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Thursday, March 10, 2011
The Blog World: Sewing et al
I intended today to post about my progress on my Swing dress, which is coming along nicely, but instead I find myself slightly teary eyed at the situation of a woman I have never met. If you have never been to the site Bakerella, and you like anything cute, sweet or cake-like in any way, you should head over there. Unfortunately the Queen of Cake pops has been very sick with a failing donated kidney. For some reason, this brought me to tears this morning. Again, I don't know this woman nor will I ever get to meet her. But I feel like I know her, which is a strange and unusual; this woman has let me (and thousands others) into her life through lollipops made from cake. This is the way we live our lives now. A family of strangers.
As I write this, I think that this is ultimately a good thing. This blog-sphere brings people together that may never have the chance of meeting in real life. Our online sewing community, in particular, reaches all over the world. I imagine most of these people are online commenting and writing blogs because they have no one near them that enjoys the pleasure (and pain) of creating something from a piece of fabric. Most of my day (more than I would like to admit) is reading about sewing. And it isn't just reading about sewing, it is reading about someone else's life as they sew. I love looking at the creations that Tasia makes, but I was even more excited when she recently got into a business program to help build her pattern line. I eagerly await Peter's hilarious posts because I love reading about his crazy adventures, whether they be in sewing or some slightly obsessive doll collecting. We notice when people are gone. Selfish Seamstress? She hasn't posted in months, yet people still talk about her. I guess Bakerella's post made me realize how influential a short paragraph or two can have on someone else's life.
But, one has to wonder, if we should be building our community and friendships closer to home, right around the corner as opposed to across continents? I would love to see a combination of both. Sewing, home sewing, is not nearly as popular in the area I live as quilting. Not that there is anything wrong with quilting, but that is not what interests me. So most of my help, encouragement and ideas (besides from Laurel, Anne and mother/sister) comes from this online sewing community. What would I do without Evelyn constantly cheering me on?! But I would also love to have a in-person sewing group that met once a month or....at all! I am hoping that with the spread of the online sewing community that more concrete evidence of the home-sewing movement will eventually come to light.
Okay. Enough from my waxing non-peotically about this. I guess also I want to say thank you. Thanks to everyone who makes me write about my sewing (or lack of) and thanks to those who make me want to sew more. Before I get teary eyed again, I am going back to my swing dress. :)