Your E-Reading List!

Posted in: Reading List — By on April 19, 2011 7:44 AM

Even though it’s brought us phenomena such as this, this and this, the interweb is also chock full of know-how and good ideas.  We Sewing School gals have acquired a lot of sewing knowledge online, and constantly find new techniques, projects and inspiration from other crafters on the web.  We’ve put together a round-up of some of our favourite blogs and websites dedicated to sewing, crafting and design for you to add to your reading list…

uHandblog is one of our absolute favourite sewing sites, especially since Jordynn and I are both avid bag-makers.  Based in England, this is one of the oldest and most popular sewing blogs online.  Lisa Lam shares her passion for sewing bags and accessories, as well as tips and inspiration, and she also has an online shop selling her patterns and bag-making supplies.

Feeling Stitchy is your online stop for cool cross stitch.  A really neat feature of this blog is that it is produced by a collective of several cross stitchers (each with their own respective blogs), keeping the content interesting and fresh.  Feeling Stitchy features stitch-alongs (month long projects where everyone uses the same cross stitch pattern for their own project and shares their progress), as well as lots of gorgeous images, great links, free patterns, a discussion board and interviews with cross stitchers.  Their Twitter feed is also really good!

Make Something is a blog where the owner of Toronto’s coolest fabric shop, the Workroom, shares her latest sewing projects, writes about new techniques and sewing classes she’s taking, and posts tons of beautiful photos of fabric — in general, the photography on this blog is spectacular. This blogger has also been on a quilting kick lately, and after perusing this site you’ll probably be inspired to start quilting yourself. Make Something a great source of inspiration if you are a fabric stasher or a quilter.

Spoonflower is an online shop for custom-printed fabric designed by you or other indie fabric designers.  The Spoonflower blog is for anyone who can spend hours ogling cool fabrics.  There are posts focusing on fabric design and interviews with designers, but the funnest feature of this blog are the weekly contests.  Each week there is a different theme that designers submit fabrics for, and readers get to vote for their favourites — it’s amazing how talented and creative some of these designers are!

In a nut shell, Toronto Craft Alert is the online hub for the Toronto craft community. It is an amazing resource for finding out crafty happenings in Toronto, as well as craft classes, interviews with crafters, inspiration posts… anything and everything craft. There is always fresh content, lots of great links, and a big discussion board.

Print & Pattern is total eye candy for fabric fiends.  It features all sorts of neat patterned fabric, as well as paper goods and housewares. It’s a great source of inspiration for colour and design, and you’ll probably find a few new favourite designers.  It’s incredible how much time I can spend scrolling through the archives of this site! It’s eye candy I tell ya!

Sew, Mama, Sew is an online fabric and pattern shop, and the Sew, Mama, Sew blog is a great resource for tips and techniques, as well as inspiration, giveaways, reviews, tutorials and a very active forum.  Sew, Mama, Sew is a very mom-friendly blog, with lots of patterns and tutorials to stitch up stuff for little ones.  This three-part series on designing your own e-patterns is pretty incredible. A great resource for sewers of all levels!

If I was stuck on a desert island and could only access one craft website, Craftster would be that website.  No other site can compare with the sheer amount of tutorials and inspiration that you find on Craftster. The super positive feedback from other Craftster users when you post a finished a project is one of the fuzziest feelings a crafter can get! I know that I learned so much about sewing techniques from Craftster tutorials! Make sure to check out this vintage 2004 Jordy Bag tutorial by our very own Jordynn — this is actually the most viewed post on Craftster to date! (Yay Jordynn!)  It’s also the first purse I ever made, before Jordynn and I were even friends!

Style Rookie is my go-to blog for awesome visuals and a fun perspective on fashion and design. This blog gained popularity largely due to the fact that Tavi was in elementary school when she started writing it, yet wrote more insightfully about fashion and design that most fashion media. A few years later, the blog has evolved to become more of an inspiration blog than anything.  Style Rookie is great for photos of the latest runway shows, awesome mood boards, crazy outfits put together by Tavi that make me wish I was still in high school, and lots of other odds and ends. It’s a welcome break from other fashion or design sites because every post is so unique and fresh ….And it’s always good for a healthy dose of 90’s nostalgia, which will get you points in my book every time.

…And then there’s Regretsy, “where DIY meets WTF.” Anyone who’s spent a little too much time on Etsy will appreciate this hilarious look at some of the ridiculousness that’s out there in the craft world. April Winchell showcases the lewd and crude, the weird and wonderful, and the plain old awfulness that can end up for sale on Etsy.  If you’re looking to add to your collection of handcrafted taxidermy or crafts made with popsicle sticks and googly eyes, you need to check out Regretsy!

Are any of your favourite blogs or websites missing from our list?  Share your favourites in the comments section!

Computer and mouse images courtesy of Pixies And Bears.  Check out Pixies And Bears on Etsy for more awesome badges and stuffed animals!

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