A little while ago BurdaStyle.com suggested sewers from around the world take up the initiative to meet up and sew together socially. They launched the BurdaStyle Sewing Clubs and its own network on Ning.com and encouraged members to take charge and start a club with their support.
Here is a little background from BurdaStyle:
Traditionally, sewing has been a social activity. Before the convenience of ready-made clothes and large shopping malls, mothers would teach their daughters how to create and mend clothes for themselves and the entire family. Sewing was a necessity, and thus communities gathered around to ensure that this skill was widely known. BurdaStyle believes that sewing is still best as a communal activity, and we encourage this with our Sewing Clubs.
A BurdaStyle Sewing Club (BSC) is a group that meets regularly to discuss sewing related issues and each one is uniquely tailored to fit its members. Members of all skill levels come together to refine their craft and share the joys of sewing with similarly passionate people. BSCs are centered around each group’s unique schedules, and can meet weekly, bi-weekly or monthly. The clubs are simply a way to bring our online community offline and, like our website, is intended to be versatile for a wide range of interests and lives. They promote our open-source philosophy: the idea that information ought to be shared freely among anyone interested in learning. The BurdaStyle Team is on hand to offer advice regarding meeting ideas, venue options and promotional help.
What if you’re not in Perth? Well that’s ok, BurdaStyle clubs are all over the world, check out the current list of clubs to find one near you, or better yet, BurdaStyle clubs are on Google Maps, click the image below and simply zoom around the world to find your closest club.
No club near you? Why don’t you start your own? BurdaStyle will even help you, check out this page for all you need to know, it’s really not as hard or as scary as it sounds, best of luck.