Sunday, February 17, 2013

Map the Sewintists goes live!


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I had a brain wave yesterday morning while I was supposed to be herding kids out to the car for a road trip to Ontario:  how can sewing and crafty people find each other IRL and never miss another meetup?

I quickly slapped together that post, and thanks to Shannon for pointing me in the right direction, and to Gillian for being my first tester, we're ready to go live!

Here's how to participate:

Open this link to get to Map the Sewintists
Click on the red Edit button on the left
Click on the blue pin on the upper left of the map
Click on your location to drop the pin
A box will open that will allow you to add your name or blog URL in rich text
Save et voilà! 
**********update from users:  it appears that you cannot pin if you are using a mobile device / tablet; also, you may need to use Firefox since other browsers may not work; finally, you must be signed into your google account.  If worse comes to worst and you can't pin after trying all this, just comment below with your location and info you want to include, and I'll pin you!

I would strongly advise people to only pin their general location or closest city, since we don`t want creepers peeping in our windows while we sew in our unders, do we?

Gillian and I have also added some fabric shopping locations around the world, so please share your collective wisdom!  I'm going to start spreading the word online.  If you like the idea, please reblog so that we can get the word out to everyone who feels isolated from the "cool kids" in NYC and London  ;)

Hopefully this will develop into a useful resource for all of us around the world.


125 comments:

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  2. Love the idea :) and have placed my little marker.

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  3. I've been reading your blog for about a month, but first time comenting. This is brilliant! Thanks so much for putting the effort into creating this fabulous resource.

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    1. P.S. Would you mind if we post about the map on our own blogs to help spread the word?

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    2. Yes yes yes! Please do! I don't have many followers, so the more people that reblog / retweet / retell the faster we can fill up the map!

      (On the map, you can click the link button and copy and paste the html for the map, customize it's look, and embed in your blog.)

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  4. Sigh - I think I screwed up your map, I'm afraid - I tried to put my marker in where I am (close to Binghamton, NY) and it ended up in the Atlantic Ocean. And I don't know how to fix it. Sorry. :(

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    1. Just click on edit again, then choose the errant pin and click it. It then opens up the box and gives you the chance to move or delete the pin. Thanks for participating!

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    2. I'm joining this conversation late but I rather like the idea of a sewist at sea, Toby!

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  5. Great idea! I'll add my general location and then reblog :)

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    1. On the left hand section, scroll all the way to the top and it's above the title "Map the Sewintists" in a red box.

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    2. Ahh, I was having this problem too. You have to make sure you're signed into your Google account or it won't show up. Great idea by the way! I'm going to add myself now! :)

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    3. oh thanks! I wasn't signed in. :)

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  7. Done! :) Thanks for the great idea.

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  8. Great idea! I just added mine

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  9. Oh what a fab idea. We shall be well away now. Well done for getting this started.

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  10. Brilliant idea! Love it. :-)

    (Also, for those having trouble finding the 'edit' button - I couldn't get it showing up while using Chrome, but it showed fine in Firefox. Ahhh, technology. So great when it works. So confusing when it doesn't for no particular reason.)

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  11. What a great idea! I pinned myself. As I said, I'm not going to hold my breath about finding many others, but maybe this will help find other Yukon sewists! And it could be great for getting fabric shopping advice or meeting up with others when travelling. :)

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  12. Great idea! Thanks so much for putting this together. I am on the MAP!!

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  13. What a terrific idea!! Nicely done.

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    1. No, but I want to do one. Haven't done it before (and I'm at work now), so I'll tackle it tonight. Thanks!

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    2. I agree, a badge would be great! This is so fantastic, thank you so much for this!

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    1. Read about this from KC's blogpost :) Great idea!

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  16. This is such an awesome idea! I've added myself and some local fabric stores. I wasn't sure what to put my location as, so put my pin in the city centre even though that's not actually where I am :)

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  17. Great idea! I have already started adding in all my favorite (and even not so favorite) fabric stores here in Manila, Philippines where I live.

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    1. Thank you so much - I was wondering who it was that had the inside track on such good Asian fabric markets!

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  18. Please add me too. I'm in Suisun City, CA Solano County.
    Thanks!
    http://lyndasewing.blogspot.com/

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    1. I just pinned you as "Lynda Sewing". Is there anything else you'd like to add?

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    2. That's fine thanks. I hadn't seen you before, but I'll be following you now.

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  19. Yay - I added myself this morning :) I re-blogged about it here too: http://sew-incidentally.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/lets-get-happy-to-get-map-py.html

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  20. I am mapped! And I mapped my favorite fabric store. Come visit me and I will take you to the craziest warehouse full of fabric that you have ever seen.

