Testing times

And no, this isn’t about the virus … (although now that I’ve mentioned it, perhaps I’ll just let you know that, here in sunny South Africa, we are back in Lockdown Level 3, very sadly. The number of covid-19 cases has escalated and so this Alert Level includes a curfew (all citizens are to be in their place of residence between 9.00pm and 6.00am), a total ban on the sale of alcohol, including a glass of wine or a beer with your meal in a restaurant, and a fine plus possible 6-month prison sentence for anyone in a public space without a mask. Beaches and parks are closed, just CLOSED. That last one is quite contradictory because research apparently shows that the virus does not like open spaces, sunshine and fresh air. But there it is. I have quite a few friends and acquaintances who have either had covid and recovered, or who are still in recovery. I understand that it is no fun at all, I send them lots of love, and I’m very grateful to have been spared so far).

The testing I’m actually referring to is me needing a couple of volunteers to test a digital sewing pattern and instructions for making a fabric plant hanger, like the one below.

I had the idea last night and woke up really excited about it, but I’ve come to realise that it’s not as easy as I originally thought! I’m working on taking photos as I go along and the pattern should be ready in a couple of days. So, are there two or three sewing people (I hate to use the word “sewers”) out there who would like to try this out for me and let me know of any errors or poor instructions? It takes a very small amount of fabric, a few meters of cord or string, and about an hour of cutting/sewing time. If you’re interested, please email me at jillgoldberg19@gmail.com.

Thanks in advance. And be safe out there, everyone.

18 thoughts on “Testing times

  1. Rainbow Junkie

    Interesting how sewers (soers” and sewers (sooers) have the same spelling! Good luck with your testers. I am afraid sewing isn’t my strong point. They are pretty though.

    1. Nice Piece of Work Post author

      Oh yay, thanks! Will continue working on it today.
      I used to work for a software company, the programmers were all beginning to use the term “software engineer” instead of “computer programmer”. Perhaps we could take a lesson from them – as in “sewing engineers”….

  2. Linne

    ‘Stitcher’ for me, always. I have always liked ‘seamstress’, but that implies only women and these days that’s not ok. Comes of growing up reading a lot of Victorian stories, I suppose.

    I’ve emailed you. Glad your friends have all recovered from the covid. It can be scary for those of any age, and a few have long-term consequences. In Canada at least one infant has died from it, as well as some teens and people in their 20s and 30s, etc. But even if one doesn’t die, being that sick is pretty awful; it also uses up health care money that would normally go to help those with other ailments and conditions.

    Take care, and continue to stay ‘cool’ . . . (that plant hanger is pretty cool, in my book!)

  3. insearchofitall

    They are very pretty and under different conditions, I might have offered. I find that most patterns assume you understand what the writer is thinking. I have a hard time with so many. I’m sure you will do fine with yours.

    I’m sorry to hear you are on lock-down again. Beaches and parks are where we need to be but it seems some don’t understand that social distance is required there as well. Being in the fresh air is so good for us. I know of a few people that have had it. One considered it no more than a cold other than the loss of smell and taste. She was over 70 and quite active and strong to start with. Doctor said lots of vitamin C and D to get better faster. I’m taking mine as a prevention method.
    Here’s to a happier New Year, Jill. Somewhere down the line. We are still holding our breath here waiting for Jan 20 to celebrate.

  4. Nice Piece of Work Post author

    Thank you, Marlene. From the latest news, it seems that the UK is having a third hard lockdown almost as lousy as ours in some ways, and in others even worse. Unfortunately, there is no vaccine in sight for South Africa – the mental giants who run the country forgot to pay the deposit, apparently. At least, that is the joke going round. We live in disturbingly strange times.
    I’m so glad you haven’t been exposed to the virus, may that continue forever xx

  5. cedar51

    I can’t help – my skills are basic and mostly zilch.

    I too find it difficult with a sewer – no the saying of the word, but the writing of it. Before you know someone is suggesting you need a plumber!

    1. Nice Piece of Work Post author

      No worries, I have three volunteers now who are standing by – I’M the one holding things up by battling to get the pattern piece to print at the correct size…. But, hopefully, watch this space!

  6. nanacathy2

    Glad you have your volunteers, it looks a fun project. At least being in lockdown means I don’t have to feel bad stopping at home when I could be DOING something.

  7. Susan Nixon

    I wouldn’t be going out of the house in SA. The masks make my breathing so bad. That’s pretty severe punishment. Your project looks good. I hope you found testers.


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