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on creativity

Was “wasting” away this Monday morning, after breakfast, reading through articles from Lizzie’s current Vintage Traveler Miscellany, and decided to read about the women weavers of the Bauhaus. Women?? Hmmm…..might be interesting . . .

Nice, I thought after reading the article, then noticed the photo of a living fibre artist from the group, surrounded by oodles of huge wonderful colour. Just the thing to brighten a dreary Monday morning!

Billed as “defiant art,” it was a fascinating journey from history into current art. What was very revealing came at the end… and spoiler alert… I’m going to leave you hanging.

The artist asks the interviewer:

“Do you cook?” she asked me.

“No,” I said.

“Do you garden?”


“Do you sew?”

“No.” I blushed, unsure how to justify myself and suddenly reconsidering my life choices.

“Well, you see,” Hicks said, . . . . .”

Leaving it there to point out she included sewing.


Speaking of which, ahem, about those buttons in the top photo. They’ve just been reclaimed from a never-worn blouse which I found whilst going through packed away wardrobe. Now that winter weather is definitely here… at least this week and last… I’ve just about completed that phase of my dream wardrobe makeover.

And since it’s also Macro Monday, here’s one more piccie. Enjoy!


delving into history

Simplicity Sewing Books from 1937 (L) & 1945 (R)
Simplicity Sewing Books from 1937 (L) & 1945 (R)
look at the price: 15 cents!
ACK.  This should have been published yesterday…

Am always interested in researching, particularly if it’s about vintage clothes or sewing techniques.  Decided to order Simplicity Sewing Books from 1930, 1940, and 1950, but have had to make a shift with the 1950 edition, and ordered the 1950 Singer Sewing Book instead.

What a revelation!  They reminded me of many techniques and experiences I’d forgotten.  After a 20+ period of not sewing much, all that previous experience seemed not to apply to current sewing trends.  Or was forgotten.  I thought I had to start all over again, and that was not very encouraging.  Now I realize those techniques are still valuable, are being used, and I’m simply shifting away from current patterns to patterns in my comfort zone.  Not to mention sit & style.

Debi, over at My Happy Sewing Place… is currently doing an alphabetical series of posts on different techniques as listed in the Singer book, which is partly why I decided to shift. It’s definitely something to have on my shelf.

Can’t tell you which is my fav post so far but I …

~  ordered 2 pieces of jersey for blouses after her post on ka-nits (knits; didn’t you ever joke about ka-nife?)
~  search the web looking for patterns for faggoting on collars such as she’s displayed
~  can’t begin to write about her lace post because it’s so informative!

Pick a favorite?  LOLOLOLOL ! ! ! ! !

Course,   the icing on the cake is Debi’s fabulous collection of her-made vintage clothes, and frequent photos of her home town, Edinburgh, Scotland