I bought myself a wonderful present. A gorgeous seam ripper that was made by Margaret's husband Dale. Margaret is an accomplished artist and also the chef at the Crow Barn, and each year she brings beautiful wooden pieces her husband has made. Sometimes it is beautiful soup spoons, and this year it was an assortment of 40 seam rippers.

Now most people would not get too excited about a seam ripper. And almost everyone I know would think that it is crazy to pay more than $3.00 for one. But the seam ripper is one of my most important tools. I have 4 of them- mostly the blue Dritz cheapos, and I have 4 of them since I am always losing them.

When people ask me how I put together my complicated constructions, the answer is easy. I have to rip seams often. It is the only way to inset some pieces, and it insures that the seams will lay as flat as possible. I do not leaving 1/4-1/2" at the end of seams- I would rather sew to the end, and then rip as much as I need to.

I grew up being told that if you were using a ripper it is because you messed up. Rippers were not  your friend, they were proof that you were inexperienced or sloppy. And truthfully it took me a long time to get over that idea. Now I just know that ripping seams is part of the process.  And as soon as I was comfortable with the idea that it was not a mistake, it made the ripping process a whole lot nicer.

And so, it was really easy for me to plunk down some big bucks for a seam ripper with a wooden handle which was made from one of the trees on the Barn property. It feels great in my hand, and visually it is simply beautiful to look at. Yes, it took me a while to feel comfortable using such a precious seam ripper, but now, I use it almost every day. It makes me happy.