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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, May 5, 2019

Flypaper thoughts post Seaside Sewing edition

  • I am home after six days of sewing away at a retreat
  • 10-12 hours at the navy yacht club
  • Home to sleep and get more thread then back
  • Will post the clothes as I get pictures done
  • I married my husband
  • Because when I tell him I ran out of the bright pink pills that I am supposed to take every other day
  • Two weeks before the boring ones yellow I take on alternate days
  • Because I always reach for the nicer colour first
  • He says well that makes sense
  • And means it
  • Even though he is a person who uses the scales
  • To make sure the quarter pound hamburgers are in fact a quarter pound
  • All that sewing makes me want to do more
  • Like an performer who hears applause
  • Feels like more
  • What can I do next?
  • Every once in a while a child will have a period when you are particularly important to them
  • Right now a middle grand daughter wants to dress like me
  • We are just alike, we are practically the same person she says
  • Cancelling the decades
  • These quick moments in time require
  • Cozy cardigans for two
  • An election here this fall
  • The secret to good politics
  • One politician told me
  • Is always just to ask people about themselves
  • We all remember with affection 
  • Anyone who lets us talk about ourselves
  • Good advice to those who are 15 
  • Or find cocktail parties make them feel that way
  • I am considering a tattoo 
  • Of grandchildren's names
  • First I have to find someone who does cursive
  • Might take a while
  • I am pretty sure I spent the first four years of my education
  • Learning cursive or having it corrected
  • Elbow on your desk
  • And I went to school in modern times
  • Define modern
  • Listen I was there when cartridge pens replaced fountain
  • Now that was ink
  • A tattoo nearly ended the marriage of a woman I know
  • For her anniversary she had her husband's name put on her ankle
  • Thing is it took him three months to notice
  • That would do it
  • You know in that four years I could have learned something else
  • But I was in a system that had me learn Latin instead of typing
  • Now that came in handy
  • Or it would have if I had ever gone to Britiannia
  • Conjugate that
  • At least we had Home Ec.
  • Which I believe I failed
  • Got dragged down by cooking
  • Maureen Campbell and I dropped our batter on the floor
  • And tried to tell the teacher those were raisins not ants
  • You get the drift
  • Fast track to an F I can tell you
  • Our self esteem was no one's priority
  • Although it seems we had lots
  • Maureen and I made all our own clothes starting in grade 7
  • We kind of freelanced and sewed everything with the same colour thread
  • An allowance went only so far
  • Fabric we got by the pound at a place called the Farmer's Supply store
  • I am not making this up
  • Been there lived that
  • Maybe this explains why I turned out not to dress like a French woman
  • Maybe it explains a lot

1 comment:

Kansas Sky said...

Oh, what joy to sew for 6 days straight through!!!!! I wonder if I could pull that off around here. Still too much yard work to get finished before planting flowers. But I am eyeing my sewing machine and giving her a little kiss on the forehead every chance I get. Cheers to you!!!