Now there's a new hang-out with a similar feel, designed specifically for sewists. Textillia launched in the beta phase last week and the Vancouver-based developers invite YOU to login, sign up, create profiles and populate the site in order to fine-tune the specific needs of the sewing community. They've created a comprehensive site, but are seeking quilters specifically because they want feedback, suggestions and bug-alerts so that they can perfect the site to best suit the users needs.
Participation is free during the beta phase, and the first month will always be free for new members. After that, a small monthly fee will apply. Read this post for new member info and follow along on Instagram (Textillia) for updates and announcements.
I've got a designer page up now and I plan to build on it as an online catalogue of my work and patterns. I found the site very easy to navigate, plus it was very easy to upload photos and information.
I think as the community grows, this could be a really powerful online resource for garment sewists, quilters and crafters, plus shops, designers and fabric companies. I can't help but feel like much of the work I put into this blog is going unnoticed and unread these days. Perhaps we'll move to a central location like Textillia for sharing our projects and conversation, instead of a multitude of individual blogs? I know I'm hardly reading blogs anymore and readership here has fallen way off, not to mention comments which are few and far between unless there's a chance to win something. I miss the conversation & interaction that I used to have with blog readers. All of that action seems to be on IG these days.
Have a look around Textillia and let me know what you think. Get started here!