Back in 2013, I tweeted a lot. We all did! The world of sewing blogs was booming, and Instagram hadn’t yet made micro-blogging possible, so everyone was on Twitter. There were scheduled Friday afternoon #sewingchats, and we’d tweet our way through self-created events like the #sewcialbee, where we assigned ourselves a Great British Sewing Bee-style challenge to complete in a certain number of hours.
Twitter was exciting because it was a place of equality and ideas. You could talk to anybody, no matter how big their sewing blog following. A Twitter conversation wasn’t just one comment and one reply, like on IG or a blog – it was a back-and-forth with new friends chiming in from all over the world.
At some point, the word Sewcialist was born: a person who talked about sewing on social media! (I think it was coined by Leila of Three Dresses, but I could be wrong.)
Before long, a group of us started organising monthly challenges. We even hosted a logo competition with cash prize! Joost de Cock (of MakeMyPattern.org and Freesewing.org) won with a customizable logo generator and also built the amazing Sewcialist Firehose sewing blog aggregator. Leila looked after the @sewcialists Twitter, and I ran this blog!
From the start, the Sewcialists have been grassroots, built with the idea that anything is possible through teamwork. Grunge Month, Viking Shieldmaiden Month, or Oonapallooza – they all came out of late night chats and off-hand comments, but became a fun reality!
Who is a Sewcialist? It’s anyone who talks about sewing online, on blogs, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and so on. It’s also someone who values the social aspect of sewing, and and the community online that makes this more than just a solitary pastime!
So… Have I convinced you that YOU are a Sewcialist? I hope so, because the next post is all about our first next theme month in August!
Dear Reader: Our goal is to build community and make everyone feel welcome. We support crafting as an inclusive and welcoming space for people of all ages, abilities, ethnicities, genders, orientations and sizes. Regarding sewing challenge themes, we ask that you take each challenge as you see it fitting in your life, and express your involvement how you like, at the given time. Our challenges are for the pure enjoyment of participation and the love of community. Extended Mission Page Here.