Our Favourite Quotes for Knitting and Sewing

The next time you’re indeed of some motivation or inspiration to do some knitting or sewing – just have a read through a few of these famous quotes…

The composer Harrison Brentwistle once said in an interview: “writing music is like knitting, each small gesture builds up to create a whole”.

The Telegraph

Here’s a quote you may recognize from a previous blog post of ours, on the use of knitting as a form of therapy in WW1. “Properly practiced, knitting soothes the troubled spirit, and it doesn’t hurt the untroubled spirit either.”

Elizabeth Zimmermann

“Knitting is clothing made in spare moments, or round the fire, whenever women gathered together… It’s something to celebrate – clothes made in love and service, something women have always done.”

Anne Bartlett, author of the novel: Knitting

“When I was a little girl you used to learn to sew all the holes in things, darning socks, but nobody mends things anymore.”

Vivienne Westwood

“I keep my end tables full of needlework and quilting so I don’t have to dust them.”


“Stitch your stress away.”


“Women derive a pleasure, incomprehensible to the other sex, from the delicate toil of the needle.”

Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter

Keep popping back to this post as we add more knitting and sewing quotes as and when we find them. And of course if you have any favourite sayings then please let us know in the comments below and we can add them in.

Happy needle-working!

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