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  • Kari says:

    Bernadette! English Heritage has included a turnip carving video. I'm convinced they watch your channel and love your ideas!!! squeals with joy

  • Evgeniia Belousova says:

    *sliding into the comment section before 48 hours limit to give some love and gratitude <3
    thank you for your videos, Bernadette! love to start my Saturday mornings with them, makes me very cozy

  • Emily H. says:

    This is a wonderful and thoughtful video, but it also made me feel weirdly sad and lonely somehow. So, I made the healthy choice of reaching out to a friend. You're right, community is super important, even if community sometimes just means two people sitting in a room watching silly goose videos while chatting about books. <3

  • Shannon Muccitelli says:

    I’ve never thought about carving a turnip, but your little turnip friend is adorable! God bless and keep you.

  • Renee Holter says:

    I have to say I love watching your videos. I enjoy listening to your process from start to finish for a project. The hand stitching you do is amazing and has inspired me to try making little projects., mostly sachets at the present.

  • Avril says:

    The 48hr strategy is a smart one. Great way to both be part of your community and practice self care.

  • Brooke says:

    This topic reminds me of a theory my friends and I have with large online groups and community. This theory is called "The crab bucket theory". When you put a group of crabs in a bucket they normally pull each other down instead of pushing each other up. Basically once you enter a forum, chat server, group chat, community, etc etc and after a certain amount people enter and you can no longer have a meaningful friendships with everyone there. The "competition" starts, and as you said you don't really win anything. So people end up with this mind set of "If I can't win I'll drag down you with me".
    This is a big reason why I end up lurking in the comment section and never really talking or forming new relationships. I don't like competing and I don't like feeling I have to compare myself to others. So this video hit hard with me a bit. This video gave me a lot more to chew on about this topic and I think I'll enjoy this food for thought for a while.
    Thank you for the amazing videos Bernadette ❤

  • Carolina Nierga says:

    10th century YES!!!

  • Pien Roebers says:

    You're wonderful and the best kind of weird 🙂

  • LunaBunny93 says:

    When I saw your first turnip carving video I was so happy you were willing to be historically accurate in matters of my favorite holiday. Keep up the great work.

  • Karen Malay says:

    Yay!! Floof content. Hail Cesario!

  • laulutar says:

    I'm a big fan of this year's Turnip Friend 😀

  • Stephanie Morgan says:

    "I'm helplessly weird." I need that merch.

  • The Pagemaster says:

    you know what else slips out of Cathy mouth
    pure wholesome whispers

  • Maiga Vidal says:

    As a songwriter this helped so much. Specially the competition aspect – just cause we are all in the same field, doesn’t mean we have to fight for resources, we can grow together instead!

  • mothmansfan says:

    You are wonderful. Thank you for all of your hard work.

  • Vicki C says:

    It's interesting to see how content creators interact with their community/following. It always feels like a big deal to me when various content creators I follow reply to or pin comments I've left. I'm just one of hundreds or possibly thousands of people commenting on a video, so for a content creator to notice my comment and respond to it, it feels like kind of a big deal, even though it's literally only a few seconds of their time.

  • Mark Pan says:

    Thank you for being you. 🙂 I will be carving turnip this year.

  • Rebecca Mercado says:

    I actually got a little teary-eyed watching this. I've long thought about creating a video or two, but I'm afraid of dipping a toe in the turbulent sea that is YouTube. Your commentary is saying to people like me, "Come on in! The water's fine." Thanks for being and sharing your lovely weird self.

  • Joke ikmezelfenmij says:

    I think embracing your weirdness is a skill that, like so many, we need to develop when maturing. The same way one needs to learn to accept the weirdness of others. I may be overanalyzing it, but looking back I think we spend our tweens and early teens trying to figure out what the 'normal' actually is, and as we become older, start to realize how we relate to it, but may not be necessarily around peers yet who've matured to the accepting of other people's weirdness point, leading to the 'struggle to fit in' stage. What I've been seeing for myself and a few cohorts of younger fellow students is that we, in early adulthood, figure out of which groups we can accept their weirdness and in turn they can accept ours. We're less forced together in groups by chance, and get more choice in who we communicate with. We choose not to socialize with the groups that don't match, and tighten the bonds with the others.

