Monday, 31 May 2010

Join Me: Self-Stitched-September!!!


This is it! The last day of Me-Made-May. I know I am not alone in saying that it has been an incredibly enjoyable, interesting, inspirational and fun experience, made incalculably more so because of the (dare I use the term) community that has formed through the Flickr group and participants blogs.

So, what next? Well, there are some interesting sew-alongs springing up as a result of some participants’ desire to continue the supportive aspects of this challenge. Check out the Me-Made-May Flickr Group’s discussion threads for more details.

For my part, I am also reluctant to discontinue my involvement with the Me-Made-May support group and the direct contact with many of these awesome peops. So I’ve come up with another challenge that I hope will appeal to them and others. Those of you who may have picked up on my predisposition towards alliteration made have seen this one coming, but I would like to present....... Self-Stitched-September! The title is a bit more of a mouthful than its cousin Me-Made-May, but effective enough I believe. In case you were wondering, I did consider Self-Sewn-September but realised that moniker would prohibit the inclusion of knitted or crocheted items, which would be a tragedy.

I think it’s important to retain the open aspect of the Me-Made-May terms of use, in the sense that individuals should be free to determine what will form a challenge for themselves. But I have created a template to use which will hopefully make it easier than last time to declare your personal challenge strategy:

'I, (insert name here and blog address if you have one), sign up as a participant of Self-Stitched-September. I endeavour to wear (enter ‘only’ or a number) handmade (add ‘and refashioned’ if you wish) item(s) of clothing (add ‘or accessories/ jewellery’ if you wish) every day for the duration of September 2010'.

I really hope that those who have participated in Me-Made-May and enjoyed doing so will come on board for this next challenge, and equally I would LOVE to expand the participation to include more crafters. The last challenge had approximately 80 active participants (plus some lovely supporters and well wishers). Let’s see if this time round we can break through the big 100! I will create a new Flickr group by the end of the week so, as with Me-Made-May, we can enjoy each others’ photos and use the discussions threads any way members see fit. Watch out for an announcement on that.

In the meantime, if you would like to sign-up, please copy and paste the template into the comments section of this post and fill in/edit to suit your personal aims. Don’t worry, you won’t be held to this! If you wish to change your aims and do something different when September rocks around, it’s no problem. Then, if you so desire, paste your personalised template with any additions or qualifiers you wish to make onto your own blog if you have one: this is your statement of intent! And please include a link to this post so your lovely readers can find out more and perhaps become participants themselves if it interests them. If you do not wish to or cannot participate yourself but consider this challenge interesting, a linky-dink would also be greatly appreciated to help us get over the 100 participant target! So, who’s in?!

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misseileen said...

OK, count me in. I live in thrift shops anyway. Handmade and thrift, I think I can do it!
'I, GoofingOff (http://misseileen-aka-goofingoff.blogspot.com), sign up as a participant of Self-Stitched-September. I endeavour to wear only handmade item(s) of clothing every day for the duration of September 2010'

CreativeMama said...

'I, Lakshmi Rajesh, would like to be called as Adithi's Mom (www.adithisammasews.blogspot.com), sign up as a participant of Self-Stitched-September. I endeavour to wear only handmade and/or refashioned item(s) (read legging! pls excuse just the leggings, i pair them up with kurtas and dress i stitch for self) of clothing every day for the duration of September 2010'.

Stitchingmum said...

Awesome, awesome, awesome concept, I'm in, even if I am late to the party!! But I will list my Sept days that count on my blog :-) 'I, stitchingmum of http://livelovecreate-stitchingmum.blogspot.com/, sign up as a participant of Self-Stitched-September. I endeavour to wear at least one handmade and/or refashioned’ item(s) of clothing and/or accessories/ jewellery every day for the duration of September 2010'.

Sewtropolis said...

'I, Nikol Gianopoulos, Sewtropolis.blogspot.com, sign up as a participant of Self-Stitched-September. I endeavour to wear at least one handmade or refashioned item of clothing every day for the duration of September 2010'.

This will be fun!

Evis said...

I, Eva (swedish blog: http://omstil.blogg.se, english blogg: http://frualeydis.livejournal.com) , sign up as a participant of Self-Stitched-September. I endeavour to wear at least one handmade item of clothing) every day for the duration of September 2010.

I'm trying to remember what I have been wearing this far and not documented, but since all my skirts are made by me I think I have been wearing womethign I made myself everyday.
I will get better, promise.

wholesale dress said...

The picture let me think of my grandmother, she is very like self-stitch, and one of my sweater is made by her.

Anonymous said...

I don't have enough items to wear an item everyday. Can I just say once a week? I sewed all my clothes in junior high(middle school, nowadays)and made the outfit I wore for my senior class picture. I'm getting back into it slowly.....more slowly than I wanted to.

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