We celebrated the launch of Sew It All, Volume 4 a few weeks ago at our friend Aurora’s wonderful fabric store Fabric Bliss, where I had the pleasure of meeting Jill Case, who started the Denver Sewing Collective. The Denver Sewing Collective lets local sewists know upcoming events by spreading the word via meetup.com and Facebook. I love the idea behind the group, which brings sewists together to connect and promote the love of sewing, so I invited Jill to share her experience with creating a sewing community:
I love sewing but I have always found its solitary nature a little bit too isolating. Most of us go to our sewing space alone, sit hunched over our machines and quietly produce a masterpiece (or perhaps an addition to the Pile o’ Shame). I had been kicking around the idea of starting a sewing group for a long time and in April of 2010 the Denver Sewing Collective had its first meeting.
Many people ask why I started the group. For one, I wanted to get myself out of the solitary confines of my sewing room and meet like-minded people. Sewing is a big part of my life but most of my friends and family get a glazed look when I begin a conversation with the words fabric or sewing. Second, I wanted to meet people face to face and exchange ideas and techniques instead of learning via YouTube videos. Third, I love using the group as a conduit for the local handmade and sewing related businesses in the area.
What I didn’t expect when creating the Denver Sewing Collective was the fellowship and sense of community that has grown with the group. A creative way we foster community is through our Sew it Forward Day. We pick a charity that would benefit from a sewn item and take to our machines. In June we made comfort pillows for Cuz We Care. This organization gives out small pillows to cancer patients and others who need a little comfort during difficult medical procedures. It was a record hot day but members and those in the community created 137 pillows. Events like this are not only fun but a fantastic way to use our talents for a good cause.
Since I started the Denver Sewing Collective I have become a better seamstress. But, far more wonderful are the relationships that have grown from it and the pure fun in sharing a passion with others.
Are there sewing groups in your area? What do you do when you get together? Or do you prefer to sew it alone? Share in the Comments section below!
Jill Case has been sewing for many years. She has ripped out plenty of mistakes and contributes often to her fabric “Pile o’ Shame.” However, she finds nothing is more heavenly then when a sewing project comes together perfectly. To bring other sewing fanatics together Jill has created the Denver Sewing Collective. This creative community brings all levels of seamstresses together to sew, learn and have fun. Please go to www.denversewingcollective.com for more information or to their Fan Page at www.facebook.com/denversewingcollective. Get out and Sew!