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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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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Flypaper fly by


  • Have done some sewing but no time to blog
  • Leave for 2.5 months in Florida day after tomorrow
  • Packing the RV in the driveway and continuing what passes for normal life
  • Question
  • Should I take UFOs or new stuff to make?
  • Some of those UFOs have at least 5,000 miles on them already
  • There and back and the sleeves still not in
  • Never under estimate the power of a good garment
  • True story here
  • Last weekend my 88 year old mother was woken up in the middle of the night
  • Woman at the door was battered and said the Hell's Angels were after her
  • What did my mother do?
  • Exactly what any good Christian with not a brain in her head would
  • Let her in, called the police, and called the woman's mother
  • Her mother would want to know
  • All ended well by the time the cruisers left
  • Apart from the nearly giving my sisters and I a stroke when we heard this
  • Why, why did you do this mom?
  • Don't you watch the news?
  • "I knew she was not a bad person" said my mother.
  • "How could you possible tell that?" I asked
  • "She was wearing a good coat," said my mother
  • I forgot to ask what the fabric was
  • And you wonder where I got it from
  • My youngest is still on tour in Peru
  • And everyone thinks I wake up at night and can't get back to sleep because of my age
  • Actually it's their age
  • Big snowstorm forecast for when we drive into Boston and when I was planning to see my kids in NYC
  • There would have to be one big pile of snow before I drive past New York without a site visit
  • I think they might be afraid of that
  • My own grandmother was a Winnipeg snowshoe champ in her day
  • If you have ever stood on Portage and seen the police in buffalo coats you know that is no joke
  • That woman was riding around in the bus in nylons, a mink coat, zip up overshoes and a plastic rain hat at -50 into her early 90s
  • The insulating value of a good tight perm and button earrings
  • I have decided to redefine my own style
  • That's as far as I've got so far
  • Some of the ladies in the sewing guild are brave
  • Inspired me to try arty
  • First time
  • Made Cutting's Easy, ageless and cool pants
  • Magnificent instructions
  • Not sure that I have not produced what my dad would have called Whoopee pants
  • When I slow down enough for pictures you can tell me
  • BTW best sewn item of 2015 was a sleeping mask
  • Makes the difference between sleeping like a rock and like a skipping stone
  • Think of Miss Daisy and I driving down in an RV full of unfinished projects towards the sun
  • Will have time then to post of the journey
  • Now back to packing