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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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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Questions for you

I have had a very quick visit to NYC, arrived yesterday and going out tomorrow early, and have lots of news to tell. That will have to wait until I am reunited with my laptop.

However as long as I have to keep it short I have two requests for any help you can give me on major life issues that are bugging me.

First does anyone know how to get stains out of a corian sink? We did our kitchen a while ago and put in a nice big deep sink that is at one with the counter top. All very nice but it is a cream colour and picks up and absorbs stains like a paper towel soaks up spilt milk. Despite all my best efforts and reading advice on the internet it looks to me like a sink in a gas station where the sign that says ladies is written in cardboard with the last two letters very small because they were running out of room. If anyone can tell me how to get this sink back to normal I would be pretty pleased. That even I am bothered tells you how bad it is.

Second does anyone have a super easy pattern for a crocheted sweater of some kind? I have been slaving away trying to teach myself how to crochet and have made so many dishcloths now in different stitches I can hardly get the drawers in my kitchen closed anymore. And after all I am a clothes maker. I would pretty much make any kind of sweater if it required the basic skills used to make 800 dishcloths.

More later, on such subjects as great surprises like meeting blog readers in the garment district and how it is possible to spend nearly half of what your plane ticket cost on tiny shirt buttons without really thinking.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Flypaper thoughts

  • If you are cooking onions people are going to walk into the house and say "something smells good"
  • Guaranteed
  • I cut out the Alder dress today
  • I am liking the look of this pattern a lot
  • Making it sleeveless in a denim stripe but you could wear a tee shirt and tights under it
  • I am in the process of teaching a Negroni shirt class in the evenings
  • So enjoying it
  • The guy with the tats who raises chickens and brought homemade fruit leather is making a shirt with mushrooms on it
  • Friday I am going to NYC to visit the kids and buy buttons
  • Holding on until then
  • Friday night we are babysittting a friend's nine month old
  • Just like home
  • I am really excited
  • Gone there enough to know exactly what where I want to go
  • Including matzo ball soup when I regroup at Katz's
  • Anyone need a sewing teacher?
  • In NYC
  • Frying up mushrooms also works
  • Last weekend had an old friend I had lost touch with in for a sew day
  • Sewed all day and talked
  • I felt like I had docked
  • Know what I mean?
  • In ten months I go part time and can sew when I want, not when I can
  • Who's counting?