When we finally settled on "Sew Together" we thought that despite its simplicity, it really captures so much about where we want this adventure to take us.
Most simply, it gives us a great opportunity to craft together. It has given us the perfect excuse to hand over our children to our ever supportive husbands and disappear for an afternoon or evening to chat about the things we love most - fabric, new patterns, new techniques and sewing in general.
Through our classes we hope to bring the joy of sewing together to a wider community. There is such pleasure in sewing with friends, sharing the excitement and joy of each new project and supporting each other in our creative endeavours. With a craft project in one hand and a cup of coffee (or glass of wine!) in the other, the door is open to develop long lasting friendships. We would love to see this as a result of our classes.
With time, as we find our blogging feet, we also hope to sew together in the crafting blogosphere. I have been so inspired and learnt so much from those who craft and blog. This is a community of generosity - so many people willing to share their skills and knowledge with others. I hope we can contribute to this in some way.
Finally, we would love to develop the idea of sewing together for others in need. Many crafters have developed fabulous projects to support equally fabulous organisations.
Here's just a taste:
- Currently Pip, from Meet Me at Mikes is asking for Softies for Mirabel. Check out her website for further information and how to participate. Watch out for our next Wordless Wednesday Post to see some of our own contributions to this project.
- Craft Hope was founded by Jade Sims and is an ongoing project designed to share handmade crafts with those who need them. It started with a project to make clothes for children in a Mexican orphanage. It has since supported many other charities and organised a Craft Hope for Haiti Etsy shop with donations benefiting Doctors Without Borders in Haiti.
- Wrap with love, well known as the organisation behind the ABCs annual knit-in, have sent more than 221,700 handmade Wraps to people in over 75 countries,including Australia to protect them from hypothermia.
- Knit One Give One provides beanies and scarves to those in need during Melbourne's cold winters and beautiful hand knitted baby items to disadvantaged mums through family outreach programs.