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Welcome to day four of our Holiday Giveaway! Win an 3 year subscription from Selvedge Magazine! Comment on this blog article by 9AM (EST) Sunday, December 5th to be entered to win!

Selvedge Magazine… offers the world’s finest textile photography, unparalleled design and peerless writing.

Open a copy of Selvedge and you sense there is a philosophy that Selvedge readers subscribe to. A belief system based on a cerebral and sensual addiction to textiles in all forms. Readers share a belief in the importance of their material surroundings and a passion for the beautiful and beautifully made.

Selvedge’s aim is simple: to provide a textile publication which fits seamlessly into their creative lifestyle. Directed towards an international, discerning audience, Selvedge covers fine textiles in every context: fine art, interiors, fashion, travel and shopping and would make the perfect Christmas gift.”

Comment to Win: What inspires you to sew?

Congratulations to dobrotalivia who won the Martha Stewart Prize Package!

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    Dec 5, 2010, 01.37 AMby sukino

    My grandmother taught me how to sew when I was 10. She passed away 3 years later but I’ve never stopped sewing. Not only does sewing bring me close to her soul, but it makes me feel that life can be pleasurable even when I am in trouble. My grandma didn’t have a fancy sewing machine or any couture fabric. She sewed in the hallway. But her endless creativity and everlasting love have always been the greatest inspiration to me.

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    Dec 5, 2010, 01.23 AMby toknowistolove

    I love it when people ask me where I get things, and I tell them that I made it. It just feels good.

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    Dec 5, 2010, 01.13 AMby barbaralenore

    My daughter! I sewed for all my children. One daughter would sketch her ideas and ask me to make them, when she was just a little girl. Now, she is a designer and incredibly talented sewer, and she inspires me to learn new things and let my imagination run free.

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    Dec 5, 2010, 01.12 AMby fashionfreek

    Myself;-)

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    Dec 5, 2010, 01.07 AMby Linda Prihoda

    Here in northern Wisconsin, the long dark winters inspire me to sew so that I may bring some warmth and color into my life.

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    Dec 5, 2010, 01.02 AMby manganista

    Fabric stores, fabric websites, fabric magazines, fabric advertisements, fashion magazines. . . they all light up the sewing part of my brain.

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    Dec 5, 2010, 01.02 AMby koh

    The lack of imagination and very ‘same, same’ fashion found where I live… and in my price range. Plus who doesn’t like custom made things ;D

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    Dec 5, 2010, 01.01 AMby indigorchid

    Oh…. my…. goodness! I think this is the most fantastic giveaway I have ever ever ever seen! (fingers and everything crossed I’m the lucky one!)

    What inspires me to sew, is the satisfaction and pride of creating something well-made, and wearable. And also the multitude of techniques I want to learn!

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    Dec 5, 2010, 12.59 AMby Tricia Marshall Jones

    Textiles. I love having a raw piece of material, feeling the fibers, and turning it into something new.

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    Dec 5, 2010, 12.57 AMby celestem

    I can be inspired to sew by a lot of different things, whether I see an interesting piece of fabric, or just being out in nature.

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    Dec 5, 2010, 12.56 AMby sewsweetviolets

    I am a compulsive creator. I have to be making something. I have always been inspired by others, by the past, by art, food, places and even boredom. Clothing is my favorite. To many clothes are purely functional. To me they are movable and well as personal expression and wealth.

    Not just in a monetary way but as a wealth of personality. My personal expression with clothing is about creating a fantasy with is the real world. Not fantasy clothes, for a fantasy life, but fantasy clothes for a real life. I believe for some clothing can transport you from your day to day life with just one special piece. A great coat on a cold day, a whimsical hat that makes you and everyone smile. Colorful gloves. A perfect pair of pants to wear with a your favorite sweater that you will never throw out. And especially for me not fitting in to any group that was around me, clothes gave me a personal if not pretty armor that did not encourage battles with others but encouraged friendly dialog with those that would never had noticed me or may originally been more inclined to tease me. Most of the fashion world is about skinny, don’t get me wrong there are some really beautiful models out there. But how much more beautiful would the world be if you made clothes as a society that were for people, individuals not models, stars and mannequins. to give all people no matter shape size race or aesthetic clothes that suited them, and not clothes that purely suited the ideal, whatever.

