Readers get the needle after sewing magazine introduces woke pronouns for contributors 

Readers get the needle after sewing magazine introduces woke pronouns for contributors 

Readers get the needle after sewing magazine introduces woke pronouns for contributors

  • Woke makeover at Simply Sewing was labelled ‘nonsense’, ‘mindless’ and ‘stupid’
  • Stitcher Preya Broom shows readers how to make a 1950s-inspired shirt dress
  • Her name and pronouns – she/her – have been placed at the top of the article

It appears the culture wars have spread to the rather staid world of needlework.

Readers of a popular sewing magazine are infuriated after it began stating the pronouns of contributors.

The woke makeover at Simply Sewing – which has a readership of almost 25,000 – was labelled ‘nonsense’, ‘mindless’ and ‘stupid’.

In the latest issue, stitcher Preya Broom shows readers how to make a 1950s-inspired shirt dress, with her name and pronouns – she/her – at the top of the article. 

She declares: ‘It’s great that Simply Sewing magazine has started using pronouns. It’s a big part of being an LGBTQ+ ally and helping create a more inclusive society.’ But readers of the £9.99 magazine are not so sure.

Readers of a popular sewing magazine are infuriated after it began stating the pronouns of contributors. The woke makeover at Simply Sewing – which has a readership of almost 25,000 – was labelled ‘nonsense’, ‘mindless’ and ‘stupid’

On an online discussion site, one said she was irritated by the addition of pronouns to each article, adding: ‘I get so het up about all this. Some of the people don’t have their pronouns displayed so hopefully they are the sensible ones who refuse to partake in this nonsense. They are all ‘she/her’ anyway.’ Others agreed. 

‘A lot of folk mindlessly add pronouns as they think it’s just the done thing,’ said one. ‘They don’t realise how stupid they look.’

Two other women contributors in the same issue of Simply Sewing are described as she/her alongside their pictures. Simply Sewing is published by Our Media. It did not respond to requests for comment.

Simply Sewing describes itself as ‘a practical brand for makers who sew, or would like to start sewing.’

A blurb adds: ‘Its fresh attitude and ideas, beautiful photography and inspiring projects will have you behind the sewing machine from the get-go!’

The magazine delivers sewing patterns, from toys to dresses, and helps readers make home accessories like cushions.

In the latest issue, stitcher Preya Broom shows readers how to make a 1950s-inspired shirt dress, with her name and pronouns – she/her – at the top of the article

In the latest issue, stitcher Preya Broom shows readers how to make a 1950s-inspired shirt dress, with her name and pronouns – she/her – at the top of the article

‘Customising your own clothes and home makes, and touches of embroidery and appliqué are also included, together with fun features and profiles of celebrity stitchers and bloggers,’ it adds.

Preya gushed about her inclusion in the mag on Instagram, where she showed off pictures of herself in the floral-print dress she had made.

She said: ‘It’s been killing me to keep this to myself. I’m in Simply Sewing magazine this month!

‘I wrote a pattern review for them of the @tillybuttons Lyra dress. I made it from an @artgalleryfabrics cotton poplin. It’s the perfect autumn dress and I can’t wait to layer it up.

‘When I started documenting my makes on here just over a year ago I never imagined I’d be asked to do something like this.

‘Before I put up my first post I was scared about putting myself out there. I’m so glad I was brave, as it’s very cool seeing myself in print.’

Also given pronouns in this month’s issue are Kate Underdown and Rachel Walker, who founded sewing pattern collection The Fold Line in 2015.

They are both described as she/her alongside their pictures.

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