The revolution will not be televised. The #sewingrevolution will be live. (Gil Scott-Heron)
Its been a very humbling and busy one for me this week. Two full day workshops and two gig's with Snooty Bobs, catch up's with family and friends and my 'normal' job all in just four days. I've met some wonderful people at workshops and gig's and also had some very inspiring conversations with potential new venues for my #sewingrevoultion workshops.
The reason this week was so humbling for me was because I recieved two very lovely emails completely out of the blue.
These very resourceful people had tracked down my email address and wrote to me personally to either ask me questions or as you will read below, just to tell me how I had inspired them to sew and show me their projects! With their parents permission they have allowed me to share thier messages with you.
The first message was from a girl called Hannah - titled Messge from a sewing-obsessed 12 year old.
Just to say (I would say just a quick email but this probably won't be quick!) you were the person who completely and utterly inspired me on the sewing bee from the start and I really felt the need to get up (during the programme) and sew something everytime I saw one of the outfits you'd made :) this email really does sound awfully over the top but I am 12 so it's allowed!! I have always been desperate to start a sewing group/club or anything like that but... None of my friends like sewing (which is a DISASTER). i find it so disappointing that all these big brands have taken over, i find it so much more exciting wearing clothes that have a story. I have really taken to sewing in our living room though just by myself and have so far created... Numerous outfits for teddy bears that I can't face giving away, a pleated skirt, a puffy pin-striped skirt and a few dolls, oh yeah and some pj trousers :) I am now hoping to get a seamstress dummy that I can fit clothes to so I can begin to make shirts and dresses!
I will try to only ask one question because this email is already too long...
Where do you get your inspiration from?? Quite a general question and I'm sure it comes up a lot but that's what is so epic about the stuff you make- you just have endless creativity that is never repetitive!!!
I hope you like reading this email (if you do!)
From hannah wright age 12
Sent from my sewing-research station aka my ipod
My response to Hannah.
Hi there Hannah, so sorry it has taken me a while to get back to you!
Firstly, thank u so much for your wonderful email!!
You really made my day when i was reading about your passion for sewing!
Glad to hear that I have inspired you to start! I'm currently trying to start a #sewingrevolution where I'm inviting people to start sharing their makes on Facebook and twitter by posting pictutes.If u or your parents are on twitter / Facebook please feel free to follow me !! (JennibobTaylor on twitter and Tailor Taylor on Facebook) and post a picture!!
You might be glad to hear that I'm also running workshops in and around the midlands. Maybe you could come to one as I know it is difficult to find like minded people (who sew) u can find details of my workshops on FB and twitter or my website.
Finally - what inspires me? Well this is a tough one. At first I think I was inspired by retro clothing, the 70's and 60's periods. You can't get clothes like that anymore and also lots of people used to make their own anyway. But more recently I think I like sewing because its just another way of expressing yourself like painting or dance. You think about what u want to make and you create it from scratch. And each item even though it could be the same pattern will and can be different if u add different things. You get to pick the fabric you want and the style you want! What do you think? You might know that I also sing in a band from Watching the programme so I you know that I love to be creative. I also enjoy painting and cooking! So I'm very greedy as I like to do so many things! Lol
I hope this answered your question?
It would be lovely to see something You have made so please send me a pic of a finished item!!
Looking forwards to it!
Lots of love
Jenni from the sewing bee.
Here are the pictures Hannah forwarded to me! How amazing!!
The second email I recieved was from Meg, titled Hello.
I looked at your blog and I really enjoyed watching you at the Sewing Bee. You are my favourite sewer on the Sewing Bee. I enjoyed watching you make the dungarees.
Happy Easter. I love you.
Love Meg (age 6)
Thank u so much for ur lovely email!! Glad u enjoyed watching me and the sewing bee programme!!
Hope I have inspired u to maybe want to start sewing!!! That would be soo cool!
Also could I use ur message for my blog this week. U have really made my week and i'd like to share it with everyone.
From the sewing bee
Yes my mum says you can. I’m really excited about it.
I fancy sewing a dress and I’ve borrowed Nanny’s sewing machine to make it. Nanny’s sewing machine looks like the old ones that were on the Sewing Bee but it has a handle that you turn round. It doesn’t do the stitches like Mummy’s that you did on the Sewing Bee but it will be good for me to learn.
I’ll send you a picture of the dress when it’s done.
I hope the Easter Bunny comes to your house. I was crying when you went out because I wanted you to stay in.
Love Meg xxx
Jenni, thanks for replying to Meg, she LOVED the Sewing Bee, was totally inspired. All her own idea to “Google Jenni to find her number” to send you a message! Clare x
After recieving these wonderful messages of love and inspiration, I have been totally overwhelmed and rejuvenated to continue my cause in promoting the #sewingrevolution, not only to help get adults back into the swing of things but to also consider encouraging children to also start their sewing adventure too. So much so I have become involved in a project called S.T.A.R (Striving To Achieve Results). This is a youth project that hopes to deliver a range of creative workshops for a diverse range of young people to support both academic and personal development. The end result will be a competition event to showcase thier talents and work. There will be a panel of judges from the fashion, dance and music industry for the final event on the 3rd May! Guess who is running workshops and is going to be a judge? ME!!! I'm so excited and will be blogging about this soon. I've also teamed up with http://www.sewmesomething.co.uk/studio?task=view_category&category_id=11 and
http://www.thecraftpatch.co.uk/index.html to offer workshops specifically for children. Hopefully, through this project and my workshops, I will continue to inspire others to sew.
I'm sorry to say that there will be no blog next week as I'm taking a short but well deserved trip abroad for some sea, sand and sun! I've decided that I'm going to try and teach myself to crochet while on holiday,
so I'll update you on that when I get back! Wish me luck!
So for now I need you to keep the #sewingrevolution fires burning by continuing to keep me posted on your makes. Look forward to seeing them when I get back!
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