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Old December 11th 10, 06:42 PM posted to rec.crafts.textiles.needlework
Susan Hartman[_2_]
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I read this paragraph this morning, and immediately smiled and re-read
it, and re-read it again. Perfection!

"It was one of the pinafores Saffy had sewn when Merry first arrived,
made from a lovely piece of Liberty fabric ordered years ago, not
because Saffy had a project in mind, but because it was simply too
beautiful not to possess. It had languished ever since in the sewing
cupboard, waiting patiently for Saffy to find it a purpose. And now she
had."


From "The Distant Hours", by Kate Morton (who also wrote "The Forgotten
Garden", which has been discussed in this forum). page 353.

The book is a Gothic novel about an eccentric English family in a castle
during WWII and the child who lived with them during the war, with a
parallel story set in the 1990s that continues the family saga a
half-century on with the daughter of the child they'd sheltered. (How's
that for a nutshell encapsulation?)

Hope I've whet your curiosity!


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Old December 11th 10, 10:09 PM posted to rec.crafts.textiles.needlework
lucille
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"Susan Hartman" wrote in message
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I read this paragraph this morning, and immediately smiled and re-read it,
and re-read it again. Perfection!

"It was one of the pinafores Saffy had sewn when Merry first arrived, made
from a lovely piece of Liberty fabric ordered years ago, not because Saffy
had a project in mind, but because it was simply too beautiful not to
possess. It had languished ever since in the sewing cupboard, waiting
patiently for Saffy to find it a purpose. And now she had."


From "The Distant Hours", by Kate Morton (who also wrote "The Forgotten
Garden", which has been discussed in this forum). page 353.

The book is a Gothic novel about an eccentric English family in a castle
during WWII and the child who lived with them during the war, with a
parallel story set in the 1990s that continues the family saga a
half-century on with the daughter of the child they'd sheltered. (How's
that for a nutshell encapsulation?)

Hope I've whet your curiosity!


--
Susan Hartman


Thanks for the recommendation. I liked The Forgotten Garden a lot and was
thinking I should get this new one when I saw it. Now I will go ahead and
order it before I forget again.

Anything else you can recommend?

Lucille



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Old December 12th 10, 01:36 AM posted to rec.crafts.textiles.needlework
Gillian Murray
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On 12/11/2010 3:23 PM, Karen C in Calif wrote:
Susan Hartman wrote:

I read this paragraph this morning, and immediately smiled and re-read
it, and re-read it again. Perfection!

"It was one of the pinafores Saffy had sewn when Merry first arrived,
made from a lovely piece of Liberty fabric ordered years ago, not
because Saffy had a project in mind, but because it was simply too
beautiful not to possess. It had languished ever since in the sewing
cupboard, waiting patiently for Saffy to find it a purpose. And now
she had."


I think that needs to be issued to every husband of a
stitcher/seamstress on the planet.

I understood my SIL's MIL's need to own a wall full of fabric; her DH
didn't, and mine was placated by the notion that my stash was only a
fraction of hers. (Of course, she'd been collecting several decades
longer....)


There is a Young lady on the Quins auction. I recognized her user name,
but not the last name, and state. I questioned this and she sent this
response. It says it all! She got married.

""Gillian,
Thank you for the congratulations! I finally found one that understands
my stitching (his mom is a quilter!) and he doesn't complain about my
addiction.

He even understands how I have better friends on the Internet than in
real life. How we develop friendships, and all with each other,
especially stitchers and quilters.""

Isn't that cool????

That gives you a warm and fuzzy feeling.

Gillian
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Old December 12th 10, 03:56 PM posted to rec.crafts.textiles.needlework
Parrotfish
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"Susan Hartman" wrote ...
I read this paragraph this morning, and immediately smiled and re-read
it, and re-read it again. Perfection!

"It was one of the pinafores Saffy had sewn when Merry first arrived,
made from a lovely piece of Liberty fabric ordered years ago, not
because Saffy had a project in mind, but because it was simply too
beautiful not to possess. It had languished ever since in the sewing
cupboard, waiting patiently for Saffy to find it a purpose. And now she
had."


From "The Distant Hours", by Kate Morton (who also wrote "The Forgotten
Garden", which has been discussed in this forum). page 353.

Ah.......just checked, and they do a Kindle version !
(I love my Kindle !)
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Regards.......P-f
'If you can't be kind, at least have the decency to be vague'
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Old December 12th 10, 06:52 PM posted to rec.crafts.textiles.needlework
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wrote in message
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On Sat, 11 Dec 2010 12:42:59 -0500, Susan Hartman
wrote:

I read this paragraph this morning, and immediately smiled and re-read
it, and re-read it again. Perfection!

