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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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Sunday, February 4, 2018

Flypaper thoughts San Antonio edition


  • Really nice day walking around San Antonio Texas with my husband in a newly acquired cowboy hat and Daisy in a stroller
  • Yes he did
  • It was hot and he needed a hat 
  • And the next thing I knew
  • Suits him actually
  • Have you ever been there?
  • The downtown is like a limestone surface of streets
  • And walk down some stairs and it's Venice
  • River walks, sidewalks along narrow water no guardrails
  • Really like Venice
  • Who would have thought?
  • It was so beautiful I held myself back
  • Didn't suggest we find that fabric store
  • Filed that away in my personal account as a behavioural credit
  • Sure to be cashed in
  • Do you know there are roads in Texas that have an 85 mph speed limit
  • How good are you at serging in clear elastic in shoulders?
  • Working on a new top in the rv
  • Always tape my shoulders to stabilize but should do the elastic
  • When I try it I cut it into ribbons
  • Just lay in down and serge over it says Trudy
  • It lies down on her serger but jumps up on mine
  • Exactly the sort of thing I am in the rv to work out
  • In private and in another country
  • So if it takes forever to do right
  • We can keep it to ourselves
  • Interesting top
  • Sort of flared with pockets
  • For some reason it reminds me so much of one of the little bags old ladies have for clothespins
  • Like I wish I had
  • You know the ones with the bias binding that hang on a hanger
  • Well this one is going to hang on me
  • I am going to find it very handy when I hang out the wash at home
  • There is a man in this state park who rides a recumbent bike
  • He has a pole mounted across the back
  • And two Dobermans attached one at each end
  • Sort of like propellers on a plane
  • They fly around here while he whispers to them
  • Never have seen his wife yet
  • Probably in the camper wondering how she got here in her life
  • So glad I am not the mother with five small kids in a tent
  • Or do I wish I was
  • On second thought not sure
  • Pretty sure about the man on the recumbent bike
  • Lots of DYI around here but none involving flying dogs 
  • Yet
  • More like cooing to Daisy in a dog stroller
  • Short legs can only sightsee so far
  • My son in Austin keeps texting me
  • More fabric arrived here mom
  • Circling around back to Austin for 3 weeks
  • Staying in the vicinity means he can still live his life with us in town
  • When he can duck out and do that
  • Gives me time to think about clear elastic too
  • And find that fabric store
  • Believe I have a credit

8 comments:

Eileensews said...

Continue to have a great trip. Hope we can get together next year when you head south.

Wendy said...

Let us know, please, if you figure out that elastic. Moi, I gave up.

Summer Flies said...

I put my clear elastic in the little slot in the foot and pull it through and it goes on right where it should... when I say that's what I do, I've done it a few times. I either use little ribbon that I save or the elastic. I don't make that many knit things.

Anonymous said...

I had read about that little slot, too, and thought "boo hoo, mine doesn't have that" but it does! Threading through it with 1/4" was the hardest part, but then yes! It does go right where it's supposed to! Kinda made me squeal, it was so much fun :-)

beckster said...

Can't help on the elastic. I have been too chicken to try, knowing I would probably make a mess. Please let us know if you figure it out. It probably depends on what type of serger one has. You always sound like you are having so much fun, and I hope you are! Of course, I remember the clothespin bags that hung right on the clothes line. Don't remember it needing a hanger. Have a great week!

badmomgoodmom said...

25 years ago, I insisted that my husband decline an assistant professor job in San Antonio after my house-hunting trip. Knowing that I was working on my PhD thesis, the university sent me out with a real-estate agent who kept touting how cheap housing was in SA and I can be a stay-at-home mom.

We talked to other young faculty and they were very discouraging about the job market. At that time, Texas lead the nation in violence against Asian Americans and I was already sick of all the verbal abuse I received in Colorado for my race.

I put my foot down and insisted we move back to California, even without a job in hand. My white husband thought I was hysterical, but is now glad that he listened to me.

Barbara said...

Interesting comment badmomgoodmom. We are in Austin now which is sort of a Brooklyn with room and loving it. We love Texas but with a nephew in law at home legally in Canada who was once undocumented here I have been thinking a lot of different experiences.

Mireya Appleby said...

You didn’t miss anything at our fabric stores here in San Antonio. I’m glad you enjoyed your visit down here. Austin has a really great sewing community so hopefully you were able to find some goodies there. Thanks for all you do!