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8th March 2019

In All Stitched Up #173 we found ourselves ‘Kondo-ing’ our way into 2019 by keeping only those things that spark joy. If you’re not familiar with the term, you can catch up HERE.

The process quickly spread from our stitching komono to the many emails we’ve received from the Inspirations Community and it wasn’t long before we realised that each time we hear from you, it sparks joy because we love keeping the conversation going! Rather than keeping these to ourselves, we thought it was time to share them with you again, so this week we unpack some of the many conversation that go on behind the scenes at Inspirations…

Sue Burgess | Celebrating Success

‘After reading All Stitched Up! #168 HERE on my regular Friday night of scrolling and zooming through your newsletter, I wanted to send a comment regarding celebrating our successes.

I’m relatively new to embroidery although I have admired all forms since I can’t remember when, I had wanted to join the local Embroidery Group here in Coffs Harbour, NSW, Australia for many, many years but being a single mum and working fulltime, my priorities were elsewhere. Once my youngest had flown the nest I made the move, after having the phone number on my fridge for a year and joined just over a year ago.

I was made to feel welcome from day one. We constantly celebrate our successes. My work is not up to others’ standards, but I have never felt that I’m not capable. I feel I get more from the meetings than anyone as I’m learning every week, happy to ask and happy to take advice. Every time we meet, I’m blown away by the embroidery the members have completed or are working on. It makes me want to achieve, gives me goals and inspires me to better my standard.

The paragraph in All Stitched Up! about “all too often we lean towards humility all the while undervaluing our abilities” sums up our members – they don’t realise how talented each and every one of them are!

I’m slow to complete each of my pieces but I’m in no hurry. I use my embroidery as a sort of meditation and relaxation so rushing would make it a chore. I’m learning so much and hope my embroidery colleagues never tire of teaching me.’

Sue, we’re so glad you took the leap and joined the local Embroidery Group in Coffs Harbour and love that you’re getting so much from it! Your email is a timely reminder for each of us to celebrate our successes no matter how small or large they may be.

Anne Lockett | Travel Itinerary

‘I would like to ask your readers for craft information on Switzerland. My husband and I will be in Switzerland in May this year and as I am a keen embroiderer and love all types of handcrafts, would like to know of any shops, museums or craft displays that are a must see in Switzerland.’

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If you’re able to point Anne in the direction of a needlework shop or two while she’s in Switzerland, we know she’d be ever grateful! Email your suggestions to news@inspirationsstudios.com and we’ll be sure to pass them onto her.

Joyce Osborne | Three Words

In All Stitched Up #171 HERE we shared about choosing three words that would help guide you through this year, and Joyce managed to narrow the seemingly endless possibilities to an achievable three through the use of an old verse…

‘My three words for 2019 come in the form of a verse from eons ago - good, better, best, never let it rest, until your good is better and your better best!’

Joyce, we think your three words for 2019 may just inspire each of us to ensure our work with needle and thread is the best we can possibly achieve! We appreciate you sharing them with us and hope you manage to achieve your best this year.

Do you have anything to add to the conversation? We’d love to hear from you! Email whatever it is you have to say to news@inspirationsstudios.com – we look forward to the dialogue continuing.

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