Thread Theory

Welcome to the new era of menswear sewing. Go ahead and create something exceptional!

Back at it!

15 Comments

It was my first week back at pattern development! Of course, things didn’t go quite as planned since the reality of being a mom doesn’t seem to allow for plans to be made more than 10 minutes ahead of time. I still managed to get some satisfying work done though!

A month after moving in, my industrial sewing machine is finally set up. My domestic and serger are still waiting on a table. I unpacked all of my fabric and sewing tools into three Billy bookshelves that we found for $25 each used. I love how accessible and tidy it all looks! I’ll be able to put a lock on the cabinet to keep the most dangerous things safely out of reach from Noah once he begins to crawl.

I’ve finally unboxed the three patterns that our pattern maker drafted for us while I was very pregnant. They’ve been sitting there unopened for 7 or so months now! When I opened up the parcel I was surprised to find a wooden baby toy, some booties and some other cute things along with a note from Gwen. She said that she thought she’d pass along some items she had kicking around from her young son and that she expected she wouldn’t be hearing from me for about 6 months. Wow, was she ever right! It was a lovely surprise and so kind of her.

The first pattern is now on my work table cut out and ready to sew. I sewed a couple of samples during the design process but I always sew another to check over the pattern before it is finalized. This is also when I begin the rough instructions. I’ll likely sew two or three more as I fine tune the pattern variants and complete the instruction details and illustrations.

In the end, I only had two hours of totally baby-free work this week (and had hoped for two hours each day!) but was pleasantly surprised that I also had a few where Noah happily played beside me. I think we might be on the cusp of a new era where Noah is happy to hang out with me while I multitask at playing and working in the studio. Until just lately either Matt or I have been fully engaged in occupying Noah while the other works. It was wonderful that we could all work together in the same room for a couple of mornings this week!

Out of doors, Spring is really in full swing. There are chocolate lilies and tulips blooming along the driveway and an ancient cherry tree blooming in the back forest.

That was a neat discovery! There are also two old hazelnuts near it in an otherwise undeveloped section of the property. I wonder if they are the remains of a homestead that existed here long before our house was built? We will have to go to the local community centre/museum to see what we can find out.

My family came over a couple of times recently to have some work parties. We are so grateful for their whirlwind of energy as it feels like we are only able to pick away at things until they arrive what with Thread Theory and parenting.

Don’t worry, Noah didn’t actually ride on the mower, they were just posing for the photo…one day though!

The very mature rhubarb is almost ready to harvest. I’m thinking of making some compote and some rhubarb ginger jam. Do you have a favourite rhubarb recipe? I’d love to hear of it!

15 thoughts on “Back at it!

  1. So funny that Gwen knew exactly how long it would take you to get back to your desk! My favourite rhubarb recipe (and one that even my picky five-year old will eat) is rhubarb crumble ice cream. The link is the one I started from, but you can stir any rhubarb compote into any ice cream or froyo base, and add any kind of crumble topping/cookie dough mixture you like to get your perfect version. https://www.deliaonline.com/recipes/meals-and-courses/desserts/rhubarb-crumble-ice-cream

  2. Ooh and I just read above about rhubarb crumble – one of my favourites ! The only dilemma is with custard or ice cream ….. or maybe both!

  3. You should still be proud of those 2 hours – it’s difficult with a little one in tow. Could recommend a playpen – he might be happy with toys there as long as he can see you whilst you get on with things (fingers crossed for more hours to do what you hope to do!)

    • Thanks for the encouragement! Playpen hasn’t worked for him so far but he’s still stationary enough to enjoy a blanket on the floor with some pillows and toys for a few min. Once he’s crawling though I think we better try the playpen again!

  4. Such a busy time! We like warm rhubarb crisp with a dollop of vanilla ice cream.

  5. I like rhubarb crumble. When we were young, we ate rhubarb dipped in sugar from a brown paper bag. All of those other recipes sound amazing. I love rhubarb.
    It’s great that you’re managing so well

  6. Morgan, I grew up in that area – attended North Oyster School back in the last century! What end of Yellowpoint Road are you on? My parents moved to property near the Speedway Community Hall in the early 1940s, and to Code Road in the mid-40s. Did you find out the name of previous owners of your property? I am still in touch with some of the old timers in the district and they may be able to answer some of your questions re the history of your property.

    Regards,

    Laila Strain

    >

    • We are near the south end of Yellow Point Rd and drive by that community hall when going in to Cedar to get groceries! And by Code Rd when going into Ladysmith. Our property has had quite a few owners, Im not sure of the original owner from 1980 but know the last two. Next time I talk with my neighbor I’ll ask him the name of the original owner as my neighbor bought his house when our development was made in 1980. Down the road is an old time farming family named Wyndlow that would certainly know the history. Do you know them?

  7. Spiced rhubarb compote.
    Chop rhubarb, add some water in a heavy pot. Add a star anise, a cinnamon stick, a whole nutmeg, and 3 or 4 whole cloves with a pinch of salt. Simmer slowly until tender and thick. Fish out the spices and add Demerara brown sugar until toothsome.
    Allow to cool and serve with heavy cream, or custard sauce, or ice cream, or whipped cream, as a dessert. Or just have a bowl for breakfast as a spring tonic.

  8. Spiced rhubarb compote.
    Chop rhubarb, add some water in a heavy pot. Add a star anise, a cinnamon stick, a whole nutmeg, and 3 or 4 whole cloves with a pinch of salt. Simmer slowly until tender and thick. Fish out the spices and add Demerara brown sugar until toothsome.
    Allow to cool and serve with heavy cream, or custard sauce, or ice cream, or whipped cream, as a dessert. Or just have a bowl for breakfast as a spring tonic.

  9. Looks lovely out there! Spring is still just a tease out here in New Brunswick, so I’m enjoying your posts… Re: rhubarb… if you like banana bread, I love to add diced rhubarb to my banana bread recipe. The tangy taste of the rhubarb complements the gentle sweetness of the bananas. And of course, stewed rhubarb over vanilla ice cream is divine!
    Also — do you like your Reliable industrial machine? I’ve been looking at one myself, and am still on the fence… looks amazing!

Leave a Reply to Janet Cancel reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s