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From: "ELAINE" <>
Subject: [NZ-MEMORIES] Sewing
Date: Wed, 10 Sep 2008 10:30:17 +1200
I also remember the oven cloths that we made at school using hessian sacking and wool, when we had mastered the hand sewing we got to learn how to sew on a "Singer" sewing machine, the first thing we had to make was an apron then a peg bag. As we moved up the classes the girls made their aprons and caps for cooking. When i went to college i took a homecraft course which included sewing and the first thing i made in that class was a shirt for my three year old nephew who was in hospital at the time after having heart surgery, the shirt was red with small white dots on it, i got top marks for it and when i gave the shirt to my nephew he loved it and it was hardly off his back until he out grew it. Sadly Carl is no longer with us he passed away several years ago at the age of 26 years,just a few months after his marriage, in his short life he had three open heart surgery operations as he was born with a hole in his heart. The memories of Carl and his red poker dotted shirt are very precious to me.
On another note Carl's three operations were done at Green Lane Hospital in Auckland by the late great Sir Brian Barratt Boyes who was a brilliant man, i just heard on the radio the other day that it is 50 years ago since he first performed an open heart operation at Green Lane Hospital, Carl was about the third child he performed surgery on. Oh what wonderful but sad memories i have had typing this out for the "Memories" list.