Sunday, January 24, 2010

During the growing stages of SEW Moni I've been praying about a social mission for our company. My initial thoughts were to support a mission abroad. Maybe a mission in Africa or an effort in the now devastated Haiti? But then, I realized that there is so much need right here in the USA.

Last week on our walk to lunch we witnessed a kid being caught and pinned to the ground. Scary. This week, I've seen way to many homeless people in shorts or bundled up like ice cubes in 20 degree weather. And, after exchanging a conversation with a fellow co-worker who as a single mom, adopted her abdonned little one, my throat felt shallow.

I've always felt fortunate and loved. I've never gone hungry or without a place to rest. I have a family who is completely supportive and such influences definitely kept me out of trouble. But not many have these things, not even one. And in the given economic climate, many, many more are suffering.

It's wild for me to even think about such circumstances and nor do I feel as if I could personally relate. The closest I've ever been to suffering was when I worked as an HIV counselor in a state clinic down south. Our daily influx of patients and counseling of test results was hard to swallow. I suppose the emotional anxiety I experienced, and the worry that someone would survive beyond their diagnosis is my closest taste of strife.

While I don't have a billion dollar charity fund or even a thousand dollar offering for many of the needs of our country,  I do have knowledge in what I love to do: sewing. And with that knowledge I intend spark a movement to create and craft for those that need it the most.

During the months of March, April and May I am asking that you join us in a push to craft for people. Maybe there is a kid who's never had a doll or a boy who does not have a blanket. Or maybe there is a shelter who needs more sleeping blankets and pillows. Honestly, I do not know who and were these people are but we'll find them together. We will!

Please stay turned for more on this effort. I intend to put the word out here in Brooklyn, NY. It's my hope that there will be a week if not a month dedicated to weekly sewing groups in your neighborhood, a unified effort to share hope.


Lunch Breaks are Dangerous!

Friday, January 22, 2010

We took a lunch break to interview Stephanie H., Design Assistant at SEW Moni. Our walk near the park turned a bit dangerous for a few moments. We are okay and still happy to be living in Brooklyn, NY!


Vintage Ode

Friday, January 22, 2010

We are increasing the inventory of our vintage finds today! We think they are say SEWW cool.

Valentine Handkerchiefs!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Giving and receiving a Valentine from your special someone or your dear friend is a long time tradition.

This Valentine’s Day, instead of giving a card or roses, why not give something
different. Something usable all year long. Something even

What is this you ask?

A love handkerchief!

Our handkerchiefs our 100% handmade, screen printed and stitched with soul in Brooklyn, NY.

Their distinctive characteristics are reflected by unique imperfections, a realistic perspective of love.

To purchase your special someone a handkerchief, visit


Sewing Up Love.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Key to my Heart.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Morse code |ˈmôrs|
an alphabet or code in which letters are represented by combinations of long and short signals of light or sound.
verb [ trans. ]
signal (something) using Morse code.
ORIGIN mid 19th cent.: named after Samuel F. B. Morse (1791–1872), U.S. inventor.

I'm dying to tell you what we have cooking in our crock pot of creativity here in Ft. Greene Brooklyn.

However, my team has sworn me to secrecy. At least until January 15th.

I am allowed to give you a hint: It has a lot to do with code and a little bit of romance.

FYI: Chocolate Fabric is not the answer.


Fabric Experts Unite!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

I recently took a trip to Staten Island to pick up fabric at a local Jo-Ann's store. While there I met an individual who sparked up a conversation with me about his design aspirations and quest to find the perfect wool blend. He noted how searching for fabric or even knowing an online site where fabric is critiqued, not just sold, is scarce. This brief discussion got me thinking that there are probably fabric critics out there and maybe we at SEWMoni could help build a list of such critics?

Selecting fabric is definitely personal and if not, a crucial decision regarding any project. Facets of a fabric's texture, down to weather or not it is washable, are important factors will affect your project.

All this to say, if you are a person who critiques fabric, we'd love to hear from you! Please send us your blog or contact information. Our goal is to link to students and craft peeps to one another as well as provide any information that might make sewing easier.




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