Sewing for Love
It is believed that humans started sewing with a needle 25,000 years ago. Yes, the art of attaching objects together by using a needle and a thread dates back as early as the prehistoric age!
Imagine a woman lovingly sewing together a hide or bark for clothing, to protect her husband and children from the harsh environment. Using needles made of animal bones or natural needles from the agave plant, she must have spent many hours hand sewing her family’s clothes with the very limited material available to her. It is certainly different today with a quick search on Amazon showing over a million sewing items!
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The thimble, made from bone, wood or bark also made its appearance during this time, to give her the much needed help in pushing her needle through tough surfaces. For sewing thread, she made use of the single strand sinew and plant fiber or a combination of animal and plant fiber, spun together to make a stronger thread.
Today, sewing is a lot simpler and fun with all the technology and materials available to us. Indeed, it is much easier to drive to our favorite textile store and pick a fabric than to collect a bark in the forest and dry them, for example. So it must have been a labor of love for these prehistoric Moms to provide their families with all their clothing needs that it might be more apt for them to declare to their loved ones: I love you with all my needles!
Valentines Day Sewing
As Valentine’s Day approaches and we start planning which delightful creation we are going to sew for our family and friends, we can pause for a moment and salute these pre-historic Moms who toiled hard to provide clothes to their families armed only with a needle, thimble, fiber and bark or hide. And let’s thank the sewing industry innovators who made sewing a lot easier for us today.
The invention of the sewing machine in the 19th century definitely took the industry by storm and allowed us to sew faster and be more creative and innovative. The first patent for the sewing machine was issued to Elias Howe in 1846 and their popularity grew through the Civil War period in the US. By the 20th century, sewing machines had become household items and were accessible to nearly everyone –thankfully.
In celebration of the day of hearts, you must be planning to sew something special and adorable for people close to you and you can certainly feel lucky because sewing for your loved ones have never been this much fun! Here are a couple of Valentines Day sewing ideas.
Please share with us what you plan to sew for Valentines Day in the comments below.