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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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Monday, April 29, 2019

My busy week flypaper thoughts

  • Packing now for a six day sewathon with my local guild
  • When I emerge I should have all my new season's Jalies done
  • And maybe the birthday present for my son-in-law's birthday made
  • It was his birthday yesterday
  • Remind me too to get cracking on those napkins for Christmas
  • You know Christmas 1992
  • Fired off the first of my weekly newsletters last night
  • It's intended for just learning to sewers
  • Send me a message if you want one
  • This side project is dedicated to my daughter
  • And a young girl I met in Kansas
  • She couldn't afford my sessions so waited outside in the hall to ask me questions
  • I talked to her at my breaks and instead of lunch
  • I tried to share what patterns don't
  • Just a little hint can make a difference between thinking it's you and knowing it's them
  • I am looking forward to uninterrupted sewing this week
  • Life has interruptions
  • Daisy is so happy to be home
  • And walk her route
  • I hear the golf course will open soon
  • Also hear that there are new sand trap rules
  • That mean everyone doesn't have to wait all day while I take 25 tries to get it out of there
  • My policy right now is to golf with only my husband who would golf with the dog if she would go
  • And folks who have an excellent sense of humor
  • And think conversation on the course is OK
  • This narrows it down quite rapidly in the golfing world
  • I am considering returning a bit to wovens
  • I have been making things in linen and cotton for family
  • And damn it's nice to press
  • The smell of steam is one of life's most satisfying pressures
  • Thank goodness I have given up eating the Easter eggs
  • Mainly because I can't find any more
  • My husband is planning his vegetable garden
  • Another hint I have returned to Nova Scotia
  • Can't plant until after the first full moon in June
  • He says that means no risk of frost
  • It takes skill to make a 10 day growing season work
  • I want him to plant celery again
  • The fresh stuff has real taste
  • Not like those pale rolls of woody newsprint you get at the store
  • I also want more rhubarb
  • Next to pickled herring rhubarb is my favourite food
  • This says something but not sure what
  • I am distracted now by wondering if I have enough navy thread for the retreat
  • For the first time in my life I am doing a capsule
  • Around one base colour
  • Better check
  • Will post pictures during the week
  • Now where's the thread?


Iris said...

Hi, I would love to be included in the newsletter list!

Patty said...

I am enjoying a return to sewing with wovens as well....tho I'll never give up sewing with knits :-) And I've never focused on sewing a capsule, but I noticed when pulling fabrics from my stash that I seem to be sewing a lot of coral and looks like a capsule!!

sewsan said...

would love to be added to newsletter list. Thanks!

Katrina Blanchalle said...

One of the great joys in my life is when I happen to see a new flypaper thoughts pop up on your blog. I am always assured of a smile, a giggle, and several belly laughs. I try to have a good outlook on life, yet your writing always improves my mood somehow. Thank you so much for what you do.

Barbara said...

Sewsan, can you forward me your contact information? Thanks, Barbara

Kamchick said...

Barbara, I'd love to be on your newsletter list
Thanks and have a great week!

Margaret said...

Hi Barbara,
I really look forward to your posts.....I actually do laugh out loud!
I would love to be added to your contact list as my daughter has decided that she would like to learn how to 36.....she just wasn’t interested before so the fact that she has initiated the conversation shows promise.
My email is
Just to say I got your book for Christmas and loved it! Keep up the good work!

sewsan said...

Hi: it's Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Love reading your thoughts, gives a much needed lift and laugh to the day :) We are off soon,traveling to warmer northern Australia as the winter has just come in the south. May take a small sewing machine or may just read, knit and contemplate the clouds in the day and night sky :) (Grey nomads or snow birds we retirees are called over here)
I look forward to reading your emails on our travels.
Sam the Aussie

Elle said...

Another who would love to receive your newsletter: lloontjens (at) gmail (dot) com

SheilaM said...

Hi Barbara, I too would love to get the newsletter, my email address is swason@btinternet . com seeing if I can fool the spammers with this way of typing my email address :-) x

Kaye from Adelaide said...

Hi my girls are starting to see and I would like them to see your newsletter. My address is I enjoy reading your posts.

RGreen said...

Hello Barb, would love to be on your newsletter list!

Anonymous said...

I love the flypaper thoughts and I would like to receive the newsletter. Thank you.

Anonymous said...


Please put me on your weekly newsletter list. Love your blog.

Cheryl Fraracci

Anonymous said...

You love pickled herring and rhubarb? You wouldn’t happen to be Swedish by any chance? I think you’d fit right in here!
Thank you for writing - I always enjoy reading your thoughts!

Barbara said...

Newsletter for me too, please. Ksgrrl (at)

TracyKM said...

My mother told me to not plant until after the crabapple blossoms fall. The full moon is the same day in Victoria as it is in Whitehorse, so I wouldn't go by that :)
Are you in an area with flooding?