  • ainavirin says:

    Oh, I was waiting to see if you'd do another one of these!!! Always so lovely and soothing.

  • Hummingbird98 says:

    I genuinely needed to here something like this today. It has even inspired me to finish off my first dress.

  • Ren In Wonderland says:

    Guinea pig content!!! Yes!!!

  • Sarah Byrne says:

    I think this is a really interesting discussion to have, how these networks and communities are built around online content, how they are sustained and how they grow as well. As someone interested in screen media it's really exciting to get a glimpse into the 'meta' stuff that happens around content.

    Also I can't wait to see your sewing room. Seeing people's workspaces is my jam!

  • BlowItOutYourCunt says:

    Cute video but it sucks when you get shyt on just for your username , where's the community that accepts tolerates and loves then?

    My name is Christina but too many people here have practically driven me away from the channel because they dislike my username when it's just a feminist poke at patriarchal ideals.

    sigh I thought I'd find help with my costuming here but either my comments are ignored or I get hate for my username. Fun times : (

    Ps – No changing my username, isn't an option and shouldn't be suggested, so pls don't ask!

  • Austin Brown says:

    Love it ! Always a pleasure to hear from you 🌈👍🍁🍁🍂🎃 Thank you!

  • cassie lee says:

    Ah I'm one of those people who cant sew but love watching your videos, as well as those of the whole community, I love to know how clothes work especially historically and it inspires me as an artist. I truly love your videos and I'm very glad you made this one~

  • Clara Koenig says:

    This was a lovely thing to watch, thank you. The turnip friend looks very endearing too. I'm also a big fan of the uptick in Cesario appearances lately!

    As someone who yearns for a point in my life where I get the opportunity (time, money and other resources) to make videos (sewing or otherwise) watching your videos is incredibly soothing. Life has been impossibly busy and wearying and depressing lately but you always make me smile and, while I'm a little sad that I don't have the emotional bandwidth to engage more with the historical costuming community at the moment, it does make me feel like I belong. For now it's just as someone watching and enjoying everyone's Content(tm) but once I get to a better point with more free time to do things, I feel like I'll fit right in because I Am Also A Bit Weird.

    WOW THAT WAS A LOT OF WORDS sorry I got a bit emotional. But, in short – thank you! <3

  • Lillian Wohlfeil says:

    I am one of the anonymous masses. I love your channel and binge you quite a bit much to the chagrin of my husband whose great love is not watching historical costuming for hours on end. Just wanted you to know that your content and weirdness is quite appreciated, even by someone who is not necessarily in the historical costuming community but does enjoy watching other creators create (ei I watched the lady sherlock progression while knitting my baby blanket). I realize that this message is a bit….all over the place BUT. Thank you for creating. Love your carved turnip. I want to see your sewing room quite badly

  • Michelle Hutchens-Baratta says:

    "I am helplessly weird." This is me to a tea. Yes, pun intended. I have grown to finally come to your realization, but at a much later age. Good on you, because you will enjoy life so much more for much longer than I. All of those that I follow in a coyple of communities are very inspirational for me.

  • Lelekasa 13 says:

    Omg! Floof content and a cute turnip! I think I will start to carve turnips too, it seems to be fun ^^
    Stay weird Bernadette 😉
    Greetings from Germany

  • Hime Takamura says:

    Your videos are always so wholesome and uplifting, it's a joy to get to see them! Thank you for your positivity! I really think this message should apply to all sorts of communities.

  • Drea Hočevar says:

    I think the whole historic costuming community is incredibly wholesome and educated. You inspire me a lot, I don't do costuming but I'm always studying fashion history and drawin stuff, I surely will try to sew a couple of things. Thank you so much.

  • Audrey Stielstra says:

    Where did you get your blouse? It's so pretty!

