Wednesday, May 27, 2015


OOhhhhhhhh, all I want to do is whinge....heat wave in the desert means more extreme heat than usual....very hard to keep going...but this is the quite time for visitors and tour things and so a good opportunity to do workshop things....
 Instead of groaning I thought I would make a list of what I am pleased may have noticed I did fit in a small groan first- ohh well.
Got our next Indian Inspiration Creative Camp 2016 all organized and written up and after considering using pigeons to announce it the internet finally started again.... so I got it posted. Yippee.
 AAAAAnd already we have requests to join the group for next year so we pushed on and sorted Textile Traditions of Vietnam's North 2016.... feel like I need a gold star after this effort.
 Gaelle Beech of Anjel MS and Lucy Aboagye visited us a few months back and we have since been working on a winter collection for them....they have arrived and are now being photographed...Jasmin is doing a stunning job showing them off for amazing to see our work come to life.
Still got a couple of places on our Rajasthan Tour, pleased to announce almost full- love that trip....
and now I plan on plopping myself down under the fan and adding some stitch to some new men's indigo shirts we are making for those in winter weather....
ohh winter weather something to dream of but I think the ache of the cold might be worse than the wet rag effect of extreme heat....
moan ...haha.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Tortoise huddle. Crazy critters. #TheStitchingProject #IndianStarTortoise #Pushkar #Rajasthan #India #wildlife

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How much can you chew?

Isn't that the saying?
Biting off more than you can chew?

It is summer here...every day for weeks has been 40'+...old scale over 110'...just charming and in the night it might, just might drop to 30'C.
Life still must go fact I have started to catch up on workshop things, to the point of starting to organize my stitch room was all kinds of scary.

The penny just the dust blown in by the sand storm this week...somethings just don't change.
I have been scurrying and scurrying to get things done so that one day I will have a little spare time to do the next thing on my list.
After a health worry earlier in the year I am just now getting back in the zone, a bit of energy but if I keep up the scurrying and scurrying I will probably be back where I was earlier and there won't necessarily be another chance to pick up again...
For ages I have dreamed of starting a library for local kids....and whosh last year through the kind generosity of others I had a big handful of cash to kick start it all.
What a weight of guilt I have carried ever since not being able to find a minute to set a system up and get a library happening.
Well really it about time to admit I just can't do it.
I have piles of books in the office and a bundle of cash in the cupboard waiting to be spent...every single cent accounted for but I just can't turn it onto a library.
This morning when one of our ladies Neetu was in I asked about her child's school, once school holidays finish we will go around to schools associated with our ladies and donate a stack of books to kick start libraries in their schools and hope they put them to good use.
To all who assisted in the fundraising events especially Anne of Timeless Textiles and UTS students I offer an apology for their funds being put to use so slowly....I have just kept thinking next week I can.....
Someday your best intentions need to be re-examined and a different solution found....hard though it may be to be flexible... this is self talk. I find it hard to change my intentions some days.

so back to school, I will ease a burden from my shoulders and at the same time spread smiles and learning around through a slightly different approach.

Sunday, May 17, 2015


Over 40 degrees Celsius for last few weeks and another month to look forward to...out working on the education of our newest group of women...
Workshop we have a new cutting and pattern guy. Almost cried in relief after first day...He has experience he draws on it. He asked questions and makes notes....the relief is immense... machine men are all working well...changes we made late last year and then pruning another has brought to us having a good bunch. Happy and bubbling along.  Nice vibe.
They also have lots of expertise and skill and now feel comfortable to use it.  3 trainees on machine as well and older guys teaching. So good. Not able to get women onto machine room but we will keep trying.
All workshop in our mind at the moment and coping with the heat.

Stitching Ladies education stage 2. Stitch is excellent now building idea of being on time. .." If you take work it needs to be returned on time. If we are late, clients won't re-order".... not just one lady looses work WE ALL DO. Village life is very in the moment... but to work with our gang women need to plan ahead. Taking work.. can they finish it on time? This is always a big hurdle in sustaing work. Timeliness #TheStitchingProject #womensempowerment #smallbusiness #sustainableincome #ethicalfashion #whomadeyourclothes #fashionforgood

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