A belated valentines sewing gift

String of hearts
Photo by [Aussiegall](http://www.flickr.com/photos/aussiegall/465898486)

I’m back. Did you miss me??
I know I’ve been neglecting you all recently but it’s been for a good reason…

Over the past few months I have been working hard on a new and improved list of sewing blogs. I am hugely thrilled and humbled by the success of the current list. Maintaining the list and the blog in my limited spare time became a constant struggle and in the end I didn’t do either.

[Sewing-blogs.com](http://www.sewing-blogs.com/) is much more than just a list. It allows you to comment and tag all of the blogs. The sewing world is an amazing community that I am privileged to be a member of. My wish is that [Sewing-blogs.com](http://www.sewing-blogs.com/) can become a small corner of that community where people can find new and exciting blogs to read and can strike up some conversations in the comments.

If your blog isn’t listed there is an easy form to [add your blog](http://www.sewing-blogs.com/blogs/add) and once approved you will be part of the list.

When you next have a spare hour to get lost reading the many amazing blogs on the list can I suggest you check out [sewing-blogs.com](http://www.sewing-blogs.com), create yourself an account and help to extend our fabulous community.

##how can I help??

There are a number of ways you could help:

1) spread the word – please tell all your friends about this blog post and [sewing-blogs.com](http://www.sewing-blogs.com)

2) [grab a badge](http://www.sewing-blogs.com/page/badges/) – if your blog is listed then help tell the world and put a badge on your site

3) get involved – the way [sewing-blogs.com](http://www.sewing-blogs.com) becomes truly helpful is when there are lots of people tagging and commenting on the blogs

4) subscribe – lastly I’d love it if you [subscribed to this blog](http://feeds.distilled.co.uk/suzical), I promise to write more frequently now the new list is up and running!

Formatting the Big List of Sewing Blogs

The Big List of Sewing Blogs

The Big List of Sewing Blogs is growing longer and longer, so I was wondering about how to format it? I thought the best thing to do is to ask the people who use it – so what do you want me to do?

Keep it as one long list?

Move it into pages – if so how many blogs per page?

I have a huge backlog of blogs to add – so if you’re waiting to hear back or you’re waiting for your [Technorati rank](http://technorati.com/) to be updated, then please be patient – I’ll get there!

I will also write up a few posts that I’ve had on the back burner – if I tell you about them I have to writ them up ๐Ÿ™‚ :

How I taught myself to knit using the internet

A tutorial on transferring patterns to fabric for embroidery

and pretty pictures from a recent course in silk shading at the [Royal School of Needlework](http://www.royal-needlework.co.uk/) and of a workshop in Blackwork embroidery.

Still here!

Just surfacing from an amazing holiday ๐Ÿ™‚

I’ve been back for a couple of weeks but laundry and life have gotten in the way of my blogging!

I returned to 800 unread blog posts, around 70 blog submissions for the big list and a huge pile of work at my day job.. So apologies to those waiting to get added to the list – you’re all on the database now, just waiting for me to republish the list.. but that’s not working at the moment, so while you’re being even more patient ๐Ÿ™‚ here are some photos from Tanzania:

How does the big list of sewing blogs work?

Sorry folks – I was away for just a few days and had a technical glitch with the list! A few of the blogs disappeared off the list – thankfully it’s all fixed now, but if you spot any more probs – just drop me a line!

I’m often asked how my list of [sewing and craft blogs](http://www.suzical.co.uk/sewing-blogs.html) is generated and what the numbers mean so I thought I would try to shed a little light on the matter. Basically it all boils down to magic! Sorry wasn’t that what you wanted to hear?

Technorati

Firstly, the list has been generated two ways. I added a lot of the blogs that I read on a daily basis which got the list going. Since then people email me asking to be added to the list. I’ve tried to ensure that all the sites I’ve added are blogs that are updated regularly, relatively non commercial and talk about sewing or crafts. I hope this keeps the quality of the list high, and makes it a valuable resource for you. If you aren’t already on the list of sewing blogs, please feel free to email me with your site, and I’ll get you added.

The numbers that are assigned are taken from [technorati](http://www.technorati.com). They rank blogs based on the number of links from other blogs. I’ll post in future about how you can increase this number. You can read more about this on the [technorati blog](http://technorati.com/weblog/2007/05/354.html).

So, the list is hand generated by me (aren’t I good ๐Ÿ™‚ ) but the score is based on technorati.

If you have any questions please leave a comment. If you are on the list and haven’t already added a [sewing badge](http://www.suzical.co.uk/badges.html), I would certainly appreciate you helping me spread the word (and increase my technorati rank ๐Ÿ™‚ ). And if you aren’t already listed on the site, then please drop me a line.

Have a good weekend.

New on the big list of sewing blogs

I had time to kill in Wimbledon on Saturday and went browsing in a bookstore – a favourite habit of mine ๐Ÿ™‚
I always make sure I go check out craft and sewing books and I happened across this book

The Art of Domesticity

It’s now high on my wish list!

The author has a blog – [yarnstorm](http://yarnstorm.blogs.com/knitblog/2008/02/la-paz.html) which went straight in at number 5 on [My List of Sewing Blogs](http://www.suzical.co.uk/sewing-blogs.html)!!

The Big List of Sewing Blogs

Check out the beautiful photography over at [yarnstorm](http://yarnstorm.blogs.com/knitblog/2008/02/la-paz.html). My lack of photography skills is the reason I still haven’t posted my [take it further challenge](http://sharonb.wordpress.com/2008/02/01/take-it-further-challenge-february/) piece for january .. I’ll get Duncan to give me a couple of lessons with the camera!

In the mean time, I hope you all had a good Pancake day yesterday – we had to get inventive with fillings as we had no lemon for my favourite lemon and sugar(!) Banana, honey and whisky was particularly scrummy! ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m heading off to a rehearsal for the [Man of La Mancha now](http://www.gloc.org) and have a supply of Valentine’s day cards to sell – stage one of suzical store, sell to friends..