So, what happened in my life beyond actual sewing? Let’s see…
After 3 years of commuting 800km/week to rural schools, I got moved to city schools! Now I only service 3 schools, and my drive most mornings is 5km. It’s made such a huge difference to my quality of life (and to the back pain I was having last year!)
Is it possible that I never properly blogged about presenting at Pattern Review Weekend? It was such a blast! I was invited to be one of the keynote speakers when PR Weekend was held this June in Stratford Ontario, just an hour from my house. I talked about the Better Pictures Project (you can see my whole presentation here) and got to meet so many sewing friends in real life! It was a real thrill to attend, and I thank the organisers for thinking of me!
I’m patriotically proud that I tested for 4 Canadian pattern companies this year! I’ve been testing for Helen’s Closet for a while, but this year I also got to test the new extended size range for Thread Theory, and try out some Jalie patterns before they were released. I also shamelessly begged Heather and the CCP crew to take me on as a pattern tester, and it finally worked! Pattern testing is one of my favourite ways to support companies, and to make sure that curvy sewists are represented in their designs.
I got to attend Ottawa Frocktails! It was such a fabulous event, made even more wonderful by having my sister Anne along for the ride! I got to meet Meg from Cookin’ and Craftin’, and catch up with lots of friends I’d met for the first time at the Ottawa picnic this summer. The organisers did a really wonderful, and I’d go again in a heartbeat!
I couldn’t talk about highlights from this year without mentioning the Sewcialists. I am incredibly proud that we have managed 3 posts/week all year, and hosted a lot of discussions about inclusion and diversity that I haven’t seen elsewhere. I’m also really proud that it’s no longer a solo venture and that there are a whole team of amazing volunteers contributing their time to make it happen!
Here are a few of my favourite posts I’ve written for the Sewcialists this year:
- Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is
- An Ode to Stripes
- How to Make Your Own Sewcialists Swag
- Which Community Will Be Next?
- Confessions of an Unsustainable Sewist
Ok, look, I know 4 of those “non-sewing highlights” were about sewing… but what can I say? The rest of my life is happy and rolls along nicely, but without big excitement.
What were your highlights this year?