“Hemping” Ms. Lizzie

By: Corrie Habib Am I the only one who wonders–sometimes marvels–at the simple technology and creative solutions used by people in the past? Don’t get me wrong…I’ve been known to reach for epoxy and Gorilla glue plenty of times, but what were the “fixes” for the many hundreds of years of furniture and cabinet making…

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Saving Ms. Lizzie, Part 5

By: Corrie Habib Releasing the spirit of Ms. Lizzie– Feb. 25, 2022: The familiar wrist buzz of a text notification on my FitBit…it’s from my dad. ”Amazing: {wow emoji} The rim of the wheel is almost flat! I haven’t clamped it or nothing! I think the broken spokes/hub were holding it in a screwy position…

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Saving Ms. Lizzie, Part 4

By: Corrie Habib the saga continues… Jan. 2022: Kids go back to school, but it’s not a week back in the dorm before one heads home with breakthrough Covid for a long weekend in the basement apartment. I, like many others, started a new year knit-a-long project (https://ravel.me/cuff-to-cuff-jacket). Ms. Lizzie hangs out in her corner,…

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HomeGrown Dye Garden Project

Have you ever seen textiles dyed with plants and thought that you would love to try natural dyeing? Have you ever wondered which garden plants and which wild plants give color, which part of a plant produces dye, or what intense or subtle or delicate colors a plant will produce? If so, join the SEFAA…

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Saving Ms. Lizzie, Part 3

By: Corrie Habib 12/19/21: First, coffee. Then, CBS Sunday Morning. Then, bring in Ms. Lizzie from the workshed. My 22-year-old son helps bring her in…I explain how the post fits into its hole and to look at the little leather to hold it in place. I show him the painted parts, the working parts up…

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Saving Ms. Lizzie, Part 2

By: Corrie Habib 12/16/21: What kinds of cleaners and finishes are safe for antique wood? I’m in the Google rabbit hole. Antiques Roadshow says to use Butcher’s Wax…what the heck is that? Oh yeah, whatever happened to that million-dollar native American blanket that the older guy had on his sofa? I’m here on their website…

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Quick (Unofficial) Guide to Life with Face Masks

by Allison Bishop Our current public health crisis has led us to a new reality in which wearing a face mask in public is common. It is a critical curve-flattening measure (in addition to staying at home and squeaky clean hygiene) to prevent and slow the spread of the coronavirus. Here’s why: The CDC recently…

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TEXTILE ARTS ARE FOR KIDS, TOO! HERE’S WHY.

by Julia Reddish Creativity is one of the great strengths of human beings. The ability to make and create things is not innate, it is something that must be practiced and honed. By starting children working with textiles at a young age you nurture their ability to solve problems, develop numeracy, increase fine motor skills…

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