A New Sewing Site: Kollabora (Plus a Contest!)

Have you heard of Kollabora.com? It’s a new community site developed by the creators of Burdastyle, featuring not only sewing projects but knitting, embroidery and jewelry projects as well. Kollabora, in their words, is a new community for people who like to make things. (Want to know more? Check out the video here.)

The site also has a Marketplace, so if you like a project you see, you can buy the materials for it through the site.

The site is still new and growing but I like the idea of that – see it, like it, make it yourself! Kind of like online shopping, but with the satisfaction of making something to fit you.

To celebrate the new site and spread the word, Kollabora is having a contest. We all like prizes especially patterns and fabrics, so I thought I’d let you guys know about it!

From the Kollabora blog:

  We believe that we are what we make. So this week we are asking our friends, family, and Kollabora members to upload a photo holding, wearing, or using a handmade project (either made by you, or made for you) to Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #kollabora.

Each day from now until Monday, June 11th we’ll choose our 3 favorites who will score great prizes from some of our awesome friends like Wool and the Gang, Colette Patterns, Mood Fabrics, and more!

So start snapping, start uploading, and make sure to share this email with your friends – we’re looking to spread the DIY love around the globe!

Contest details are here if you wanted to join in!

I know we’ve talked about sewing sites before like MySewingCircle, and we’ve talked about wishing for a Ravelry for sewing, a site that allowed us to find out more about the materials used in a project, and a site that was popular with plenty of projects posted. Community is important too, it’s much more valuable to browse a busy site with a variety of projects and notes. I’ve browsed the photos on Kollabora and already seen a few familiar faces and projects!

At first glance, the clean, fresh layout and large print is easy to read and navigate. I think there’s a lot of potential here as more people discover and start using the site!

What do you think? Have you tried the site yet, and what do you like or dislike? Do you see yourself using it now that you’ve found out about it?

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19 Responses to A New Sewing Site: Kollabora (Plus a Contest!)

  1. Lisa June 7, 2012 at 6:32 am #

    I like the site, just needs a bigger community and more projects posted.

  2. Laura June 7, 2012 at 6:41 am #

    Interesting site, thanks. I’ve signed up for an invite :)

    I like the idea of having a site where all makes are brought together. I make clothes, quilts and bags, I knit, crochet, make jewellery, bake etc etc – I think that’s fairly normal for crafty folk, and it’d be really nice to have a central hub where all that can be brought together.

    I shall wait with anticipation to see what the site’s like once I’m in!

    • Carol @ Kollabora June 8, 2012 at 9:49 am #

      Hi Laura,

      We are going to be brining in more communities in the future such as home decor, quilting and food as well!

      Send me your email address you requested an invite with and I’ll make sure to get you in. I’d love to hear your thoughts too. Carol@kollabora.com

      Best,

      Carol

  3. Marie June 7, 2012 at 7:12 am #

    I just applied for an account, so I haven’t seen the inside of the site yet. I’m not honestly that sold on the everything in one place model. I used to be a big user of Craftster, but when I started sewing more seriously the jack-of-all-trades feel of the site didn’t help me or inspire me much anymore. My experience has been that focused seamstresses tend to gravitate more to sewing-only sites, like BurdaStyle. I generally now troll their project section to find good sewing blogs which provide more in-depth information.

    However, a better interface could help the general crafting community a lot. I wonder that if Kollbora takes off more people will migrate over there. I’ve been using Pinterest more and more to mark and find projects I want to do. The thumbnail is a great way to record stuff, so if much of the Kollabora content ends up indexed on Pinterest, I’m not sure it’ll be a destination in and of itself.

    • Carol @ Kollabora June 8, 2012 at 9:51 am #

      Marie, Sounds like you have experience with a lot of the platforms out there. We are looking to gather a group of testers to get product, make projects and let us know what they like or don’t like about the site.

      Contact me at Carol at kollabora.com

  4. PerlenDiva June 7, 2012 at 10:02 am #

    It sounds interesting, but I don’t think I will join. I really like mysewingcircle and am active over there. And though the groups really could be a bit more active, I love the library-function and browsing for other people’s projects there. It isn’t yet as perfect as ravelry, but it is constantly improving. Also, I joined burdastyle.com but hardly ever use it. So I don’t think I’ll join another forum.
    It is a bit of a pity that there are several okay sewing community sites, but not a really perfect one, at least that I know of. And as they keep coming up interest will be divided even further…
    Constance

  5. aliza patell ratnayaka June 7, 2012 at 10:59 am #

    I like the site but am not sure how much I will use it. Have requested an invite and will investigate. I do like that they cover lots of areas which is nice as sometimes I feel like I want to do something different. time will tell!
    aliza

  6. lakaribane June 7, 2012 at 11:29 am #

    I heard about it on Melissa @ fehrtrade.com but I think you’ve sold me on it. Love the clean layout, a big, WELCOMED change from PR, at least for my eyes.

