My mom patiently taught me to sew when I was very young. It was a great gift. Pretty much all my life I have loved fabric stores. It's such a feast for the eyes and hands and even the nose. You have to handle the fabric, you see, and the smell of new fabric is part of the experience. Spools of thread remind me of colored jewels. Come to think of it, that's what draws me to watercolors, too.