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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?