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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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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Flypaper thoughts somewhere in Virginia version


  • Stopped for the night and tomorrow will keep heading south
  • The right direction to go for a Nova Scotian in January
  • Had a magical visit with the son and daughter-in-law in NYC
  • Poignant because this is probably the last one before they move to San Francisco
  • Which will also be good
  • But snow falling as you walk in New York streets, past the doormen
  • Past the older people out and about 
  • Who in any other city would be holed up at home because you need a car 
  • Past small bright bars and dogs in coats
  • Past facades that are just the way they were 50 years ago
  • New York is its own time capsule
  • And for a while it has been mine
  • Now on to the next thing
  • With kids, of any age, it there is always a next thing
  • Even if the last thing is perfect
  • But we all need next things 
  • And some times we even know it
  • Have passed the time on the drive plotting my sewing
  • Tell me
  • What's with all jackets right now being presented as unlined?
  •  As if that was a good thing
  • Truth is linings cover a lot
  • And keep you from feeling you should do fancy seam finishes which take about 47 hours
  • And such a pain to draft your own lining pattern
  • Which just goes to show these patterns are no time savers
  • Do you think if I attempted a knit moto jacket, lengthened I could do it without losing my mind?
  • We will see
  • I have decided it is easier to sew more jackets than it is to lose weight
  • I want some Indie designer to hire me to help with the instructions
  • Just ran across a poor new sewer posting she was having trouble with step 117
  • Listen there is research on this
  • The mind can only hold onto 5, maybe 7 points, max.
  • You need to stop and give headings
  • Things like telling folks what they are actually doing and why they are doing it 
  • And when they are done you write "You have now completed the body of the dress and just need to put in the sleeves"
  • Or words to that effect
  • So they can breath out
  • 117 steps
  • That's just not fair
  • Is there any thing more annoying than that voice on the GPS
  • Unlike perhaps it is your own voice saying that GPS is annoying
  • When you are not the person personally stopping traffic in Manhattan 
  • With a large RV with a car attached behind it
  • Not to worry
  • That nice lady from New Jersey just went around us and drove up on along the sidewalk
  • After she had a talk with us
  • Didn't know you could drive there
  • We don't do that at home
  • Tomorrow we are getting a new GPS that tells you what roads, bridges and tunnels you are allowed to drive an RV on
  • Seems like a good idea
  • Also tomorrow
  • Driving far enough south so the water lines are not at risk of freezing
  • And I get my running water back
  • Also a good idea
  • We wait all year for these trips
  • It's our big excitement
  • Now off the bed with a small mad black dog
  • Real grass tomorrow Daisy
  • Real grass