I am still wallowing in bags of fabric that I bought in Portland this week on my first fabric shopping trip in years. To gear up for a weekend of sewing (yippeeee!) I have been rereading back issues of Threads.
From issue #63 (March 1996) I came across a lovely point to ponder in Notes (p.72). The then American Home Sewing and Craft Association commissioned a clinical study at the time about the health effects of sewing. It was discovered that sewing was the most relaxing of a number of activities based on the physiological responses of the participants.
Now, I have been a full-time student juggling work, house, hubby and job for the past couple of years, and had almost completely lost touch with sewing, but I can tell you that spending a few hours this week in a fabric store or two and reading Threads and pawing through my bags of fabric loot has actually felt calming and soothing. Ahhhhhhh…. I’ll be positively dreamy by Sunday night! 🙂
Have you all experienced this? Do you know of any published info on the health effects of sewing? (The brochure produced on the study in Mar ’96 is out of print.) Would you agree that reading Threads should be added to the list of healthy pursuits? I’d love to hear your experiences!
🙂 Mary, sewing, sighing and smiling in Seattle