"It was one of the pinafores Saffy had sewn when Merry first arrived,
made from a lovely piece of Liberty fabric ordered years ago, not
because Saffy had a project in mind, but because it was simply too
beautiful not to possess. It had languished ever since in the sewing
cupboard, waiting patiently for Saffy to find it a purpose. And now she
had."


From "The Distant Hours", by Kate Morton (who also wrote "The Forgotten
Garden", which has been discussed in this forum). page 353.

The book is a Gothic novel about an eccentric English family in a castle
during WWII and the child who lived with them during the war, with a
parallel story set in the 1990s that continues the family saga a
half-century on with the daughter of the child they'd sheltered. (How's
that for a nutshell encapsulation?)

Hope I've whet your curiosity!


I just heard an interview with the author of this book and need to
read it !

Let's Take the Long Way Home: A Memoir of Friendship by Gail Caldwell


My local favorite radio station also just interviewed this author last
week -- I can't wait to read it either! If I can stomach the 20" snowfall
we just got buried under and below 0 temps out there, I may just venture to
Barnes & Noble today for it.

Jinx


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Old December 12th 10, 08:45 PM posted to rec.crafts.textiles.needlework
Ellice K.
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On 12/11/10 12:42 PM, in article
, "Susan Hartman"
wrote:

I read this paragraph this morning, and immediately smiled and re-read
it, and re-read it again. Perfection!

"It was one of the pinafores Saffy had sewn when Merry first arrived,
made from a lovely piece of Liberty fabric ordered years ago, not
because Saffy had a project in mind, but because it was simply too
beautiful not to possess. It had languished ever since in the sewing
cupboard, waiting patiently for Saffy to find it a purpose. And now she
had."


Talk about relating....

From "The Distant Hours", by Kate Morton (who also wrote "The Forgotten
Garden", which has been discussed in this forum). page 353.

The book is a Gothic novel about an eccentric English family in a castle
during WWII and the child who lived with them during the war, with a
parallel story set in the 1990s that continues the family saga a
half-century on with the daughter of the child they'd sheltered. (How's
that for a nutshell encapsulation?)

Hope I've whet your curiosity!

Sue, you dangerous woman, you! And just when I cannot afford time to read,
but of course am avoiding everything I should be doing.....

Hope the holiday season is going well, must be busy with the new job,
Ellice

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Old December 12th 10, 08:53 PM posted to rec.crafts.textiles.needlework
Ellice K.
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On 12/11/10 3:23 PM, in article , "Karen C in
Calif" wrote:

Susan Hartman wrote:

I read this paragraph this morning, and immediately smiled and re-read
it, and re-read it again. Perfection!

"It was one of the pinafores Saffy had sewn when Merry first arrived,
made from a lovely piece of Liberty fabric ordered years ago, not
because Saffy had a project in mind, but because it was simply too
beautiful not to possess. It had languished ever since in the sewing
cupboard, waiting patiently for Saffy to find it a purpose. And now she
had."


I think that needs to be issued to every husband of a
stitcher/seamstress on the planet.


Actually, I will speak on behalf of the miracle that is my DH. Since I
understand his hockey dedication (and bless the fact that he doesn't collect
game worns, etc) - he seems to be okay with my stitching & art stuff.

I understood my SIL's MIL's need to own a wall full of fabric; her DH
didn't, and mine was placated by the notion that my stash was only a
fraction of hers. (Of course, she'd been collecting several decades
longer....)


I think it's hard to understand anyone's "collection" - if it doesn't get
used. DH gets that it's like a library of resources - not for reading but
for other things. He does like to see some progress on the UFOs - or some
dynamic movement in the stash. However, he does mention that he's trusting
me to know what's going on with the budget, and lately my resistance to
accumulating as we both know the tight budget here. Since he's hoping I'll
actually make some success with the teaching/designing thing, he's okay with
the stuff that seems to grow as I need things. And has generously agreed to
let me use the "bachelor furniture" for my sewing stash - as there is a good
cabinet with a wide shelved bookcase on it, and a long low dresser that are
working well for fabrics, and things. He did recently remark - as I'm on
the way overdue get the house in order binge - "can we do something with all
your sewing & stitchy stuff????" With a big grin - continuing with "as it is
now on every floor, and every room in the house - except the guest room. Go
figure.

WRT the book passage - it is so true that sometimes a thought/idea will
strike and it's wonderful to know you have just the right fabric/thread that
you've been hoarding because you just knew there'd be a use for it.....

Ellice

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Old December 12th 10, 09:04 PM posted to rec.crafts.textiles.needlework
lucille
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"Ellice K." wrote in message
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On 12/11/10 3:23 PM, in article , "Karen C
in
Calif" wrote:

Susan Hartman wrote:

I read this paragraph this morning, and immediately smiled and re-read
it, and re-read it again. Perfection!

