A STITCH IN TIME
(AUGUST 24–SEPTEMBER 23)
You are feeling overwhelmed by other people’s opinions. You’re such a free-spirited soul (who never likes being told what to do), I’m surprised you’re even reading this! So all I need to tell you, as your ruler connects to Neptune this week, is to bear in mind that you can’t change what’s done, and that things might not be better if you could. If you can let go of your inner critic you’ll see that this challenge, although daunting, is an opportunity. Call if you’re looking for some inspiration: 1900 957 223. you do, you appear to be stuck with an unacceptable situation. There’s only one course of action left: you’ve got to find a way to be OK with it. As your ruler Venus moves signs, if you can find a way to put your fears and your restlessness aside you can find a healthy and happy way forward. There are insights in store for you this week. Call 1900 957 223.
GEMINI Shakespeare was spot on when he compared the world to a stage. The problem is that none of us come here holding a script. That doesn’t stop us from looking for one, though. As your ruler links with Neptune this week, your imagination is being fired up. You can be delightfully creative with your storyline and rewrite your future. If you’re looking for some inspiration, this is your week. Call 1900 957 223.
(MAY 22–JUN 22)
CANCER Apart from one irritating situation, your outlook remains good. Yet this particular issue is having such an impact, it is influencing your attitude to everything. But you can find a way to see it from another angle. Despite what you fear, it is going to work out for the best. Just do what you can and stay relaxed about what you can’t. Be patient and you’ll like what eventually manifests. The planets are spinning into inspirational new alignments. Call 1900 957 223.
(JUN 23–JUL 23)
LEO With Venus changing signs this week, you can begin to feel supported. Life won’t be as hard as you’ve been finding it recently. It’s been a rollercoaster of contrasts. Now that you’ve visited one side of the scale, it’s time to shift over to the other. Accept the gift you’re about to be offered. It may be disguised as a challenge, but it holds potential for a breakthrough. This week can bring the success you deserve. Call 1900 957 223.
(JUL 24–AUG 23)
When I look at my hands, they remind me so much of my mum’s – they are strong, weathered, worker’s hands. I have an unusually clear picture in my mind of my mother’s hands since she was the one who taught me to embroider when I was young; I would have to focus intently on them as she set about teaching me the various stitches.
The time I spent sewing with my mother always felt special because she worked multiple jobs to support me, my sister and my two brothers. When I was seven, my dad fell asleep behind the wheel and died. Mum had been a stay-at-home mother until then and suddenly had to work as a cleaner and in a bakery, all while raising four kids alone. But she would come home between jobs and teach me to stitch.
And stitch I did. My Cabbage Patch dolls all had new dresses and I made my brothers polka-dot ties. “Sonia,” my mum would say, “get off that sewing machine! You won’t ever be able to make money sewing. You have to try hard at school.”
Then when I was 14 years old, my mum also fell asleep behind the wheel and died.
We were all devastated. My youngest brother’s school principal, Graham, and his wife Margaret took him and me in, as we were too young to stay at home alone. They already had five children of their own, yet they gave us so much love and support. As strange as this sounds, it was a time in my life when I felt noticed. This beautiful couple encouraged me to study hard and become a teacher.
I went to London in my 20s to teach, and I ended up studying fashion there. I worked with a stylist and big fashion houses. When I came home to Australia I met my husband Alex. We got married and had a little boy, followed by two more – twins. During those crazy, early days of motherhood, surrounded by all these boys, I found myself thinking about embroidery. It’s very therapeutic. You learn to be brave. You learn you can always unpick a mistake and start again.
I decided to take a risk and set up my own business selling small wooden embroidery hoops on Etsy, a website focused on handmade or vintage items. Traditionally women’s crafts have often been dismissed, but they are a timeless means of female expression.
It’s easy to stitch your way to a bit of happiness. All you need is some patience (embroidery is a slow, meditative art form) and a touch of creativity. And if in doubt, look to the matriarchs. There are so many older women who have a wealth of sewing expertise to share.
There’s a huge resurgence in sewing at the moment. If you could see a modern day embroidery circle, it’s not in the least like ones depicted in a Jane Austen novel. There’s lots of laughter and plenty of swearing, too. Sure, there’s the quiet, reflective moments of stillness so many of us crave. But there’s also a bit of “stitch and bitch”.
I giggle when I think about what my mum would say if she could see how I have now shaped my love for sewing into a career. Sonia Lyne runs shop Dandelyne on Etsy. Visit etsy.com/au/market/dandelyne.