I just finished ready Tilly's (of Tilly and the Buttons) blog post about her experience on The Great British Sewing Bee (which, if you're not watching already, you should totally check out), and I felt inspired to write a little post about two sewing blogs I love.
The first (big shock here) is Tilly and the Buttons. She writes with such a lovely warm tone, with lots of tutorials and encouragement. And when I say tutorials, I mean detailed and step-by-step sew-alongs with enough instruction to help the most bewildered beginner.
The other one is my sewing teacher Karen's blog, Did You Make That?. She happily shares her muddles and triumphs, in such a lovely way that you are pretty sure you could follow suit. With the triumphs, I mean. She's also meticulous and so clear in her directions, and so determined that anyone can and should sew to a high standard, however simple the project. I feel really lucky to be taught by her.
The thing these two have in common (aside from, um, sewing) is the atmosphere of warm helpfulness and support. Their blogs are not just a litany of the cool things they created, and the gorgeous fabrics they've found, and ooh look at this amazing expensive thing I just got, or anything like that. And that is actually really hard to accomplish.
Here's the thing... that kind of knowledgeable warmth, which has nothing to do with showing off or know-it-allness, and which I very much aspire to, requires a lot of self-confidence. You both have to believe you have knowledge to share, and be completely comfortable with yourself, to the point where you are quite happy to share your blunders.
And if you're not that way, if, like me, you're fumbling through feeling a bit inadequate but trying to learn and share, then your sharing just ends up being (or seeming like) a lot of showing off in the hopes of getting some approval and comments.
I've been kind of contemplating writing a little knitting tutorial, but I've been a bit scared, in case I did it wrong, or my technique wasn't good enough, or I just ended up rehashing what's already out there a million times. But I think I will, after all. Maybe it will help someone, and maybe it'll be a bit more interesting than another braggarty photo. (Although, I am close to finishing a project I'm pretty psyched about, and I think I just made up a new word. So my braggarty days aren't over just quite yet. Just tempered a bit, perhaps.)
So, anyway, check out Karen's and Tilly's blogs if you are at all interested in sewing. And even if you're not, do read Tilly's post about putting something positive out there in the world. It's lovely, and will brighten your day should you need a day-brightener.
And if that doesn't work, Karen's giving away some fabric and/or a copy of The Great British Sewing Bee on her blog! Check it out!