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Morning all,

Cloudy with hints of blue and I think it will be sunny later. It’s certainly very mild for mid-January.

Might try and persuade the other two to come for a walk with me later. There’s a nice circular walk that we can detour off and look at the old Eire sign that was created during WW2 using painted stones. There are many of them along the south west coast to warn pilots that they were flying over Ireland and our nearest one was tidied and repainted last summer.

I did Wordle in 4 today. Well done @Bjay and @Tamnymore for getting it in 3. 👏 👏

@Diane  I Hope you have a better day today.  :hug:
Definitely carry on researching your kitchen options as having a project to focus on is always good distraction. I put together a flat pack kitchen back in around 1990. I think we bought it from Texas Homecare or ??? It was a sort of gloss grey when grey was IN the first time around. 🤣  My main memory of that event was almost setting the house on fire and the semi-attached neighbour chucking his hosepipe over the fence to put out the fire in the wheelie bin. We became great friends and had wonderful shared parties for years until I moved house.  :hug:

Have a great day folks and stay warm and cosy. x

Happy Birthday @hernibs

Hope you have a great day with lots of lovely treats.

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Today... One thread per day / Re: Saturday 15th January
« on: Yesterday at 10:29:00 »
No work on the rail today. It's always been a dead time of the year for alterations but I can't help but feel worried.
Self employed so no work = no income.

Would it be worth advertising your professional dressmaking and alterations services to a wider audience? Do you have a Facebook page for your town for small businesses to advertise on or something similar.

You could increase your normal prices so the menswear shop and dry cleaners still get a discount and I’m sure you’d still get takers.

Today... One thread per day / Re: Saturday 15th January
« on: Yesterday at 10:08:49 »

Grey and mild here. Should brighten up later.

No specific plans for the day but we’ll see what crops up. I managed Wordle in 5 today. Took me 6 goes yesterday!

Played Monopoly with DH and DS yesterday (over 3 days!!) and agreed to finish at 8pm. Need to find a quicker game as it was getting very tedious. I was thinking Cluedo but any recommendations?

My Pattern Magic book has arrived from Amazon and it’s fascinating. I shall find some cotton fabric and have a play.

Also, bit disappointed with myself as I started my diet last Sunday and have only lost a pound so far. Need to put more effort into that one.  :embarrassed:

Take care and try not to let the grey skies get you down. It will be Spring soon. x

Today... One thread per day / Re: Wednesday 12th January
« on: January 12, 2022, 09:00:31 AM »
Morning all,

It’s frosty and bright here. Looks like it will be another bright sunny Spring-like day.

Drove out to Glengarriff Woods and had a lovely walk yesterday. Doggo was initially a bit dubious about crossing the various little wooden bridges covered in chicken wire to prevent slipping, but gradually got used to it. Amazingly, even the 12yr old enjoyed himself.

Need to do a good shop today and mundane stuff. I’ll leave you with a photo I took on my phone of one of the wee lakes.

Enjoy your day and stay well. xx

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In the wardrobe / Re: Stash buster self-drafted gilet
« on: January 10, 2022, 14:24:37 PM »
Oh that’s wonderful @Vezelay  :perfect10:

You really are far more talented than you give yourself credit for!

An excellent use of leftovers.  :loveit:

Patterns Discussion / Re: Pattern Magic by Tomoko Nakamichi
« on: January 09, 2022, 18:05:25 PM »

Oo, that’s looks very interesting. Thank you. 

I’ve been re-watching previous series of the Sewing Bee and the episode where they had to produce Origami inspired garments got me thinking about shapes and fabric manipulation. I’ll take a look at the books you’ve linked to.

Don’t worry about not finding the book. Hopefully, someone else will have a little thrill of excitement when they spot the book for sale. I love a charity shop book bargain myself so I wouldn’t want to deny others the pleasure.   :)

Patterns Discussion / Re: Pattern Magic by Tomoko Nakamichi
« on: January 08, 2022, 12:43:46 PM »

Thank you for posting some photos from the books and your thoughts. That’s really helpful.

May I ask which book these 2 pictures came from as I’d like to have a go at the design on the right and incorporate it into a simple panel to be used in a bag initially. I think once I have a better understanding of how it works, I might then try making some clothing. Also, I have a bit more experience with bag making.

