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Claude Monet

I wish I could invite each of you over for a cup of tea and homemade scones while we chat and sew, but between little boys and long distances, this is hopeless!  I hope that I can be a sewing-friend to answer questions and rescue projects.  I hope I can be a chatting friend to encourage you to get through the day.  I am pleased to save you time and energy looking for answers, information and how-to videos all over the internet!  Over time, through your questions, requests and contributions, I hope that all the pieces of the sewing puzzle all fit together at kdthreads.

Please share your projects and comment on mine.  Throw in your opinion and disagree  with mine!  Share your sewing disasters and celebrate successes!  Embrace homemaking and get a little closer to Proverbs 31 with joy!


Mothers' Day 2009

Katherine Whitney (Augustine) Dickinson.

Born September 17, 1980.

Married to David, adoptive mom of Gideon 7, Henry 5 and Edward 2.  Two huskies: Ikea & Bingley and one Bungalow.

Two parents, two in-laws, two sisters with husbands, two sisters in-law with husbands and one brother in-law with a wife.  14 nieces and nephews: Jack,Emily, Peter, Martha, Lucy, Thomas, Eleanor, William, Mary, Mary, Thomas, Polly, Lily and Nicholas.  Number 15 due in January.  Among parents, siblings and siblings in-law: one historian, one seamstress,four IT/computer dudes, one professor of philosophy (almost,) one Special Forces military man, one Doctor (Emergency Medicine,) one nurse, one priest, one architect, one trigger-point therapist, three guitarists, 2 carpenters, one real estate agent, one contractor, several professional moms Army, Navy and National Guard, 4 dogs, 4 chickens, a partidge and a pear tree.  No pilots, law-enforcement, or professional athletes.

Vices and sin struggles: movies, PG Tips, naps, solitude, blizzards.  I don’t care for church, but I love Jesus.  I sometimes want to kill my kids.  I hold grudges and get jealous.  I am working on bitterness with God.  I allow chronic pain to hold me back.  I love Dave Ramsey, but I am a poor follower. Project Runway and dill pickles, preferably together.  I hate using the phone.

Highlights: skillful sewer, forgiven (I hope,) good cook, good taste, and I think before I speak.  Social Worker via college, special needs parent by adoption .  I met my husband in the 4th grade.  My life is an open book (on Facebook.)

TWENTY THINGS ABOUT ME…good, bad and ugly:

  1. I married my high school (part-homeschool) sweetheart  on December 30, 2000 after four years of courtship.
  2. I grew up with a mom, dad, two sisters more than a decade older than I, a grandmother and female pets.  I now have a husband, 3 boys and male pets.  I am still in culture shock.

    "What Baby??"

  3. I’ve had the privilege to adopt 3 beautiful boys with a large spectrum of special needs.  Life is not boring.  Ever.

    Fathers' Day 2010

  4. I  learned to sew from my mother, for free.  I love that I don’t have a student loan hanging over my head for learning to do what I love.
  5. My husband and I own a 1910 Arts and Crafts Bungalow that we (really, he) is slowly fixing up.  It is small, cozy, and has two fenced- in yards.  We have chatty neighbors, and wave to friends who walk past our porch.
  6. I play the piano, and used to play the guitar, clarinet and French Horn….but marching band instruments are not like “riding a bike.”
  7. I am actually a decent picnic/camping/road-trip packer.  I always thought this would be a task I dreaded, but after a few years of mom-ing, I know what works, and it may always be the same, but it is easy, healthy and it means we go on lots of picnics!

    First Trip to Lake Erie 2009

  8. In addition to sewing, I love knitting.  A friend taught me to knit by starting with socks of double-pointed needles.  After you’ve knit those, you can knit anything!  The socks turned out terribly.  I never wore them.
  9. I really do have the cutest, happiest baby in the world.  Teds brings joy wherever he goes.  The night we met him, he was 5 months old, weighed 10 pounds and was in a wonderful foster home.  He was a scary-looking vegetable.  His glazed-over eyes focused on nothing, and he hardly cried.  His little limbs were so tense, you couldn’t move them to dress him or change a diaper.  I thought we were going home realizing we were being irresponsible, and knew nothing about a baby so sick.  But David, my husband, picked him up, and said, “No.  We’re taking him.  Somebody is in there and he’s awesome.”  He was right.

    Teddy 2010

  10. I will never forget the first time I saw Gideon.  He was 3 1/2 and riding a “digger” on a gravel driveway.  His clothes, were too big, and he was filthy (he is always dirty!) and was in a group of 10 kids.  I had no idea which two boys we were supposed to meet until I saw his face as we drove in.  I burst into tears in the car and said, “I just saw my son.”

    Gideon, Age 7

  11. Henry Aiden: blond hair, blue eyes, everyone’s friend and a stubborn ox.  Sometimes trying to help Aiden understand the simpliest thing (like, dinner is in five minutes, not five days) is like trying to train a cat.  You either want to hug him or punch him!  He is sweet or unreasonable.  He reminds me of David!  Aiden was a non-speaking, 23-month, 29-pound tank when he arrived.  He got sick, I got sick, and my arms (just adjusting to motherhood) were baptized by fire as I lifted him into bed to snuggle.  He and I bonded over wiping noses and many games of “This Little Piggy went to Target.”

