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@Acorn  I, like Flobear, stitch in the ditch with a backstitch.  Nothing shows on he reverse because you don't stitch right through.
I can never remember what measurements i use, I always have to look it up but it would depend on how wide you want your flange.  I've only ever done 1/8" flanges so 1/4" wider strip.

Good morning, its sunny again today but considerably cooler. 
We spent a couple of hours yesterday evening with our friend who lost his wife a few days ago.   We sat in his lovely garden, had a big hug (probably not permitted), a few tears and  lots of laughs.
There's rain forecast for tomorrow so, much as I want to finish putting together the bits for my sewing room, I must go out and cut the grass next.  I can spend a rainy day tomorrow putting up curtain poles and shelves.
Havd a good day everyone.

Today... One thread per day / Re: Todays Birthday
« on: July 23, 2021, 07:31:17 AM »
Happy birthday to you ..... I won't sing.   :toast:

Today... One thread per day / Re: Wednesday 21st July
« on: July 21, 2021, 11:02:33 AM »
Good morning again, my original post disappeared into the ether.
It's another scorcher though it was down to 10° last night and I had a sweatshirt on first thing until the sun got on the yard.  I have just been down to town and visited the friendly little diy shop (as opposed to  the larger, unfriendly one) and with his help have finally found the right grey paint.
This afternoon my tables for the sewing room are being delivered  :). I had a message from Ikea this morning saying that Michael would deliver them between 12.00 and 14.00.  To help me track my delivery they kindly attached a map showing me ......... where my house is!  Probably if I zoom out I might find Michael but as he could be anywhere in a 100 mile radius I don't think I'll bother.  I'm
 sure he will find me.
Have a good day everyone.

Today... One thread per day / Re: Tuesday 20th July
« on: July 20, 2021, 14:41:12 PM »
And if anyone suggests that I'm thinking of putting the dining-room table in my drawers I shall hit them. Especially if they are related to me  :devil:
@Flobear Wouldn't dream of it old girl  ;)

I've had a trying morning but only very minor frustrations in the scheme of things.
I'm still not succeeding in finding the right grey to cover the supposedly grey paint that is actually purple.  I got 2 more tester pots.  The colour card for one is just what I want but the actual paint is much darker.  I might find a different place that does Dulux colour mixing and ask if they can put some extra white in it.  I won't ask in the local hardware shop - they always make you feel as if you're an inconvenience when you have the audacity to go in and buy something.
I've also had a frustrating morning of making up beehive frames which should fit together easily but don't and I needed them urgently because my bees are running out of space for honey.
We've also got a silage field ready to mow and the chap with the mower failed to appear yesterday and hasn't come today either and the baler / wrapper is booked for Thursday.
It's incredibly hot, I'm nearly melting and I've just had to don a beesuit to put the extra boxes on my hives.  I now resemble a boiled beetroot.  I'm going to form a little molten puddle on the living room floor or I might go and open the big, upright fridge out in the shed and stand in front of it  :)

Today... One thread per day / Re: Monday 19th July
« on: July 19, 2021, 11:35:03 AM »
. so sorry you have lost a friend.....will her DH be someone who can cope with what's ahead of is so devastating to lose one's loving partner....sadly I know how it feels.
@hernibs I'm not sure how he will cope.  He is (very) Irish but worked in London and his son lives there so I wouldnt be surprised if he goes there.  I read a very apposite  phrase yesterday ( re losing a partner) in a book I'm reading (Richard Osman's  The Thursday Murder Club - highly recommended) which will resonate I'm sure.  He says:
It's like someone reached in, took out your heart and lungs and told you to keep living.
Keep waking up, keep eating and keep putting one foot in front of the other.

Today... One thread per day / Re: Monday 19th July
« on: July 19, 2021, 09:07:17 AM »
Good morning, it's another beautiful one.  I've been out and will probably mostly hibernate in the cool house until early evening.
We had the sad news yesterday that a very dear friend had died.  We've met up with her and her husband for many years for meals and days out and were looking forward to them hopefully coming here for DH's birthday next month. The last time we saw them was, of course, before the first lockdown when she had just been diagnosed with copd but, positive as ever, she had been researching how to get an oxygen supply for a cruise.  Sadly she didn't get the cruise and spent the last 18 months of her life, with her lovely husband, in isolation.  Perhaps I will get out the vintage Lewenstein sewing machine that she gave me and use it today.
Have a good day everyone and stay cool.

