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Finding Family, Friends and Teachers in Palm Springs

Whew. It’s snowing here today. I’ve been gone for 3 weeks and now I am home, slowly recovering from a complete change in my environment, my solitary personal style and occupations.

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My being away completed the break in the jobs I was training others to do. I am finally freed from all the administrative duties that have occupied me for so many years of working for my HusPartner. I am free falling. I’m not sure if I’ll look for a job. Maybe.

I have no routine to fall back into. It will be some time before I have the structure of daily “have to’s” built back up around me. Ah so, what will those routines be? I am not sure but I hope they are completely devoted to my own life with colored thread, fabric and yarn.

First I and HusPartner flew into Palm Springs to spend New Years Eve with a few of my family members I had never met or hadn’t seen in many years. So many things to talk about and to share. So many tough things, so many easy things, so many things to process.

Then family all left me alone for a day and my new roommate, Georgene, moved in. Here’s proof she really did work in the evenings after class…

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I had never had a sewing teacher other than my mother. The workshops were extremely intense and we worked hard.

Vionnet Draping Class with Sandy Erickson January 3-8, 2009

Couture Tailoring with Claire Shaeffer January 9-14, 2009

Very interesting, very intense sewing and design time. Very intense time with new and old friends.

It provided a great break from my old life, and evolution into my new life.


About Mary Beth

I am fascinated by changing patterns and colored threads. I sew garments and am teaching myself to machine knit. Since selling the building that housed my workrooms, The Stitchery, I'm searching for a place to set up the knitting machines again. There must be room here somewhere!

6 responses »

  1. Wow, those classes do sound intense but what a treat that must have been!

  2. I’m glad you had a good trip! And I’m sure you will find your way and make a new daily routine for yourself!

  3. Oh wow! Just the titles of the classes are intense, yet interesting. Good for you to take some time for yourself and enjoy the family, friends and classes.

  4. What a fun way to start out the new year and your new life.

  5. Please tell us more about the Couture Tailoring class with Claire Shaeffer. I’m considering taking one of her classes.
    Joyce in NC

  6. Nice to have you back, and to hear what interesting classes you’ve been taking. Happy New Year!


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