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Patterns and Instructions / Re: Style Arc Patterns 7
« Last post by Carole on Yesterday at 10:45:13 PM »
Christmas Dance in a sparkly slinky knit Diana skirt.

Chatter / Re: Merry Christmas
« Last post by Pipsy on Yesterday at 10:45:00 PM »
It is not only media making an issue of not offending people of different practices, it is called political correctness and politicians who are so affraid of losing votes seem to make issues over which few people actually care. Thus decisions are made of what can be publicly displayed or said. Further, much of it is regional or specific to a community.  Religious and cultural practises, from my point of view, tend to be personal and family or extended family practiced. Yet there are quite a few people who need to make issues of 'things' at any time of the year.  I think these confrontationers want is what all people want - to be acknowledged as a unique human, but chose a public way of asking for acceptance. These concepts are highlighted in the other discussion on this forum regarding being offended by religious notations in advertising and insightful comments are made there.

Personally, as a practicing Christian who admits to doubts, I wish everyone a Merry Chrstmas meaning good wishes to all as Jesus would want for all, regardless of who or what they believe or practice.  When I was growing up many many years ago the biggest issue at Christmas was, as a Protestant, not understanding quite a few Catholic beliefs and practices, was why Catholics go to church at midnight on Christmas eve!  We only went to church on Sundays.  Now the modern (or whatever term is used currently) church I attend, has Christmas Eve services. The only people who have said anything this year when I wish Merry Christmas are other Christians telling me I MAY be offending others, most of whom are not declaring their beliefs to me or thank me and wish in return.

So Merry Christmas to all who dwell here. And wishing you all a satisfying and happy new year.  :friends:

Of interest, religious historians are now discussing what 'Christ' means now and then based on the political activities at the time of Jesus so that Christmas itself may become something else - again. .
Fashion, Style & Wardrobe / Re: Sew what are you sewing this weekend? 2
« Last post by lessalt on Yesterday at 10:38:04 PM »
What a cute top, love the stripes with lurex, will be perfect for holidays and after.
SWAP 2015 / Craft mad Claire's SWAP
« Last post by craftmadclaire on Yesterday at 10:15:04 PM »
I am torn.  I had originally intended to make this years Swap entry based around some loveley blue fabrics in my stash. 

I have a loveley pale blue tweed for a coat, cobalt blue plush wool to make a fitted jacket.  A slightly darker blue to make a poncho/wrap coat.

A skirt from the cobalt blue plush and a second from a pale blue cream check.  Not sure what else to make for this category as I already have cream and cobalt trousers and jeans, perhaps a bought item will suffice this time.

I have a mid blue jersey that will be used to make a Henley top, a baby blue and cream jersey to make cowl neck tops and a beautiful blue and cream Paisley cotton poplin to make a long sleeve blouse.  That leaves one top to choose but a decision will probably be made as I go along. 

My quandary is that while on holiday in Italy last week I bought some amazing fabric.  A dark grey with light grey and orange brocade, bright orange stretch skirt weight, charcoal grey Jersey, charcoal grey wool Ponte Roma, charcoal grey stretch wool trouser weight and a grey silk blend pashmina which has a pulled thread and is dying to be transformed somehow.  Now all I can think of is a Chanel style jacket with either a straight orange skirt or charcoal trousers.  I am thinking of copying my GAP Aubrey trousers which are almost falling apart.  There is enough of the Ponte roma to make a fitted jacket.  I am sure I have enough grey and black in my stash to complete a SWAP but just can't decide. 
Chatter / Re: Christmas message from a business, am I being overy sensitive?
« Last post by Pina on Yesterday at 09:37:02 PM »

If you don't like the message, delete, unsubscribe, don't buy from them if you don't support their religious beliefs. They, on the other hand, are entitled to express their own views. It's American: land of religious freedom and mutual toleration.
 Merry Christmas. Happy Winter Solstice. etc.

That's exactly what I have done - deleted, unsubscribed, will probably not purchase in the future, and have sent the owner a polite email explaining my decision.

For the record, though, "this" is not America. "This" is an internet group populated by people from many countries.


For the record, I think you've done the right thing by letting the company know why you will no longer be a customer. You have that right.

