Just when you thought that the world of technology has totally taken over our lives, something comes to light that makes you realize that some things from generations past never go out of style. Now I love a story based on history and when I received a request to post some information on a new sewing group forming in my community, I grabbed the opportunity to do a little research about a hobby that I enjoyed for many years — sewing.
People have been sewing as far back as the last Ice Age — more than 20,000 years ago. Bone needles have been discovered in archaeology digs with evidence that these needles were probably used to sew together skins and furs. Our innovative forefathers in Germany created needles from iron way back in the 3rd century B.C.
In 1790, Thomas Saint, a British inventor patented the first running sewing machine, and the craft has been evolving ever since. Although sewing first was a necessary part of our ancestors’ daily lives, today it can be much more than sewing clothes. So forget about that Home Ec disaster you may have created back in high school. Today’s sewers use their creative vision and embrace quilt making and even some ancient arts – like Kanzashi – a centuries-old art of creating Japanese hair ornaments that were used in traditional Japanese hairstyles.
And today’s sewers in the U.S. have the support of a national organization, the American Sewing Guild (ASG) that promotes sewing as a art form and life skill to be passed on to our future generations. You can learn more about sewing and its history and movement into the 21st century at ASG or by doing your own research online. I found links to several sewing guilds and organizations the world over.
So now you know about one more way to express your creativity through the art of sewing. Communication knows no limits. Click on the link above or below to see how sewing is enjoying life in our community of Palm Coast, Florida.