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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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Thursday, November 21, 2019

Dark November flypaper thoughts


  • In the background my husband has the TV on
  • Impeachment hearings take me back to ironing
  • When it was Nixon's turn we used to go home to my friend's house after school
  • We watched her mom, an ashtray on the ironing board, doing her ironing and watching
  • Like many Eastern Canadian families they had family in the States
  • Including the famous Auntie sister who was such a drinker she set her alarm to get started
  • There was also a person called Uncle Brother who retired early. Real early.
  • So when I hear the TV voices I am thinking I should get out the ironing board
  • But am not likely to do the sheets
  • Or the underwear
  • Like my friend's mother did
  • I am also thinking about craft
  • My youngest son's girlfriend takes picture but uses film
  • She waits for them to be developed
  • Waits
  • These pictures are gorgeous
  • This girl knows craft
  • No digital
  • No editing
  • No filters
  • No tricks
  • No instant Instagram fame
  • I gave away my top-of-the-line machine
  • And now sew on old machines that rely on my hands
  • Not a circuit boards
  • This month I put the knits on hold for a bit
  • And made bound buttonholes
  • French seams
  • And careful binding
  • It was stress less not stressful
  • Like yoga breathing
  • Or ironing

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

I love all your posts, but this one most of all.

Sarah Wale said...

Lots to think about in the world right now.
Ironing is my least favourite activity except when I am sewing when I get pleasure from pressing as I go. Min Law used to iron socks, bras, undies, towels, face flannels and every other bit of textile you can think of. I don't! You are a woman after my own heart.

Cherie said...

Your fav music while ironing would make your heart soar. Hated the US election results, hate it now. My heart and mood need to soar, I’m lucky music does that for me.

Sewniptuck said...

Lots of smiles, this reads like haiku! Here in Sydney November is quite hot 33C and a Th same time quite cold 18C. Thunderstorms this evening so the dog and I are sitting sipping G and T outside on the verandah. The dog doesn’t partake FYI! Happy November.

Anonymous said...

I really love the red coat, which I assume was the site of the careful stress less sewing.

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