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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, August 6, 2016

Flypaper thoughts nice weather edition

  • Sometimes the places that are the dreariest in the winter are the most beautiful in the summer
  • Profound message there
  • Someone profound should think about it
  • Floating in a huge outdoor salt water pool under a bright sun
  • Catching four-year-old Miss Heidi as she roars down the twisting slide yelling "Brave Girls"
  • Not worried about that one
  • I keep testing pants patterns
  • So nice to give myself time to do this
  • Am not teaching in the fall and am doing nothing but sewing
  • My gift to me
  • And going to New York for supplies too
  • I have so many people I take care of but I have to work my way through them now to see my son in New York
  • I miss that guy so much you have no idea
  • No idea
  • I miss his wife too, she is special
  • Actually how lucky am I?
  • Speaking of missing
  • One of the assignments was not handed in last night
  • Got an email
  • Forgot about your class and am off to a bachelor party weekend for my buddy
  • Does Monday work for you?
  • I mean if I wasn't alive what would I do for laughs?
  • Life gets easier once you realize you don't have to iron linen
  • I know a doctor who doesn't even own an iron
  • Took me a while to get my head around that
  • Her kids have never touched one
  • I used to babysit for a lady who ironed her husband's underwear
  • She also used to drink vodka and oranges in the afternoon
  • Those were the broadloom days
  • Don't you hope the camera always lies?
  • This week I taught the niece who is staying with me how to knit
  • I watched my hands and her hands
  • Made me think of how many generations had done exactly this
  • The chain got broken on ironing though I think
  • She is a natural
  • Made a hat in a day and used double pointed needles
  • Hates school
  • Which is for text based and not visual learners
  • Hang on kid the road ahead is for the teach yourselfers and do-it-yourselfers
  • The successes of the bachelor party students is short lived
  • Take that one from me


sewingkm said...

Your posts are funny and thought-provoking. Thanks for sharing. Karen

patsijean said...

"I used to babysit for a lady who ironed her husband's underwear"

Not only do I iron his underwear, I make all of his boxers, sometimes in the same fabric from which I've made him shirts. Kwik Sew 1672.
I use the front fly area from the pattern as a template for the pj bottoms I make for him. The pattern is a one seam pattern from Wild Ginger "Martha's Favorite" from years ago. He is currently wearing the Avengers print, and I am working on a Star Wars print right now. In the cupboard are three flannel pair: a Zebra Paint,blot (whigh matches a pair of my pj's, Wonder Woman, and Bat Man.

patsijean said...

"Which is for text based and not visual learners"

Back in the 70's, when I was much younger, teaching high school English in a school that was progressive, and much loved by its students, I had an independent study student who was working on her reading skills. She was in the 10th grade I believe, pregnant, and very brave. Michigan can get cold, she needed (and would need) comfort, skills, and confidence. Her learning was more visual, but we had decided on reading skill enhancement. She wanted to learn how to crochet so I located a written pattern for a nice, circular afghan made of worsted weight yarn (I knew how to crochet) that could be made in multiple colors [no surprise, it was the 70's!] and she went to work. I showed her the basics and she went to work learning how to read and follow written instructions. Ten weeks later, probably less, she completed that term with an afghan she would give to her baby, and an A in her independent study course. I no longer remember her name but remain proud of her to this day.

Cuscini said...

Oh, Barbara, you always make me smile. I wish you'd come visit me "down south" on Cape Cod some time; just know you are always welcome!