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Introducing me.

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!

Rock City, Nottingham UK.

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.

typewriter thought bubble

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 manySome 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.



32 thoughts on “Introducing me.

  1. Welcome! Enjoyed reading your intro and looking forward to reading more. I’ll never forget the warm welcome I got on here, the very first time I nervously blogged and began a new sewing business. I want to offer you a very warm welcome too and wish you a long, happy sewing adventure.


  2. This is a cute-as-a-button first entry Miss Hayley Margaret (I feel your name is screaming to be said in an Atlanta accent)! I love your closing line “I’d like to be proud of this blog” – that is such a refreshing and honest statement, it feels very rhetorically pleasing. I am looking forward to learning more about your crafts (pictures please!) and also if you would like any writing advice then I would be happy to help you, I am also trying to work on my writing craft. Looking forward to reading more from you!

    That Saucy Tart x

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    1. What a lovely comment, thank you! Haha now I can’t think of my name without the accent! I’m grateful for your offer of advice! Sure I’ll be taking you up on it at some point! Your writing is awesome! There will definitely be lots of pictures, I’m not sure one post will suffice to cover my love of bunting…! 🙂


  3. Hi Hayley, Congratulations on your sewing machine purchase! I was lucky enough to inherit a very elderly Singer machine which I love, but haven’t had time to do much with recently 😦 What have you made so far? Fiona


    1. Hello! Thanks! That sounds amazing! I hope you manage to get some time on it soon! I have so far made quite a bit of bunting! (I love bunting to the extreme) for a new niece and nephew I’ve been gifted with! That and some glasses cases and little odds and ends! I think my hurdle will be buttons or zips! Both of which elude me this far 🙂


  4. Welcome! As a person who is quite frankly, a disgrace to my awesome tailor of a mum, I’m looking forward to your posts which will hopefully have a section somewhat on the lines of ‘….For Dummies’.
    Great first post, keep going!


  5. I’ve been posting from my phone for the last little while, so reading your blog was hard, but now that I have, I LOVE it!!! Everything is just so plainly stated but with a profound under layer that says “what I write is honest and easy to understand, but trust me, this is no puff piece; I have depth.” I cannot wait to see all of the lovely sewing creations you make. Since grade 8 in high school where I had a surge of creativity, I have been knitting and sewing in the wee hours of the morning, and had few people who shared my love for the art of sewing. I am lucky enough to have a former costume making grandmother and a still working sewing machine repairing grandfather, so I learned to sew early on, and know some tricks of the trade. Let me know if you ever need help 🙂 🙂 In short, you sound lovely, your blog is amazing, and I am looking forward to your creation posts.


    1. Thank you so much for your lovely comment! It means a lot that you felt that from my writing so far. I’m glad to have found someone else who loves to sew too! How lovely to have inherited some skills from them! I will most definitely be after that help one day I’m sure! You and this comment have made my day! 🙂


  6. Hey, thanks for following Beyond Panic! I appreciate that. New to the whole digital writer thing myself. It’s nice to know I’m not alone. I don’t sew though, so….(pun not intended, but hey…) Keep writing! I think we’ve got plenty more space on the Internet drive. Blessings!


  7. I am always excited when I see a young lady learning to sew. I grew up with the Bishop method of clothing construction and that worked beautifully for me during my early years before I got a belly. Then I realized the curved stick method that Asians use would have helped me do more in designing and altering patterns to fit. Both are useful. If only there were a school nearby where you could learn both methods!

    Enjoy your learning experiences and remember to be precise. Practice on children and move on to men’s clothing too. When I was younger, I made my husband’s suits. He was thrilled.


    1. Hi Beth! Thanks for your comments! I’ll definitely be taking them on board, though I don’t think my boyfriend will let me make him any clothes until I’ve had a bit more practice! Also thanks for the site recommendation! I will check it out and really appreciate the help! 🙂


  8. Hayley,
    I should have mentioned a great site for bargains in sewing supplies. I am *not* the owner, nor do I have any shares in this place, but I have had experience buying from them. Their customer service is out of this world and so are their prices.


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