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Not a book deal

2011 January 11
by elizabeth_admin

Yesterday during my one block commute to work, I had a great idea.  So great, in fact, that I thought I should write a book about it. 

But then I remembered that I haven’t been offered any book deals lately.  Oh well.  There goes that book idea. 

Seriously though, I am wondering if anyone has ever written about this topic before.  When I think back on my learning to sew sojourn, I realize that most of questions centered around this one topic.  A cursory google search really didn’t dig anything up.  Maybe I’m on to something, eh?

Of course it could just turn out to be a situation like when I used to teach voice and one of my students couldn’t “hear” or make sense of the timbre of the piano, but could with the human voice.  In other words, she could hear the piano making noise, but couldn’t hear the melody it was playing and was not able to sing the melody back to me.  But when I sang the melody to her, she sang it right back confidently.  I realized then that she couldn’t hear the piano well or that her brain couldn’t process it correctly.  This in turn reminded me of when I sang Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder with orchestra for the first time and couldn’t “hear” my entrance because the timbres of the different instruments didn’t sound like the piano introduction to which I was so accustomed.  So I thought I had discovered a new thing, timbre deafness.  I was really excited about it.  I talked to my other musician colleagues and no one had heard of such a thing.  But of course, when I went to research it, there it was, timbre deafness, all over the internet.  Apparently I wasn’t a genius.  Oh well.

Long story short, either my idea is brilliant, or really ordinary.  I will have to do some more research before I say anything here.  Are you mad at me now?

If you are, I will appease you with pictures of some very pretty fabric I picked up yesterday.  Because when you’re not sewing, what do you do?  Buy fabric of course.  Duh!

The first two are from Metro Textiles.  Kashi has some gorgeous new fabrics in.  If you can, get your butts over there to see and buy.  You heard it first here at SEWN!  😉   This handwoven pure silk brocade was one of the first things I saw when I walked into the store.  GORGEOUS.  It feels so luxurious.  I wish you could feel it on your screen. 

handwoven silk brocade from Metro Textiles


 The purple denim.  What can I say folks.  It’s PURPLE.  How could I not buy it???

purple denim from Metro Textiles

The next two were from Paron’s.  I love their silks section.  I always stop there to see if they have any gorgeous silk twills.  And, oops!  This time they did.  The peacock-esque print below is beautiful, don’t you think?

peacock silk twill from Paron's

I’ve been dying to try (with a little trepidation) my hand at a silk blouse.  This snake skin print just called to me.  I saw it there last time and I couldn’t pass it up. 

snake print silk from Paron's


Happy sewing everyone!

8 Responses leave one →
  1. January 11, 2011

    Silk snakeskin blouse = fabulous. Great finds!

  2. January 11, 2011

    Lovely fabrics, I’ll have to be content with looking at those till your book comes out!

  3. January 11, 2011

    Yes, you’ve picked up some great fabrics there. The silk snakeskin print is fab!

  4. January 11, 2011

    Boy am I glad I didn’t go with you today! Gurl you would have had me spending my retirement money! *LOL* You got some great pieces!

  5. January 11, 2011

    Good luck with your idea, you might be onto a winner. I just love the brocade, what are you going to make with it?

  6. January 12, 2011

    Oh, I’m coveting that brocade!
    The denim is lovely too 🙂

    P.S. Watch out Peter doesn’t steal the snakeskin print from you to wear with his leaopard print jeans 😉 LOL

  7. Lindsay T permalink
    January 12, 2011

    So I don’t rate an invite if you go shopping in my neighborhood? What am I, chopped liver?! I think I bought that same snake print at Paron’s. Was it in the Annex?

  8. January 12, 2011

    I almost went to Paron’s today during my lunch break, but already spent my lunch money on another fabric store at 39th St so I had to head back. Oh the perils of working near the garment district….

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