The 1912 Titanic Sewing Project!

The 1912 Titanic Sewing Project!.

I am not a sewer and it could not be said that I am a fan of the gentle arts.  Add to this my interest in the Titanic is, like so many others, reveling in the misadventures of others.  This is not to say I enjoy or take any delight in the suffering of the passengers and crew, their families and other loved ones.  It is just that when a person or group so boosts about their strength or ideal that when the universe takes it upon itself to show them their foolishness, it is satisfying to the rest of mankind, and it gives us pause and allows us time to reflect on the stupidity of such statements.

So why am I following a blog put forth by the Vintage Pattern Lending Library, a group until very recently, I knew nothing about, and would continue in my blissful ignorance until death?  Well an on-line friend, who is associated with this project, mentioned it and I took a look, a glance really.  And that should have, would have been all there was.  I gave notice to my friend that I had seen the site and commended it in some way, but given my, our fast paced lives, it should not have held my interest longer.  But for one thing, I noticed it was hosted by Word Press, the same site that hosts my own blogs, and so I choose to click follow this site.  This having being done I left feeling pretty darn good about myself, even though I had not done anything of note.

It never occurred to me that I would be receiving e-mails on the their member’s posts to site.  And they did come,  three one day, a few more the next, and on the third day, while on the throne of truth, my phone indicated I had a new e-mail.  So having little else to do choose to open the e-mailed link to the post and found myself interested.  Not so much about the sewing but about the person or persons taking as much delight in this project as I would if debating someone on the finer points of the universe.

It showed me that just because one is not interested in a particular hobby, event, or passion does not mean it is not interesting.  And by not sharing in the passion of others we actually do ourselves an injustice.  The passion of others is what makes this life bearable. Our own interests, while filling our time, do not make our lives has fulfilling has when we share another person passion.  For what we do for ourselves depletes our energies but when we are engaged in another’s passion we are built up  and receive energy from their passion.

So please, if you can spare the time and energy, take your mouse and click over to the 1912 Titanic Sewing Project, and feel for yourself the passion and energy of these volunteer sewers.

King Rolf

via The 1912 Titanic Sewing Project!.

8 thoughts on “The 1912 Titanic Sewing Project!

  1. You are awesome, my friend! And I am lucky to know you! Even if it is only virtually. There is so much in this world and so many very wonderful people in it! And people like you are what makes it such a wonderful place. I am lucky to be a part of two such groups. Be Blessed!

    • Not to sound conceited but I am blessed. By you and all the people who are willing to take a chance on other people, everyday. The world becomes darker for all when anyone of us refuse to shine. Marie Curie stated that “Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.” and as true as it might have been then so much so is it now.

  2. I’ve got to say that the group and project have been (by far) my favorite group on my couple years on Facebook. There are people everywhere and we are all facing the same mysterious and bizarre patterns from alien humans who appear to have been much smaller in frame. It is all too fun to be in the thick of so many happily courageously creative sewers staring down impossible patterns with absolute glee! Even if I suck, I win!

    • F.R.R
      Thanks for the comment. I love your ending line. “Even if I suck, I win!” That is truly a great sentiment, if only we could instill it others as this is true of so many things but in our world most people do not even try because they are afraid of failure. What a loss to both them and us. How better it is to be like Theodore Roosevelt who said “Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.”

    • Rox
      Thanks for taking the time to comment on my post. It is always nice to be appreciated.

  3. I too have been a bit overwhelmed and amazed by the enthusiasm. I am one of the test sewers, a 35 year veteran of the art of sewing ( professionally) It is thrilling to see 400 people take up this challenge. It is thrilling to know that so many are interested in the craft I hold so dear, and I can only hope that it will introduce the joy found in creating something to others. To me it is less about our past and more about our future, the future of learning how to make stuff, not just buy it. The interest in re-living the misadventure of the titanic escapes me completely. But the release of the sewing patterns …..that’s the treasure!

    • Lynne – Thanks for the comment. Your statement “To me it is less about our past and more about our future, the future of learning how to make stuff, not just buy it.” proves to me that we are a lot alike. Our society suffers today from commercialism, our need to both buy everything and at the lowest possible cost is a great part of our troubles with garbage and energy. If we made not just our clothes but also or food stuff and household items instead of having them mass produced it would cut down so much on energy, packaging, shipping and of course cost. This however would not work for the business plan of the industrial and commercial world. Plus an added benefit it would bring us closer to each other instead of distancing us.

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