A love letter to my sewing community
― L.M. Montgomery,
I recently went to go see the latest in the Star Wars series with one of my co-bloggers, Jen. I never considered myself a true Star Wars fan, not knowing anything beyond what happens in the original trilogy -- and only having a hazy memory of those events, beyond the famous ones that stick in your mind thanks to popular culture. But this latest one was so much fun that I wondered why I enjoyed it as much as I had loathed the prequels.
|Poor R2-D2 hasn't fared too well. Leia has lost her cape, and Han has had his weapons taken away ha ha.|
What does this long-winded beginning have to do with sewing? Everything and nothing. (Sorry, I didn't end up sewing a Darth Vader costume or an R2-D2 backpack, though that might have been pretty cool.) But you can get this super cool Darth Vader stencil from Ines of La Folie Sewing Booth here.
She has some other great tutorials, as well, so go check them out!
Anyway, the movie made me think about why I joined sewing groups and starting blogging and Instagramming in the first place. Of course there was the kind encouragement of my newfound sewing buddies (Sara, Andreia - thank you for getting me started; I love you guys!), whom I got to know mainly through IG. My husband is still puzzled by it all. ("Why do you have to show your work to people you don't even know? Why do you care what they think? Why do you care what they make? Why do you need MORE FABRIC??")
But I do care. I love seeing everyone's makes. I love hearing the stories behind it all. I love seeing all the beautiful, amazing, inspiring things that people are creating. To me, it is just as wonderful as going to a museum and visiting my favorite paintings, or listening to my favorite music, or watching a cricket match (not that I've been able to do that since I left England).
Here are just a few of the bloggers on IG who inspire me daily. I made the hard decision not to list any designers (anyone who has a pattern for sale) because then my list would just get way too long and I had to narrow it down somehow. Believe me, I want to mention everyone I follow, but that would be like 600 people -- and much too long for a blog post, ha ha ha. Also, I tried using collages wherever I could, so these are all screen shots taken from IG. Clearly I need more practice doing screen shots, but I'm hoping you'll get distracted by all the beautiful creations and not notice.
|Mie - Sewing Like Mad|
|Andreia - In a manner of sewing|
|Toya - Made by Toya|
|Ines - La folie sewing booth|
|Sara - Made by Sara|
|Rita - Conversas de Hermanas|
|Rachel - Stitched Together|
|Shelley - Lightning McStitch|
|Jenya - While She Was Sleeping|
|Sophie - C'est la vie|
|Diana - Miss Castelinhos|
|Maria - Fairies, Bubbles and Co|
|Pat - Pequeno Mundo a 3+1|
|Melissa - Rebel and Malice|
|Tami and Taryn - Sew Sophie Lynn|
|Carolyn - Handmade by Carolyn|
|Trine - Groovy Baby and Mama|
|Sara - The Sara Project|
|Maria - Creative Needle and Threads|
I am so happy to know these wonderful people. People who continue to inspire me on a daily basis. People whose talent is just as amazing as their brilliant and generous personalities. People whom I am privileged to call friends. Sewing people are the best people. Thank you for letting me into your lives.