Well hello there, new visitor to my blog, sitting there wondering who are you? and why have you no posts? and what are you all about?
I’m Hayley, middle name Margaret, which as a child I used to think very embarrassing and elderly but now I am a bit grown up it sounds more sophisticated and mature. I’m 24 and living in Nottingham in the UK, home to Robin Hood, lace making and the best (rock) music venue in the country. I might be biased, but that’s what it says on the building!
I am a microbiologist. I work in a laboratory for a food company, testing food to make sure there are no awful bugs in it. So far there isn’t but as a scientist I’m always half hoping to find something, even when my job is to (hopefully) find nothing.
I’m here foremost because I love to read and write. I am that person that reads your blog and then doesn’t comment because my response or praise is “dumb” or “same as other comments so pointless”. This is partly why I have started to blog. I like to write, thoughts or rants or just the reason I adore Harry Potter, and I’d like to have the confidence to say them and the skill to say them eloquently.
The other reason this blog was created is a newfound hobby. Sewing, or less specifically making pretty things out of other things. I like to point and say ‘I made that!’ I am, however, not very good at it. Yet. A couple months ago I made a rash purchase of a sewing machine and a few supplies. I then spent all weekend in front of it, ignoring hunger, thirst and my poor attention-starved boyfriend. I was hooked. I wanted to learn to do everything. I watched so many YouTube tutorials. Somewhere during the fervor of excitement over starting something new I decided to write it all down as a record of my progress.
Why publicly? For one, to help and be helped. It would be nice to be able to share this process with…everyone. I am a total beginner at most of this stuff, but I hope that my muddling through the basics can help somebody else to learn them too! Hopefully notes on what went wrong (or right!) will be useful to someone. It’d also be awesome to get feedback and advice from more experienced people on how to improve!
I’d like to share my personal thoughts and writing publicly to hear back from other people! On the topic or the writing itself. A personal journal doesn’t disagree or challenge your viewpoints and make you think differently (it also doesn’t tell you you’re totally right about everything and brilliant, unfortunately!). These are the people that I would love to connect with through this blog. Beginners and savants of my beautiful hobby and people that are just open to talk. To discuss and and challenge and agree. New people, I think is the answer I’m looking for. I want to connect with so many new people. I love to talk, (some say too much!) and I’m easy to appease. New people to talk to, please.
I predict that potential topics discussed on A Stitch to Scratch will be Sewing and crafts, ranging from things I have made, to cool tutorials that need to be shared (these will probably be synonymous), to look at this amazing fabric. Problem is I have no clue what to do with it. Ideas? I’ll also attempt to add a portion of General thoughts and opinions, of which I have many. Some of these thoughts will be about books, tv and film, some about my life and some because I just like writing for fun. Isn’t that why we’re all here anyway?
If I’m still blogging in a year I would like to have posted once a week for the whoooooole year. Ambitious, maybe? I’d like to have focused and improved on one or two facets of sewing, to the point where I’m more likely to say look at this that I’m so proud of, rather than look at this, what went wrong? I’d like to have spoken to some lovely people who have interesting thoughts and who think mine are at least readable. I’d like to have developed into being able to write something at least readable. Ha. I’d like to have more confidence in my writing.
I’d like to be proud of this blog.