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Apologies for my silence last week.  Taking the week off from the blog allowed me to concentrate on a few other things and bring them to completion. 

Prep for Knotting BasicsChinese Knot Basics should have started today at the Y, unfortunately, we had a typhoon roll through the area last night and the signal 8 was still hoisted at the start time of my class.  Luckily, it is a multi-session class so we’ll just start from next week and hopefully be able to add an additional class on to the end.  I have been putting together my teaching guide, knot samples, gathering up bits and pieces that I’ll need in class, cord and supply kits.  I spent a couple hours yesterday, getting it all layed out and my bags packed and there they sit.  So, I guess I’m all ready for next week!

Prep for Sewing BasicsSewing Basics at the Y starts this Thursday.  This is a full day session.  Because of the popularity of the sewing classes, I have worked with the Y and we have added two additional classes each for the Sewing Basics and Intro to Sewing.  One of each is in the evening by request from members.  My teachers guide turned out to be quite the weighty document.  I have pulled together a curriculum taking the student from turning on the sewing machine to making sample seams to being able to identify a few basics fabrics.  I have gathered sewn samples, useful magazine articles from the internet and lots of fabric samples to share. 

DSCN0474And at the end of the Sewing Basics class, I hope there is time left so the students can use what they have learned throughout the day and make this very useful shoulder bag.  The project is supposed to be a secret though, so shhhhh, don’t tell!


Have a look at the Knot Lessons and Sewing Lessons pages…they’ve been updated!  I have put all of the Y sewing classes here for your ease and if you are interested, contact them directly.  You will also find a lot of private knotting classes that I want to do this Autumn.  I have spent a lot of time thinking about how I can keep those knotters who are just as good as I am satisfied with new and fun projects.  I hope that I have come up with some interesting topics.   For the moment, only a class title is given; outlines and photos will follow soon.

It was our anniversary a couple weeks back (28 years!) and my adorable husband surprised me with a long weekend in Bangkok.  It certainly did not take any arm twisting to get me headed to the airport!  My friends took me to the Jim Thompson fabric close-out store years ago.  I had forgotten where it was and the last time we were there in June, the hotel called Jim Thompson’s and, of course, they said that no such place existed.  Right!  When I was in NZ in July, I emptied out my travel cupboard in the library and did not budge until I found the card with the address for the store.  And lucky me…its still there!

We spent close to 2 hours walking around all the floor to ceiling racks on 3 floors touching nearly every fabric.  There were cottons, silks, blends, prints, garment fabric, upholstery fabric…absolutely everything you could ever want.  David appreciates all things beautiful so he was just as taken by all of the amazing fabrics that were there as I was.  I found two fabrics that I just had to have…this time!

JT Linen Silk for Over CoatThis is a linen silk blend and while I was going through the 1970’s edition of my Simplicity sewing book, I found this silhouette.  This is exactly what I had in mind for this fabric.  I’ll have to go to their website and see if they still have the pattern for it!

Silk Taffeta Plaid

This is a silk taffeta.  It is really difficult to get a good picture of a taffeta because of the way the light reflects.  The colors in this photo do not do the fabric justice.  This was one of those “I’ve got to have it because the fabric is amazing and I’ll figure out what to do with it later” purchases.  Actually, David was the one who spotted this one and said that I needed to have it.  Gotta love a guy that tells you to buy fabric for the heck of it.

Well, I need to go now and brave the wind and rain that is still coming down.  The Y took delivery of their sewing machines for the sewing classes on Monday and I, ummm,  must learn how to use them before I try to teach students how to use them!

Have a great week everyone and for those of you in HK, it would be a good week to do indoor activities!


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