Later in life, she started university after several years of pursuing other interests. After the first year she considered quitting because, she reasoned, “I’ll be 27 years old by the time I’m done”. I pointed out that in 3 years she would be 27 anyway and it would be without a job skill. She stayed, graduated, worked in her profession for awhile; gave it up to have children, and thirteen years later upgraded her skills; took a challenging exam to re-certify; and last fall started working in her field again.
Whether it’s sports, music, dance, or sewing, knowledge of a few basics can give a child a certain amount of creative pleasure. But expertise and confidence comes with coaching, practise, often lots of encouragement from a parent or grandparent; and more coaching.
It’s a real joy to see children pursue their dreams, and if their dreams include a creative hobby in sewing and the textile arts, it’s great to see parents like the ones I have quoted on my home page, recognizing and encouraging them in this.