Crafters' Ceilidh Meet Up in Edinburgh, 2012
There's no doubt that the online sewing community is a generous and supportive place about which many of us feel passionate - your many eloquent comments are testament to this. It seems that this has made it difficult for any constructive criticism about products and activities (if that's the right phrase) to be voiced. Is there a way that this can change without the nature of the community being altered negatively? Many of us seem to go by the rule "If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all" - is that the best way?
Caroline's comment that the sewing community is a uniquely positive and non-judgemental place created by and for women, really resonated with me. There seem to be few 'safe' online places for women and we are very lucky to have the online sewing community. Yes it does have its flaws - sometimes it can be/appear cliquey, but part of this reason is that real life friendships have formed from a common passion and these are played out semi-publically. There are many ways in which participating in the community has enriched the lives of participants; learning and improving skills, increasing confidence, making friends.
From a purely selfish point of view it was lovely to receive comments about my own blog and I feel really encouraged about posting more charity shop finds and some outfit posts too. The Pattern Monday posts were also mentioned so I promise fans of this series that I will revisit my pattern collection to dig out a few gems as I know I have a few I never got around to blogging. The problem with this series is that I now have a large collection of seriously ugly knitting patterns. When I die, if someone I don't know looks through my collection they will just think I had terrible, terrible taste.
I've chosen 10 shops and considered various ways to space the posts - 2 blocks of 5 days? A couple per week? In the end I decided to go with one post weekly for 10 weeks, so as not to overwhelm or bore those who will never visit Glasgow - though maybe you will after you read about where to buy fabric?
The posts will appear weekly on a Sunday from the 28th September. I was going to give you a list of the shops in advance but instead I'm going to surprise you each week with the shop I've chosen. They range in location from the city centre to the west end and southside.
I should add that all opinions are my own and I have not been paid to write any posts. Depending on the shop I have sometimes spoken with the owner or shop staff and sometimes not. Some shops are small so it's impossible (not to mention rude) to take photos without doing so!
I hope you enjoy the posts, and I will be still posting the usual work in progress/finished items/deeply philosophical musings alongside this series.