Sunday, October 12, 2008

This Is... my current reading matter

Yes... I'm still reading it! I started it a few weeks ago, and with the few spare minutes I get to read every few evenings, it'll be a few weeks before I finish it. I love this book - a History of Embroidery (from a feminist perspective). It's great. I'm SUCH A GEEK.

I'm a "one at a time" kinda gal, and always feel compelled to finish the book. I tend to alternate between modern literary fiction and other genres like history, classic literature and short stories. I have SO LITTLE TIME to read that I get very annoyed if I don't love what I'm reading - it feels like a waste of precious time and brainspace (I feel the same about TV and films).

The books I spend MOST of the time with are children's books. I really wish my wee girl liked The Cat in The Hat as much as I do.


I also skim a lot of sewing books on a regular basis. I'm building a sewing reference library for myself (and for people who come to my classes). This book arrived from Amazon the other day, and is a winner. It's a fabulous resource for people who are TEACHING beginners and if you're a beginner who wants to learn all about sewing machines and how to use them, then this is the book for you! It's a really clear reference book that you can easily find all the basics of sewing explained - with lots of photos and diagrams.

Thanks Angela for This Is, and thanks to My Champagne Dreams for the theme this week.

11 comments:

cindy said...

I so get the children's book reading, One fish, 2 fish is pretty huge here at the moment.

Jenny said...

Good luck finishing your book-sounds like it would be very interesting. That sewing book looks very useful too-thanks for the tip!

méri said...

I envy (in a positive manner,:) of course) you that book Subversive Stitch.
The other looks great for me... Thanks for the information!

colour by number said...

I like to browse sewing books before bed. I never read them in the entire fashion. Instead I let the book fall open and read it! I always take a bit of knowledge from them each time.

Bellgirl said...

Hmm, I must take a look at that embroidery book. Greek mythology is my day job (see www.wingedsandals.com) and there's an interesting connection in Greek myth between weaving and feminine cunning.

I've been reading lots of kids books too- my little boy has really started talking now and has names for all his books, eg. "Roar!", "Eee-i-oh" and "Spot". Spot is the most popular this week.

Christie said...

be careful what yyou wish for, we read the cat in the hat A LOT here!

Lindsay Bear said...

Ooooh! Very cool! I really have to look for some sewing books, because I really have so much more to learn. Good for you for keeping up with your skills! And happy "This is" week!

MissK said...

I think I'll need to get a copy of Sew Basic,being a newbie to sewing.

mayaluna said...

I love seeing what you're reading...rounds out the whole picture! Children's books can be magical, too!

Melanie Gray Augustin said...

I've been interested in reading the Subversive Stitch. I'll have to get my hands on a copy sometime.

muralimanohar said...

Lol...I get the feeling you would appreciate the excerpt I included in this post here: http://miscellanyofme.blogspot.com/2008/05/needlework.html