Whenever I talk to new people about sewing, I am more often than not asked the same question.
“Do you make things to sell? You should do.”
The answer is always no. I don’t make things to sell. I have done this in the past with an Etsy shop but I have no intention of doing it again. I found making things to order really quite stressful and it took the enjoyment out of sewing for me.
I have a full time job as a school textiles teacher. I work hard at it and I enjoy it. I also really love clothes – both making and wearing them. I’ll make the occasional thing for someone else as a gift but mostly I am just getting on with my hobby. And I would not have it any other way!
I also get asked why I blog and what I am hoping to get from it. This one is harder to answer because I am not really sure myself. Starting a sewing blog was something that I had wanted to do for a long time and there were a few failed attempts at blogs that existed prior to this one. I guess I just really love writing. In my early twenties I studied journalism and then worked as a newspaper journalist. While I am happy to have left that career behind, I have always loved writing and in some ways I have missed it.
Sewing – and knitting – are my favourite things to do but they are very solitary hobbies for me. I love that there is now a thriving online sewing community – particularly on Instagram – but I don’t really feel that I am a part of it. I feel a bit too old for it to be honest! I don’t mean that in a negative way at all, it just is what it is.
Although I don’t feel a need to belong to any sort of sewing community, I do feel a need to document the things I make. That is why I blog. To document the things I have made and because I really love writing. Especially writing about sewing!
It’s lovely to have readers and comments, of course, but my blog is not a business tool or a stepping stone to something else and nor will it ever be. Teaching sewing is my job, not blogging about it.
I do have one more aim for Wendy Stitch though and that is that I hope to eventually start adding more content that my students can access, to inspire them beyond the classroom. I’ve never been particularly impressed with textiles text books and it may be that part of my blog becomes an online textbook of sorts. We’ll see. For now I’m just happy doing this.
It comes down to one simple fact really. I just like doing it. That’s why I blog.