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Today... One thread per day / Re: Wednesday 15th September
« on: Yesterday at 10:33:39 »
Catllar good to read that your husband has come through his lengthy operation, let us hope that they have got him sorted now once and for all.  Now it is just patience and time for him to heal and to then try and get back to normal.  Look after yourself as well.

Today... One thread per day / Re: Wednesday 15th September
« on: Yesterday at 10:31:57 »
Sandra was sorry to read about all that is going on in your life, this must be horrible for you.  I agree with the others, do go and get some help and advice, surely he cannot just turn you out.  As for your daughter – oh what a steep learning curve she will be on fending for herself.  Stay firm even when she comes crawling back begging you to do things for her.  You now need to look after yourself, but then where do you start, perhaps if you can keep the repairs and alterations going for the time being but actively start looking for something else that will bring you in a regular pay packet in order for you to keep a roof over your head.  Your son is engaged – so perhaps now also time for him to move out.

Do hope your mother settles in in the new home, this must all be so confusing for her  and for your Dad as well.

Take care and find some Sandra time!

Today... One thread per day / Re: Wednesday 15th September
« on: Yesterday at 10:24:16 »
Here we go again – on TV last evening at 7.30pm on ITV was a programme called Wonders of Scotland with David Hayman and this week he was on Lewis and Harris visiting crofts.  Of course there was a working loom again and this particular loom was relatively new being 1970 and was operated by a male.  Even David had a go, and the owner was explaining how he makes tweed and this has been exported all over the world.  This loom was also operated by foot power – must give someone a huge workout to be able to carry on with that pace of leg work.  This segment was really at the end of the programme.

My mother had a tabletop loom when I was a child, a four heddle type one and operated entirely by hand.  I remember my father making her a very long board with  what looked like pieces of a broom handle cut up and inserted into holes that he made and this was used for winding the yarn around in long enough lengths to thread the beast.  Then the loom was not used, and was parked in my bedroom.   However  much I asked if I could have this loom the answer was always no, and it was still in my parents home when they moved into a retirement home.  I believe the loom eventually went off to a collage of some sort in Lowestoft but by then  was suffering from neglect and lack of use – whether it could have been bought back to life one will never know.

Today... One thread per day / Re: Monday 13th September
« on: September 13, 2021, 13:00:45 PM »
My apologies for being so late getting back on here, I would just like to thank all of you who have kindly sent me a message regarding my wedding anniversary  this is much appreciated.

Oh I did enjoy my dinner last evening, and I have left overs for today.  I enjoyed my  heirloom tomato salad courtesy of Raymond Blanc - these tomatoes are certainly different and some had some taste .  Then the Banoffee pie - never made this before and I used a can of Carnation's Caramel over a base of digestive biscuits and then sliced bananas over the caramel and topped with whipped double cream and sprinkled some plain dark chocolate over the top delicious -naughty but nice.

When I told my husband that we have only three years to go before our diamond anniversary and that he should start saving - he asked why and I said well diamond anniversary equals real diamonds - you never now I might just be lucky.
I must admit we do not really go for the traditional supposed exchange of gifts on these special anniversaries, we went down to Malvern's Cottage in the Woods hotel for our Golden Anniversary and this was chosen as it was very nearly the place for our honeymoon, and when we accidentially came across this place some years later we were delighted and did not hesitate to go there for our 50th, it was a very enjoyable place and the views and scenery was just beautiful.  The fact that we do not usually go away or have holidays and have now been to Malvern twice says something - I love Malvern such a delightful place.

Today... One thread per day / Re: Sunday 12th September
« on: September 12, 2021, 11:45:53 AM »
Oh I love the Dulux hints of a colour white - particularly Barley White, Apricot White and Primrose White.  We also do have a very small utility room and that is Orchid White, and in the past we have used Bluebell White and Rose White, and Apple White.  You put me to shame Diane, all that you achieve in such a very short time, as for me I am awaiting my turn for the shower, then I can get dressed - yes I do not get up early.  But first must rescue my bread from the machine as it is nearly done.

Today is our 57th wedding anniversary and back in 1964 this was the hottest day of the year and we had our wedding reception in my parent's garden it was a  beautiful day all round.  It never crossed our minds that it might rain, and we had no backup whatsoever - we were so very lucky.  Today I am going to try Raymond Blanc's Heirloom Tomato Salad and there will be a black Russian tomato in the mix, and then i am making a Banoffee Pie using Carnation's Caramel my husband will be having a steak with his salad.  Looking forward to this very much.

Twopence where did you get your foam from for your bench cushion - was it local or mail order?

