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April 24, 2009


Snap, indeed! I really love that this photo resonated with a few of you and that it brought back that feeling of a peaceful afternoon in the refuge of sewing and stitching. We were part of the last "craft renaissance" in the 1970s, and it's good to see the resurgence today.

there must be a few of us who've lived parallel lives. my hair was a little longer, but i too turned fifteen, had embroidered jeans...and a bias cut plaid skirt [predominantly orange!] in that year. the bit about not fitting in matches up as well, as does being 16 when finishing school [by a whisker, i turned 17 two weeks later].

so snap, honey! and like you, i still play with scissors...

oh yes. i am with pat...that could be a picture of me too! wow, some happy memories in that photo. thanks for posting it.

funny to come upon this today as i was just going through old pictures with my mom. i think this photo makes me know you a bit better. i remember using the floor for most everything. everyone used to just walk around me. it is great when you get a perfect gift. i work hard to try to give them. it isn't that easy.

Hi Pat - thank you for writing - you have a terrific blog.
These old photos are so evocative. I'm happy to share mine with you, as those were great moments of discovering fabric and all that could be done with it. That said, I made some frightening fashion choices early on when I first began to sew - I loved big, bright prints that were a little overwhelming on my scrawny frame.

My goodness, it is like looking at a photo of myself. I had the same dark hair and was slim. There I was always on the floor cutting out some pattern. Since no one ever took a photo of me, I will think of your photo when I go back to that time.
Wouldn't you love to have that wool now. When I went to Ireland, there wasn't any Donegal tweed available because it all was exported.

Hi Deb - yes it is indeed - my oldest brother went there and I got the t-shirt. Did you go there?

Is that "Antioch" on your t-shirt?

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