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What with Mum dying ans me setting up a new partnership, and all. One of the few I’ve wanted over quickly as too many exciting and sad and horrifying things have happened. Luckily my eyesight hasn’t suffered too badly from the torn retina episodes, and my Giant Mutant Ninja Teenager did well in his exams despite the diagnosis of Type 1 Diabetes at Whitsun… He’s coping well with that.

The new partnership is doing nicely, though we have a bit of a lull at the moment. In some ways a good thing as Su is moving down to be closer to me for work, and we both have family commitment to fulfill. And I’m trying to decoke and tidy up before a big building project with the house next year! AAARRRGGGHHH!!!

But in the New Year? Another new venture for us! We are hoping to develop a line of historical patterns to sell. It’ll be small run artisan type pattern production: we do have access to a very splendid 36" plotter! No more on that for now, just Watch This Space, as they say!

We are also still hoping to get a professional embroidery machine. Still swithering (there’s a fine Scots word for you!) between a 6 and a 10 needle machine… We’re really thinking the 10 as it’s so much more versatile and just as easy to operate. We had a good demo at the Knitting and Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace back in the late summer.

And while we have a lot of the historical stuff taped, we’d really like to expand our experience with more modern designer/haute couture work and corsets. Again, keep watching!


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    Dec 6, 2011, 05.19 PMby katexxxxxx


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    Dec 6, 2011, 06.35 PMby patti-r

    My deepest sympathy for your loss!!!

    You know I think your the greatest, always helping and sharing some of your humorous stories with others.

    Wishing good health to you and your family for many years to come..

    Know that your business will be a great success!!! After all you are the Grand Dame of Burdastyle !!

    Big Hugs, Patti

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      Dec 6, 2011, 11.08 PMby katexxxxxx

      It’s almost a year since Mum went… I’m sad, and I miss her a lot. It’s getting close to my birthday, and for the first time ever there will be no card from her. I’ll just have a quiet bit of the day for her. I use things like her sewing scissors all the time.

      I try to pay back the help I have received over the years. You can’t really pay back, you have to pay onwards with knowledge. So if I can, I offer the help I have.

      I can’t ever be a Grand Dame: inside I’m still a naughty little girl! But thank you. The future is full of adventure.

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      Apr 13, 2012, 07.58 AMby MissLawyers

      Yeah me too. My deepest sympathy.. I wish you and your family good health..

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      Apr 15, 2012, 09.25 AMby katexxxxxx

      Thank you, MissLawyers. It’s been tough! My business partner had The House Move From Hell, and we haven’t had time to sort out either the pattern line or the embroidery machine. But life goes on and we have some lovely projects in the wings… :) And now she’s living just up the road, things will be much calmer! Well, we can dream… ;)

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