Welcome to Thread & Therapy! Thanks for reading my blog and indulging in this small corner of the internet. I started Thread & Therapy because I wanted to cut through the toxic positivity that can exist within online sewing spaces. I also wanted to connect with other sewists.
With that goal in mind, there are a few things you need to know.
This is an anti-racist blog. I\’m committed to dismantling systemic racism wherever I see it in the sewing community. I\’m committed to fostering a safe space for all BIPOC folks, sexualities, gender identities, abilities, disabilities, body types, and ages. Sewing is for everyone.
I have some basic guiding principles for how I expect folks to interact in the comments section on Thread & Therapy.
- Be respectful. You can have a difference in opinion without resorting to name-calling, harassment, and bullying. If a conversation isn\’t productive, take a breather.
- Acknowledge and respect differing experiences. No two people have the same experiences in life. Embrace nuances.
- Do not tone police.
- Any harassment or hateful conduct will not be tolerated. That includes, but is not limited to: racism, microaggressions, anti-Blackness, homophobia, transphobia, body-shaming, ageism, and ableism. (Reverse racism isn\’t a thing, either.)
- Do not put the burden on marginalized people to explain certain social issues to you. You can use Google or read a book.
Diversify your feeds
- Black Makers Matter: A coalition of black makers pushing for systemic change in the sewing and crafting communities.
- The Asian Sewing Collective: A podcast and space focusing on Asian creators.
- BIPOC Sewcialists: A space celebrating BIPOC makers.
- Meet Makers of Color: A space to meet more makers of color and diversifying your feeds.
- Shut Up and Sew BIPOC and Ally-Owned Vendor List by Pink Mimosa by Jacinta
- Sew Queer: A project focusing on the intersection of sewing and queer identity.
- Fat Sewing Club: A space focused on fat sewists, founded by Jess from Muna and Broad.
- Chronically Sewn: A space for chronically ill sewists, founded by Andie Wells.
- #SewOver50: A hashtag focusing on sewers over 50, because \”sewing isn\’t just for grandmas\” is ageist as hell.