Let’s talk about stitches this evening, there are two kinds in tonight’s news headlines.
First, some of you have very kindly expressed an interest in whether I have at last had the stitches out of my face and got the bandage off, after last week’s cyst removal. The answer is yes, I have! I forgot to tell you about it due to getting so horribly drunk on Monday evening. I went and had the stitches out on Monday afternoon and now I have a scar. It is red and a bit lumpy but hey! at least it doesn’t look like the world’s largest zit trying to bulge its way forcibly out of my face, so I am relatively happy. I think my scar will be okay with a disguising layer of make-up on top, which is what my whole face needs in any case, so nothing new there, ha ha.
The other kind of stitches I want to talk about tonight involved getting my sewing machine out. I need to dispatch that doll to my niece Clara, and no mistake. I pulled out all the dolls clothes and found that all I needed to do was attach a strip of velcro to the green dress so I did that right away. Here is the doll with the four outfits I managed to make and the one (purple) outfit that the doll arrived in. I am going to post this off as soon as possible.
I find sewing a very strange hobby. Usually it goes like this: do a big lot of sewing, make fairly good progress, then find that things are going badly wrong. Needles are bending like plasticine. I am stalling the machine a lot. I have utterly broken and destroyed the needle threading mechanism. All three of these things happen, usually, and when I get to the last one I sadly put the cover back on the machine and put it away, because I have wrecked it. Then quite a lot of time goes by until I have a reason to get the machine out again, like tonight. I thought about sewing on the velcro strips by hand but I realised how much work that was going to be, so with great trepidation I got the sewing machine out. And strangely enough, it worked fine. The needle threader worked fine. Everything was fine.
I sewed on those velcro strips sharpish, before something could go wrong, let me tell you.
Because I am always full of big ideas, I hoped that I would make dozens of outfits for this doll, for every possible occasion, but in fact in the year I’ve been hanging on to it, I’ve only managed to make four things. So here is my plan. I am going to send this doll to my niece so she can at least play with it, and I am going to get another one for me. It can live at my house permanently, I can make clothes for it as and when and then dispatch the clothes to my niece as I happen to complete them. A good solution, no?
1 Sewing point.