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New chairs for the New Year?

Once upon a time, there were two chairs that looked something like this: With slipcovers old enough for a drivers’ license, it was time to give these chairs a slip of respect. Fortunately, a trip to New York’s Garment District yielded a fine remnant at a...

To sew or not to sew

How many times over the last 15 years have I vowed not to make my own clothes? While living in Italy, interesting clothing options popped from every shop window. Why do I need to sew with so many fabulous options nearby? While focusing on art quilts, accepting...

Wearing scarves: I eat my words

As a young professional, I went to a party a color palette party. This “party” made me feel pretty ancient. Where were the festivities, random uninhibited behavior, general raucousness? There must have been something in the punch, as I left having...

Learn Knitting Skills in Melrose

The Melrose Adult Education program list is growing by leaps and bounds this spring!  There’s opportunities to learn about painting, acting, business skills, interior design and craft.  Yours truly will lead two sessions on basic knitting skills, a lecture on...

Imagination Meets Reality, Part 2

Set, snip and go! It didn’t take long to cut out the Thai silk evening dress and its lining. I also cut another neckline piece on which I would practice my machine embroidery. Beirut, here we come! With 2 weeks until our departure, I was ready to knock this...

Imagination meets reality

Ah, dear reader… when we last met, I was off to play with my sewing machine and a variety of silk and metallic threads.  Skip, hop, jump,  and what a cheerful night it was!    I took my teal colored Thai silk, backed it with Sulky’s Solvy water soluble...