Oh my goodness, where do I start? The Sewcialists team were beyond flattered when WordPress reached out to us early this fall to ask if they could feature the Sewcialists in a series of ads about people who use their blogs to make the world a better place. I know that blogging and being part of the online sewing community has made a huge difference in many of our lives — and certainly in mine!
WordPress is featuring 10 people/projects/businesses this winter as part of their Do Anything With WordPress campaign (#anythingispossible), and you just might see the ads on TV, on YouTube, and around the internet! Please click through to check out the other groups featured — we are in amazing company, including the It Gets Better Project, Ideas Beyond Borders, and more! Everyone featured is using their blog/website to make the world more welcoming and inclusive.
I think it’s so exciting that the DIY community is being recognised this way, and that WordPress is recognising the power of grassroots organisations. You can read a full interview with me here, including how we started and where we are going next. Never doubt that your contributions to the sewing community matter!
So sit back, relax, and watch my cats HATE being on camera — there were 15 crew members in my house that day, and the cats were not happy about it! I’ll be back with a chatty post soon about the whole process behind the scenes, so let us know below if you have questions! We would be thrilled to have you share this far and wide — we aren’t making any money off the project, but we’d love to show the world what sewists can do!
Gillian cofounded the Sewcialists in 2013. She lives in Canada and loves cats, bright colours and sewing! She blogs at www.craftingarainbow.wordpress.com .
congratulations Gillian! You do so much to make the sewing world a better place and I’m glad you are recognized as a leader in our world. Well done!
Thank you so much, Yvette! And thanks for being an active commenter on the site – it really does make a difference! 🙂
I liked this ad, actually! I love that sewing and making clothes for diverse body types made it out there and I hope that the ad brings more people to sewing because…I want to see more blogs! Go Gillian & the Sewcialists Team!
Thank you! Wouldn’t it be cool to help people find the online sewing community, if they’ve just been sewing alone at home? I hope we can! 🙂
Gillian thats so awesome, what a great ad, and I love that you have some family in the group shot!!!! Such a good message you are sending out in the world 🤗
Yes! Basically everyone at that meet-up is a friend of Anne or I – it was so fun to have friends and family support us!
So wonderful! Who knew that when you rebooted the Sewcialists that it would not only take off the way it did but that it would be noticed by the non-sewing world as well. Well done, Gillian. Don’t throw all the credit on the members / contributors. You are the one who got it going and deserve the recognition. What amazing things lie ahead!
Aw, thank you so much! You are right, I had NO idea where all of this would go… I really thought it was entirely possible it would go no where! I’m honoured to be a part of it!
That is so wonderful Gillian!!! Yay!!!
THANK YOU! I hope I did the curvy sewing community proud!
So excited to see this! Yay for you!
Thank you so much for making the drive on a snowy night to be there!!!!!!
CONGRATULATIONS! What a totally lovely thing to happen and that was such an approachable, welcoming intro to diversity in sewing! You’re a wonderful rep for the community. 🙂
Thank you! We filmed the interview segment for about an hour, and I wondered after how they would narrow it down to 60 seconds! I’m so glad that they made it into a logical narrative!
Thank you! It was a once in a lifetime opportunity, and so much fun!
This is so exciting! I looked at all the other stories as well. This is a great group to be a part of. Very proud of you and all of us!
I loved watching the other videos too! So neat to see what passion projects people work on, and all the many ways that people are trying to be inclusive!
This is SO (SEW) FANTASTIC!!!
Thank you! We’ve been so excited to share!!!
congrats! You rock. Cute cat btw!
Hehehe – I like that the crew noticed us checking out cat fabric, too! They were great people!
Wow, this is so cool. Great video.
I would’ve never expected that WordPress would recognise the power behind a sewing blog.
You are doing such an amazing job for our community. Thank you.
Greetings from Germany,
Thank you, Muriel! Honestly, I was amazed that we were picked too – but it turns out that sewists are everywhere, including on the WordPress team!!!!!
I’m sorry, I can’t stop commenting, I just get so excited every time I see it. 😀😀😀
Aww the ad is lovely! I think it would’ve inspired me to start sewing if I didn’t already, lol. And it’s so funny to see you move instead of seeing you on pics, haha!
Sooo pleased your extraordinary efforts have been recognised Gillian, congratulations. It’s a privilege to ‘know’ someone that genuinely makes the world a better place . Mwah xx
This is so cool, YAYAYAYAY!!!
This is amazing! Such a cool video & well deserved recognition x
How exciting! This is a credit to the amazing work the editing team does, especially when it comes to inclusivity. Well done on this achievement. 🙂
Wow! So great to see you and others from the Ontario area.
OMG! This is so amazing! Life changing! We really do sew everyday! I love this video!!!! Great job, Gillian! Beautiful cats and trees for them; I have a huge one in my house too!!!! This makes me feel so good! Yay!!!! <3 <3 <3
Wow, congratulations! That’s amazing and totally deserved! 👍🙏👏
Great job, Gillian and Sewcialists! I love being a sewcialist and love that all your (hard and fun) work cultivating this community is being featured!
Congratulations <3 Keep #BeYOUtiful <3
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