Resewlution: Connect with the Seattle Sewing Community
Last week I introduced my desire to get started on my new year’s sewing resolutions, or “resewlutions” if you will, right away before I’d lost that new year, clean slate feeling (and before the impending arrival of the little one, which I’m sure is going to slow things down around here!). I was so impressed how many of you commented on that post saying you had also already made progress on your own sewing resolutions. Bravo!
So, how am I doing one more week into the new year? Again, my resewlutions were to…
- Keep sewing once the little one arrives.
- Be more conscious of sewing with fabrics and patterns that flatter and fit my lifestyle.
Move to my own dot com.
- Get better connected with the Seattle sewing community.
My post last week crossed number 3 off the list: move to my own dot com. Thanks to those of you who commented to say everything was working just the same in your blog readers. I ended up contacting Bloglovin’ about it anyway just to be safe, and of course that’s when things got messy. Sorry if a whole slew of my old posts popped back into your reader over there!
Anyway, today I want to talk about my efforts towards number 4: get better connected with the Seattle sewing community.
I got a lot out of taking advantage of the wonderful Bay Area Sewing community (see all my Bay Area sewists meet up posts here), and I want to do the same here in Seattle. This past summer I got started on the right foot with two fitting meet ups (mentioned here and here), but then a doctor’s appointment prevented me from making it to a museum meet up, and things slowed way down from there. Honestly, my good intentions to try to keep the momentum from the summer going in somewhat monthly meet ups were over taken by my ever expanding belly. I did manage to make it out to District Fabric with Maris of Sew Maris and to meet up with the Seattle Sewing Guild Meet Up group one weekend in the fall.
To get things started on the right foot this year, I’ve now created a whole page dedicated to sewing in Seattle. I’ve included the blogs, sewing and knitting groups, sewing conferences, sewing classes, and fabric and knitting shops that I’ve heard of in the area. I’m sure it’s no where near exhaustive since I’m really only just getting to know my way around here, but I actually can’t believe how long the list is already: twenty-three blogs, five crafty meet-up groups, nine fabric stores, and more… If you’re familiar with the area and see things I’ve missed, I’d love your input as well. Send me an email or leave a comment on that page.
Or, if you’re also proud to be sewing in Seattle, what about showing it off with a button on your blog? I made one for all of us, though I’m not sure whether the slogan I’ve chosen, “Home of the world’s largest needle”, is in fact true. But, I saw something similar in an art shop near my house, and I couldn’t help but think it was pretty clever and adopt it for our little community!
<a href="http://sew-well.com/seattle/"><img alt="Sewing in Seattle" src="http://sewwell.files.wordpress.com/2013/11/seattle.jpg" width="300" height="300" /></a>
Hopefully the html text above will post as text that you can copy and use. If not, you can always right click and download the image to your own computer, and then when you upload it to your own blog, link the image to http://sew-well.com/seattle/. You can adjust the size of the button as needed by simply changing the pixel values in between the quotation marks after width and height, like I’ve done below. (UPDATE:
I’m not sure all of the quotation marks are coming through… I need to learn more WordPress.com-approved html! I finally got the html code working correctly!)
<a href="http://sew-well.com/seattle/"><img alt="Sewing in Seattle" src="http://sewwell.files.wordpress.com/2013/11/seattle.jpg" width="250" height="250" /></a>
<a href="http://sew-well.com/seattle/"><img alt="Sewing in Seattle" src="http://sewwell.files.wordpress.com/2013/11/seattle.jpg" width="200" height="200" /></a>
<a href="http://sew-well.com/seattle/"><img alt="Sewing in Seattle" src="http://sewwell.files.wordpress.com/2013/11/seattle.jpg" width="150" height="150" /></a>
I personally enjoy knowing where bloggers are from, and I also like the idea of the world knowing that the Seattle sewing blogging community is a force to be reckoned with!
Another way that I’m getting involved is by going to the Sewing and Stitchery Expo this year in Puyallup. Since the little one will be so young, I only signed up to go one day, but I’m hoping to make the most of it. I’ve registered for a full day of classes on Sunday since my husband can also join me that day if I need help with the baby. It’s the last day, so that might mean the vendors are all tired and ready to go home, but I’m still excited to see what a sewing conference is all about and to learn what I can from the classes. If you also plan to be there on Sunday, let me know!
I’d also love to head down to Puyallup Saturday night for the American Sewing Guild After-Expo Banquet, but I don’t want to over extend myself. I’ve heard from some of you that you might also be going, but I imagine I’ll have to wait a little bit to figure out whether two big events are possible that weekend. I’ll let you know if my maybe becomes a definite yes.
Now, who else has made even the tiniest bit more progress on their resewlutions?! I’m especially curious to hear more from those of you who’ve also made exploring your personal style a goal for the year (pretty much my number 2 listed above, which I’m thinking a lot about even if I’m not currently making any actual progress on it). It seems like a common theme this year, and I’ve been excited to see some of the big sewing bloggers announce things like The Wardrobe Architect and The Twelve Pattern Challenge. I think 2014 is going to be a fun year to watch the sewing blogging community grow into its own!