  • Marisa Larson says:

    Although I most likely will never do any of the wonderful projects I see in your videos, I love listening to your explanations of historic costuming. It is a topic that has always interested me, even though I am not very fond of the actual act of sewing! Your voice and speaking manner is rather soothing and pleasant to listen to. I am glad you decided to share your "weirdness" with the world! <3

  • catfish says:

    How long does the turnip o' lantern (?) last before I should be concerned about whether it is folding into itself?
    And has any ever had their turnip taken by a raccoon or skunk? (these are all serious inquiries)

  • Hudson Dog says:

    Thank you for being my sent

  • Stephanie Chan says:

    Dear heart, half way through watching your video, I stopped making my scones to fully listen to you. I worked in a 'real' job for 20 years not being myself and muggling along. Last year I decided to embraced my weirdness. I found out the muggles were the odd ones. They may criticize, but I'm happy to party like it's 1899 and make my historically inspired jewellery. I love the arts community, they accept you for what you are and we all encourage one another to create more, feel more and dream more. You're right, there's no prize – just happiness in doing. A big hug for you and your neep x

  • CuteKitten 43 says:

    Thank you so much for this video, I have been feeling really unhappy with myself and my work lately, I needed this soothing and calm voice of reason, you inspire me to not only improve myself and be social but also to embrace my weirdness even though others do not appreciate it <3
    Love, Kit

  • Funni~Burnz says:

    Loved your message, love your passion, & I love how your brain works.
    ❤ Keep setting the bar ❤
    On a completely seperate note….
    Is that an IV pole that your roses are drying from ? 🤨😄😁

  • WillowTree1215 says:

    you are honestly probably one of the Most approachable youtubers(etc).

  • Flo Rida says:

    I discovered your channel through your corset myth busting video. My daughter & I also have curved spine issues. I shared your video with her. She does not sew. She is a writer & poet. Her response was, "I loooove her! She is sooo wonderfully eloquent & witty!" I agree with her. You are not weird – you are wonderful!

  • Liz Lovely says:

    bernadette: saying good things

    me: trying to see what books are on the shelf behind her

  • Suzi Smart says:

    "One should be their full weirdest self"! I love it. I love watching this community and knowing that, while I'm not a YouTuber, I am not alone in my weirdness. With a background in the professional world (financial at that), now crafting/knitting/photographing in my spare time as a start at home mother, editing myself to fit in the muggle world has become quite tiresome. Here, I can introvert to my heart's content and enjoy and be inspired. Thank you.

  • That One Catholic Chick says:

    >pertinent Halloween video
    YES gimme the Halloween video!

  • Laura Nixon says:

    Is that… a clock in a top hat? Cause WOAH.

  • hi_itsll says:

    TURNIP TIME.

  • Emily Franklin says:

    I have no personal sewing aspirations. But your videos are so relaxing for me ☺️

  • Kartsie says:

    Thank you for this years "turnip chat." I have been wanting to join in on the community and I have in my own way. I find it a bit difficult to talk to be people in the community, only because I feel like I'm bothering people. For fellow costumers who are interested in connecting in the community with others: Hi, My name is @Kartsie on Instagram and on YouTube and I am a fellow costumer. I would love to connect with the rest of the community, so if you have a fun project you are working on or just want to chat about sewing, feel free to send me a DM and I would love to get to know my fellow costumers and creators. 😀 I will be starting my YouTube channel as soon as I finish the big project I am making (a late Elizabethan Rosalind) and can sit down and tackle the giant amount of footage I have accumulated. I hope you all are having a blessed day!

  • Juul Thijssen says:

    Such an encouraging video! And not only in the sense that it makes me want to carve a wee turnip for my halloween display.

  • Jennie Eveleigh Lamond says:

    The sun through the window gave your turnip an ethereal glow.

  • LadyMDrgonfly says:

    You're so sweet, and calm. I love watching your videos.

  • Yukuko Yamada says:

    You're very inspiring. I watched this while handsewing a walking skirt you inspired me to try. Thankyou!

  • Yang Zhang says:

    can we talk about the IV stand…?

  • Brianna Jenkins says:

    Collaboration breeds more innovation than competition. Not something I ever really thought of because I'm not really a competitive person, but it makes so much sense. I really appreciate the perspective you've given me as well as so many others.

