Hello everyone! I am so happy today to bring you Kristy from Hopeful Threads. If you haven’t heard of Hopeful Threads let me introduce you really quickly. Kristy is a mom and a sewist. She likes to give back and every month she finds a new charity to work with. Read on to learn a little about how you can give back each month!
Hello Sew BitterSweet Designs friends! I’m Kristy and I blog over at Hopeful Threads. When Melissa invited me to tell you a little about my blog, I jumped at the chance! Thank you again Melissa!
Like many of you, I am a very busy mama, with 5 in my nest ages 20months – 12 years. Sewing is something I love to do! It’s my creative outlet, my mama fun time, that’s why it only seemed natural when looking for a way to give back, to do so while sewing! Hopeful Threads was “officially” started just over a year ago as a way to allow me to use my sewing abilities to help others. Along with a group of very generous and talented creative bloggers, we have been able to meet a variety of needs through monthly sewing projects. Some of the projects have included, pillowcases for our local DCS, activity totes for Children’s Hospital and a variety of items like sundresses, cloth pads and diaper covers that have been sent internationally to Ghana, China and Cambodia!
In addition to offering an opportunity to sew for a specific need each month, I also like to share about businesses that give back or that support needs outside of themselves. For example, Create H.O.P.E. Designs is a project near and dear to my heart.
Create H.O.P.E. was developed for the sole purpose of financially providing for the needs of orphans and their communities. Patterns are only $5 and 100% of the money raised supports those in need! While I am not a professional pattern designer, I was able to contribute one of my more advanced tutorials to the project and have been so proud to be a part of the collaborative efforts of so many caring designers!
I will also introduce you to a variety of organizations that can use your support. While you may not be able to sew along each month, I do invite you to consider showing your support in anyway you feel led. The organization we are sewing for this month is Annabelle’s Wish an organization serving nearly 2000 children in foster and/or orphan care in China. They are humbly doing some amazing work!
In addition to our charity outreach, I also like to share various sewing tips, tutorials and pattern reviews, as well as, personal projects I am working on. I hope you will pop over and take a look around, and I’d love to have you join us if it looks like a place you find interesting! We do have a lot of fun!
And remember….every stitch matters!
Are you feeling inspired? Is 2012 the year you will focus on giving back? It is one of my goals for the year.