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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 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 Amazon


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Thursday, January 25, 2018

A day of much weirdness

I am back in the rv after a trip to Winnipeg for my fabulous mother's 90th birthday. I have posted pictures of that trip on my Instagram.

After a busy time I was looking forward to walking the dogs, talking to my husband, and a little sewing.

Things didn't turn out that way today.

Instead a man I know well and like a lot, a former head of a political party at home, had to resign because of allegations of sexual impropriety with a staff.

Yes I know. Him too.

This meant instead of a nice quiet day I had to do some radio commentary and a TV interview via Skype from the rv, with my husband frantically running around to get me set up and to keep the dogs out of the shot.

If you are interested, and you are probably not, here is a link to the TV interview.

The day left me rattled, as far as I had known, this was a decent man, nice wife, lovely daughters.

I needed to sew to get myself settled again.

So I pulled out a cardigan I really wanted to make and had cut out at home before we left. 

Turns out that I also left the front pieces back in Halifax, probably in the garbage, probably long gone to the landfill.


Well some days its best not to expect too much.

Appreciating that this was not a point in time to raise my expectations I settled on making myself a head band unit I had made for my daughter, DIL, and niece for Christmas.

My hair is nothing to write home about at the best of times and camping hair is the sort of thing you want to cover up. 

It seemed a good day to make a head wrap so I did.

Here is the terrific free pattern I used from Patterns for Pirates. Super easy. PFP has some other cool free patterns too - all worth a look.

This headband can be worn as a head wrap, a slouch hat, a neck cowl, and well as, well a headband.

Here is me in some of those versions, artfully shot in the inside of the rv with my frazzled self inside. The fabric is a lovely bamboo knit from Fabric Crush:

I am pretty sure all I want to happen tomorrow is,


Might make more of these though.


BetsyV said...

Loved the interview, Barbara. Enjoy the rest of your winter down south!

Anonymous said...

Great interview! Appreciate your thoughtful, honest response. Elle

SewRuthie said...

Thanks for sharing the head wrap pattern, I think I'd like to give that a go. Looks ideal for small pieces of fabric left from another project.

jirons42 said...

Great interview!

knitsync said...

It was great to see you on your political commentator role but a shame about the subject matter.I hope it doesn't weigh on you and you can get back into full swing with your sewing.

tmd said...

Sorry about the day. I can’t help but think certain snowballs have gotten out of hand. Two thumbs up on the head wrap, though.

Summer Flies said...

Thanks for sharing. Interesting. When I think back to my youth, the behaviour of some men was appalling and still, although they try to keep a friendship going, I am polite and ignore them and when the time comes, I'll tell them why. I have always felt responsible to tell younger or less assertive girls, women, young men... you don't have to put up with bad behaviour from others, stand up for yourself and if you can't, find someone who will listen.

MaryEllen said...

Dry thoughtful & articulate interview !! Great job

Kathleen Meadows said...

Great interview - in fact I liked it so much I shared it on my fb page. I agree "they'll be falling like dominoes" and politicians need to get ahead of this curve FAST or we could see whole political parties collapsing which is a little alarming. I mean that in the most supportive to women way! I've been naming myself a feminist since '71 (I was born in '54)and was the 6th women hired in Canada to be a letter carrier (1976). Did I experience sexual harassment in the workplace? That would take a much longer narrative than this format would allow - I experienced it EVERYWHERE. When I now listen to women describe what was done to them and classifying it as "harassment", I'm stunned. This movement threatens to collapse the entire political to say nothing of what it will do the corporate empire. It's like we're balancing at the edge of a precipice of a global shakedown - a system designed by and for men. I imagine there are probably thousands of men in positions of power today that are panicking, losing sleep and considering resigning before...

The Wooden Berry said...


It was so nice to see another side of you. As always your honesty and integrity really struck a nerve with me. I know you have and will continue to change the world. Thank you!

Julie Culshaw said...

Something is wrong here. Unnamed accusers can destroy a man's career without revealing anything about themselves, where is the due process that we all expect in this country? I am not saying that Brown is not guilty, or that Baillie is not guilty, but surely accusations made in the public court should not convict. I think Christie Blatchford has some wise comments in this oped.


Dawn said...

Well said. True for all organizations. Thanks for your candor. And your sewing commentary. :-)

Esther said...

I really liked seeing you on canadian tv, you are so right about sexual harassment.
And thanks for the headband tip!
Your catalan admirer

Jan said...

We are the same age and I worked for a provincial government my entire career. The behavior of which you spoke was exactly what I and my female colleagues experienced as well. I'm so glad it is being addressed now, especially for the sake of my precious little granddaughter

Anonymous said...

Saw you last night on the CBC Barbara and I hope they take your suggestion, get things out in the open and get their house in order. Wise words. The dominoes are falling as you said.

I haven't been sewing but instead I've been kneading bread and remembering the school system I was part of years ago. Grrrr can you over knead bread! Such emotional turmoil when this older woman remembers her younger self.

Happy sewing.

Helen Marshall said...

similar events in Australia and the same emotions roused.

Marianne said...

Watched your interview; very interesting and helpful. So sorry that this happened to a person you liked and respected. I've never worked in politics but I hear things are pretty bad. Power corrupts? Too much free-flowing alcohol never helps either. So it sure is time for change but still I feel very sad about it... all the lives being destroyed so publicly, including the lives of the families. Too bad change has to be so painful.

Marianne said...

PS your link took me to the wrong place, but this one worked for me

SewTypical said...

Great interview -
you really are a sell-spoken straight shooter...
thank you!
:-) Chris