  • Ellegy says:

    Awesome video as always! I feel like carving my own turnip now.

  • a slut for sabrina spellman says:

    youre such a good person 🥺

  • Kathleen Amatangelo says:

    Do tell us about the contraption on your right side that has a tube, bottle and drying roses. Please 🙂

  • Xan Overton says:

    A while back on Instagram you had made a post asking what we’ve thought about doing but just haven’t yet and I said I’d like to start a sewing channel showing how I sew from my wheelchair. I got a little bit of interest in it, but I still felt afraid and told myself, “What if no one’s interested in that?” I don’t see disabled sewists anywhere…so I want to show people that we exist and we can still be disabled and have our hobbies. I just still have to get over that fear and actually start posting stuff… Anyway, your words of encouragement always inch me closer to doing this thing that I really want to do, so thank you for that! ❤️

  • Rúna á Steinamørk says:

    Is it already a year since the last turnip carving? This year's turnip looks a little sassy and I like it 😁

  • osita linguista says:

    I've learned that handsewing is actually feasible for me! I've recently lost a LOT of mobility due to rude autoimmune illness stuff and I definitely thought sewing was pretty much out for me for awhile. I always loved handsewing as a kid but it would have taken me so much longer to figure it out without this community! I honestly can't say what it means to reclaim a hobby while in the midst of losing so much 💖💖💖💖💖

  • Curiae Leins says:

    Thank you so much for everything you do. Thank you for inspiring us, and thank you for showing us all your lovely things to make. You're the reason I'm sitting here on my comfy couch hand-stitching a Jedi Costume! You're the reason I've gotten better at my hand stitching because my brain goes "Hey, Bernadette would like those stitches if you did them nicely!" And one day, I hope to be able to show you my work in person. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU! <3

  • Daissny Ravindran says:

    Am I the only one that wants an in-depth turnip carving tutorial 🤔

  • hélène hundt says:

    I needed this right now. Thank you so much. Impeccable timing, your positivity and genuine kindness help much more than you can imagine☺❤

  • saki hyuga says:

    I wonder if my parents would appreciate a turnip friend more than a pumpkin friend now that we live in a tiny apartment

  • Shelley Carr says:

    Just a suggestion, are you familia
    r with the app Slack? I use it at work to communicate with the mass of people that is the library I work for, but I also am part of a podcast-focused slack of podcast loving folks and it makes me so happy to be part of a community of people who appreciate the same things as me. Your conversation reminds me of this, and I could see this being a useful tool for the community (you can start small with a handful of folks and see how it feels). Not sponsored, I just find it really useful and community oriented.

  • unepommeverte17 says:

    I think I need to go find you all on instagram now lol! I pretty much only use instagram for cosplay, which seems pretty separate from historical costuming, but I think sewing inspiration is sewing inspiration regardless of the point of the finished product. You're right about other communities having the deity-like figures and the followers though. There are definitely people in the cosplay community that are treated like deities, but I had to unfollow them all. I follow non-friends for inspiration- mostly sewing-based inspiration- and a lot of these people were commissioning all the outfits and only styling the wig themselves. Not that there's anything wrong with that, that's just not why I'm on instagram. Anyway, idk where I was going with this other than hey I look forward to seeing you and your friends on instagram

  • Briona Jackson says:

    Thank you for another lovely video. I find your remarks wholly inspiring and your creations always get me in the mood to create more myself. Keep being your weird self and I will too.

  • inarigitsune says:

    I'm one of those that enjoy mostly watching. I do some historical sewing but it hardly gets posted or shown anywhere other than the events I wear it to. I was too ill to sew on the sewing machine, but got into more hand sewing again due to your videos. I have too many hobbies to add more than an occasional Instagram post to those and I'm taking Cathy's suggesting in saying no to new hobbies. My current one is best described as "Use up all the craft stuff you bought over the last 10 years before it owns the house not you." I am more of a knitter and spinner than sewing focused, though I do spin with a walking distaff.

    Your email policy sounds super reasonable. I've had to institute quite a few email rules with my many students, after one too many 1 am emails demanding an instant answer.

