Today I came full circle. Never in my life would I expect what innocently happened as I reached for the volume set of books given to me in my younger days having no memory of when, but always taking them in my boxes of books to keep - never opened, until today. I remember very clearly where I was at in life then. I lived in Whispering Brook in Portage, Michigan. I worked 50-60 hour weeks managing both Jo-Ann Fabrics at that time, hiring potential managers off of Western's campus and training them, training the district on merchandising and loss...
Caring for our textile tools can make a huge difference in enjoying or being frustrated with the process. Here is a simple maintenance tip for shears and cutters* that are held together with screws, not nylon washer assemblies. They are typically steel. This can also be used on rotary cutter assemblies when blades are being replaced/removed. Using 50 Wt household sewing machine oil, open the shears as shown in the middle of the photo and apply a generous drop above and below the screw assembly, turning over and applying on the underside the same. Slowly rock the scissors while open...
Ever since I can remember my dreams from my childhood, I used to dream of making fabric. I believe this started when I saw my older sister (7-8 at the time, me 4-5) in Girl Scouts as a Brownie weaving on a backstrap loom, the troop leader said I was too young. It was too many years later when I finally started on floor looms because in my mind, I could always see the possibilities and what if's. So, back in 1990, I took a local weaving course but my style of learning did not match the instructor's style, and...
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