Dear members,

I know we are LONG due for an update! I hope everyone's been doing well. I've been incredibly busy (still have not written my Christmas thank yous!!!), but I have fortunately been getting some great help from chibi-lenne! So big thanks there! If anyone else would like to help admin or otherwise contribute to the group, please shoot me a note! More help is always welcome!!!

Anyway, I've got question that occurred to me while moving deviations from the Halloween folder back into regular folders.

Is Binary Gender Sorting a Problem in this Group?

I'm learning to be sensitive to queer and gender issues, but even aside from such concerns, there's a practical element: some costumes and clothes are just gender neutral anyway! And it occurred to me that we only have male and female folders for both female and male costumes. Our group rules state that group shots or gender-neutral clothing should be sorted into the "male" folder, simply because "male" tends to serve as the gender-neutral. So, is this a problem? If so, I've got a couple of suggestions for how to fix it.

I can't really create a poll, but if you all could weigh in with one of these answers, that'd be greatly appreciated!
:bulletgreen: No, it's not a problem. Let the sorting remain as it is.
:bulletyellow: It is a problem, change the folder names to say "Male and Gender Neutral" on the "Male" folders.
:bulletred: It is a problem, make a gender neutral folder for both costumes and clothing.

My only concern with creating more folders is that self-sorting would become more complicated. So, should I just change the folder names? Thanks for any weighing in!

Group Reminders
:bulletblue: Each member may only have ONE featured deviation.
:bulletblue: Each member may only submit ONE deviation per piece to the group EVER (though you may removed submissions and re-add if you have an updated deviation or better picture)
:bulletblue: If at any time you would to change your FEATURED deviation, please let the admins know!
:bulletblue: You are allowed to add WIPs, but I STRONGLY suggest you wait until you have a deviation of the completed piece!

Hope you all are doing well! Let me know if you have any other suggestions, concerns, or know of any neat sewing contests!
Dear Members,

While I hate to do it, this has been a problem for a while and it has been brought to my attention that members are frustrated as well. So for the time being, the costume folders have been locked.

The Problem:

Members submitting more than one deviation showing the same piece, usually cosplays. The rules state that you may only add one deviation per piece to the group. EVER. Any other views you want people to see should be linked to in the comments section.

I understand that sometimes you want people see more than one deviation of the same work, and that  you're proud of how a piece has turned out and all the time and effort that went into it. But this is not a cosplay group, it is a group to show a variety of sewn works and for the benefit of all members, we have rules to moderate how many deviations of a single piece are added to the group.

Folder Lock

The folder being locked does not mean that you will not be able to submit. It means that ALL costume submissions will have to be approved before they are added to the group.

This unfortunately means there will be a delay between when you submit a piece and when it shows up in the group. Because I have a lot on my plate right now, that delay may be up to weeks at a time. If I can get some help moderating, it will go quicker, but if not, the delay will remain.

Will the Folder ever be Unlocked?

For the forseeable future, no. We still get plushie submissions to the group even though they were banned a long time ago. For this reason, the Misc. Projects folder still has a lock on it.

I am sorry if the decision to lock the folder upsets anyone, please feel free to make comments below or note the group. As always, I'm open to suggestions, comments, and critique. If anyone would like to help moderate the group to improve delay time, that would be GREATLY APPRECIATED!

Otherwise, I hope to continue to do my best to run this group. Hope you all are having a lovely November, and if in the US, hope you had a great holiday.

Dear all,

So sorry to have been absent much of late! It's been very busy adjusting to a new life and work! Please be patient with group submissions that require admin approval and know if something expires, it's not the same as a rejection. Just please resubmit!

On that note, I would LOVE some help running this group, please note me if interested!

:pumpkin:Halloween Folder Returns!

The Halloween Folder will be back in the group and is open for all your Halloween projects! Please remember that acceptable projects must still be in line with the rules and theme of the group - aka NO plushies or anything else that typically wouldn't be allowed.

:pumpkin: Instructables Costume/Project Contest

Also, sent me a notification the other day of a Halloween contest they're having. Contest is open for all kinds of Halloween projects, especially costume tutorials! Check it out: [link]

Shout out below if there's anything else you can think of (suggestions, complaints... ) ! Hope your fall has been going well!
Dear all,

Intermediate-Artists is having a contest to celebrate the end of summer and there are points up for grabs!

The Dog Days of Summer Contest:


For those of us up in the northern hemisphere, we are the final weeks of summer, so why not run with it as a theme?! For any medium, the challenge is to find a way to show what you think of as the dog days of summer. You could get really literal and go take a photo of some people sweating to death, or you can go wild and be very metaphorical (as long as you can explain it!)."

Read more about it here!

Group Update

In case it hasn't been obvious, I've been getting more and more busy, but am trying to keep up with the basic functions of running the group. Please keep the rules of the group in mind to help! A few reminders...

:bulletred: Plushies are NOT ALLOWED. In any way, shape, or form! Join our sister group, Sewing-Central to show off plushies.

:bulletred: You may only submit ONE DEVIATION PER PIECE. Multiple views should be linked to in the comments section.

Any Ideas for the Future of the Group?

If anyone has any ideas to keep this group up and fresh in the future, or if you'd like to be a group admin, please shoot me a note!
Dear Needlers,

I hope you all had a good April! And if you haven't been wished it yet, May the Fourth be with you! ;)

Important Group Reminders:

Guys, this group needs everyone's help to keep running smoothly and that means paying attention to the group rules for submission. Please read these points to remind you about some group rules that people have been having trouble with lately. The Featured folder especially has been having a lot of problems. So please remember these notes!

:star: Needles and Thread is a sewing group, but it's focus is on things you can wear. This is why we do NOT allow plushies. If you mostly sew other kinds of items, like plushies or blankets and such, please join our sister group: Sewing-Central which is open to ALL sewn projects.

:bulletred: Every member may only have ONE feature deviation, ever. So if you've already submitted something to the featured folder, you should submit all other deviations to the regular folders.
:bulletred: Featured deviations must belong to one of the main categories of this group: clothing, costumes, purses/bags, or general accessories. While Needles and Thread allows other projects, only wearable deviations will be accepted into the feature folder.
:bulletred: You may only submit ONE deviation per piece. If you want people to see other views of your work, include links in the deviation you submit.
:bulletred: As noted above, plushies are no longer permitted in this group.


To give the group something fun for the summer, I've added a summertime folder to the group. Submit and show off your summer projects! Every kind of SEWN project will be allowed in this folder (with the exception of plushies), but must clearly be related to the season.

Have fun and Happy May!

Important Blog Entries

:star: ALL MEMBERS should read and be familiar with the content of these blogs:

:bulletred: Submission Guidelines needles-and-thread.deviantart.…
:bulletred: Feature Gallery Rules needles-and-thread.deviantart.…

Also, please check out and support your fellow members' stores!

:bulletblue: Members' Stores needles-and-thread.deviantart.…

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