  • Kerryn Olsen says:

    OMG! I didn't realise Cathy Hay had a Youtube channel. Thank you for alerting me to that. I used to follow her in the dark ages, on LiveJournal, when she was making the peacock dress, but I had to unsubscribe from YourWardrobeUnlocked because of being a poor student. Now I've got all your videos to watch, and hers. And maybe I can find time to do some sewing, but it might require me to put my knitting needles down.

  • Linda Ursin says:

    I prefer community over competition too as it brings so much more and doesn't make you stress out over numbers. I have communities elsewhere but not on youtube yet 🙂

  • taintrain says:

    I love this video! Community is so important and I love how supportive and wonderful everyone here is. I am always inspired by you 🙂 #beweird

  • Emma Callery says:

    I would like to say that seeing your videos come up in my feed always make my day.
    Also, hello new turnip friend!

  • Nurmi Husa says:

    What a wonderful time to be a historical costumer! When I was studying at Uni nearly a half century ago I could never have imagined today’s richness of community and easy accessibility of deep and wide ranging resources! I celebrate you all (and wish there were a few more gentlemen (or ladies) focusing on gentlemen’s clothing)…

  • k Bailey says:

    I highly enjoy your channel. I I'm old and need to ask what does cosTuber mean? My five yr old granddaughter loves your hamster. I hope he can join you, again. Thank you and take care.

  • StephanlolxD says:

    Dear Bernadette,

    as someone who is always thinking in competition caused by the business I'm working in, your thoughts on "community" are really inspiring.
    You mentioned that you will read every comment in the first 48 hours, so I take this opportunity just to say "Thank You!".
    You're content is awesome and I hope that one day I will coincidentally meet you in London to say "Hello" and thank you in person.
    Keep up your great work!!

  • Marthe Claußen says:

    Yay, it´s really cool to see someone carve something that´s not a pumpkin for Halloween!
    I´ve been carving beets for the last …I think six years? Yeah, about that long.
    And all the people who saw me doing it or who heard about it were always kind of confused

    (some even brought me pumpkins because they believed I hadn´t been able to get one).

    Anyways, it all started as I said about six years ago when I read a bit about the celebrations the people here in northern Germany had in autumn before the wave of American Halloween Traditions started to come over (and even further back, like to the eighteenhundreds).

    One of the books I read talked about `Rübengeistern` (`Beet Ghosting`?) and `Kipkapköögels`

    (I think this means `Beet Ghosts`, I´m not familiar with the dialect). Upon further research it was revealed that they usually used fodder beets or sometimes autumn beets (which are both variants of Beta vulgaris) for their carvings.

    As I was curious I tried it out and it worked well. Yes, the beets are a bit harder to carve, but that didn´t discourage me and the end result was quite pretty.
    Since then I´ve experimeted a bit with all the beet varieties we´ve got here.

    If you don´t want your hands to be stained red for at least a day I would warn you about using red beets (or are you calling them beetroots?), although you can always incorporate that into your Halloween costuming.
    I am very happy every time I´m able to get my hands on a sugar beet for my carving because they smell absolutely wonderful when you put a candle in them and give them a bit of time to warm up. 10/10, would recommend!

    May more people be inspired and begin carving beets and turnips, too!

    Let´s get a bit of variety into the greenery glowing from within in front of houses and in windows in the darkening autumn twilight!

    Tl;dr: Yay, more people carving something other than pumpkins! Try it out, that´s what people originally used to carve in autumn for putting candles in. Red beets stain your hands during carving, Sugar beets smell sweet when you put in the candles. Happy carving!

    (please tag any pictures of them with #notjustpumpkins so I can find and see them? I would really love to see them!)

  • Chikorita2Chante says:

    I only do the needle thing to save plushies, maybe a little do mend buttons and stuff, so much of this isn't to get better at it, I just simply enjoy your personality. I hope that that isn't too weird, since you seem address your fellow costumers a lot.

  • Seth Carson says:

    I always love these videos. By far one of my favorite channels. But I can't even begin to explain the blind rage I feel at NOT SEEING THE NEW TURNIP FRIEND ILLUMINATED. What the heck Ms. Banner? What the heck?

