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New e-mail group to support and inspire

LN | Posted in General Discussion on

This is a new support group for those of us who are skilled in the textile/fiber arts who want to advance beyond home hobbyist.

If it has become your goal to teach, to have your work on display or published in a magazine but you find yourself caught up in work, raising a family and you always have an excuse as to why you can’t pursue your dreams, this is the group for you!


[email protected]






  1. SEWSERIOU1 | | #1

    Is there a yahoo groups homepage for this group?  I could not find it in the groups listing.  I would like to find out more information before subscribing, espeically since you are a new member who just registered today.  I don't subscribe by email but prefer to sign up on the group website. 

    Edited 4/13/2004 12:20 pm ET by SEWSERIOU1

    1. sueb | | #2

      I'd like more info on this new group as well.  I did a search on the yahoo groups but couldn't find anything either.  Is this a real group that you are starting?  I'm hesitant to sign up for it or anything via email if I can't find it under the groups listings.



    2. LN | | #3


      I just started this group. I should have started it many years ago but , of course, I never got around to it. Which, of course, is the reason for this group in the first place!

      I am a 43 yo working mom with a ton of excuses for never getting my art past the hobbyist level. Just a week ago I was in an upscale Washington DC art gallery and my husband pointed out an expensive piece of fiber art and said "Wow! You're stuff is better than that!" Well, it isn't so much that I think my stuff is better, the fact of the matter is that it was someone else's piece that was in the gallery, while my "art" is in the garage.

      I take classes and when I get there I am disappointed because I already know what is being taught or worse, the teacher asks me to help. So then I am helping students but I am not the teacher. I would love to teach but I don't have the proper credentials for the "big time". I tried to teach a class in town but I don't live in an area that has much of a textile art/fiber art/quilt art interest and the class I wanted to teach, no one signed up for!

      I have been sewing since I was 13. I have taken classes in sewing, pattern making, knitting, crochet, ceramics, drawing, watercolors, mixed media, computer graphics, mosaics, quilting, silk ribbon embroidery, rubber stamping, fabric dyeing, batik, fabric painting, ribbon flowers, applique. I have been to conventions, I have taken classes with well-known quilters, artists, etc... and I am finally at the point that I am tired of learning and I want to start doing.

      I see photos in magazines and I think "my work should be in there". But, I've spent so much time learning how to do things and to do them right, that I have no idea how to do anything else!

      I assume this e-mail group will stay small since it seems to me everyone else is successful and I am wandering all by myself!  However, I would think that this group could have a few members who are going through the same thing and are willing not just to chat, but to make a sincere effort to help themselves and the others in the group.

      Please do not hesitate to contact me if you need further information.

      Kindest regards,


      1. SewingWriter | | #4

        Ellen, if you live in the Wash DC area, you should know that there is a Wearable Arts Club that meets at Seminole Sampler in Catonsville, MD.  http://www.seminolesampler.com has info if you (or anyone else!) is interested.

        1. LN | | #6

          Thank you so much for the info.  I live in Florida, near the beach. Here, art is what you paint on a surfboard with your airbrush, a sexy bathing suit is considered "textile art" and "fiber art" is making a sand castle out of Metamucil.

          Thanks again,


          PS- is DC as great a place to live as it is to visit?

          1. SewingWriter | | #7

            LOL!!!  I spent 11 very unhappy years in Miami (late 70's thru 80's).  Actually, I'm a good 1-1/2 to 2 hours from most "happening" things in the Baltimore-Wash DC corridor.  It's worth the drive as there is very little inspiration for me locally.

            In your initial posting, you mention publishing as one of the things your email group plans to address.  Can you elaborate?

          2. sueb | | #8

            I still don't see a yahoo group name to find and sign up for - have you actually created the group through the yahoo group process?

          3. SEWSERIOU1 | | #10

            There is now a page for the email group through Yahoo.  I have been there.  It is now listed under the sewing groups category.

          4. Iris_Colo | | #12

            SewSeriou1 and LN -

            I'm looking in Yahoo Groups right now and not finding the group.  If you wouldn't mind.... please post a link to the correct location of said group.

            Thanks, Iris

          5. LN | | #16

            Here's the link:

            [email protected]


          6. Iris_Colo | | #17

            This is an e-mail address... I'm looking for the link inside Yahoo Groups to the new group.  Thanks.

          7. Iris_Colo | | #18

            This is what I was after:


            and for those others of you reluctant to use the e-mail address.

          8. SewingWriter | | #11

            Sue, you need to address your question to "LN".  She's the one starting the group.

          9. LN | | #14

            How embarrassing. I started the group and I don't know where you can find it. I will print the link again, if that helps. I even looked in Yahoo groups and I couldn't find it at all.

            There are already 6 members though! So that is very good.

            [email protected]


          10. LN | | #13


            No, I can't elaborate on publishing. I may have mentioned that without thinking it through entirely. My apologies. I was so anxious to get this group started (before I came up with a dozen reasons not to even bother) that I didn't plan it too well!

            But I sure would love to have a book with my name right smack on the front cover!


      2. SEWSERIOU1 | | #5

        If you will send me the homepage address for the group, I will sign up for it.  I am just beginning to teach sewing and would be interested.  I will not sign up by email though. 

        BTW, your post almost sounds like it could have been written by me.  We have much in common.  Again, if you will give a link to the homepage, I am interested in signing up.

        Edited 4/13/2004 8:50 pm ET by SEWSERIOU1

      3. suesew | | #9

        I also could have written your letter. I have tried to do a few things an d have not gotten too far. But I'd be willing o share what I have tried. Is there a separate group to go to or do we chat right here ?

        1. LN | | #15

          Here's the link if you would like to join.

          [email protected]




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