The Collective

Meet the talented Monthly Stitch Collective members:

The Editors:

Mel – Everyone’s got to be a little nerdy at something and I am a nerd with a sewing machine! I am obsessed with collecting patterns, fabric, buttons, vintage (and miniature) sewing machines and I am passionate about social sewing.

I live in New Zealand’s creative (and actual) capital, Wellington and I’ve been sewing for as long as I can remember, but more seriously since 2008. I started the The Monthly Stitch with Kat and Juliet as a fun way to boost my sewing inspiration and waning productivity and take as many other creatives as I can along with me.
Check out all of Mel’s posts on The Monthly Stitch and visit her blog: the curious kiwi


Nikki – I’m a crazy English girl now living in the coolest little capital in the world, ie Wellington, NZ. I’ve been here over five years and have made a life for myself sewing, talking about sewing, blogging about sewing and basically dreaming sewing, oh, and enabling friends with fabric/pattern purchases! 🙂

I’ve been sewing since I can remember. I used to watch Mum sew and knit when I was a wee whipper snapper. She taught me and I probably learned lots of bad habits. I’ve been making the effort recently to check my fit and take time ensuring I’m happy with my finish. I’ve loved being a contributor to The Monthly Stitch, you guys are so much inspiration and a great world wide group of sewing friends.
Check out all of Nikki’s posts on The Monthly Stitch and visit her blog: Nikki’s Stiches

shenaiCiara –  I recently moved from Lawrence, Kansas to Portland, Oregon with my long-time partner (he’s a historian), our five-year-old daughter (she just started kindergarten), & our scary-smart tuxedo cat, Catberry Butterton.

I taught myself how to sew in 2013, when my daughter was a little baby. A friend convinced me to make a baby quilt while I was pregnant. She walked me through the basics—pre-washing, chain-piecing, using a rotary cutter. I was surprised to find that I LOVED sewing. I now have a 99% self-sewn wardrobe.
Check out all of Ciara’s posts on The Monthly Stitch and visit her blog: Crabigail Adams


Elizabeth – I’ve lived in the Huntsville, Alabama area in the southeastern United States for over 20 years now and it’s where my husband and I are raising our four year old daughter. I wouldn’t have guessed several years ago that I would become a homeschooling sewist, but here I am and I love it!

I bought my first machine to make curtains for the nursery and now I’m making many of my own clothes and a lot of my daughter’s. My personal sewing style is fairly classic and traditional with not a lot of flourish or dazzle. That goes all out the window, however, when it comes to a little girl who asks for sparkly twirly skirts!
Check out all of Elizabeth’s posts on The Monthly Stitch and visit her blog: That’s Sew Lily

Blue Dot Coffeehouse Pant | Life By Ky BlogKyla – I live here in beautiful Northern California with my husband, our brand new baby girl, and our two little pup fur babies (who are actually not so little, I just like to call them that).

My mom taught me the basics of sewing when I was young, but I didn’t really start until I bought myself a sewing machine in 2013, and I’ve been hooked ever since. I have to admit, I generally do more planning than I do sewing, but I sew as much as I have time for and I just love the whole process! I always work better with a deadline, so when I came across TMS back in 2014, I found the challenges to be the perfect motivation I needed to gain new skills and finish some projects in a timely manner!
Check out all of Kyla’s posts on The Monthly Stitch and visit her blog: Life By Ky

Read more about the editors here.

The Collective:

All these fabulous creatives made The Monthly Stitch possible with their fabulous interpretations of each months theme.

Show them some love by clicking on a thumbnail to learn more about each collective member, you can see all of their TMS posts and then visit their personal blogs to see more of their sewing.

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4 thoughts on “The Collective

  1. I just happened to “stumble upon” your blog, as it was linked from one of your regular followers/contributors. LOVE this idea! It will certainly keep me sewing throughout the year as I usually have a tendancy to not get much sewing in when I put the machine away…. I really do need to change one of my rooms into a sewing room so the machine is always available! 🙂 Can’t wait to sew along with you in the coming months!!

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