  • Ig-nat-ius says:

    I love the turnip chats!! And this was super affirming. I want to be a part of this community but largely I'm not able to create my own craft due to socioeconomic circumstances. So much of what I'm doing is just absorbing content, learning about it all rather than creating things. It's nice to have an outside source remind me that this still counts.
    Thank you for all that you do.

  • BigWingBoy says:

    This was super nice to hear as a perspective/lesson because not only does it apply to this community, it also applies to any community of hobbyists/professionals! It kind of made me rethink my stance on how I view my art and I appreciate that – it was a much needed positive push. That said, Happy Halloween, hope it's a spooky one!

  • Bismuth says:

    I have a fair bit of confirmation bias going on here, because I am autistic, and I tend to notice things that people have in common with me more, but watching a few of your more talky videos of you in a row, I started wondering whether you might be autistic.

    You said you used to not really understand yourself for example, and while that can mean a myriad of things, it is also an autism trait, and of course being socially awkward is a thing. Liking to plan out one's day meticulously is also a common trait. Additionally having very specific interests and devoting an extreme amount of time to them, talking about them a lot et cetera.

    Please do take this with a big grain of salt as I do not know you beyond the scope of these videos, and even if I did I wouldn't be able to diagnose you or anyone with anything either.

  • Goth Empress says:

    TFW you have nothing else to add to the conversation but really want to let others know you're here and exist and are a part of their community. Hello!

  • Alia seasalt says:

    Bernadette. . . WE LOVE YOU AND YOUR WIERDNESS <3

  • SerpentStrike says:

    I love your videos!

  • Alice Blanchette says:

    gay rights?

  • Michael Clark says:

    Guinea pig!

  • Lisa S says:

    I really enjoy your channel and other people in this community. I started sewing again after watching the videos. I don’t do costumes but I do sew cloths for myself. Right now I am working on the beginning plans fo a Mother of the bride dress. I would love to incorporate some historical influences. All the cloths people create are so beautiful and have so much more interesting then current fashion. I’m rambling but thank you for your work. I enjoy learning new techniques that I can apply to more modern designs.

  • LisaMGilmer says:

    I can't/don't do any sewing at all. I am here precisely for your weirdness (and the cool stuff you do with such enthusiasm)

  • JJ Ivy says:

    Love your turnip this year! Your videos are very interesting. Thanks for sharing ❤

  • Meagan Baker says:

    I absolutely love watching your videos! I"m very happy to have found your channel even if I don't really sew or costume.

  • Sydney Smith says:

    thank you for posting this – i’ve been teaching myself to sew and trying to find a place for myself in fiber arts (i started learning bobbin lace making today!) and this turnip chat gives me a lot of joy.

  • Cynthia Basil says:

    Love your outfit I think you need a cute witch hat to match. 🎃 happy Samhain.

  • PDNB214 says:

    😊🎃👍🏻

  • Kat M says:

    Such great insight and wisdom in your quarter century of growth. I've got a decade on you and barely getting to this point in my life. Keep on being "weird" because there are other "weird" people out there too 🙂

  • M L R says:

    sooooo what's with the IV Drip ornamented with dried flowers? is it repruposed for sewing /textile stuff, a post modern Memento Morte? awesome vidi right to the feels

  • Not2lost 123 says:

    I am so happy to have found your videos, and those of several other historical costuming and sewing channels. It is not something I might have initially sought out, as many thing that are in our recommendations might be, but I have enjoyed vicariously joining in on your journey. I didn’t realize it was something that would resonate so much to me. It has since encouraged me to try sewing again, including – gasp, hand sewing. Thank you for the work you clearly go to in order to create your videos and your projects.

  • Karen Brunton says:

    Dear Bernadette, would you please consider replacing your IV pole with a coat tree, because it kind of triggers me. I am one who watches the pretty videos to de-stress, but the reminder of the hospital, however practical, detracts from your lovely aesthetic. Thank you for your consideration.

  • Deborah Melo says:

    Yes, I like your weirdness 💙

  • Isabelle K-S says:

    the turnip is friend shaped 🙂

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