House Beautiful / Re: Bench Cushions
« on: September 11, 2021, 16:46:43 PM »
Thank you Fajita you really have me drooling now.  Just my colours as well.   Oh I do love Malvern, may sound silly but I remember as a child back in the 1950's  having some marmalade called Malvern Hills Marmalade and the jar label was so pretty and coloured and it was a view of the Malvern Hills and they were a bluey mauve - and I was delighted when I actually saw these hills for the first time they are exactly that colour.

Overlockers & Coverstitchers / Re: Babylock Evolve BLE8W - compatability?
« on: September 11, 2021, 16:42:18 PM »
I do not have a Babylock overlocker but have you checked that there is nothing in the thread path particularly up near the tension area that is blocking the thread from going in its correct path a lump of fluff or something like that?  Next if that is all clear why not try tightening up the tension dial - well it must have something that you can tighten or loosen if necessary, and then start at the lowest setting and gradually work up through until you get a good even stitch.    Otherwise I suppose it is off to a dealer that deals with Babylock.  It probably is just something very obvious, it is just spotting what is wrong and then putting it right.  Good luck.

House Beautiful / Re: Bench Cushions
« on: September 11, 2021, 15:56:04 PM »
What gorgeous fabric Fajita is this proper curtaining fabric or P&Q fabric?  I have just acquired a summerhouse bought a bargain as the garden centre is closing down.  My lovely son has been assembling this in our garden and has done an excellent job of this, (he used to work at said GC and gave us a nod to it being there which was handy).  So he will be putting a second coat of preservative or whatever they call it on this coming week, and then I have bought all new (but exact match) pieces of door furniture/window stays as some have seen better days.  Think I am going to get some blinds from Ikea to help filter out the brilliant sunshine when we get this, and then I need to think what I am putting in there.  I have saved various pairs of curtains that are suitable for garden use as cushion covers etc., but I do like what you have just made.  So next summer all being well this will get some use.  I have already sat in there last week doing some hand sewing on black, and it was nice sitting in a different position and seeing that part of the garden - luckily we do have a huge garden and it was nice to see parts from a different point of view.

Today... One thread per day / Re: Saturday 11th September
« on: September 11, 2021, 12:13:26 PM »
SilverRose your gadget sounds like a good idea, can you please put a photo up of this so we can see exactly what it is, and does it have a name/brand on it - thanks so much.  Sounds ideal for those of us who are sort of chair bound most of the day and need some exercise - walking is painful for me and my weight is going on!

Fun with Fabric / Re: Polished cotton
« on: September 10, 2021, 09:48:28 AM »
Polished or glazed cotton was around back in the 1950's, in fact at the time of the Queen's Coronation she was seen wearing a brown and white spotted dress - that was probably this type of cotton as it was the 'thing' to wear.  I also remember a girl in my needlework class  making her garment out of this as well.  If I remember correctly this will show any pinholes/stitching that has been unpicked and you cannot remove these holes come what may.

Today... One thread per day / Re: Thursday 9th September 2021
« on: September 09, 2021, 10:38:28 AM »

For Celia and Ploshkin and any other weavers – last night on BBC1 at 7.30pm there was a programme called For Peat’s Sake! Our Lives – this was a programme showing how they  cut and turn peat – both young and old people were involved, but also a lady from Essex who found a cottage and a loom for sale, and uprooted herself from  Essex to the Isle of Lewis to fulfil a dream of becoming a Harris Tweed weaver.  Oh my goodness the size of the loom and it was operated by foot power, and she was weaving some darkish brown wool.

You should be able to pick this up on BBCiplayer – in fact the whole process of the cutting the peat and with the lady weaving was interesting

Today... One thread per day / Re: Today's Birthday
« on: September 08, 2021, 09:42:44 AM »
Wishing you a very happy birthday KayK, have a lovely day - the sun is shining.

A bit of a 'do' / Re: Bridesmaids outfits
« on: September 07, 2021, 11:30:03 AM »
Again this is looking beautiful, love the colour of the lining, you have obviously put a lot of thought into how the wedding party are going to look and also all the detail on both your dress and those of the bridesmads, and the mother of the bride outfit - no wonder you started sewing these so early they are going to be stunning.

Today... One thread per day / Re: Todays Birthday
« on: September 07, 2021, 10:46:58 AM »
Wishing you a very happy birthday Bill, hope you have a lovely day.

Today... One thread per day / Re: Saturday 4th September
« on: September 04, 2021, 15:56:26 PM »
That is good to read SewRuthieSews, hopefully it won't be too long before you are all sorted out and enjoying yourselves in your new home and surroundings.

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