Sewing Friendships

I love the friendships that sewing has brought into my life. When I first started stitching again, sewing was a solitary sport for me. I would sew feverishly all weekend for 15 hour stretches punctuated only by exhausted slumber. My fingers would ache from all the sewing. 

Susan Beal and I at Fancy Tiger in Denver
just before shooting Easy Embellishments.

Then I was able to merge my love of sewing and journalism when I took a job at a couture sewing magazine. From there I needed to ramp up my mostly self-taught skills andI began formal training in fashion design. Between the magazine and school, a whole world of amazing people in the sewing field opened itself up to me. I was working with some of the most knowledgeable people in the industry by day and working alongside other designers by night. To be in a school workroom until 2 a.m. Is just about the most fun I have ever had. Sewing and design attract a fascinating cross-section of society, and I have met Ph.Ds, a concert pianist, and a network news cameraman to name a few. 

I was working on launching a multi-crafter site when I first met Stitch Contributing Editor Susan Beal. She was pregnant with her daughter, but that didn't stop her from jumping wholeheartedly into the project and in the process she connected me with many other new friends.  

After I left that job I lost touch with Susan for a while, but reconnected when I came to Stitch. By this time her second child was well on his way to being a toddler, but that didn't slow her down much either. Susan can do it all, from beading to quilting. She is a grand writer and has penned several delicious historical articles for Stitch.

However her brilliance in jewelry and sewing was truly able to shine when she worked with me on her Easy Embellishments DVD. I just love Susan's simple and straightforward embellishment techniques, as well as  her great tips and tools, which is why Easy Embellishments is one of my top picks for holiday gifts. For more of my holiday picks, visit the Sew Daily Shop. 

What friendships has sewing brought into your life? I would love to know. 

Happy stitching! 


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About Amber

Amber Eden is the editor of Stitch and She LOVES sewing and editing Stitch and She also loves dance, yoga, iced decaf triple espressos, and her two golden retrievers. She divides her time between Boston and New York.

3 thoughts on “Sewing Friendships

  1. This is my Internet sewing friendship story! Back in the days of Sewing World, there were little groups that formed and people joined together to share interests. I joined a group, I think there were 3 or 4 of us at the beginning, and it created the foundation of a VERY strong friendship. Our group grew to 9 people (gained and lost a couple along the way), and when we saw SW coming to an end, we continued our bond through a private Yahoo group. To this day we remain friends, and have even had get-togethers across the country. We have 2 members from the “deep south”, 2 from the east coast, 3 from the PNW, and 2 from Canada. We share quilting and sewing stories. And pinpointing the beginning … that is difficult! I would have to say that the 2 of us who have been in the longest (virtually) met between 15 and 20 years ago. Hard to believe it’s been that long. These ladies are a part of my life that I can’t imagine being without.

  2. I love to have friends over to sew. It’s a great way to invite someone new that you may not know that sews. I have also made new friends in the blog world who sew that I never would have met. Sometimes friends lose touch and having an open sewing day is a great way to reconnect. I have had a “Re-Love-It” day where everyone brought over any mending, repairing or alterations that needed to be done. My favorite are my Apron Making Parties. See my post here:

  3. I have been so fortunate to have made some truly lovely friends who all live interstate, but understand my love/passion for sewing. We ‘met’ initially through a world-wide online sewing site, and later I met up personally with some of them when I travelled to their home cities.These women have been extraordinarily generous with their time- especially when they have taken this fabric-starved sewer (in my home city, we have few fabric shops left now) to their favourite stash-builder shops. I have a sizeable collection named after each of these friends! We have long ago moved on to exchanging emails about our lives outside our common sewing passion. So, to Vonne, Jeanette and Lynny in particular…thank you for your kindnesses and valued friendships.