I was chosen as one of five finalists for a feature on Sew it All TV later this year. As part of the competition, four other sewing bloggers and I will attend the 2013 Sewing & Stitchery Expo in Puyallup, Washington to host a five-minute demonstration of a specific project. The audience in attendance will select the top two demonstrations, and videos of those demos will be posted on sewitalltv.com. Online voters will then cast their ballots for the best overall performance:
The winner will receive an expense-paid trip to the Sew it All studio in Golden, CO to shoot their episode with host Ellen March for season 6 of Sew it All in mid-October. The winner’s blog url will be posted on sewnews.com, sewitalltv.com and sewitallmag.com, and the demonstrated project/technique will appear in volume 7 of Sew it All magazine.
Each finalist was featured in a Casting Call contestant profile. Here’s the profile of me that’s hosted on Sew News Magazine’s The Sewing Blog:
Sew it All: When did you learn to sew? Who taught you?
Beth: My mother taught me how to cross stitch and hand sew when I was about five years old, but I don’t think I touched a sewing machine until my Home Economics class in middle school. The final exam involved sewing our own garments, and we even had a fashion show—catwalk and all—to show off our designs.
SIA: How long have you been blogging?
B: Since 2008.
SIA: What are your favorite project types?
B: I’ll sew just about anything, but my favorite projects are dresses, skirts, softies, and handbags.
SIA: Who do you sew for?
B: My family and close friends are my favorite people to sew for. I’m sure they might prefer a store-bought gift every now and then, but they’ve all graciously allowed me to experiment and give them some of my handmade creations. My favorite part of sewing for them is trying to pick out fabrics and patterns that suit their individual personalities.
SIA: What inspires you?
B: Other crafty people! It’s great to see that sewing and crafting have finally gone mainstream. Browsing through a fair or a store and seeing so many handmade items makes me happy!
SIA: What is your sewing room like?
B: Sewing room? Ha! The only space I have is my dining room table. Luckily, my husband has finally started to overlook the mess. I’m not sure we even remember what the table looks like without a machine, fabric, and a cutting board on it.
SIA: What has been your greatest sewing success?
B: Teaching! My favorite moments are when I witness my students in that “aha!” moment. You can see the self-confidence wash over them as they apply their newly learned skills.
SIA: Do you have a sewing pet peeve?
B: There are too many words to describe what we do. Are we sewers, seamstresses, tailors, or sewists? Let’s just pick a term and stick with it.
SIA: Do you have any bad sewing habits?
B: Oh yes, I have a lot of awful sewing habits! I didn’t realize that I take so many shortcuts until I started teaching. There’s nothing like demonstrating a technique only to have a student point out that I skipped over the very thing I just told her she “must” do.
SIA: What’s the best piece of sewing advice you ever got?
B: It’s not necessarily sewing-specific; it’s just really great advice for life. “A mistake is not a failure if you learn from it.” I tell my students that when they’re cursing under their breath at the seam ripper.
I can’t wait to meet the other four finalists, each of whom have impressive examples of their sewing and craft skills on their own websites:
- Rhonda Buss: [ website | profile ]
- Stephanie Chan: [ website | profile ]
- Elizabeth Evans & Liz Evans: [ website | profile ]
- Caroline Hulse: [ website | profile ]
I’m equal parts excited and nervous about my demonstration. Although I’m completely comfortable teaching small sewing and craft classes, the idea of performing in front of a large crowd still gives me butterflies.
I’ll post more in the coming weeks about the project I’m planning to demonstrate, so check back soon. Wish me luck!