I was telling a woman at work about it and she said "the back has to be as neat as the front." This immediately got my back up!! ( I just smiled sweetly at her) WHY DOES IT!????!!! This is exactly the kind of sewing attitude that keeps people scared to try new things! I cannot stand this kind of everything- has- to- be- exact and perfect and exactly right attitude- it stifles creativity and stops people experimenting- it keeps us closed in a box- all the sewing rules and this and that - it scared me off sewing for years - I had a sewing teacher at school , Miss Nash-like this- who was ultra critical and she really put me off. Now I love it and it makes me angry that she ruined my confidence so much that I only recently felt confident enough to sew again.
Craft and art and creativity needs to be open to everyone- bend those rules ( I have yet to buy Bend the Rules Sewing book but I love the idea) make mistakes, cut corners, try new things we need to encrourage difference and experimentation- thats how people learn. We need to make everyone feel like they can have a go , have a try, regardless of their age, experience etc- we need to make it inclusive-we need to help and share those new to it-they might find out they are really good at it... and wouldn't that would be very exciting!!!