    I’ll check it out.

  7. Wanett June 7, 2012 at 12:25 pm #

    I really like it so far. I think my favorite thing is how easy it is to upload pics and the large, clear appearance. I always found pattern review to hard to use and BurdaStyle isn’t quite as active with commenting and feedback as it once was. I think it will take some time for Kollabora to become a destination, like all new sites, but I think it has potential.

  8. Alli June 7, 2012 at 1:33 pm #

    Just applied, I’m so excited! Most crafting sites are blocked on my work computer so I’m happy to have a site that I can upload my creations to other than facebook.

  9. Meg @ Mood June 7, 2012 at 2:41 pm #

    We love the folks at Kollabora and are thrilled they chose Mood Fabrics as their fabric partner. The team came to our warehouse and handpicked fabrics that members are sure to love. (I was with them—they nabbed some of our best fabrics!) We hope them much success, and thank you for promoting them here, Tasia.

  10. StephC June 7, 2012 at 5:49 pm #

    Oh excellent! Thanks for posting about this, I’m waiting for my invite and can’t wait to get in there and play around! :)

  11. ReadyThreadSew June 7, 2012 at 6:32 pm #

    The Burdastyle website is so beyond bad I cannot understand why they would attempt a new site – other than copying someone else. The Kollabora website appears to be just a straight rip-off of Pinterest and Pinterest is only surviving through venture capital. Bizarre!

  12. Lucy June 7, 2012 at 7:09 pm #

    Hmmm, I’ve requested an invite and I’ll check it out. I love Ravelry, so this looks like it might be cool too.

  13. Carol @ Kollabora June 8, 2012 at 9:46 am #

    Hi All,

    Carol from Kollabora here. Thanks for all your responses, those of you who are not 100% about it – you guys are the ones I would love to talk to. Only because, we’re trying to make the best website out there for makers and if we can’t get you interest, we’ve done something wrong. We’re actively listening to the sewing, knitting and jewelry communities and listening to everything people are missing or looking for in a community.

    Email me at carol@kollabora.com if you’d like to talk and send emails that you guys have requested an invite for and I’ll make sure to get you in.

    Part of the team came from BurdaStyle, but we left in January to start our dream project.

    We Are What We Make. Thanks! Carol@kollabora.com

  14. Louisa June 9, 2012 at 10:14 am #

    Personally I would rather see a community that’s just about garment sewing but only because Ravelry has no plans to add it to their supported crafts. I love Ravelry so much! All my knitting, crochet and even weaving projects are there and I don’t see duplicating those projects again on yet another forum. For my sewing projects I’ve never taken advantage of PR, BurdaStyle or MySewingCircle with the same fervour as Ravelry because they are all just so clunky in comparison. Anything new would have to be really really special to win me over! Picky. I know. But then I spend far too much time on the computer already and not nearly enough time in the studio working!

    • Carol June 11, 2012 at 8:33 am #

      Hi Louisa, There are many amazing sites out there. If you do want to give it a peek, please just email me at carol at kollabora dot com and happy to give you instant access versus waiting.

  15. krystina June 14, 2012 at 10:37 am #

    Like others I’m not completely sold on the idea of incorporating all crafts in one place. Especially just trying to include knitting, crochet and weaving seems insane to me when Ravelry is so, so, so comprehensive. There IS a huge gap in the market for the sewing and quilting communities, but I wonder whether this will do the trick… So far BurdaStyle, Pattern Review and My Sewing Circle just haven’t done what Ravelry does for garment sewing and for that reason have been a bit of a disappiontment. Time will tell I guess!

  16. Mona NicLeoid June 27, 2012 at 2:39 am #

    I’m with all the others who have pointed out that the demand for a “fibrecraft” (i.e. knitting, crochet, weaving, spinning) community is already very well covered by Ravelry. Due to their excellent database feature the site will always be the first stop for people looking for inspiration and information for those crafts. Most Ravelry members will be reluctant to enter and document their projects on yet another site while they are already receiving great feedback on Ravelry.

    Therefore, any site that is aiming at covering “all the crafts” is bound to fail in the fibrecraft department. However, as others have pointed out as well, there is still no “Ravelry for sewing”, so this is the main thing people will be looking for in a new textile craft (or more general diy) site.

    And those who have been using Ravelry for a while tend to be very very spoilt! I think this is the main problem all sites like mysewingcircle, patternreview, threadbias, seamedup, etc have been suffering from. Ravelry started small as well, and has become *huge*. It is very hard to compete with that. People expect a pattern database, nifty project pages, good search features, etc. No site can offer all that right from the start.

    I think one mistake some of the sewing / crafting sites are making is that they are more or less blatant about their commercial interests. The Ravelry owners were much more modest about that. It was designed as a community, not as a company, and has retained that spirit although they *are* making money from it.
    I think that’s something that is very hard to emulate.

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