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I am a mother, a new grandmother, and a teacher. But whatever happens in my life, I keep sewing. I have worked as a political communicator and now as a teacher in my formal life. I have also written extensively on sewing. I have been a frequent contributor and contributing editor of Threads magazine and the Australian magazine Dressmaking with Stitches. My first book Sew.. the garment-making book of knowledge will be published in May 2018 and is available for pre-order from Amazon


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Monday, September 8, 2008

Comfort sewing

Despite all the high level sewing that has been going on in my head, my actual products in the last day or so have been fairly simple.

Our wedding is creeping up on us (I have mentioned my daughter's wedding haven't I?) and one of the things she wants is welcome baskets in each cabin with baking and other necessities in it.

A few months ago we bought a number of apple baskets and she chose several green prints (her favourite colour) and asked me to make her some little cloth things to line each basket. Basically a pillow case with a different print on each side. I have 27 of them done and am now sitting with Rascal at the end of the day hand stitching the small openings closed. I have forgotten how satisfying good simple sewing is. The kind that engages your hands but not necessarily your mind. There is something to be said for non performance sewing, very soothing.

I think in the next few weeks, when laying out elaborate projects and focused sewing will not be feasible, I will collect all my hand sewing alteration type stuff and have those ready to go in the odd moments I can retreat and collect my thoughts, and when I need it, my composure once the extended family arrives in full force.

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