He Surfs, He Sews, He Educates, and Entertains
Our guest for episode 9 of That Sewing Blab was Rob Appell from the blog and YouTube channel, Man Sewing. Co-host Alethia Hudson and I spent the interview enthralled by this self-proclaimed storyteller as he told us about his life and how sewing has been part of his journey to date.
When trying to describe Rob, lots of words jump forward to the front of your brain like energetic, humble, genuine, creative, practical and FUN. While we were interviewing Rob, it seemed as though his portion of the Blab screen could hardly contain his enthusiasm and love of life.
The That Sewing Blab Interview
In the interview, Rob discusses how a free-spirited traveller and surfer came to be a sewing machine technician, master quilter, professional blogger and video tutorial specialist. Learn about how fulfilling a gap in the market (or being cheap as Rob put it) and his natural creative inclinations brought him to a place where he connected with The Missouri Star Quilt Company. This innovative company like Rob love to teach people about their craft. It is interesting how even if his path to his current career was not planned from an early age that it suits him and his lifestyle perfectly.
Quilting and Much, Much, More
Through his quilting video tutorials on YouTube, he breathes new life and plenty of enthusiasm into what is seen by many as a traditional hobby. For the record, I am not one of these people. Anyone who has received a quilt can see the time and effort that goes into making a quilt. They recognize that these labours of love are mini functional works of art.
Rob and his Man Sewing blog and videos are not only about quilting. On his YouTube channel, you will find tutorials and tips on everything from sewing machine maintenance to jean alterations.
After watching videos on his YouTube channel, I am full of inspiration for future projects. I cannot wait to try the leather applique from his pillow tutorial as detail on a jacket. I might even have to make a mini quilt and make it the centerpiece of a future project.
If you have not seen Rob’s video tutorials on YouTube , you must check them out. You only have to see his Quillow tutorial to understand what I mean.
Follow his Man Sewing blog to learn more about him as well.
For episode 1o of That Sewing Blab, Alethia and I interviewed Tova of the blog and YouTube Channel, Professor Pincushion.
Photos courtesy of Rob Appell and are from his Man Sewing YouTube channel.