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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, October 13, 2016

Flypaper thoughts early morning edition


  • Reading the best book
  • Joy Emery's The history of the paper pattern industry
  • Can't put it down
  • Had me at "the tissue of dreams"
  • Not many blog comments my husband said
  • Maybe you shouldn't have talked about aliens
  • Listen I could have got into the senior who is a guide at the Jello museum
  • Or how my grandfather once had a drugstore up north called Gateway drugs
  • Miss Scarlett said I should publish a book called True stories you shouldn't tell children
  • The racoon hand was a present Birdie brought in and left under a cushion on the couch
  • Talk about big surprises
  • Am going to NYC Saturday for five days
  • So excited
  • This means of course that I have to make a black top today
  • Looked in the closet and realized I needed more black if I was going to the big city
  • Wore a favourite blouse into tape an interview at the radio 
  • Journalist looked at me and said, "couldn't decide what colour to wear so wore them all"
  • Listen it is radio
  • When in doubt go cheerful
  • But I do know a uniform when one is required
  • Wouldn't dare go out in Tennessee without lipstick
  • Reminds me to go to the uniform exhibit at FIT
  • In my black top
  • Being obsessed with fit lately too
  • And hems
  • Re-hemmed one pair of pants three times
  • Wider pants are harder to figure
  • Break at the shoe is out
  • I watch TV and figured out that the pants that look like they need to be hemmed is important
  • Even on men's suits
  • Question
  • Are they so long they bunch up because that's the style?
  • Or because no one at home can hem any more?
  • Daughter's friend cut off too long jeans and asked me was there anything she should do with the edge
  • Said she seemed to remember there was something she should do
  • Best thing about New York is the nice zippers
  • Love having my niece in the basement
  • Good to hear about tests being written and to remember all the time and energy spent on thinking about relationships
  • Makes me glad that my own love life involves hearing about how someone can drive five hours
  • With the mouse from his laptop out the car door and banging on the road
  • And it still works
  • Like us
  • Now off to serge