Wednesday, 21 July 2021


In Grandma’s days Monday was always washing day, so
sticking with tradition the bedding was stripped and on the
line first thing, taking advantage of the hot weather we are having.

After a trip to the Post office I dropped off a frock at friend
Val’s, who I haven’t seen in over a year, then called
in on my buddy Jane and had a cuppa with her. Nearly four
hours after I’d left the house I reappeared to the wandering welder
thinking I’d left home.

After a late lunch I stocked my basket up with books, pencils, more
books, some stitching and headed off into the garden.

These are some pieces I’ve been tinkering with.
Painted bondaweb with yellow emulsion paint then ironed onto plain navy cotton.
Next up I’ve cut out pieces from a print fabric and machine stitched them down.
They are my sample pieces for the textile group I’m with.

Tuesday after my Pilates zoom class I set to work on the next
part of Jo Hill’s Flowers and Grasses course.

This retirement malarkey is full on, she chuckled.
How was there ever time to go to work.

I’ve a new book to start tonight by a new author.
It’s a modern day Romeo & Juliet with the trials of two
people from different religions.

Before that though I’ve got the last of the sewing classes
held locally.  I know I’ve managed to make a tote bag and
a fabric basket, but I have to tell you ladies all this pattern
cutting and accuracy is not for me.

I’ll be sticking with my usual make it up as I go along stuff.

Have a lovely creative week



  1. LOL! I am SO with you on the pattern cutting and accuracy thing. I love the wing-it style and that is probably why I love all your textile experiments. Enjoy the book. Sounds interesting. My Kindle is full of books I'm working thru already or I might add it to my (massive) to read many books, so little time....

    Happy Hot Day Desk Hopping!
    Mary Anne (1)

  2. You’re in good company as I rarely stick to a pattern or recipe, lol! I love the stitching you’ve been doing especially the cream stitching on navy, so pleasing. And you’re right about retirement, there’s not enough hours in the day!!
    Hugs LLJ 4 xxx

  3. I call it 'customising', any old pattern or recipe will do. . . especially in the apron area . . .
    Love your textile samples . .
    Have a good week and stay cool
    Christine #11

  4. I must admit that I prefer to stick with patterns when sewing Lynn - I would be hopeless at the transformation challenge on Sewing Bee. I adore that iece with the bondaweb over the navy fabric. Sounds like Monday was a great day all round. Keep cool, stay safe and Happy WOYWW. Sarah #6

  5. I really love the latest sewing Lynn. You have a way of putting colours together and getting lovely results.
    Annie x #8

  6. I can somehow imagine pattern cutting and accuracy not being your thing, Lynn :-)
    I'm a bit envious of your retirement malarkey now that I'm back to working - almost - full time!
    That flowers and grasses course seems to agree with you, I must say. I really love what you've been doing! xxx

  7. A long-time lurker here! I wandered over to your (and Ann's) blog when you, Philip, Ann, Jos, Vix and Jon met up on holiday. That was a while ago! I loved following Teddy's adventures during your long lockdown! And those of you and The Wandering Welder as you adapted to the changes and made the world around you a better place. :-) Our lockdown (Arizona, in general) was much shorter, but with varying restrictions depending on location and CoVid-19's behavior.

    Your classes look like fun! Your already creative brain is exploring new venues and many of those will morph into even more creative ventures!

    Had to laugh about your precision sewing comment. :-) While the class reinforced what you already knew about yourself, you also learned about some of the possibilities of your sewing machine, as well as basic maintenance. It's there for you when creativity strikes--or a bit of mending is needed. ;-)

    ...Taja (in the Valley of the Sun)

  8. I am looking forward (one day!) to finding out about retirement..... some days it is very appealing. As always your projects look stunning. Have a good week. Helen #2

  9. Of course as a retired textiles teacher I had to teach my pupils how to use patterns but was never against a bit of adaption. I think once you understand pattern making and how to use them you can more easily adapt patterns for all kinds of products but I can also understand how frustrating this can be when you're still learning. The more you make the better you get. Designers also work with a Toile to ensure it's right before cutting into the main fabric. All this is fine if you're talking about thousands of metres of fabric but do we really want to be bothered with this. So just keep on making a variety of products and your confidence and knowledge will grow. I still prefer the more creative side of Textiles with all that freedom to do just whatever you like. Keep cool and wishing you a very productive woyww, Angela x13x

  10. Your textiles are fascinating Lyn. I had a look at your new book, it seems to have been well received, but I sense not escapism reading. Do let us know how you liked it. Angela #12

  11. I'm not a fan of precision or rules either, it must be something to do with us being Fire signs, do you reckon?
    I love your experiments with textiles! xxx

  12. Only just getting round to commenting after two exhausting days with Ben - lol. Loved every minute but goodness - how much energy a six year old has - even in this heat! Your textile pieces are coming along beautifully - The Jo Hill course looks like a good one. I am with you - I do find accurate cutting and making tricky - I'm too slap dash and really like to do my own thing. xx Jo

  13. Oh...the sewing and the stitchings are all so brilliant and yes, where does the time go?? Down an invisable hole I think! I was never good at sewing...The first time on a sewing machine at school...
    Teacher: 'what are you trying to do child!?'
    Me. 'sew this miss' I hold up some spotty material. The others girls laugh...
    'Are you left handed?'
    'No Miss...'
    'Then why have you turned the sewing machine round the wrong way?'
    I was trying to start the machine using my left hand...(I always start new things with my left hand first) later she kicked me out of the sewing class and said 'go do art' instead. Which was so much more fun! But! on saying that, and with an electric sewing machine, I did make my girls quite a few dungarees when they were little! and one blouse that matched one of the dungarees.Stay cool and safe, keep on crafting! Happy Late WOYWW!? ((Lyn)) #16

  14. The stitchings and fabric makes are beautiful!

    Happy WOYWW!
    Stay safe and keep well!
    Susan #5
    Calling All Crafters! – My Blog!

  15. my sister did textile management at uni she loved it. But she never carried it on as a hobby. Odd that.
    I love tinkering around with fabrics as does willow. She likes buttons and has boxes and boxes of them.
    You are awesome. I just don’t have the patience or the time. Sunday is my freedom day I cannot wait!!

  16. Great looking and very creative projects. I agree with about precise measuring - stiffles creativity and is maddening. Love your blog - super fun. The book sounds very interesting.

  17. I do love all your beautiful textile creations, Lynn. People always say they are really busy when they retire and wonder how they ever had time to go to work!!

    Happy belated WOYWW,
    Shoshi x #15

  18. Love the wayward meanderings of your day... a little of this, a little of that. It all sounds perfectly lovely, and I especially like your flower class work. Those striped fabric flowers are wonderful.