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Today... / Re: Sunday 8th September
« on: September 09, 2019, 21:51:45 PM »
This is getting a bit heated but I would just like to point out that those of us who were  brought up on Enid Blyton seem to have come through remarkably unscathed and ended up no more or less sexist, racist or homophobic than those who weren't

I'm afraid I'd have to disagree on some views I see of both people on this forum and people in general life!

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Today... / Re: Sunday 8th September
« on: September 09, 2019, 17:44:15 PM »
It's good that you personally didn't think that, but that doesn't mean that children's perspectives on the world, on gender identity, on race and on other values are not influenced heavily by the media they consume. In fact there are a lot of studies showing that stories and books do have a very strong impact on children's development. Now that's great if it helps to broaden a child's mind, help them understand concepts that they might otherwise struggle to understand and so on. But if those values they are being taught are outdated and include postulations about inferior genders, races or ways to behave then it's surely best to leave books like this in the past, where we can all say we enjoyed them but they are no longer appropriate. Especially, as noted, when there is so much other literature out there which can have a hugely positive affect on children.

I'm well aware it was a "different world" which is why I'm perfectly content with leaving these sort of books in the past and not passing the stories on to future generations as a way of teaching them about their own gender inferiority and such.

I'm not strictly talking about the idea that a 5 year old might think a chair can fly and that that is stupid or wrong, but that it doesn't seem like a good idea to read a child a book that says "It's really time you gave up thinking you're as good as a boy." Or a story where a doll is only accepted when she stops having black skin and turns into a white doll.

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Today... / Re: Sunday 8th September
« on: September 09, 2019, 15:11:02 PM »
Yeah but we're not talking about other books we're talking about specific books.

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Today... / Re: Sunday 8th September
« on: September 09, 2019, 14:55:33 PM »
But children of the reading age for these books don't necessarily have the ability to tell that fictitious things are are postured as being good and fun and exciting are only fiction and shouldn't be acted upon, because they have yet to have a full enough understanding of the world to make such decisions. I'm not suggesting that every 10 year old is going to start catching trains and vanishing off to other places miles away from their parents for days on end but surely what is written in fiction is important to young children because it helps to shape their worldview, as has been said by so many here who enjoyed reading and taking in all that was in them.

So if that book also says that a girl who tries to do something "boy-like" but always gets shut down because she's not actually a boy and only a silly pathetic girl, that can definitely affect children. Little girls by the age of 7 think that boys are obviously more intelligent than them, and we question where that sort of mindset comes from. Maybe it's because they or their peers and siblings are reading books just like these which pose that exact "truth" to them. How can that be positive for a child to read?

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Today... / Re: Sunday 8th September
« on: September 09, 2019, 14:42:05 PM »
Didn't they literally let young children run free throughout the country with no adult supervision?  😂I seem to remember one about them exploring an abandoned lighthouse which doesn't sound like a good idea for young children!

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Today... / Re: Sunday 8th September
« on: September 09, 2019, 12:36:48 PM »
I guess I personally think you should care because, perhaps not so much any more, but at the time when her books were being written she was profiting from them, despite being a gross person. I don't watch Roman Polanski films, for example.

I remember reading them and all that really stuck with me is that there was a girl who wasn't like other girls because she was a tomboy and somehow her entire character trait was that she was just pretended to be a boy instead, and there was other girl who was very girly and all they ever did was make jam tarts while the boys looked at maps or something. I definitely think there is better stuff out there.

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Fun with Fabric / Washing velvet?
« on: September 07, 2019, 16:33:29 PM »
I bought some velvet to make a floor length gown for a wedding I'm going to in October.

Only other experience sewing with velvet was the cotton stuff I used for the flower girl dress. That was a lot more stiff and easy to sew with. This one is definitely going to be a bit more tough!

My query was about washing. It's polyester woven, so probably won't shrink that much, but I'm a bit concerned that if i do wash it it'll ruin the beautiful pile.

