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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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Friday, April 29, 2011

Thank you

I am so impressed by all those who commented even so late at night. Marching bands, texting in better climates for fingerless gloves. This is me slapping my forehead with my hand. Of course that's why younger knitters are making them. How can I forget texting? I date myself. All I can think of is cold hands, which is why I came to Florida.

And mason jars at Walmart. Of course.

As to the 1/4" seam that makes sense too from a real quilter's standpoint. It's a big load off my mind to know there is a good reason. I might stitch up some of those Moda strips I brought with me today for fun and I will shorten my stitch length and do that. The first round of family arrives on Monday, my step-daughter and her partner (live and business - actually I hate the term "partner" in general, to me a partner is someone called Morty who does the books in the back room. A friend of mine refers to the woman he lives with a his sweetheart and I think that is so much nicer). My stepdaughter, Kristen says she is up for all discussions except the royal wedding.

By the way THE Dress is exactly the same as my mother's own 1952 wedding dress, minus the train. Exactly, I wish I had a picture with me to post (I usually don't take my parents' wedding pictures with me when I travel - what was I thinking?). I am going to call her today - she will be thrilled, although I am not sure what her position on the monarchy is. My mother is a sort of Christian progressive and I am not sure where she stands on the Queen etc. Plus her Scottish old relatives always referred to this queen as Elizabeth the first, not second, because they didn't recognize the take over of Scotland by the English quite a while ago now. But she will be pleased to see her dress again.

Two other things that I want to say before I go out and start enjoying weather that does not require gloves of any kind.

The first of which I am so happy to get to know you. (Shams thanks for your comments and the fluff is there and comfortable.) I really enjoy your comments so much and am not sure if the comment section is the place to respond to them or here, but thank you. It means a lot that you take the time to talk to me.

Secondly I understand something I wrote for Threads is out. I will have to pick up a copy. I want you to know that I just did the words, the workshop at Threads did the garments which they do often now. I have written on and off for them for years starting from a time when the wonderful Chris Timmons and David Coffin read a letter from a reader, just a home sewer, who had a couple of ideas and no qualifications at all. I let my writing go a bit when I was more occupied with full-time jobs. Now I am shifting back into part-time work I would like to get back into more writing. I also write monthly column on the last page of Australian Dressmaking and Stitches which reflects more the enormous generosity and tolerance of the editor Lynn Cook than anything else, and is very fun to do.


shams said...

I enjoy your writing, Barbara! :)

I can't wait to read what you wrote for Threads! I subscribe and will definitely check it out.

Enjoy Florida. :D

Kathy said...

I love your monthly column in Australian Stitches and was delighted to find your blog a few months ago. You have a lovely sense of humour.

My sincere condolences on the passing of your father-in-law.