"It was one of the pinafores Saffy had sewn when Merry first arrived,
made from a lovely piece of Liberty fabric ordered years ago, not
because Saffy had a project in mind, but because it was simply too
beautiful not to possess. It had languished ever since in the sewing
cupboard, waiting patiently for Saffy to find it a purpose. And now she
had."


I think that needs to be issued to every husband of a
stitcher/seamstress on the planet.


Actually, I will speak on behalf of the miracle that is my DH. Since I
understand his hockey dedication (and bless the fact that he doesn't
collect
game worns, etc) - he seems to be okay with my stitching & art stuff.

I understood my SIL's MIL's need to own a wall full of fabric; her DH
didn't, and mine was placated by the notion that my stash was only a
fraction of hers. (Of course, she'd been collecting several decades
longer....)


I think it's hard to understand anyone's "collection" - if it doesn't get
used. DH gets that it's like a library of resources - not for reading but
for other things. He does like to see some progress on the UFOs - or some
dynamic movement in the stash. However, he does mention that he's
trusting
me to know what's going on with the budget, and lately my resistance to
accumulating as we both know the tight budget here. Since he's hoping
I'll
actually make some success with the teaching/designing thing, he's okay
with
the stuff that seems to grow as I need things. And has generously agreed
to
let me use the "bachelor furniture" for my sewing stash - as there is a
good
cabinet with a wide shelved bookcase on it, and a long low dresser that
are
working well for fabrics, and things. He did recently remark - as I'm on
the way overdue get the house in order binge - "can we do something with
all
your sewing & stitchy stuff????" With a big grin - continuing with "as it
is
now on every floor, and every room in the house - except the guest room.
Go
figure.

WRT the book passage - it is so true that sometimes a thought/idea will
strike and it's wonderful to know you have just the right fabric/thread
that
you've been hoarding because you just knew there'd be a use for it.....

Ellice


My DDH never minded my having too much stash. He sometimes teased me about
it, and he was the one who encouraged me to do sample stitching way back
when, but he really didn't mind. I guess he figured that was what kept me
grounded.

Besides, he was known to have his own hobbies and I could give it right back
if he objected.

Lucille

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Old December 12th 10, 09:45 PM posted to rec.crafts.textiles.needlework
Susan Hartman[_2_]
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On 12/11/2010 4:09 PM, Lucille wrote:



Anything else you can recommend?

Lucille


For anyone who hasn't read "Major Pettigrew's Last Stand," do yourself a
favor and check it out. I heard an interview with the author on the day
after Thanksgiving (reruns of previously recorded show), and she was
just delightful. I was reminded of what a lovely read that book was.
Just golden.

If anyone is interested in the interview, it's at:
http://thedianerehmshow.org/shows/20...nd-rebroadcast

Also "Mr. Pip" by Lloyd Jones. Read that awhile ago, but was recently
reminded of it.

sue



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Old December 12th 10, 09:57 PM posted to rec.crafts.textiles.needlework
Susan Hartman[_2_]
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On 12/12/2010 2:45 PM, Ellice K. wrote:
Sue, you dangerous woman, you! And just when I cannot afford time to read,
but of course am avoiding everything I should be doing.....

Hope the holiday season is going well, must be busy with the new job,
Ellice



Yes, I've been quiet awhile, busy with the new job. I love it...no two
days the same, and learning something new all the time in a busy office
with people I enjoy. And being spoiled by DH, who does the laundry and
has dinner ready soon after I get home, allowing me time to shift gears.
When HE gets a job, it'll be a tough transition for us both!!

I've only made a couple of ornaments this year, and have been losing
steam on my big projects, so I've turned my hand to bookmarks and some
Hardanger to fill in and provide variety. In the new year, after the
holiday season winds down, I'll undoubtedly pick up the big ones again.

But I've started working in my new sewing room, making some gift bags
(cloth bags in bright prints that replace wrapping paper) and a new
skirt for myself with fabric I had in my stash some 10+ years. (So that
book quote seemed especially apt to me!) Like you, trying to use up past
"investments" in materials, and tighten up the budget on buying more.

One of my most inspired Christmas gifts: My soon-to-be-9 y.o. niece is
getting "The Girls' Best Book of Sewing and Embroidery" and a box with
floss, hoop, pins, yarn, a knitting spool, felt, thread, needles, fabric
scraps, etc. Furnished it out of stash, redundancies, and 1/2-price
notions from JoAnn's this weekend. I wish she lived closer, so I could
help her delve into it, but she has supportive parents/nearby grandparents.

sue


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