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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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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Basic hand sewing stitches : #2 the slipstitch

What are you going to do with me?

I will simply never get a smooth, pro looking blog, or now these videos, going.

Over the weekend my brother-in-law suggested I set up a real professional YouTube channel. You know one with proper videos, camera work, and lighting.

Well I pretty much knew as soon as he said that, that this was not for me.

The one thing life has taught me is that if you are going to sew all the time you really have to let a whole lot of other stuff slide.

Worth it of course, but there it is.

So there are no Photoshopped pictures on this blog, and my video team tonight was eating some after dinner ice cream while he shot what you see below.

This was OK because the only other team member on site is a small black dog. A small black dog who has decided I have sent her back to the puppy mill by putting her is a fenced off area in the living room while her back heals.

This is breaking both our hearts, and this is the context of the studio in which this one was shot.

I woke up this morning determined to make a little video on how to do a nice discreet slipstitch. The way the day developed did not lend itself to production prep.

At 8:30 am a friend came over to discuss a former job where her #Metoo testimony made after she couldn't take it anymore led to her boss being finally fired. She visited me on the way down to her old work place for the first time since that all happened. We had to go over that scenario for a few hours.

After she left I made a navy cardigan to wear because I am going to leave for Winnipeg and then Portland this Saturday.

Next I got a call from Miss Scarlett's school to say she had fallen off the monkey bars and had a possible concussion. So I whipped over there and took her down to meet her mother at Emerg. Looks like she is going to be OK but is under observation at home now with her mom who is a nurse and is likely going to hang around here with me while her mom works tomorrow.

As soon as I got home from the hospital my husband came home early to see if I would run over and play a little golf with him - he has a bad hip, going to set the wheels in motion for a hip replacement appointment tomorrow - and when he feels he can he wants to play golf.

All of this is to explain why my video is stitched on a remnant laid out on a somewhat still damp pillow case from the line.

So what's the point?

The point is that the next time you feel your life is not Pinterest worthy or particularly organized or even not even remotely organized and your mind is feeling more or less frazzled that's perfectly OK.

And perfectly OK that if in the middle of all of that you just tune out and start thinking about sewing.

That is actually what, to me, sewing represents in any sane person's life, and what - in addition to how to do a slip stitch, is what this video is about. 

Real life.


Sox said...

Enjoy your trip to Winnipeg. The weather here this weekend is supposed to be gorgeous but, if you have a little rain to spare, please bring it along.
Daisy will forgive you; dogs are marvelous that way.

patsijean said...

Good review. Good job. Thanks.

Jennifer said...

That was awesome, I could watch you sew and listen to you tell stories all day

tmd said...

Useful video, thanks! The “nearly killed me” comment cracked me up—isn’t it weird how you can do buttonholes and pleats and darts and cuffs and stand collars, sometimes in the same garment, and be nonplussed, but a “quickie” project can damage your mental health :)

Anonymous said...

This is the first sewing demonstration which has made me chuckle. Thank you for this tip. I have been procrastinating about finishing sleeves on a kimono jacket because I couldn't decide on which approach to take. Seeing you do it has convinced me I'll whip through it it no time. (Does marker on your hands make it easier?!)

Ccmel said...

Lovely to listen to your video. Your stitches look so neat. The marker made me laugh. I've found them handy for colouring in bleach spots on clothes too!

Teri on the left coast said...

In grade 7 home ec (yes, that long ago) I was taught the hand 'blind hem' stitch - as opposed to the one the sewing machine does. I wonder, looking at this, if my teacher just had a different name for, basically, the same stitch? Looks pretty similar.
By the way, your book arrived today (Wednesday). I can hardly wait to dig in. A hearty 'atta girl' for what looks to be a stellar work.
Miss Daisy will forgive you as soon as she gets sprung.

Janine said...

Thanks for the video. Now when I read your blog I can use your voice instead of my Aussie accent. Hope Miss Daisy is better soon.