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I am a mother, a 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 book Sew.. the garment-making book of knowledge was published in May 2018 and is available for pre-order from Amazon
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Friday, October 4, 2013

Well that was one weird week: otherwise know as more flypaper thoughts


  • My hairdresser gave me the chop this week.
  • I went in with a picture of an old hairstyle and said I wanted something lighter like this.
  • She lightened it alright.
  • To about 3/4" all over my head of thin hair
  • Spent the rest of the week on the phone to my sister Nancy
  • My daughter said you are bald, get a wig
  • Spent part of my week not on the phone to Nancy researching hair extensions, wigs, wraps,and tickets to Outer Mongolia.
  • Only cheered up when I realized headbands could be a new sewing project.
  • Here is a picture of the chop 
  • I got a haircut because it was picture day at the radio
  • Go figure
  • Since when do they need pictures on the radio
  • Sometimes Miss Scarlett plays radio
  • I have to hide behind the couch because as she says you can't see people on the radio
  • Got to vacuum behind that couch
  • Making T shirts all weekend
  • Restorative therapy
  • Going to explain pin and mark in quarters to my next Burdastyle class on Thursday
  • I have just the haircut for distance education
  • Going to be doing election night chat for the station
  • From my friend's house because she has the best snacks
  • When I retire I am going to the basement and play country and western music and Motown, nothing else, not politics. 
  • Only girl bands and only loud.
  • And make T shirts
  • Probably also loud
And signing off tonight for all of you out there

New fall McCalls patterns

I have gone through them all and this is the best of the bunch in terms of wearable style:



more later.