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    Dec 5, 2010, 12.52 AMby cherwinamy

    beautiful fabric inspires me, as do fun clothes that I see on other people. The challenge of trying to make something fun and/or beautiful inspires me too!

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    Dec 5, 2010, 12.49 AMby ggexpansive

    Shadow & light, ha ha. I am forever looking at some picture of clothing and the shadow or light ( never my own absent mindedness) will throw off the actual seams and pattern lines. Then i will think oh i love that and try to draft a mini mock up of what i think the pattern looks like. All this to look at the original and think, oh there was a seam there how much simpler.

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    Dec 5, 2010, 12.48 AMby Brenda Dolha

    The entire process of ‘sewing’ stimulates both right and left sides of my brain. A fabric that catches one’s eye, sends a spark to the brain, firing up the imagination…. ‘hmmmm, what could I create from this?’ Anything from a garment to a table runner, unique to the individual who creates it, first in the mind’s eye, and then taking steps to transform it into a tangible work of art. 8^)

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    Dec 5, 2010, 12.48 AMby tactilegoods

    I love the challenge, reward and ability to relax while producing something I’ll (hopefully) love at the same time.

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    Dec 5, 2010, 12.44 AMby chardonay1234

    Sewing is soothing for me. I enjoy sitting in front of the sewing machine, as long as my kids are not bugging me every 30 seconds :-) The instant gratification is a big plus also!!

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    Dec 5, 2010, 12.28 AMby hooksvsneedles

    I get a lot of my inspiration from blogs, books and magazines, so this would be perfect for me!

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    Dec 5, 2010, 12.24 AMby aega

    Beautiful fabric!

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    Dec 5, 2010, 12.24 AMby corvus

    I get most my inspiration online- from the sewing bloggers of the world, and from forums and sites like this one. I also get inspired in fabric shops.

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      Dec 5, 2010, 01.06 AMby manganista

      What are the chances that 20-seconds after I post my comment that I find yours and see that we’ve selected the same avatar! Kindred spirits.
      -manganista

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    Dec 5, 2010, 12.13 AMby loyl8

    oh man who inspires me to sew? well everyone and everything. I see something so beautiful and I think I can make that one day I just have to keep trying and I ll get there.

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    Dec 5, 2010, 12.03 AMby dixiediy

    I love turning nothing into something – plain old fabric to something wearable and fun.

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    Dec 4, 2010, 11.59 PMby jing

    So much fun to play and be creative!

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    Dec 4, 2010, 11.53 PMby phaerie

    cute things, pretty things, and costuming!!!

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    Dec 4, 2010, 11.50 PMby freakusbzzz

    To complete something to perfection.

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    Dec 4, 2010, 11.50 PMby jalcindor

    I feel like I have an inner need to make things and make my time as productive as possible. So I easily combine the two when I sew and I always feel extremely proud of what I make, even if it doesn’t always come out as planned.

    Another big driver for me is a passion for knowing how things work and are constructed. Sewing makes you look at clothes differently. After I took an overlocker class I kept on asking to look at details on everyone’s t-shirts to understand how each detail was designed and crafted.

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    Dec 4, 2010, 11.48 PMby tilly-vanilly

    I’m inspired to sew by the beautiful outfits of yore that aren’t available in the shops, by the satisfaction of the creative process, and by other seamstress bloggers.

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    Dec 4, 2010, 11.40 PMby univacgrl

    Envy inspires me to sew. I see beautiful designs in stores in catalogs that just don’t come in my size. So I make those designs to suit myself.

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    Dec 4, 2010, 11.38 PMby be-bops1

    Awesome!!

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    Dec 4, 2010, 11.37 PMby knighttemplar

    The fact that I can make amazing things that no one else has, and bring joy to other people with my gifts.

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