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    1. I'm going to be in Chicago next week.....for 30 minutes, at O'Hare with two kids in tow on the way to Florida. Boo. :P Next time for sure!

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  21. geez that was hard! what is up with these non playing browsers?! i had to resort to safari, and that worked... will reblog this week, this is SUCH a cool idea.

    and now you've got me wanting a bunsen burner.

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    1. You can never hope to be a mad scientist without a burner!

      (I've been trying to manipulate the map on my phone, and it truly is a PITA. Deviate in the slightest and you end up pinning yourself in the middle of the arctic ocean)

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  22. Good idea! But sad that no one else is in my area... hopefully someone will pop up!

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  23. So rad! I added myself :) Thanks for putting this together!

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  24. This is so awesome! Pinned and shared :)

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  25. Hello! This is a great idea! Do you mind if I post about it to let Spanish speaking people know about it?

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    1. Please do! We are a little too heavily weighted in NA and English speaking EU. Lets get some diversity.

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  26. Absolutely brilliant! Will reblog as soon as I can! Thank you so much for putting this together.

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    1. Also is it just me or do the people only show up when you change the pages.. everyone is split over page numbers? Does this make any sense? haha

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    2. Yes, I didn't expect that, but it appears that 100 pins is the max; then it creates a second page. It's kind of a PITA, but I have no idea if it can be modified. Help anyone?

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  28. Holy moley...I crashed the computer doing this : ) I apologize if I left flags everywhere. This is terribly cool!

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  29. I love it - and had no problem pinning! Pam from pammieandtheps in Ventura, CA!

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  30. I'm always on my mobile so can't pin from there. Would love it if you could pin me for Sydney Australia - Janelle aka Sew Hopeful from sewhopefull.blogspot.com.au. And this is a brilliant idea. Thanks!

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    1. Done! Rest assured, I'll eventually get around to cleaning up the map of errant pins and figure out how to merge the growing number of pages into one.

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  31. I pinned and re-blogged! Thanks so much for a cool and fun initiative :)

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  32. Thank you for introducing me to a new word. I shall now think of myself as sewintist rather than a sewist or sew-er.

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  33. This is such a great idea-- I put mine on, and am anxiously waiting to see if there's anyone else in my entire state who sews!

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  34. Hi this is such a great idea.... I have already found a blogger I didn't know about close by! I would like to get on but cannot get the edit button or do anything. Could you please put me on Brisbane/east side at Balmoral (Australia) and my blog name is www.sewdarntired.blogspot.com........ thanks!

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    1. Pinned! Welcome to the chaotic map. I'm going to work on streamlining it when I get some free time.

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    2. Thank you... what a wonderful idea.... free time... great concept!

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  36. I'm not sure if I am technically inept or what, but I cannot get this to work for the life of me! (Or at least not to save anything once I put it on there?) I'm in Madison, WI and my blog URL is sewingforreallife.blogspot.com. Silly computer! :(

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  37. For some reason I was also inept when I tried to do this the other day, but bingo! It worked today - great idea. (I think being logged in to Google was the key difference ;-) )

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  38. Marvelous idea! Just put myself on there to make Southern Indiana look slightly less like a wasteland.

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  39. I tried to put my little marker; neither Safari or Firefox would work. I'd love to be included. I'm Sharon and I'm in Portland, Oregon 97232.

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    1. Are you signed into Google? That seems to be the problem for most people. If it still isn't working, I'll check back tonight and pin you.

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  40. I've tried to enter myself on the map several times and cannot figure it out.
    Would you please enter me???
    Faye Lewis
    Warner Robins, Georgia
    fayessewingadventure.blogspot.com
    Many thanks!!!

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  41. What a great idea! I'm on a mobile device so I can't do it myself -- would love it if you'd add me. Katie in Overland Park, KS, and my blog is www.creativecounselor.wordpress.com.

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  42. Wow great idea! So glad I found your blog!

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  43. This is such a great idea, thank you so much for doing this!! I'm honoured to call myself a Sewintist!
    By the way, if anyone is confused I tried to pin myself and couldn't see my pin and thought that it hadn't worked... it took me a while to realise that my pin was on the third page.
    (I've 'reblogged' it here: http://therecklessneedle.blogspot.ie/2013/02/im-sewintist.html)

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  44. Brilliant idea! Added my pin plus found another sewster in Tel Aviv. Weirdly, I can see her pin in the embedded map above but not in the full map page, and yes, I tried all 3 pages :-\ Anyway, very glad to be a part of this :)

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  45. This is a great idea! I cannot see a red icon in the corner when I go to the page though...

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    1. I would try all the things listed above in the instructions and *updates from readers sections. Try different browsers; make sure you're logged into google; check if there is a small arrow button on the left hand side that will open the editing column when clicked. If still nothing works, then post your info here and I'll add you!

