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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, June 27, 2021

Flypaper thoughts: random version

  • The weirdness in the air is continuing
  • Has anyone else noticed that strange things are coming out of the blue these days
  • The man across the street, self-described as a young 75
  • Has taken to courtly escorting another neighbour
  • Someone who works shifts
  • Down the long hill towards her workplace
  • He gets up at 6:00 am to do this
  • Like he was going to be walking down that hill this time anyway
  • And he is always weeding on his lawn the time she walks by at night
  • Who needs TV I ask you?
  • When the pandemic has made the stories of the neighbourhood
  • More interesting than anything anyone could make up
  • A few months ago my youngest son moved home to here, after working in the US for a few years
  • The actual morning after he arrived and he talked about his plans to be home
  • He got a great job offer back in Texas
  • You would understand 
  • That the morning of the day I would drive him to the airport in the evening
  • I got up at 5:00 am and made him a shirt and linen pants
  • To wear in Austin and a heat we don't have here

  • For a while now I have felt a compulsion to sew
  • To get something out that was in
  • Does sewing do that for you?
  • I just knew I had to get sewing
  • Of course most of the things I have made
  • Have been for other people
  • I never remember to ask for pictures
  • Tomorrow it will be a seersucker nightgown for one girl
  • Pants for my sister
  • Tops for my husband 
  • A housecoat for my daughter
  • And a couple of dresses for me
  • I have decided that with the way my life is going
  • It has to be packable
  • So that's interesting
  • The linens are being washed and dried
  • Is an instapot better than a slow cooker?
  • From the point of view of sewing not cooking
  • I am threatening to make myself a two piece this year
  • Again the kids will pretend to not recognize me if I do
  • And clothes for someone to wear to junior high
  • That's a hard age to dress
  • Girls seem to be offered only the too revealing or nothing
  • Going to be interesting to figure this one out
  • Nova Scotia is unbelievably beautiful in summer
  • Just spectacular
  • Always hard to believe the recovery that comes after the icebox winter
  • I think I sew my own springs
  • To be illustrated as we go