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Share What You’ve Been Sewing

Jun 18, 2010
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What have you been sewing? Your creative projects are an inspiration to other members of the Threads community. Don't keep us in suspense!

We all know sewing has many personal rewards – but isn’t it nice to earn some recognition for your efforts too?

Back home in upstate New York, I was a member of two or three fiber arts groups at any given time. Though it was never a designated activity (as it was back in grade school), you’d better believe show and tell was a big part of any of these get-togethers. 

I’d admit it – I totally played the stealthy game, fussing with a hem or a cuff until somebody, anybody!, said, “Did you make that?” Then did they ever hear a long tale!

There’s no need to be covert about sharing your work here on You can post project photos  and write about the process in Reader’s Closet. I can think of at least three great benefits to doing so – in no particular order, here goes:

1. Few sewing enthusiasts have the time to keep a project journal, but reflecting on your workand being able to see your sewing improve are so important. Take a few photos during your project, some finished shots and post them to Reader’s Closet. You’ll have a record for your own encouragement every time you visit the site.

2. Your posted project is likely to be considered for the Reader’s Closet feature in the print magazine. When I look to feature a group of interesting garments in Threads, I study the Reader’s Closet online galleries.

3. Your images will be already uploaded when a contest comes along that calls for your type of project. This year we’ve already looked for red garments, had a fancy fabrics challenge, and pieces in spring colors. Just add your Reader’s Closet entry to the contest gallery.

Here’s a bonus reason, and the best one of all: Through Reader’s Closet, you’ll find encouragement from an international group of fellow sewing enthusiasts. Check it out and bask in some positive feedback, from people who really, really know what you went through!

How important is a little recognition for your sewing efforts to you? Do you look forward to sharing your projects or do you create solely for your own satisfaction?

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  1. User avater balcsgirl October 7th

    I posted one yesterday... 60's inspired suit with pillbox hat. It is the very first garment sewn in the new sewing room that my husband made for me... makes it that much more special! :)

  2. User avater cilly68 June 22nd

    I always show and tell my creations especially to the little old widow lady down my street. She loves the company and always is amazed.

  3. nottakingiteasy June 22nd

    I would love to share my projects but use the public library for Internet access. They don't allow posting pictures, using disks, flash drives, etc.

    I do rather like it when people comment on my finished projects, but I sew to meet my needs rather than to get attention, so if nobody comments then I just figure it was good enough to wear but not extraordinary.

  4. User avater smcfarland June 21st

    Hi Zeshuregi - I saw your comment and sent you an e-mail. I'm afraid the images are still small for print resolution. I sent all the details and I'll help you get something that will work - Sarah

  5. sewingforhaiti June 19th

    I just love to sew and am now in the process of sewing clothing for the children's orphanage in Haiti which is run by Love A Child. What a great privilege it is to be able to provide children with clothing that would never be able to have it if people didn't provide it. I have a picture of a little Haitian girl who had just received a skirt that I made - she was stark naked and was putting the skirt on her head like a hat. I wouldn't take a million dollars for that picture and keep it in my sewing room to encourage me to do something that is worthwhile. I love to make all the garments and then be able to show them off to my husband who totally supports my "hobby". I just wish more younger people would learn to sew - it's great therapy!!

  6. User avater SereDesigns50 June 18th

    Sarah-You have given me encouragement! I'll be sharing a project, soon. Thanks, Carole

  7. User avater zeshuregi June 18th

    Hi Sarah,I am still waiting for your e-mail reply about that embroidery didn't inform me yet about its publishing...

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