Do you reckon it's worth prewashing it, or should I just sew the dress up and treat it as dry-clean only?

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In the wardrobe / Re: Ahem ...
« on: September 07, 2019, 16:26:26 PM »
I would put a bit of Dylon pre-dye in the machine. Maybe do it twice over. https://www.johnlewis.com/dylon-fabric-pre-dye-600g/p231905673

I wouldn't expect to get even lightening though. If you want a bit more worn in and worn denim-y look it should lighten them a touch. But unless they're 100% cotton denim it may stick around.

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Adding Zing & Bling / Re: 🦞Bet you never thought you'd see this 🦞
« on: September 06, 2019, 13:08:04 PM »
Well this is as far as I have got so far. Glorified cat bed. I had to kick him off. Of all the places to sit.

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Sewing Machines / Re: How many machines do you have?
« on: September 06, 2019, 10:51:18 AM »
Ok I am wondering with the new thoughts about de cluttering and minimalist feelings if I only had 1 sewing machine and maybe 1 Overlockers would I actually feel inspired to sew more?

It freed up space in my sewing storage which helped me find things, which in turns helped me sew more!

I'm very happy with my three machines. Each has a task. Each does it well. No need to have multiple feet or parts or extensions.

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Today... / Re: Thursday 5th
« on: September 05, 2019, 11:42:46 AM »
I am home today. Woke up at about 4:30am feeling really really sick. Like I thought I would have to dash to the bathroom. But then nothing. Too scared to sleep in case the feeling rose up again and constantly going back to the bathroom just in case... Well I decided there and then to text my boss (nothing like an "I'm not coming in today" text at 5am for him to take me seriously), so I'm now home for the day. I feel much better, but I was so tired. I don't think I'd have managed at work having been up since 4:30am and I only went to bed at midnight.

So trying to get on top of some chores. Going to tidy up and do the hoovering, got some things to post. Did a mass plant-watering this morning. Might dare to try organising the cleaning cupboard as it's annoying me. Might actually manage some sewing!


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Adding Zing & Bling / Re: Bet you never thought you'd see this
« on: September 05, 2019, 10:39:06 AM »
Like I said... 2020?

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Publications / Re: What to keep?
« on: September 04, 2019, 15:08:54 PM »
I only keep ones that have useful techniques that I might actually want to follow along.

Most of the basic sewing books I've had in the past have gone to friends. I'm past the beginner stage now so no need.

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Adding Zing & Bling / 🦞Bet you never thought you'd see this 🦞
« on: September 04, 2019, 14:09:08 PM »
Some will remember in the mists of time I asked Iminei if she would be willing to embroider some lobsters, using her fantastic whizzy embroidery machine, onto some fabric for me to make espadrilles.

Today I received an unexpected fabricky parcel. Upon opening, I'm afraid to say I recognised the fabric and initially assumed that Imi had sent back the fabric to me, along with a card of apology (which I would have been equally happy to receive!) BUT there I unfolded the fabrics to reveal the most BEAUTIFUL lobster embroideries on the fabric I've ever seen!

How amazing are these!

Thanks so much Imi, even though summer is over I'm still excited to make the shoes and they'll be ready and waiting for me Summer 2020 (or unless Kris decides to take me anywhere sunny and warm this winter... hmm no... 2020 it is then).

I'm ecstatic! Thank you so much @Iminei


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Sewing Machines / Re: How many machines do you have?
« on: September 03, 2019, 14:38:36 PM »
1 sewing machine (Janome)
1 coverstitch (Bernina)
1 overlocker (Juki)
1 vintage machine that is really a decoration at the moment, with the aim to fix it up as a spare machine (Singer)

I don't see the point in hoarding machines - it seems strongly in the vein of conspicuous consumption and a waste of time, energy, space to just keep mountains and mountains of things without purpose and is something I've been trying to change in my life. I had more machines when I worked for a sewing company (on loan, not owned by me, and I had to have them to do different work with the machines) and it was very freeing giving them back.

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