Monday, January 15, 2018

Green-herringbone jacket and hat

Dark-to-olive-green lightweight jacket and newsboy-style hat with brim and eight-paneled crown. The right-front of the jacket has a layered applique that consists of a rectangle of yellow fabric, decorated with yellow embroidery, inside a border of dark- and light-brown floral.

Here are a couple of my recent sewing projects, out of a beautiful green herringbone flannel. The jacket is from an old McCalls pattern, #7799, enhanced with a layered applique that I made from repurposed garments.

The newsboy hat is a rare monochromatic creation. I usually combine various colors, textures and patterns when I sew these hats, but I needed a hat in a plain neutral color — and for me, “neutral” is dark green. It’ll easily go with the many other shades of green that dominate my wardrobe.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Facebook news, we have options for control

My cartoon avatar sits at a laptop computer from which smoke emerges. Her eyes are gazing intently in the direction of the screen, her mouth is downturned into a frown, and her right hand is raised, poised over the keyboard. The overall impression is that my cartoon avatar is struggling against an impulse to quickly press a key.

What do you think of Facebook’s decision to prioritize posts by friends and family in a user’s feed? Are you concerned, as Audrey Cooper is, writing for the San Francisco Chronicle, that this emphasis will make it more difficult for users to be exposed to legitimate news, while biased, “fake news” posts that are shared by friends and family, will be given an advantage in the news feed?

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Makerspace events at Rincon Valley library

Source of image: Rincon Valley Library on Facebook

There’s still time to enroll in Teen Maker Space activities at Rincon Valley Library. The first one, a custom keychain program, is slated to take place this Saturday.

Classroom book display with overstock

Books in hanging pocket-sleeves that face outward, titles visible. To their left, similar blue books are grouped in a cardboard organizer that has been placed on a yellow chair. Titles are separated by blue paper strips that have white labels on them. Red books, similarly organized with red dividers bearing white labeling, are in another cardboard organizer on the ground and to the right.

The daily course of a library worker’s day draws upon many “hats.” Here’s a representation for the bookstore stocking clerk. In a teacher’s classroom, these booklets were bundled in sets, but the teacher needed them accessible for students to freely browse. She’d begun putting books, in order by title, into clear plastic sleeves in a hanging-pocket display — so I continued her efforts and put the overstock into an organizer. I used crafting paper and a label maker to separate each title with dividers — making it easy to locate titles when it’s time to restock.