4th November 2022

Stories. We wrote about them in All Stitched Up! issue #148, but after recently spending some time with each of the Stitch ‘n Chats at The Bobbin Tree by Inspirations they’ve become front of mind once again.

There were stories of health challenges that made both life and stitching more difficult than it had once been. Tales of stitching successes as well as the inevitable ‘failures’ that happen along the way. Anecdotes of connections made, and friendships formed. A serendipitous account of picking up needle and thread for the first time after passing The Bobbin Tree, which at the time was unknown to the passerby. A narrative of needle and thread as someone adds to a collection that spans generations within her family.

It turns out we all have a story.

Whilst there are times that we don’t feel our story is worthy of sharing, the truth is, sharing our own narrative often gives other people the confidence to share theirs. This in turn provides the space to connect with someone whether it be through shared knowledge or experience or simply taking a moment to see the world from someone else’s point of view.

The stories we hear can engage our curiosity, emotions and imagination as well as help us understand and make sense of the world we find ourselves in.

Combine this with a shared passion for needle and thread and it’s no wonder Stitch ‘n Chats are often more chat than stitch!

One of the things we love about being part of Inspirations HQ is being able to share in the many stories that come across our desks each week, whether it be through articles published in Inspirations Magazine, within emails from members of the Inspirations Community, or anecdotes told over the phone. But now, as we get to hear them told in person as well through those who call The Bobbin Tree ‘home’, it has helped us to appreciate all the more what an incredible privilege and joy it is.

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