Life Skills

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The topic of tonight’s post is relatively minor and almost insignificant.  On many occasions I would not have even considered it as a potential blog post.

However, it has recently occurred to me that a lot of what I do and take entirely for granted are activities or skills that would be completely unknown to many people.  Therefore, this year I am going to make a concerted effort to post about some of the little things that fall under the broad category of life skills.

I made a sampler of different sewing stitches when I was 8 years old.  It was a laborious task undertaken in school sewing lessons in Year 3.  The sampler is framed and hangs in my sewing room these days.  There are 6 different stitches, one of which is blanket stitch.

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I don’t think I have ever used blanket stitch in over 50 years since that sampler was completed.

Nevertheless, when I noticed the stitching at the end of a blanket coming unravelled  today, I immediately knew that I would mend it using blanket stitch.  It was a bit like riding a bike – you never forget.

The blanket is one of a pair that we have owned for 40 years so I guess it is not too bad that it needed some running repairs.  I simply threaded a large needle with the unravelled thread and restitched the edge with blanket stitch exactly as I had done on the sampler.

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The left hand side of the photo is the existing machined ‘blanket stitch’ and the right hand end is my repairs.

7 thoughts on “Life Skills

      • Seldom on blankets! No, it’s come up on small craft projects a few times recently–brilliant for piecing together felts. And my warmest memory of using it was for baby booties that I put together for my son while I was expecting him. Though it turned out his feet were already too long for them on day one, the memory still makes me happy.

    • Yes, 40 years is pretty good although they are not used every day. I also have a set of single bed blankets that are close to 60 years old. They were my original blankets when I transitioned from a cot to my first bed. Although definitely a bit on the thin side, I have them on the single bed and trundle bed which are used intermittently by our granddaughters.

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