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About Sally Cowan (50 Articles)
After Keeping You in Stitches for over 45 years, Sally enjoys her memories of events that happened on her way to retirement. Author of 6 books, lectures, teaching, and TV host on PBS and now has time for her many cats and Snuggles, the dog. She also loves playing trumpet in the Anastasia Baptist Church orchestra.

Sally shares more info about linen

I will continue my story about linen. If you own a pet, you will love to hear this about linen. Linen fibers do not fray or rub, so neither lint nor static is created.  That’s a big deal around our house. The processing of flax into fiber is [Read More]

February 26, 2019 // 0 Comments

Some more thoughts about linen

SAINT AUGUSTINE -.  Linen was ideally suited to the temperate European climate.  While cotton required heat to grow, linen adapted well to the growing conditions in Europe.  Russia is the biggest producer of linen today, with Europe’s [Read More]

February 18, 2019 // 0 Comments

Looking back on history of linen

SAINT AUGUSTINE – You have all seen the ad that claims that cotton is “the fabric of our lives.”  If that is true, then linen must be the fabric of our history.  It is hard to imagine that the same fiber that the Phoenicians made into [Read More]

February 3, 2019 // 0 Comments

Time to talk about wool

  For the last months I have covered natural fibers.  I covered cotton, linen, silk and now wool.  The New Year has brought in some cold weather, so wool will be a great topic to discuss.  Believe it or not, wool is the most versatile fiber [Read More]

January 24, 2019 // 0 Comments

Iron important part of sewing

A very essential piece of equipment when sewing is an iron.  Last week I started writing about how the iron was invented.  Because the iron use to be so heavy and the heat source was unreliable, soot was picked up and it was cumbersome to use.  A [Read More]

January 15, 2019 // 0 Comments

Sew fine with the right iron

By SALLY COWAN I do hope all my readers had a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year. Now that “the party is over”, it is time to get back to work.  And that can mean ironing again.  If you sew, you need to iron.  Neatly pressed clothes [Read More]

January 4, 2019 // 0 Comments

Sally’s button saga continues

Thanks for all the comments about my button columns.  I too am enjoying learning so much about their history.  So I will continue on my button quest. I thought this week I would pick up where I left off. Leather buttons have been made since the [Read More]

October 29, 2018 // 0 Comments

Buttons more than finishing touch

SAINT AUGUSTINE – Pearl buttons made their debut in 1885.  They are still my favorite buttons.  I don’t believe buttons, from the very beginning, were created just to finish it, but to enhance it.  Buttons are sized in “lines.”  To [Read More]

October 15, 2018 // 0 Comments