- Our big software upgrade is nearly complete - we need testers!
Bruno Fri, 05/25/2018 - 10:29
Hi everyone, Bruno here!
I wanted to give you all an update on the work I’ve been doing over the last few months, as the big software upgrade is nearly ready to roll out, and we could use your help testing it. I’ll give you a few details on what the upgrade means, and I’ve put together some info on how you can help with this last step of the process.
- Update for community members - taking a little spring "break"
Ariane Fri, 04/13/2018 - 12:07
I debated whether this warranted an official blog post, but decided it was the best way to reach those who don't follow us on Instagram. I wanted to let you know that I'm going to be taking a little break from posting on Textillia's social media, and further scaling back my presence here - just temporarily, barring any unforeseen events.
It's for a good reason, as *drum roll* I finally got a diagnosis for the mysterious progressive illness that I’ve been so debilitated by the past several years! I’ll spare you the details here, but the condition is autoimmune so it should be treatable. Not curable, as it is a chronic condition after all, but if I respond half decently to the treatment, I should be able to function quite a bit better. Some people respond quickly, others take from several months to a year, so it’s still going to be a long road, but I finally have a diagnosis and treatment plan, and real hope to get at least somewhat better (or at least stop getting worse)!
- New Years Textillia progress update
Ariane Wed, 01/03/2018 - 12:11
Hi everyone! You know how we like to be transparent about what we're doing here, so we wanted to share some of what's been going on behind the scenes for those of you who are interested in keeping up on that side of things.
From a trip to my favourite local fabric shop Spool of Thread! (Not an ad, I just love them!)
Bruno spent most of the last quarter of 2017 working on preparations for getting out of beta, and in December he was focused on building out the membership system. This was meant to be the last piece of the puzzle before we could start the countdown clock to the official full site launch (which has been a long time in the making, so very exciting!) Going out of beta and finally having memberships set up was also meant to be a big step in overall progress of Textillia, as we intended to use that initial influx of membership revenue to fund the "big software upgrade" (from the now old Drupal 7 to the current version of the software we use called Drupal, Drupal 8). This should be the last "big" software upgrade we have to do, as after this version, the upgrades are broken up into much more frequent smaller upgrades, instead of one huge ominous one every few years.
- Shareable projects and profiles!
Ariane Fri, 11/03/2017 - 12:15
We're excited to announce that you can now choose to make your projects and profile publicly visible, making them much easier to share! *cue cheering*
Project visibility options
You might have noticed that there's a new little box at the top of each project page, indicating its visibility status:
At the bottom of the project form (when you edit or add a project) the last field you'll see now is "Who can view this project?" You can choose from:
- Only me
- Textillia members
- Everyone (public)
"Only me" can be useful if you're working on a gift or a swap project that you don't want the recipient to see until they've received it, or really any other projects that you just want to keep private. Just don't forget to set it to "Textillia members" or "Everyone" once you mark it as finished, otherwise nobody else will get to see it!
"Textillia members" is the default we've been using up until now, which means that everyone who's a member can see it once they're logged in.
"Everyone (public)" means that someone who doesn't even have a Textillia account can see it when given the link to the page - so for example, if you share a project you've finished to Facebook, your friends can all see it without needing to log in! When you choose this, it also enables the "Share" links on the page for Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter (they appear below the grey sidebar box on desktop, or at the very bottom of the screen on mobile).
- The fabric picker! (New + improved fabric referencing on projects)
Ariane Thu, 09/28/2017 - 12:19
Surprise! We have a fun new bit of functionality for you!
While most of what Bruno's been building the last couple months has been behind the scenes, we know how much everyone struggled with the fabric reference field on projects, so we wanted to improve that sooner than later. We've taken your feedback and designed a new and improved fabric reference field with a fancy fabric browsing tool that around here we've nicknamed the "fabric picker".
Here's how it works...
- Update on summer plans: More functionality on its way!
Ariane Mon, 07/24/2017 - 15:15
Hey folks! Thought I'd post a little update here for the keeners who want to keep up with what's going on behind the scenes. We have some small announcements about the second half of summer and what we'll be up to, particularly between now and the (so far mythical) milestone of getting out of beta.
To refresh your memory, we were planning for our next steps to be the Big Software Upgrade and completing the subscription system, then starting the full launch 1 month countdown clock. Well...change of plan: it turns out that while Drupal 8 (the software version we'll be upgrading to) is all ready to go for new site builds, it's not completely ready for upgrades. While this is a bummer in some ways, as it'll delay us making a lot of the user interface and search improvements we really need, the silver lining is instead of spending a bunch of time on the upgrade this summer, Bruno's going to work on some other top priority improvements! Oh yeah, did I mention that? No I didn't, cause we were kind of holding out on you just in case something came up! ;)
Exciting news: Bruno just completed a big freelance contract last week, and now (aside from little bits for his one ongoing client) he's blocked out the rest of the summer to work on Textillia! Hurrah! We weren't sure this would be possible initially, but we talked it over and decided it was necessary to get over the hump of getting out of beta. I'll take this as an opportunity to remind everyone that donations are very welcome, we can use all the help we can get while he's taking more time off paid work!
- What's next for Textillia + membership details revealed!
Ariane Tue, 04/11/2017 - 12:21
We've been doing some major reviewing and planning, and we're ready to tell you all about what's next for Textillia, including all the details about memberships. Spoiler alert: they'll be only $20USD/year!
We've come so far...
While we started working on it over a year before launching, Textillia has been live since November 2015. That's already almost a year and a half, and in that time we've gathered a lovely small community of sewists and stitchers, and added a ton of content and new functionality to the site. As of yesterday, Textillia contains...
- New features: quilting + embroidery specific fields, thread section overhaul, and more!
Ariane Tue, 01/31/2017 - 12:57
As you might have noticed, we rolled out a whole pile of new functionality the week before last! I'll walk you through it all so you have an idea of what we've added, which falls into six categories:
- New Quilt fields
- New Embroidery fields
- New Garment section for body shape/alterations on projects
- Thread collections (and overhaul of threads)
- Quilting fabric precuts
- Refined form design
Before telling you about all of that, we need to say a huge thank you to everyone who helped hash out the details of what was needed in the forums, and for your patience as we embarked on this a few months back and crammed way too much in so it took longer than expected! Note to self: smaller chunks next time! :)
- January Sew-Together: Robes!
Ariane Sat, 12/31/2016 - 13:02
We kicked off last year with a sewalong and it was so much fun that we decided to do it again! After taking an informal poll over on our Instagram, we got the most votes for making robes this time around - a perfect, fun and easy sew for all levels. Super moderator Ksenia (aka. Owl Laughing) has lived up to her title once again, and has been adding tons of robe patterns to the database in preparation!