School Needlework

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Re: School Needlework

Post by J.R. » Wed Aug 11, 2010 4:42 pm

I saw bits of that programme.

Strange lot, the Amish.

Apparently, their teenagers get to spend some time in the modern world, just so they can see what they are giving up.

A bit like taking an alcoholic into a bar before putting him 'on the wagon' !!
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Re: School Needlework

Post by englishangel » Wed Aug 11, 2010 4:49 pm

I saw bits too, where they were out on the picnic and one of the Brit girls was almost hankering after the Amish lifestyle.

Incidentally my son called me earlier to ask if I have a strong needle. he was checking his tent before going camping next weekend and one of the seams has come apart and he wants to stitch it up.

Update later on whether he did it, or if it is waiting for me to go home.
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Re: School Needlework

Post by J.R. » Wed Aug 11, 2010 4:53 pm

englishangel wrote:I saw bits too, where they were out on the picnic and one of the Brit girls was almost hankering after the Amish lifestyle.

Incidentally my son called me earlier to ask if I have a strong needle. he was checking his tent before going camping next weekend and one of the seams has come apart and he wants to stitch it up.

Update later on whether he did it, or if it is waiting for me to go home.
Sounds like a job for DBTS.

A curved sailors needle would be ideal.
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Re: School Needlework

Post by kerrensimmonds » Wed Aug 11, 2010 5:17 pm

What's a 'curved sailor'?
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Post by J.R. » Wed Aug 11, 2010 5:22 pm

kerrensimmonds wrote:What's a 'curved sailor'?

I see you've been at the Wincarnis again, Kerren !
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Post by kerrensimmonds » Wed Aug 11, 2010 5:35 pm

I thought you might have replied 'a bent sailor' - but without casting nasturtiums at DBTS.
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Re: School Needlework

Post by Angela Woodford » Wed Aug 11, 2010 5:49 pm

Oh well. I wanted to discuss our needlework skills...
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Post by J.R. » Wed Aug 11, 2010 5:55 pm

Angela Woodford wrote:Oh well. I wanted to discuss our needlework skills...

Try and keep this post on THREAD !!!!!!

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Re: School Needlework

Post by Angela Woodford » Wed Aug 11, 2010 6:07 pm

Spoiled now.
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Re: The World's Squarest Teenagers

Post by MaryB » Thu Aug 12, 2010 12:09 am

Angela Woodford wrote:
Hertford CH Girls - possibly the squarest teenagers of our time? But we could sew!
Oh no I couldn't......
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Re: School Needlework

Post by Angela Woodford » Thu Aug 12, 2010 10:10 am

Ahem! Mary! You could sew, allright...

I have never forgotten the time we queued to have DR and SWSNBN inspect us wearing our Needlework! I know I've written about it before, but I, having been quickly inspected with something of a shudder by the two dragon women, remember the beaming approval that greeted you, next in the line.

"Very nice!"

"Very nice!"

And DR added "You have a trim figure, Mary!"

It was a bit agonising for fattie me. So like brusque, rude, tactless DR. I was not only bursting out of my (unfortunately bright scarlet) garment, but had completely b%ggered the bound buttonholes thereof. I emitted a lack-of-moral-fibre whimper and fled, to rip the Needlework from me in despair.

Your sewing was not only excellent, but you looked terrific in it too! 8)
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Re: School Needlework

Post by midget » Thu Aug 12, 2010 8:37 pm

At least we were spared having to parade before DR and Miss Hindsley.
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Re: School Needlework

Post by MaryB » Thu Aug 12, 2010 10:40 pm

Angela Woodford wrote:Ahem! Mary! You could sew, allright...

I have never forgotten the time we queued to have DR and SWSNBN inspect us wearing our Needlework! I know I've written about it before, but I, having been quickly inspected with something of a shudder by the two dragon women, remember the beaming approval that greeted you, next in the line.

"Very nice!"

"Very nice!"

And DR added "You have a trim figure, Mary!"

It was a bit agonising for fattie me. So like brusque, rude, tactless DR. I was not only bursting out of my (unfortunately bright scarlet) garment, but had completely b%ggered the bound buttonholes thereof. I emitted a lack-of-moral-fibre whimper and fled, to rip the Needlework from me in despair.

Your sewing was not only excellent, but you looked terrific in it too! 8)
I really have no memory of this at all, or of anyone ever saying anything good about my needlework - though I do remember being told I had one shoulder higher than the other.
I also remember going to my Oxford interview in a collection of everyone's school needlework that remotely fitted (my skirt, Carolynn's coat (which can't have done up), someone else's blouse). I got changed in the Ladies at Paddington. It was the era of Biba, maxi coats, laced short boots...I must have looked like a jumble sale even though every garment was individually fine. I think they took me because I was obviously not going to get distracted by Men, or be any distraction to them....
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Re: School Needlework

Post by Fjgrogan » Fri Aug 13, 2010 1:18 pm

I believe the rule with school needlework was that we had to make a garment a term, but there was nothing to say that it had to be for ourselves; if we made something for someone else then we could not be expected to model it!!
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Re: School Needlework

Post by midget » Fri Aug 13, 2010 8:48 pm

Our rule was thatyou could knit for 2 terms out of the three, and your sewing could be embroidery. This may have been because when I first went to Hertford clothing was still rationed, so it depended on how many coupons you had left.
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