I joined Twitter just a couple of months ago, and still up until a couple of weeks ago I was wondering If I needed yet another platform to take up more of my time. What would it bring? What was the point? Between blogging, Pinterest and Facebook… not forgetting the trawling of Ebay and Etsy … surely I should be utilising every remaining minute to actually sew and not just talk about it?!
Well, before I gave up on it, I set about tracking down some sewing bloggers. Perhaps it would be useful to have immediate interaction on occasion, to solve niggling issues. Perhaps I could keep up with meet ups and get some hot tips too!
So I hung on in there… and all my dreams were answered. In more ways than aforementioned!
One of my followers/followees is the lovely Anne from Mercury Handmade Fashion She is an incredibly talented, experienced and qualified seamstress who not only sketches out her designs with extreme fashion drawing skills, but also creates her own patterns. And if you are looking for some sewing classes she’s the lady for that too. Her Sewing Sundays sessions are seriously noted for when I learn how to ditch the kids! If you haven’t made contact then you should definitely pop over for some instant inspiration.
Any hows, before I blow her trumpet any harder… well actually, just one more toot… did I mention that she is a very kind and observant lady too. Look what was waiting on the doormat when I got home this evening.
The result of Anne having a little sort out of her patterns and Tweeting me and Rachel (from House of Pinheiro) to see if we would like to be on the receiving end. A fifties one for me and a 60s one for Rachel. Anyone would think she’s been following our blogs! She was absolutely spot on with her matchmaking! I love mine so much! Thank you Anne. Rachel will have to wait til she gets back from NY to get hers, ha ha!
The next shout out goes to Tilly from Tilly and the Buttons. I’m sure many of you will have heard of her but in case she has dodged your radar, hop over to see her for a delicious feast of polka dots and Breton stripes. And especially if you are a beginner sewist, looking for some clear, precise and very easy to understand tutorials, at zero cost (!!!) look no further!
Tilly was the hostess with the mostess at #sewingsocial on Twitter last night. The 2nd one, I believe. And what fun! I was sinking in paperwork and grumbling away at my lack of a Sunday evening when I remembered the Twitter meet up and gave myself an appropriate break at 8pm. First time I have engaged in anything like this. It took a while to get the hang of it and a lot of stamina and rapid eye movement to keep up with all the Tweets but so worth it. Getting to meet new sewists and discuss all manner of time-management methods. I still haven’t managed to magic more hours out of my day but what I did take on board was Tilly’s suggestion of snapping up tiny sections of my day/evening. Just 15 minutes even. To tap into a project. After all 15 minutes x 7 days is a full 1.75 hours in a week. 2 of those and you could easily rustle up a simple top or skirt. She is so clever that Tilly!
So for those of you still wondering about Twitter go dip your toe in! There is nothing to lose and so much to gain. I’m Tweeting @ooobop and I’d be delighted to see you over there!