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Sewing Community Article in Sewing World


Sewing World Magazine

I have an article in the current issue of Sewing World Magazine, exploring the sewing community and how to get involved.

The full article includes practical tips for participating in the sewing community, but I thought I would share the introductory paragraphs here, which explore my own feelings about being part of this community:

I can honestly say that being part of the sewing community has changed my life. Growing up I always had good friends, but they were a select group – now I have friendships and connections with a huge, worldwide, community. The current age has been called the age of loneliness, due to our increased social isolation, but online communities – like the sewing community – create a connectness, which crosses boundaries of geography, age, and – to a lesser extent – language, gender and socioeconomics.

Sewing World Magazine

The opportunity to communicate with a diverse community of (mainly) women, in an atmosphere that is supportive and inspiring, has made me more confident. Like many bloggers, I began reluctant to take or post photos of myself online. Now I’m posting photos and videos regularly, because I’m inspired by others who are doing that and enjoy joining in. Plus, company is important to creativity. Without the opportunity to share what I make with others, and be inspired by them in return, I would have less motivation to create, and to try new things and keep challenging myself. I’d definitely still be sewing, but I doubt I’d be pushing myself to sew jeans, or lingerie. Seeing the beautiful projects fellow bloggers are making motivates me to have a go too.

Sewing World Magazine

Of course sewing is just the start – it’s the something in common to bring together a diverse community. It’s the thing we can draw around, which is representative of much more we have in common – creativity, a love of textiles, a desire to make things with our hands, and to understand how they are made.


Author: Charlotte

Sewist, crafter & blogger, based in Birmingham, England. I'm spending the year growing and gathering to create natural dyes and enhance my sewing projects. Find me at www.englishgirlathome.com

4 thoughts on “Sewing Community Article in Sewing World

  1. Sounds good! I’ll keep an eye out for this magazine.

  2. Congratulations! Very exciting to see one’s work published!

  3. I’d love to read more of this! Congrats! I agree that the online sewing community is a wonderful thing. The encouragement I’ve found in the (virtual) company of other women who sew is priceless. Like you say, I don’t think I would be as brave otherwise to try sewing most of the exciting projects I now make, without this community by my side.

  4. I have really enjoyed you post. Until recently I have been a “closet dressmaker”, making my own clothes at home on my own and being a bit shy about it. In January I started to blog and it has opened up a whole new aspect of sewing. I am learning so much from everyone else’s projects and am really looking forward to making new friends and hopefully meeting people who are as enthusiastic about sewing as I am.
    I am trying to track down a copy of the magazine so that I can read your whole article.

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