Stencils from China

Dear All,

Greetings from Beijing China! After 14 hours of flying with a vomiting son, we are finally starting to settle in here. Thankfully I have met some wonderful women who have taken me under their wings and showed me around. I have yet to plug in my sewing machine. To be honest I'm a bit terrified that when I do my machine will blow up or burn out. I took my machine in before we moved and made sure it could and hopefully would convert to the 240 voltage. Maybe tomorrow I'll work up the guts to do it.

I have heard tale, but yet to go, to the fabric market. I've got to work out someone to watch my kids first because once I start browsing the narrow stalls crammed full of fabric I am likely to forget to keep a sharp eye on them. On my last trip to the grocery store some lady walked over and picked up my son and started to walk around with him. In a one child nation a very pregnant lady with two kids in tote is quite the spectacle. We are usually pretty good sports about it, seeing we are guests in their country, but I did refuse to have our photographs taken by a man this morning as we were walking to the park. I'm sure the photos taken of us at the swimming pool will be an instant China-YouTube success.

Looking forward to next month, thank you to those who have submitted stencils for our "Take and Make" project, but we are in need of more submissions if we are to reach our goal of one stencil per day. So please, keep them coming. I have really enjoyed having a sneak peek at all your creativity. Email submissions to dearpresserfoot@gmail.com.

Much love and dumplings,


  1. Good idea to not go to the market without a babysitter. Having been there, I can say that your life will never be the same. :)

  2. Wow, that is just bananas! I guess it is odd for the folks there in China to see anyone with more than one child, but that's something *I* would never even think of as a cultural difference. Glad you got there OK, but your poor son... and poor you too for having to deal with that while in the air. :(

  3. Amazing. Can't wait to hear more.

  4. Don't worry about your sewing machine. My Bernina worked fine running on a transformer whilst we lived in Europe for several years. It is so good that you have support. Cultural differences can be difficult and I am sure are much bigger in China than Spain, where I was.