Today... One thread per day / Re: Sunday 18th July
« on: July 18, 2021, 11:04:22 AM »
.On the subject of fly sprays, they used to kill a fly with one squirt, nowadays it seems to take a few squirts - have they taken all the harmful ingredients out of them?? 
@Bodgeitandscarper They're probably all organic and wildlife friendly now rendering them completely ineffective.  There's more chance of killing a fly by beating it with a limp lettuce leaf  :)

Sometimes those electric bats just stun them and after a bit they're off again.  I had one but found it almost impossible to get the blighters unless they were on a window then they didn't see it coming.

Today... One thread per day / Re: Sunday 18th July
« on: July 18, 2021, 08:49:39 AM »
Good morning.  The sun is shining and it's hotting up again.  It's lovely to be able to open the French windows again now that the bits of furniture, that have been stacked in front of them for months, have gone.  i know they're called patio doors these days but we haven't got a patio. The rambling rose on the opposite river bank is absolutely glorious this year and the perfume is filling the house.  I think the smell wafts upwards because yesterday it was even stronger in my sewing room with all the windows open.Im not sure what I will do today but at some point it will involve beans as I'm losing control of them.  ( note to self - dont put 10 seeds in the polytunnel next year)
I might also cut some curtain fabric.  The sewing room yesterday was bright and cool which was nice.
Have a good day everyone.

Today... One thread per day / Re: Todays Birthday
« on: July 17, 2021, 16:59:19 PM »
Happy birthday Diane.  A little late to the party, I hope there's some cake left  :toast:

Sewing Spaces and Furniture / Re: Finally - my new sewing room
« on: July 17, 2021, 15:24:31 PM »
@Celia I need to do a bit more weaving!  I very much like the textured weaves that you can do on a rigid heddle.  I'm less interested in coloured patterns  and need to learn more about what a shaft loom will do.

Sewing Spaces and Furniture / Re: Finally - my new sewing room
« on: July 17, 2021, 13:54:17 PM »
@Celia my plan from the outset was to have a 24" rigid heddle and I only got my 10" because I got impatient and didn't have any space.  I have been eyeing up table looms as well so not sure now.

I've done a 6 hour day already.  Up at 5 am to get the sheep in and check them for flies and maggots - it's the ideal weather for them.  We didn't want to stress the sheep in the heat and didn't fancy melting ourselves.  Actually, it was just 10° before the sun came up - quite autumnal.
Just stopping for a cup of coffee then I'll see what else I can find that needs to go upstairs.  Why did I think it was a good idea to have stairs?  I must have been up and down them 50 times yesterday  :)
Keep cool and have a good afternoon everyone.

Sewing Spaces and Furniture / Re: Finally - my new sewing room
« on: July 16, 2021, 17:50:13 PM »
DH played a blinder.  I didn't realise that there is a hidden skill in all the time he spends under lorries and tractors.  He is able to reach into impossible spaces at impossible angles and put in screws by feel alone.  He voluntarily put  all the flaps back on my sewing cabinet and cutting table in a fraction of the time it would have taken me.  He also took all my boxes of fabric upstairs ( I don't think he realises that there are 2 big ones on top of the wardrobe  ;) ).  Fedex brought all my curtain poles but no fabric.  I do have one lot for our existing bedroom so I can make a start.
It's actually nice to have some space back downstairs.

Sewing Spaces and Furniture / Re: My little sewing area
« on: July 16, 2021, 12:59:16 PM »
Youve done a good job there @Bumblebuncher   Now I'm moving my stuff upstairs to my new room I'm staggered by how much I had managed to pack into the small bedroom which had to house guests too.  I'm discovering all manner of bits poked in crevices between furniture that I had forgotten about.  As you say, we make the best use of the available space .

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