What’s up with Mayflower Stitchery?

Yeah, it feels like summer… – Weezer

Hard to believe that it’s already the end of July!  For some reason, I have not completed my task list for the second week in July.  Nor the third week.  Le sigh.

Well, geez, doesn’t everybody get distracted in the summer time?  Still, no excuse for getting behind.  A buddy of mine who lives in the mountains in Colorado suggested that I start making throw pillows that look like nautical signal flags.  LOL  I hated to remind him that I’ve been making exactly that item for years!  I think it’s time for a recharge on my original items, so I’ve posted pix of a couple of my best sellers.  If you don’t see the letters or numbers you are looking for, let me know, every letter and number is available.  I’ve had a lot of requests for sets of three pillows, usually in large 22″ squares, for O.M.G. and L.O.L. (as well as W.T.F.).  Special orders are always welcome!

Nautical Flag Style Pillow

Not much time to ruminate, too much to catch up on!

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All New Ice&Drinks Bin!

Made from recycled racing sails, durable dacron polyester webbing, and lined with marine vinyl, this collapsible Ice&Drinks Bin will “wow!” your friends and family.  All seams are double stitched for durability, with a cross of webbing on the base of the carrier for extra strength.

Perfect for the boat, beach or camping!  The Ice&Drinks Bin can also be used as a wash basin!  Party’s over?  No problem, just tip the Bin over to empty out extra ice and water, fold it up, and be on your way!

This item measures 13″high, 16″ across on the base, with a wide 24″ diameter opening for easy access.  Available with navy blue or black webbing.

Now available for sale on Amazon.com!



Sunblock, surf shirts, skin repair, and the summer sun.

We all remember those days at the beach when we were kids – indestructible, tireless, and covered in Coppertone by our anxious moms.  “You’ll get a sunburn!” was the inevitable comment when we squirmed and complained that we didn’t need sunblock.  Alas, the fateful day, the first time we actually got a sunburn, and the smell of Noxema as it was smeared across our sore shoulders before bedtime.

Luckily, the Aussies came up with surf shirts – or rashguards – which are actually really great, comfortable and lightweight mesh shirts that don’t get heavy when wet and dry very quickly.  I definitely still need to grab that can of 30+ sunblock spray, but a surf shirt is an extra added bonus.  Oh, yeah, and zinc oxide for my nose.  LOL  So, what do ya do when you’ve been out in the sun for far too long, surf shirt and sunblock spray aside, and you end up with a sunburn anyway?  There are several home remedies that might help sooth the wounded epidermis, but do they really work?

I’ve heard a lot of crazy tales, from yogurt mixed with honey and lemon juice (potato chip dip?) to vinegar rubbed onto the skin (sounds painful, right!) to wet baking soda with aloe vera gel.  Is there any way to repair a sunburn after the damage is done?  Probably not, it’s kinda like a sun-hang-over, but keeping your skin hydrated with aloe vera or a soothing vitamin D cream and taking extra vitamin C does help.  The problem is not scratching when it starts to itch and peel.  Trust me, after sailing off Cape Cod for 20 years and spending entire summer weekends surfing at Coast Guard and Nauset Light beaches, there is no cure except perhaps an ice cold margarita at the Beachcomber.  ; )


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May you always have a shell in your pocket, and sand in your shoes.

As a professional seamstress, I have become used to the confused looks I sometimes get when people ask what I do for work.  People assume that I hem trousers in a little tailor shop or they simply have no idea what being a “seamstress” entails.  No, I don’t work in a tailor shop.  What I do is design and manufacture various items, including sports gear from recycled sails, baby quilts and kids’ clothing, bespoke ladies’ dresses, table linens, patio furniture and window seat cushions, window awnings, and yes – throw pillows (to name a few).  A buddy of mine was giving me a hard time recently about “just making pillows,” and “what kind of a job is that really.”  I know he was only kidding around, but it got me thinking about just how important to our society being able to sew has always been.  With the 4th of July right around the corner, colonial America leaps to mind, along with the short list of a family’s most prized possessions: musket or rifle, tinder box for starting fires, cast iron pot to cook in, the Holy Bible, and a SEWING NEEDLE.  Sewing and embroidery needles of the time were usually made from bone or sometimes ivory, were not very easy to replace, and were handed down in families from one generation to the next.  There were no department stores in the 17th and 18th centuries, and unless you were very rich, you made your own clothes and kept them in repair.  A soldier’s gear always had a sewing needle and thread tucked away in a safe place.

Actually, thinking about sewing by hand the elaborate dresses, suits of men’s clothing, and the military uniforms of that era, it kind of makes my stomach hurt.  I am no stranger to crewel embroidery and hand stitching, and it is not only very time consuming, but it takes a lot of practice to make continuous even stitches that will last for a long time and look presentable.  The hard scrabble lives of Americans through the centuries have always warranted durable clothing, which is probably why we all love jeans so much.  I think jeans (aka Dungarees, blue jeans, etc.) are probably the most iconic of American clothing, not just because they are so durable, but because they just get better looking the more you wear them.  American jeans as we know them showed up in 1871 courtesy of the Levi Strauss company, and were worn by cowboys, miners, and Navy sailors up until WWII.  I recall my parents and their siblings and friends talk about how difficult it was during World War II to get fabric to make new clothes, and how it became acceptable for everyone to wear durable and long-lasting jeans.  Women were able to advance from wearing only skirts and dresses, and eventually could actually go out in public wearing shorts.

At any rate, before I get totally carried away and this turns into the longest post ever, I hope you all have a happy and safe 4th of July holiday!  Cheers to being able to wear shorts and a t-shirt in this hot weather.  What can be more American than that?

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