The Wisdomof a T Shirt Quilt
When learning engineering design we were asked “how do you eat an elephant?”. The answer being “in small pieces!” I’ve never forgotten that nugget of wisdom. Applying it to uni projects, to my work on rail depots and now as an entrepreneur. I don’t need to know how to do every step before I start. I need to work out where to start, do it and then the next step becomes clear.
- Not knowing how to do every step is not a reason not to start something
- Ask for help & advice, it doesn’t stop it being your ‘baby’
- You don’t have to do things in a traditional way for it to be a success
- You don’t always need fancy equipment
- Sometimes you need to start a big endeavour with a certain level of naivety
- And you can never have too many pins.
The Blog from Mary Broddle Embroidery
News & Musings
Keep up do date with the latest goings at Mary Broddle Embroidery.
From news on upcoming workshops and new kits, to why embroidery is good for you.
As well as articles musing on the history of needlework and about my passion for stitching.
"“Embroidery is brilliant for depression because it allows you to have something to show for your time. So even though it could be small, when you hold something in your hand that you have made it is a symbol of value. It says ‘you have value’. It says ‘this is something I have made’.
Emma Kenny - TV Psychologist and Presenter
"In our social media age, as we become more physically distanced from each other, sewing is a safeguard to isolation, a way to stay in touch with each other: hand and mind working in harmony to convey what lies in our hearts. For me and others, it sustains not just a sense of self but of belonging."
Clare Hunter - Threads of Life: a History of the World Through the Eye of a Needle
"The physical act of stitching also means we cannot dither around online, being sucked into social media rabbit holes. Nor are we watching television. This screen-free time is immensely important to our sense of wellbeing. When we employ mindful stitching, we are also making time for ourselves. This is crucial, especially for the perpetually busy."
Laura Turnbull - The Crewel Work Company