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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 I write a monthly humour/sewing column for 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 Amazonhttps://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=barbara+emodi&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Abarbara+emodi

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Thursday, January 8, 2015

I'm back and flypaper thoughts

It's been a little nuts lately.  I have projects to show and instructions and useful things. However the last week has me more in a flypaper frame of mind. So here goes:


  • There is something in the water around here.
  • Town's been over-run with sexist facebook pages, sex-texting scandals at some of the universities
  • I have been doing media commentary all month and it's wearing me out
  • Why they call me I don't know
  • All I say is where are their mothers and their poor mothers
  • Not talking on the guy I actually worked with
  • Would someone take the phones away from these knuckleheads
  • Their poor mothers
  • Made a great Lazy-boy top by melding a Burda tunic and the spectacular Renfrew Cowl
  • Pretty pleased with myself
  • Was going to do a cross-over V instruction 
  • Then decided both the V neckline and scoop neckline on the Renfrew need a different approach so they turn out better
  • Will get to that asap
  • Confiscate those phones
  • Did I tell you I am making four flower girl dresses for the big wedding?
  • So happy not to be fitting bodices
  • Excited about this project, very cute kids
  • My dear nice normal husband has been sick
  • Bad flare up of psoriatic arthritis
  • Decided that tough guy needs to try some complimentary medicine
  • He drew the line at Tai Chi without even looking
  • He said bread making was good therapy
  • I already have downloaded a few patterns one size up
  • So far I am doing great with the Yoga for Arthritis dvd
  • Not sure if me telling him what I am doing while I am doing it is all that healing
  • I mean for him
  • He liked the osteopath though
  • He thinks golf might help
  • My husband not the osteopath
  • Sewaholic just released a competitor to the Archer shirt
  • The Granville
  • Apparently named after my late father-in-law
  • The one who invented a 900 pound cast iron clam digging shovel he made himself
  • Wonder if the patent is still pending
  • This new shirt has darts and shape
  • For pears
  • Might be good for my daughter
  • I am more a parsnip shape myself
  • The original Granville also invented a jam-making pot lid
  • Did a promotional video where I was a jam-making Vanna White
  • There were little paper footsteps taped to the kitchen floor so I knew where to stand
  • And a script
  • Patent also pending
  • This is a man who once tried to fix a software problem on his computer with a screwdriver
  • Miss that guy
  • Covered the garage door with a house-paint giant rose
  • My mother-in-law's name is Rose
  • He was 80 when he did that
  • I married his son
  • Good men are still around
  • They carry flip phones

10 comments:

Patricia said...

Thank you for making me smile.
Happy New Year!!

Anonymous said...

My husband carries a flip phone. Happy New Year!

Summer Flies said...

I need a flip phone guy I think! I love reading your blog!

Angela said...

Laughing about your parsnip shape, although I wouldn't mind being one. I have decided that I am more the shape of an ear of corn. I'm waiting for some indie designer to take on us more cylindrical shapes;)

freshcityfarm said...

Parsnip shape, vanna and flip phones (which my guy just recently switched away from when his work gave him an iPhone)... Gawd you make me laugh!!!

badmomgoodmom said...

Loved this post. It's a classic.

I have to caution your readers about men who have to carry old flip phones without cameras because of the nature of their work and where they work.

It's a very heavily male-dominated I have been sexually harassed and discriminated against in that environment. I can't go into specifics because I signed a non-disclosure. (That's how they make it difficult to collect accurate statistics.) I will say that I had PTSD for years.

My caveat is that the last line does not necessarily apply if he has a job where he cannot carry a smart phone.

Anonymous said...

What a mess we have in town and I too have been thinking about their mothers. As as my mother used to say,'Common sense isn't so common.'

Need some sewing therapy to take my mind off the local and international news.The Granville and The Oakridge both look like keepers.

Barb,thanks for the flypaper thoughts.
Donna

Angela M. said...

To Angela - I am another Angela in the shape of an ear of corn. I know exactly what you mean about patterns not being for us cylindrical shapes.

And.... improved instruction about Renfrew necklines? YES!!!! YES!!!! THANK YOU!!!!

AlaskaBerninaGirl said...

Their poor mothers...

BeccaA said...

Some unsolicited dietary advice for the psoriatic arthritis: from my reading I have learned that there appears to be a link between autoimmune problems and eating wheat and gluten. He might not have so much pain if he went completely gluten free. Unfortunate that he loves bread making.