Judith and I enthused over the original piece and noted the magnificent fabric, its perfect seams and its easy construction and then went back to the class at hand...a review of getting used to your pleater. I was also bequeathed the Sally Stanley pleater by my original teacher, so I was intent on learning to use my new machinery. The pleater does in a few minutes what used to take hours....picking up Grace Knott's DOTS! Anyone who has smocked, knows how laborious this initial task is. Nothing happens until the dots are gathered.
I now learn that Judith has a service, wherein you can mail her your fabric and she, for a fee, will pick up your dots!!! As Judith says in her newsletter:
"Keep in mind that I have a pleating service so you don't have to struggle picking up dots. A few people even mail their fabric to me and I return it by post when it is ready. A lady in Manitoba used to do this and it worked out really well. Drop me a note if you wish to utilize the pleating service this way or to book an appointment to come by the house to have it done."I always seem to learn things too late:) No, actually, I really LOVE my afternoons with Judith and I'm being taught by a Master. I am! I always learn so much more than I bargained for.
This time, Judith shared "Aprons of the mid-20th century: To Serve and Protect" by Judy Florence, pictured above. If you love the idea of vintage aprons this is a wonderful reference. It's available on Amazon.
Judith has just started a new blog Amberlane in addition to her newsletter and website. Have a peek at who showed up to start off the new year! I have added her to my side bar for quick reference. You may wish to contact Judith and be on her newsletter list. She is a fount of information and usually includes a delicious recipe. Did I mention that we also share a love of dessert!
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