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  46. Thanks for starting this project Vicki! It's SUCH a brilliant idea. Almost surprising no one ever thought of it before!! See you tomorrow (eeeeh)!

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  47. Added myself! It's so funny I found this post, actually, because a friend and I are trying to start a sewing community website for meetups and such.. if you'd like to check it out: http://www.unitedfashionsewers.com

    There's not much on it at the moment, but hopefully it picks up! ;)

    Have a great weekend!

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  48. Awesome idea Vicki, I'll reblog tomorrow.

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  49. First time I read the post I thought it was for bloggers only. Nice that all us audience members are counted. Do for me as I always read my blogs on my tablet: Dhahran, saudia arabia. Thanks.

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    1. I hope I pinned the correct place - I couldn't find a match in google search with the same spelling. Let me know if it's in the wrong location, or if you'd like to add any extra info.

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  50. This is such a fabulous idea! I would love it if you could add me. I have tried several times and it is not working for me. I live on the north shore of long island and my my blog is http://imsewingagain.blogspot.com/. ( I just started my blog)

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    1. Just went to add your pin, but I see you're already there. Welcome!

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  51. I've pinned myself a few times now but it keeps disappearing... Same with others it seems (the last time I checked all the Belgian pins had disappeared). I save it every time and then it's gone again. Could you add me? I live in Antwerp, Belgium and my blog is called Annette Tirette (http://annettetirette.blogspot.be)

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    1. As I said above, there are so many pins that google has made 4 pages of maps to accommodate all of us. You'll have to check each page until I get the code sorted. I know some people are confused, so I typed the info on the map description as well.

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  52. This is brilliant! Thanks for creating this - its fabulous!

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  53. Amazing - this is exactly what we need. Thanks so much. I've re-blogged about it and now just need other people to join in Wales x http://dreamingofavonlea.wordpress.com/2013/02/23/map-the-sewintists/

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  54. Great stuff, thank you for doing this - it's fab! I've pinned myself and my favourite Dublin fabric shop and blogged about it!

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    1. I'm on the map too. Simple but wonderful idea. Was great to discover a fellow Irelander.
      Cheekily - or helpfully, I hope you'll think - I removed some "Placemark 201's". Some of them were in the sea, some were next to another pin, but even so it's not enough information to just have a placemark or pin - we want to know *who* the sewintists are (even if just by a code name!
      Wouldn't it be nice to be able to differentiate between shops and people/bloggers/sewintists? I volunteer to change the shop pins and to update a little note in the directions. If you wish, let me know.
      Re the pages thing, don't know at this point how to solve that problem. I'll sleep on it!
      Yours, hopefully helpfully, Róisín

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  55. I've tried to add myself twice and my pin isn't showing up. I also noticed the only other blogger in SD is gone too. What has gone wrong?

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    1. Sorry, just read on someone else's blog that we have pages of pins now. Mine is on a different page.

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  56. What a hoot! But I got stuck at signing in at Google. Would you pin me? I'm in Liberty, Indiana, USA, zip 47353. Love your site and I'm following.

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  57. What an amazing idea!Just pinned myself!

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  58. I'm on there - the first person in my entire country. Well. it is a very small country. Sewing happily and alone in the Cayman Islands.... Deby at So Sew Easy. www.so-sew-easy.com

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  59. I added myself, too! This is a great idea, because I've always wondered if there are any other sewers/knitters/sewing-knitting-bloggers in my area. Not yet, apparently!

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  60. Oh pin me please! I'm in Oklahoma City Oklahoma! There's nobody near me yet. My name is Amy & I'm from www.SewsNBows.com. Thank you!

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  61. Done, what a great idea. I will blog about this later and try and fill the UK with a few more pins!

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  62. Added my marker. Thanks for doing this! I hope more DC Metro people will add markers. I'd love to meet up with them.

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  63. I have a very old computer and was unable to pin myself, I would really appreciate if you could pin Tanya @ sewsassyagain.blogspot.com, Cincinnati, OH

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  64. this is amazing! thank you so much!!!!

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  65. This is extremely cool!!!! I'll be making a post about it on my blog in the near future

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  66. Yay Google! We can now use a different color and shape for Fabric Stores.

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  67. Such a great idea! consider me pinned!
    Thanks for sharing :-)

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  68. Such a great idea! I have tried all of your tips above in the post, and gone through all the comments above, and tried several other things, and I still cannot get it to work. Can you please pin me in (North) Berkeley, CA, 94707. My blog is about sewing vintage, cooking, and a few other things. I'm Kelina at http://westernspinster.com/ THANK YOU!

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    1. Done! Others have said that Google won't let them pin on certain browsers or devices, so don't worry about it.

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