2018 has been an exciting year here at the Sewcialists, so let’s dig into some highlights!
Our first full year since the reboot!
Sewcialists was first founded in 2013, but I rebooted it in June 2017 with a fresh vision to be a sewing blog for everyone — somewhere that many voices are represented, where we talk about identity and inclusion as well as doing fun sewing challenges together! 2018 has been our first full year, and I’m proud that we’ve posted 3 posts every single week, and hosted Sew Stripes, Sewcialists Love MMMay, Sew Style Hero, and Sustainable Sewing theme months!
Our Editorial Team
This June, 5 fantastic people stepped up to become Sewcialists Editors! It takes a lot of work behind the scenes to keep everything rolling, and I literally could not do it without the support of permanent editors Chloe, Becky, and Anya, and temporary editors Martha and Kate! Without them, Sewcialists quite literally would have ground to a halt while I dealt with a concussion this fall!
This August we moved from Sewcialists.wordpress.com to TheSewcialists.com! We updated our structure and organisation so that it’s easier for you to find the kind of content you enjoy, whether it is Who We Are, interviews or theme months.
A Growing Community
We are nothing without our readers and contributors! When I relaunched back in 2017, it was literally just me… so I could not be more thrilled that so many people support this project! We have an active groups of volunteers in our Facebook group, over 100 guest authors per year, 15 000 followers on IG, and an active discussion section here on the blog. THANK YOU for being Sewcialists!
(A special shoutout to everyone who comments on both Instagram and the blog with such love, empathy and positivity! We’ve talked about some big topics this year like age, size, ethnicity, ability, mental health, and much more… and while comments sections elsewhere may turn nasty, you never do!)
A Super-Secret Project coming in 2019!
I can’t talk about this one yet… but by January we’ll be able to share a very special project that we were invited to participate in! We are so proud of what we’ve built here, and are honoured that our community is being recognised! That’s all I can say for now!
What were your Sewcialists highlights in 2018? Is there a post or Instagram discussion you remember most, or did you contribute something yourself? As part of the Sewcialists community yourself, what are you most proud of here?
Gillian cofounded the Sewcialists in 2013. She lives in Canada and loves cats, bright colours and sewing! She blogs at www.craftingarainbow.wordpress.com .
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.