Do you think that the books were designed to be read in sequence so that the designs become slightly more complex in book 2 and then 3 is very tricky or are they just collections of different designs?

Many thanks. x

Today... One thread per day / Re: Saturday 8th January
« on: January 08, 2022, 10:00:34 AM »

Grey and drizzly here. At least it’s still mild, which is better than being freezing cold.

My good friend tested positive for Covid yesterday although her husband and two sons are negative so far. Thankfully, her symptoms are mild and she says it’s more like a bad head cold.

DH bumped into the headmistress from DS’s school yesterday afternoon when he was walking the dog and had a long (distanced) chat. It turns out that she’s not sent her two young children back to school either due to the high numbers of Covid locally. Yes!!! I feel vindicated now about not sending DS back to school this week and apparently lots of other parents have also chosen not to send their children back just yet. We don’t have antigen testing in schools and there’s some concern over the accuracy of the different brands of tests available for sale locally. One brand was withdrawn from sale a couple of days ago nationally and the teaching unions are still trying to persuade the government to fund tests kits for schools.

I wore two face masks when I went supermarket shopping yesterday. A standard paper one with a cloth one on top. No idea if that is any more effective, but it feels like I’m doing my best.

Lots of Christmas decorations/strings of lights still to put away. They’re down but not all boxed and bagged up yet. Hopefully finish that today and then do a further tidy as there’s tiny bits of tinsel everywhere and no point hoovering until the stuff has been packed away. It does look cold and bare though.

It’s going to be a day of pottering I think.

Take care everyone, especially if you’re feeling unwell. x

Today... One thread per day / Re: Saturday’s birthday wishes
« on: January 08, 2022, 09:29:11 AM »
Happy Birthday @Bumblebuncher

Hope you have a lovely day with lots of cake! x

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Patterns Discussion / Pattern Magic by Tomoko Nakamichi
« on: January 07, 2022, 12:36:17 PM »
Has anyone bought any of the Japanese design Pattern Magic books?

I’m thinking of buying one using my Amazon gift voucher received for Christmas but from the scarce info. provided online, it’s not really clear to me what the books include. I’m wondering if the designs can be reproduced and maybe used in bag making and other accessories?

Today... One thread per day / Re: Wednesday January 5th 2022
« on: January 05, 2022, 09:37:19 AM »
Morning all,

Frosty start here 0°c, but is forecast to warm up to 6° today. Had to wash out the chicken water bowls in the kitchen sink with hot tap water as they were frozen solid and put fresh water in them before letting the girls out.

I really want to take the decorations down but DH won’t start until tomorrow and it will take him days to get it finished, bagged up and back in the loft.

I’ve decided not to send DS (12) back to school tomorrow and to see what the situation is before deciding if he’ll go back next week. I know his teacher caught Covid Christmas 2020 so he’s probably not too worried about getting the Omnicron version. DS gets far more work done when he’s at home anyway as he complains about the inefficiency of school with break times and faffing. When schools were closed last winter, he worked diligently through straight after breakfast and had more time for his own interests.

I have my new mannequin to pad out to my size so I’ll make a start on that today.

Hope you’re keeping well and anyone who’s struggling, feels better soon. Audiobooks are a good substitute for TV if you want some entertainment but don’t have the energy for TV. Don’t forget that you can get them for free via your local library service. There should be further info on your library website.

Take care. xx

Today... One thread per day / Re: Sunday’s double birthday wishes
« on: January 02, 2022, 10:13:44 AM »
Happy Birthday @justpottering

Hope you’re having a great day!

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Courses & Classes / Re: Online Class with Rory Duffy for Ladies Tailoring
« on: December 01, 2021, 09:28:11 AM »
Thank you for posting this.

Rory joined my sewing Facebook group last year.  I set it up in January 2020 and it’s been steadily growing to over 500 members. It’s for people who live in or have strong connections to Ireland, so it’s only ever going to be a relatively small group.

He has posted a couple of tailoring tutorials but he’s doesn’t say much about himself and



I think I’d better re-visit his posts…. :laughing:

Hi, I'm new... / Re: Hello
« on: November 30, 2021, 13:05:16 PM »
Hello and welcome to TSP.

Besides curtains, what other things do you like to sew?

Do you need any enabling to purchase fabric, machines etc? If so, you’ve come to the right place!  :laughing:

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