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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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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Now everyone knows

Sewing (crafting) is excellent for your health.  I think we knew this anyway.


Monday, March 24, 2014

And now for a bit of Canadian culture

This tells you all you need to know about where I am from.

Notice the sweaters and the mild behavior.

I am typical in the sweater part.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Flypaper thoughts


  • Yes I am still here.
  • The bug came, went, did a U turn, came and now went.
  • Didn't miss any work because I will go home when I figure those kids have all they need to have in their heads in their heads.
  • Last week I got this email just before class "I won't be in class today because I thought today was Sunday and only realized it wasn't when texting my friends and realized they were at school."
  • You see where I am coming from here.
  • Somewhere along the way to Too-much-to-dos-ville I realized.
  • If I don't sew something soon I am going to lose my mind.
  • You know that feeling?
  • However with end of term and dog walking and being flu-esque I didn't really have time to sew.
  • So I took the only reasonable way out.
  • I sewed dolmans.
  • This will be remembered, by me, as the time I was so busy I sewed dolmans.
  • Five T shirts actually to go with my five knit Elle pants.
  • I just might give you a dress form shot a day this week as proof.
  • And you know.
  • Sometimes life is like a V neck.
  • I made one of the dolmans yesterday and the neckband was too wide for not super stretchy fabric and it sort of gaped.
  • Looked OK by those standards that only God is perfect and a man riding by on a fast horse wouldn't notice.
  • That's all fine but when I got up this morning and put it on the kitchen counter for a look I decided - we do better work than that in this shop.
  • So before I changed my mind I cut off the neckband with the chicken scissors and went down to the sewing room and installed a cross over V.
  • Your standards can slip but not too much, and not every day.
  • Or most days.
  • So glad I have finished House of Cards on Netflix.
  • Claire was getting to me.
  • You can't trust a woman with no accessories on her outfit and no knick knacks in her house.
  • That should have been everyone's first clue.
  • It was mine.
  • Sometimes when my husband is away I make a pan of sweet and sour chicken wings and eat it myself. With brown rice and beets.
  • Got to watch those dolmans in the sauce.
  • Got diagnosed this week with saddle sores from riding the exercise bike.
  • Amused doctor told me to wear some of those padded bum shorts out of spandex.
  • I can see me now, getting dressed like Lance Armstrong to go down to the basement and sit on the bike and look at pattern sites in my iPad.
  • Hardly an extreme sport
  • But I guess it depends on where you sit.
  • Literally.
  • I am thinking what I really need is a FBA to the seat.
  • You figure it out.
  • Might have to cut back on the chicken wings.
  • In three weeks I will be in Florida.
  • No more of these long blogging breaks then.
  • Promise.