird to thank the Internet, but I get so much inspiration from projects I find on the Web, whether it’s through a blog I follow, random searching or my favorite by far, Pinterest. If you don’t know about Pinterest, stop reading right now and set up an account. It’ll change how you organize your thoughts.
My neighbors: They let me borrow their power tools and building supplies, their kids for modeling and testing out clothes, and put up with the racket I make when I’m using their power tools. They also don’t seem to mind that my front yard looks like Toys R Us vomited on it most of the time.
Deirdre Long blogs about her creations at sewonsewon.blogspot.com.