Sunday, May 8, 2011

On Line Sewing Communities

Are sewing bloggers cultural leaders? 

Tilly of Tilly and the Buttons blog, posed some interesting questions. I thought I'd take the time to answer them as being fairly new to the on-line sewing community I could give some insight into why I read sewing blogs.

I read somewhere that a blog entry always needs a photo. So here are my daffodils.

What does the online sewing community mean to you? Why do you participate? 

None of my friends sew. So sewing has always been a lonesome hobby. No one to discuss failures and successes with who would really understand! I could join sewing classes and get to meet people that way, however I have a very busy life. Day job, husband, children, other activities (running, yoga and golf!!), so sewing is sometimes done late at night or for 15 minutes while something is on the stove. The on-line sewing community is ideal for me, I can access it when I want, on my own time. I have to admit that I am very new to the on-line sewing world. I only discovered sewing blogs late last year and started my own in January this year. I have no idea if people read it, but it is helping to keep me on track and get projects finished

What are your favourite examples of projects initiated by sewing bloggers that capture this spirit of collaboration, creativity and innovation? 

My favourite exmple has to be Me Made March. Tons of people, most who have never met before, all completing the same challenge for a month. I found it very inspiring, seeing all the photos posted and the comments people made. It also served as a learning exercise for me, seeing where I had gaps in my wardrobe. I now have a more comprehensive list of future sewing projects.

I also have done several Sew Alongs and although I am not a total novice sewer, I have certainly learnt a lot, and picked up so many useful tips and hints.

Who are the “leaders” in the sewing blogosphere? Is everyone / can anyone be a leader? 

I don’t think there is one leader. I think it depends on what you are looking for or are busy with at the time. For instance the sew alongs have a leader for that period of the sew along.

Anyone can be a leader if you are writing/ doing things that interest other people. It is very fluid and constantly changing.

Are you involved in any other network of makers, whether online or offline? What makes sewing blogs unique?

I have friends who do a lot of beading and I sometimes join them and complete a bead project or two. I also have another friend who does a lot of crafting and we are getting together to make hypertufa projects for the garden as soon as the weather warms up!

I have not done much research to see if the blogs out there for other crafts are as good as the sewing crafts.

I like the way that we can watch Tasia of Sewaholic or the Cupcake Goddess make a career change using the sewing blogs. The blogs have probably helped them see a niche in the market which they have filled. (I mention these two only as they have made their changes while I have been reading their blogs!!)

I think the sewing blogs, teach, inspire and amuse me!

What do you think?


  1. Hi Debbie,

    Just a note to let you know that I read your blog!

    I found you through the picture of your Crepe dress posted on Gertie's blog. When I read your profile and posts I felt that your situation is similar to mine: I love sewing and knitting but have only one friend in the "real" world who is interested in these activities. My day job is very corporate and not creative at all. I've also been following blogs since sometime last year and just started my own this past weekend ( I must confess that it's a challenge as I'm not techie at all ... I've been driving myself crazy all weekend trying to figure out how to add the button for the Cupcake Goddess' Ginger sewalog to the sidebar!.

    All that to say that I'm glad you're keeping this blog. I find your posts and the posts in all other blogs I read relevant and great sources of inspiration for my own sewing adventures. The bottom line is that without the blogs my sewing would be very lonely!

    I'll be sure to come back and visit often.


  2. Thanks so much Andrea. I'll be sure to start reading your blog too!

  3. Debbie, thanks so much for your response! I found myself nodding along to what you said. I find the network so supportive as I don't have anyone in real life to talk to about sewing. And seeing people like Tasia grow a business out of it is so inspiring!