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When Two Worlds Collide

My day job is in an academic library. I’m a library systems person……a tech geek. I’ve spent 35 years in this environment. I have the unique ability to take technology and translate it into common words of one or two syllables. I am the “technology translator” in my organization. Please don’t refer to me as a “librarian” as that definition requires an MLS or MLIS, neither of which I have. I am a staff person…..a professional staff, a para-professional, potato…..pa-ta-ta!

My heart is in crafting, sewing and quilting. I’ve spent my entire life doing them. Sewing is my favorite. It really doesn’t matter what I am sewing as long as I am creating with fabric and thread. This love of mine never really meshed with my day job. Sewing blogs on the web and using .pdf files for patterns are the closest thing I can get to one of my worlds touching the other. I possess all of the skills to write and draft patterns yet can’t decide which items to design first. (That is for another blog post.) It has been a problem for me. I love technology. I love playing with it, tinkering in it, creating with it and bending it to my will. But there has never been anything about sewing that could use my professional tech skills other than blogs and social media.

Until now……

I’ve developed a way to use modern technology to organize my fabric and pattern stash AND carry them in The Cloud with me everywhere I go. While working on a project at work, it occurred to me that I could use the same skills for fabric as I do for books. The academic world and more specifically the library world are becoming firmly rooted in The Cloud.  Meanwhile, the sewing world continues to be dominated by piece of paper and little clips of fabric.

So would you be interested in learning how? Would you like an e-book, video demo, online course, or more? Leave me a comment, please! I can’t believe there are not others out there struggling with this entire problem.

Digital Stash Management

I am a late baby-boomer, but I am an information specialist working in a progressive academic library.  So I’m more “millennial” than many others my age.  I get that. I am also an avid sewist, manic knitter and occasional crocheter.  If it involves a needle, I’m there.  I am tired of living in two completely separate worlds!  When is the sewing industry going to get a clue?  

There seems to be a huge sewing revival among the younger generations – the generations that do not go anywhere without their smartphone and know all the free wifi spots along their route.  They are blogging and posting to all forms of their social media about their sewing adventures.  So do you mean to tell me that they have fabric scraps taped to index cards  and photocopies of their favorite patterns in their purses when they go shopping?

I long for a means to create a digital stash……..something where I can have the patterns I own and the fabrics I own all managed in a website or better yet, a smartphone app.  I’ve been researching this.  I can’t seem to find that anyone uses anything.  The couple of apps that I have looked out are very problematic and don’t get the job done.  I’m currently testing one idea……more to come.