A stitch in time saves….

…nine, or so the saying goes.

But where does this originate from, I hadn’t a clue so I Googled it…  Meaning:  A timely effort will prevent more work later.

Now I am quoting from http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/a-stitch-in-time.html

” The proverbial expression was clearly meant as an incentive to the lazy. It’s especially gratifying that ‘a stitch in time saves nine’ is an anagram for ‘this is meant as incentive’.

The Anglo-Saxon work ethic is being called on here. Many English proverbs encourage immediate effort as superior to putting things off until later; for example, ‘one year’s seeds, seven year’s weeds‘, ‘procrastination is the thief of time‘ and ‘the early bird catches the worm‘.”

So there’s a starter for ten…. I thought I had a good work effort but after the thought of Autumn cleaning my back room took hold, I’m not so sure – I adopted the little and often approach, mostly to stop me from getting bored!

The point to the above and the stitch reference is that I started a new project this week (Week 40).  I decided to take on a sewing project and well, it’s not quite finished but it scratched an itch so to speak.  I will share the finished article with you as soon as possible but as always my life is time constrained so I have to flit between all the things I love to do around full-time work, so this may take some time.

I have learnt a lot on this project though.  I have learnt that material is expensive so I have been investigating ways of procuring this cheaper and that the kinds of material you work with can be so different, giving very different results!

I started my project with quite a heavy material and found that the hems were bulky and that I had to double turn the hem due to the fraying nature of the material, as a zig-zag stitch on the edge didn’t help (there is a technical term for this stitch which eludes me right now – remember I am a novice!).  Although some time has been wasted, getting the right result from the material, and probably a fair bit of thread, I navigated my sewing machine reasonably well and the results so far have been pleasing.

My last thoughts for this weeks blog are that it is important to find time to do the things you love to do and to do the things you’ve always fancied having a go at.  There is always something to be learned, enjoyed and remembered from these experiences so I would encourage you all to pursue these activities.

Now stop procrastinating and go and do something!!


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