Also, for the record, I am a user of this internet group who does not live in America*. Superior Threads, however, is an American based company. The laws and privileges of America apply to them. To clarify, I said "It's American" not "This is America". I also added something about "mutual toleration."

If you happen to be American you should be grateful on a daily basis and thank the Deity of your choice (or lack thereof) that you have the option to decide how and where you worship as well as the right to freely express your beliefs. There are lots of people out here in Internet land who do not have that option.

*mtcorrect: change all references to United States of America. Apologies to Canadians, Mexicans, people of the Caribbean, Central Americans. This political correctness is difficult! Apologies to those in the southern hemisphere. Wishing you all a very happy Litha.

Bessie,you donít have to apologize ! I,and I think a silent majority of people,agree with your comments ! The world could be a much kinder place,if everyone could be more tolerant.Next thing some people may start to complain,(I hope not),some people have different eye colors,or speak with an accent or can't spell English properly.I like an old saying,live and let live.

100 years ago,during WWI soldiers from different countries stopped fighting each other for one day/night,they played football,(soccer in Europe),together."Soldiers crossed trenches to exchange seasonal greetings and talk. In areas,men from both sides ventured into no man's land on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day to mingle and exchange food and souvenir."

If anyone never heard it before,here is a short Youtube video no one has to click on ! A friendly warning to sensitive people.......itís an ad for British chocolate.No,I don't work for the company ! I hope no one stops eating the chocolate now,(I never tasted it,it's not available at walk-in stores where I live   ;) ). There is also a book one can read,of course only if one wants to read the book !  ;)   And Christmas truce,Wiki,skip it or read it ! I'm grateful I have the privilege to live in a free country and have choices what I like to say,read,shop or not,(my mother didn't have those choices until she fled to freedom then ended up in a concentration camp for two years during WWII). Peace to everyone !

First, I like Superior Threads...good company, good product, good service. I will continue to use them. Am I surprised by the Christmas email message? Not a bit. I'm surprised that Superior doesn't put more religious content in with their business product...for example, they don't send religious pamphlets in with the thread order. I think they do an excellent job of integrating some very positive aspects of their religious beliefs and their business.

Superior Threads is a company based in southern Utah, in a very conservative small town that is about 98% LDS=Mormon. The whole town is very religious! And, pretty much, all the same religion. Mormon's are required to "witness for their faith" ... which means you could get the young missionaries knocking at your door.

If Superior Threads is only sending out a once a year, faith based (not overtly denominational) holiday greeting...then they are being very restrained!

If you don't like the message, delete, unsubscribe, don't buy from them if you don't support their religious beliefs. They, on the other hand, are entitled to express their own views. It's American: land of religious freedom and mutual toleration.
 Merry Christmas. Happy Winter Solstice. etc.
Fashion, Style & Wardrobe / Re: Sew what are you sewing this weekend? 2
« Last post by RuthieSews on Yesterday at 09:29:24 PM »
Green - dark and lurex stripes for a casual Christmas
Chatter / Re: Christmas message from a business, am I being overy sensitive?
« Last post by Jenny on Yesterday at 08:30:59 PM »
I understand putting off that chore! I'm surprised there are businesses that do this (send preachy religious messages), because isn't the point of running a business to attract as many customers as possible and earn a living? Why risk sending a message that would not necessarily align with everyone's beliefs? It seems like foolish business practice to me.
Chatter / Re: The Fall Porch (S. Hemis.: Spring Garden) 2
« Last post by andib on Yesterday at 08:26:44 PM »
I am happy.  In the last month I have been able to donate over 100 yes of fabric.  Scarry that all of that fit into 5 large shopping bags.   I have many more boxes.

I hope I can sew during break.  I have 5 annual reviews.  If i was working in your school Laurie I would be one of the late submissions making your job h*ll.
Sewing Machines / Re: Mechanical machine with nice buttonholes?
« Last post by Quincunx on Yesterday at 08:20:47 PM »
Do you go around the Kenmore buttonholes twice? I see people going around each one twice with the buttonholer attachments.
Reviews / Re: Craftsy classes sale $19.99
« Last post by judith on Yesterday at 07:37:41 PM »
Oh oh. Must be strong. Must not open Craftsy app. Must not.

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