28 Sep 2011
My tuppence worth!
I just wanted to quickly add my tuppence worth regarding this hoo-ha with Heather from Stitch in Thyme and the criticisms she had.
I too was shocked to find that she had been given this feedback! I have always been a stitcher but it has only been in the last two weeks that I have connected with people online and started my blog. I can honestly say that the people whose blogs I have read and who have commented on mine are THE nicest people and I have been surprised at how positive, nice, supportive and friendly they have been. I have joined a yahoo group and a forum and am now recognising peoples names and starting to feel part of it.
I have for the first-time (last week) stitched a design for an exchange. It is a small design and I just need to do the finishing before I post it..I was excited..but now I am not so sure!
As all of us stitchers know it takes a lot of time and dedication to stitch and finish something and I know that I would appreciate that more than the finishing. I also saw someone elses comments about this and they said that 'as long as all the stitches go the same way' but honestly, I have scrutinized pictures in magazines and they don't always do this. Stitching is a creative endeavour and is subject to your own artistic license - stitch how you want and because it makes you happy!
IF the finishing was that bad (which I doubt) then the group leader should have posted a piece on 'the best way to finish projects for exchanges' and not isolated one person and made them feel unworthy. It is UNACCEPTABLE to do this and it isn't supportive at all, and it is on that note that I ask for suggestions on how to finish my exchange piece ;)! (It is about 15cm squared)
Since posting this I have seen posts by moderators of the group and they are saying that they are closing their blogs and pleading victimisation. I haven't read all of peoples comments, but the ones I have read have not called the moderators any names. I do say above that the behaviour is unacceptable, and it is, but its not unforgivable.
I think they are wrong to stop their blogs and their exchanges - they should use the comments made since the situation occurred as feedback and learn from it. Maybe they need more specific rules of the exchange; not just a theme but to say that it must be made into this and link that to one of their tutorials. The reactions of these moderators is extreme and hasty - and they may have been hurt, but they have many followers who are hurt by their departure and although they want to pass the blame onto anyone who has been supportive of Heather, their actions are their own and theirs alone.
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