I’ve done a YouTube video, it’s not very good…

https://youtu.be/Zoldo3fF8uk

Me to the HouseElves, “Is it free to do YouTube?”

HouseElves to each other, “Oh God!”

Yep, this is my fifth attempt. The others wouldn’t upload. Apparently, I need a more streamable file format. If I knew what that meant I would do it, obviously. Also, the video is phone shaped. And tiny. Two black stripes down the side. Big ones. The black stripes are bigger than the video. Don’t expect much. It lasts ten minutes. Room for improvement…

16. Men’s Stuff Patchwork – Pretty Frocks

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“They’re not women’s clothes. They’re my clothes. I bought them.” Eddie Izzard.

Tony Curtis as Josephine in Some Like It Hot (1959). Pictured below with Daphne (Jack Lemmon). Directed by Billy Wilder, cinematography by Charles Lang.

This is the final square of a patchwork of so-called men’s stuff. It is made from discarded books, magazines, postcards and junk mail. There are sixteen squares in total. You can see the whole piece here.

All of my work is individually numbered, this piece is 799. It can be found in my shop.

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15. Men’s Stuff Patchwork – The Tie

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“You can be 24 and continue to live like you’re at college, or even continue to live like you’re in high school. Or you can put on a shirt and tie and pretend to be an adult.” Ezra Koenig.

Mr. S never wears a tie unless absolutely necessary, and then he removes it as soon as possible. Same with me.

Well, I had to include at least one piece of junk mail in this patchwork. This Charles Tyrwhitt leaflet came into my house uninvited. The photographer is uncredited.

I like that tie-look sported by Diane Keaton in Annie Hall.

This is the fifteenth square of a patchwork of so-called men’s stuff. It is made from discarded books, magazines, postcards and junk mail. There are sixteen squares in total. You can see the whole piece here.

All of my work is individually numbered, this piece is 799. It can be found in my shop.

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14. Men’s Stuff Patchwork – Messing About In Boats

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“Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.” Ratty, The Wind In The Willows. Kenneth Grahame.

Torquay Harbour, The Slipway, V8041. Published by D. Constance Limited, Sussex. Photo by John T. Pullen.

The postcard reads, “A small break from work in the West Country”. I can’t make out the signature.

I hadn’t noticed at the time of cutting and sewing, but this postcard (posted on 4th June, 1968) was posted the day after the postcard I used for the first square of this patchwork. This one was posted from Paignton, the previous from Caernafon, 48 years ago, a day apart.

I also didn’t notice that they were posted to the same address; Ward 5, The Manor Hospital, Derby. This one to Mrs Smith (of London Road), the previous to Mr P J Wilkes.

Both were in the same ward, and must’ve received their cards around the same time. I wonder if they had a conversation about the postcards.

I am thinking that these cards did not go home with Mrs Smith and Mr Wilkes, for whatever reason.

This is the fourteenth square of a patchwork of so-called men’s stuff. It is made from discarded books, magazines, postcards and junk mail. There are sixteen squares in total. You can see the whole piece here.

And another thing – just reminding you about these brilliant women.

All of my work is individually numbered, this piece is 799. It can be found in my shop.

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13. Men’s Stuff Patchwork – Do-It-Yourself

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This man has been put behind bars for painting Watford, and what’s more, he seems happy about it.

I am the DIY person in our house. Not Mr. S.

This was cut from an advert for Crown Paints. Taken from a Do-It-Yourself magazine, November 1966. I have used the actual advert, not a copy, making this little patch fifty years old.

Do-It-Yourself was a Link House Publication, based in Croydon, at the time still part of Surrey, not yet eaten-up by London.

This is the thirteenth square of a patchwork of so-called men’s stuff. It is made from discarded books, magazines, postcards and junk mail. There are sixteen squares in total. You can see the whole piece here.

All of my work is individually numbered, this piece is 799. It can be found in my shop.

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12. Men’s Stuff Patchwork – Manly Watches

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Bloody Hell! There is actually a website called Manly Watch Guide. Of course there is. At the helm is Lance, a hardcore manly watch enthusiast. He also enjoys rock-climbing, diving, flying, and backpacking. Lance reminds me of this bloke.

The patch was taken from Ladybird ABC, illustrated by Gerald Witcomb. Published in 1978, making this little square 38 years old.

There is zero information about Gerald Witcomb on the internet, unfortunately.

Another book I acquired by the school-library-bin method.

This is part of a patchwork of so-called men’s stuff. It is made from discarded books, magazines, postcards and junk mail. There are sixteen squares in total. You can see the whole piece here.

All of my work is individually numbered, this piece is 799. It can be found in my shop.

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11. Men’s Stuff Patchwork – Building Things

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“There’s nothing safe about safety gloves when they’re four sizes too big.” Philippa Amy Tuttiett, builder.

This is the eleventh square of a patchwork of so-called men’s stuff. It is made from discarded books, magazines, postcards and junk mail. There are sixteen squares in total. You can see the whole piece here.

Taken from ‘In The Town’, by Peter Usborne, a Macdonald Educational Book, published in 1979. No illustrator’s name given, but created with help from Betty Root, Ruth Nichols and Dorothy Oliver. I acquired the book by way of a school library bin.

The caption under the illustration asks,”What are these men doing?”

Well, if this is London, they aren’t building affordable housing.

All of my work is individually numbered, this piece is 799. It can be found in my shop.

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