Im sure you agree, it’s been some year! We wanted to round off this year with a review of 2020, just to check in with you all and stay connected.
As we approach Christmas and head into winter in the UK, we are all very aware that this has been a very surreal year. 2020 has thrown everything it can at us and it has affected all of us in a multitude of different ways.
We wanted to reach out with a personal blog so that you know how things are with us, for both us as The Stitch Sisters and also personally. We hope that everything is ok with you all, and we would love to hear how things are for you too!
The Stitch Sisters in 2020
As a business, we have been affected by Covid just as everyone has. During the first lockdown, we reduced our prices to help support the sewing community. This was very warmly received by you all and we are grateful for all your support! There was definitely a surge in new people taking up sewing for the very first time this year. People were starting lots of new hobbies and sewing machines are still very hard to buy.
For us, the biggest impact has been how much time we could spend together. This is both as a business and personally. Before all of this happened we genuinely spent almost every day together. Now, we try to speak or see each other on zoom at least once a day, but it’s just not the same. We know that we are not alone! So many of us know what this feels like. Looking back and writing this review of 2020, makes us realise how much we truly miss each other.
Filming in 2020
Filming for new online classes and Youtube has been very difficult. We have produced as much as we could between restrictions and lockdowns. We were really happy that we managed to release our Guide to Quilting class at the end of the summer. Unfortunately, a lot of our other plans had to go on hold. On Youtube, some of our regular videos like our Autumn Fashion videos and Vlogmas have had to change.
Talking of vlogmas, we decided that this year it just wasn’t safe or feasible for us to do this. We are still in a fairly strict tier system in the UK and our area currently has some high Covid19 numbers. Once again we are in the highest tier and normal life is very restricted. Plus most of the events and locations we would have gone to are now closed. There are no Christmas parties or Festive markets this year! We are really sorry to let you down, and we know how much you look forward to it. We have followed the advice from the Government and we hope that you all understand. Of course, you can dip into the previous year’s videos to get your Vlogmas fix!
Luckily, we did manage to do some filming for Youtube recently. We just launched our 5 free Christmas Decorations tutorials and we hope that they will bring you some Christmas joy. These are all really simple makes and you should have most of the supplies to hand.
We also have some amazing free gift tutorials coming just in time for Christmas too! So keep your eyes peeled for those too!
On the personal side
For both of us personally, we have struggled on and off with our sew-jo. We started off looking at lockdown as a perfect excuse to get loads of sewing done, but it just didn’t happen. Initially, we both did a lot of home-related things, decorating, tidying up and all of those long put off jobs. It felt like we were both taking comfort from nesting, family, and life at home. We have both dipped in and out of sewing but mainly our sew-jo has been nowhere to be seen!
Rachel has picked up her crochet hook and has been enjoying that. So far she has made an amazing rainbow jumper and a gorgeous cardigan. In a personal review of 2020, we haven’t done as many of the sewing projects we had imagined we would this year. We know that it’s ok and our sew-jo will eventually return. Sometimes life is about balance, readjusting your priorities, and enjoying the things you have.
I have been finishing off long-abandoned projects whenever I fancied sewing. If I am honest, this is mainly because I really wanted to spend time in my new sewing room but didn’t know what to sew! So far I have finished at least 3 quilt tops and started and finished a giant new quilt. There is a lot of comfort in the repetitiveness of quilting, cutting, trimming, and sewing straight lines, all while binge watching Netflix of course!
If you haven’t seen it yet, check out my sewing room tour on Youtube, then you will know why I want to do down there as much as possible.
After writing this review of 2020 it makes us realise even more what a very strange year it has been. It has made us grateful for so many things, for our families, for our friendship, our online business, and our health. We are also incredibly grateful for your support since we started our business, we appreciate every class sale, every like & comment on Youtube and all the love and encouragement you give us.
What about 2021?
As we head into 2021 we are starting to make some tentative plans again. We really feel the need to look forward, with some hope that a return to normality will be here soon. While we are still unsure of the months ahead, we are starting to think about being able to get together again safely.
So after taking a look back and a review of 2020, what do we have in store for 2021?
We have an exciting list of new online classes we want to bring you in 2021. As soon as we are able to, we will get to work on them. we promise! We also have some more free tutorials and some of our own design makes we want to bring you on Youtube.
We hope that you are all ok, wherever you are in the world.
Have a wonderful Christmas!
Nikki & Rachel