I'd like to think that my sewing has improved as I've gotten older. Despite years of sewing lessons when I was a child, I routinely ignored all that I had been taught and tried to use every shortcut I could think of. Basting, pre-washing, pinning, measuring, and pressing were not in my sewing vocabulary and it was always a race to finish. Yet, I never could understand why my results were less than professional looking.
These days I'm crafting at a slower pace, I "try" to avoid shortcuts, and my seam ripper seems to be my constant companion, but I'm a lot happier when I'm finally done. Also, lately I've been a lot more conscious of wanting things that I make to last a long time. This is especially the case when I craft for others, as I would be horrified to learn that something I made had fallen apart.
A desire to use only natural and organic materials has been growing as well. In the past I never thought twice about using polyblend fabrics or synthetic felt, but I've fallen in love with the look and feel of wool felt and find myself reading the information on the fabric tubes as soon as I touch a fabric. And although I'm not a quilter, after reading about the damage polyester thread can do to quilts on Jan's blog, I've started trying to use 100% cotton thread in a lot more of my projects. Apparently polyester batting can cause a lot of damage too.
I've also been enjoying hand sewing a lot more too. Sebastian was actually my first non-felt softie that I sewed entirely by hand. I was surprised at how satisfying it was to see him emerge from no other equipment but needle, thread, scissors and my hands.
Has your crafting evolved as well? Do you make it a point to use natural materials? When you make something do you ever think about whether it will still be around 50 years from now?