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#CreateSolidarity low key make-along

March 24, 2020

In-progress Star Trek TNG cross stitch project

Hi everyone -

I've been working on a huge update post that I was hoping to finally put up here this week, but now with the Coronavirus pandemic it doesn't seem like the right time to focus on business matters, while a lot of us are in survival mode and such scary stuff is going on. I'm going to set it aside for now, so we can all just focus on getting through these strange days and supporting each other.

In the meantime, I wanted to offer some way for us to all keep checking in with each other, in the most low key way possible - unscheduled, whenever works for you. In case you missed my post on Instagram, here's how it works - it’s super simple:

Our stance on racism and white supremacy (in craft)

Our stance on racism and white supremacy (in craft)

Update Monday, June 24,2019:

Over the weekend, Ravelry (the world's largest knitting website, which inspired Textillia, and whose owners we consider friends) created a new policy extending their anti-hate speech rules to include banning any pro-Trump content. (If you want the backstory, there's a good summary on TechCrunch.) The story blew up and has been all over the news, and we have received some emails demanding to know whether we have a similar stance (clearly from people who are new here, and/or didn't take a minute to look around before emailing). So, although there is barely any room left for (mis)interpretation, to be crystal clear:

  • We stand 100% in solidarity with Ravelry.
  • We stand 100% in solidarity with marginalized people and those doing anti-racism work. (This includes people who are LGTBQ+, disabled, immigrants, BIPOC, and other marginalised groups.)
  • Like on Ravelry, promoting Trump and/or white supremacy, hate speech against marginalised people, bullying, taunting, etc. will not be tolerated on TextiIlia.
  • We welcome people across the political and religious spectrum, but if your beliefs are harmful toward marginalised people, you are not welcome to post or promote them here in any fashion.
Ariane Sat, 03/16/2019 - 15:31

Textillia is 6 months old + we need YOUR help!

April 18, 2016

It's hard to believe, but as of this past week Textillia has been live for six months! We're so happy with how far things have come, both with adding new functionality to the site and with our growing community. Thanks so much to everyone who's already gotten involved - we're grateful to have each and every one of you here, taking part in our grassroots effort to build the Ravelry of sewing!

6 months of Textillia

We've had such generous offers of help from many of you, but ironically because my chronic illnesses limit my time online so much, it's been difficult to help you help us - I'm happy to say that as we get more established, that is changing! Some lovely volunteers have already stepped up and taken the time to add loads of fabric and patterns to the database. One member in specific, Ksenia aka. Owl.Laughing deserves special thanks, as she has taken it upon herself to add what must by now be hundreds of patterns to the database! Thanks so much Ksenia, for all the time and effort you've contributed!

Now that we've got lots of the basics established, we are ready for you to dive in and help as we work towards our goal to get out of beta before the end of the summer (hopefully sooner!) The biggest missing piece of functionality we want to get in place by then is Groups. Groups will be a core part of the community focused side of Texillia, and will enable us to create a bunch more tools for the business pages as well. We know how important this will be with the increasing challenges of using social media to stay connected with sewing friends and businesses, so this will be a key step in making the sewing community of our dreams!

Ready to help? Here are 5 ways you can get involved...