    Henry Aiden, Age 5 1/2

  12. I always thought the verse about “Children are a blessing…” referred to the joy a parent has in the daily routine of raising kids.  WRONG!  I quickly realized that my children were a full-length mirror reflection of how I treated God and I was rudely awakened.  I thought I understood God’s character, and then I had kids, and I am getting lessons everyday.  I’ll never forget the time I got out of the bathroom and found the boys filing down the sides of my kitchen drawers (recently built by David) with my new Microplanes.  I wasn’t angry, scared or sad….I felt unloved.  Why didn’t they love me enough to obey?  I felt like a deer in headlights as I realized I had no “stones to throw.”  I didn’t love God enough to obey.  How on earth was I going to raise these kids?

    April 2010 at the Zoo

  13. Yes, someday, we’d love to have “conventionally hatched” kids and we’ve had 5 miscarriages.  I have endometriosis and have had 2 laparoscopies. I had a septum in my uterus and cervical stenosis, but those things are supposedly solved.  I still suffer monthly from extreme to immobilizing PMS, anemia, and chocolate cysts (endometriomas) that like to live on my ovaries and bladder.  This makes motherhood interesting.
  14. In addition to sewing, I really like movies.  Actually, TV on DVD in which I may watch from the Pilot all the way through is probably my most-loved time-waster.  My particular favorites are McLeod’s Daughters, Band of Brothers, Horatio Hornblower, anything BBC period drama, Mad Men and Ballykissangel (Seasons 1-3 only!) When I get a cold, I am conditioned to watch Anne of Green Gables & Anne of Avonlea.  My favorite part of BBC’s Pride and Prejudice is when (at Pemberley) Lizzie rescues Georgiana Darcy from an awkward conversation regarding Mr. Wickham by volunteering to turn her music pages; such a turning point in Darcy & Elizabeth’s relationship!  If we are talking sitcoms, I enjoy That 70’s Show, How I met your Mother, or The Dick van Dyke  Show. I am an avid Duggar fan.  I don’t keep up with professional sports, even though I live in Pittsburgh.  I know all the words to Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. I like Star Wars, Indiana Jones, MacGyver and Hercule Poirot. The only movie I’ve seen that truly is “better than the book” is A Painted Veil and Tony Gilroy really reinvented Jason Bourne.  Audrey Hepburn, Doris Day, Cary Grant, Jimmy Stewart….household staples.
  15. I do love reading, but it is hard to read and knit at the same time.  I love Jane Austen, Edith Wharton, Dodie Smith and Lauren Winner.  Dumbledore reminds me of God.
  16. I rarely enjoy church.  I like having childcare for the boys, I like getting to sit.  I like Jesus and enjoy seeing people, but I get bored.  I am not proud of this, but I am being honest.
  17. I make it a habit to look at my kids for a few minutes while they are sleeping.  I find it essential in not “letting the sun go down on my anger” and confessing all the damage I did that day.

    First Photo of All Three Boys 2008

  18. I have a sinful love affair with naps and sleeping in.
  19. I’ve never contemplated divorce, but murder has crossed my mind a few times in the last 10 years.  Marriage is hard and I am really thankful I married someone I enjoy!  Up until a few months ago, my husband was a successful, full-time, residential contractor.  There were many days he came home and I thought, “You’re that sweaty carpenter who hates me.”  (Goldie Hawn, Overboard.) No, seriously, I am blessed.  He is a better person than I.
  20. This blog is really for my sanity, to appease all the requests I receive for lessons and advice and to generate income.  My husband and I are both stay-at-home parents since our boys’ special needs and the necessity of intentional bonding and attachment are 2-person jobs.  We know we are fortunate to be able to manage this financially even though things will be seriously modest!  Luckily, we discovered Dave Ramsey while we did have steady, surplus income, and it is amazing how much money you DON”T spend when you both stay home.
  21. (BONUS!)  This blog is also for you.  Endometriosis keeps me off my feet a lot, and when I am not knitting or ready someone stories, I read a few key blogs (see my homepage for links.)  The believing women who faithfully blog are such an encouragement to me.  When my spirits are low, I may pray, read Streams in the Desert, find an episode of the Duggars, or visit,, or  Donielle’s blog, has an e-course that aligns perfectly with what I need to do for managing my endometriosis.  When you are a mom with little ones, you have limited time for friends (with special needs, even less) but the things a friend or mentor may share are infinitely available within these blogs.  I hope that will encourage and empower you in your homemaking, sewing, and life in general.

Warmest Regards,


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  1. Wendy said,

    If I didn’t already think you were wonderful, I think even more highly of you now. I am so glad Sarah sent me a link to your blog. You have so much to offer and I am glad that I get to be a recipient of your offerings via blogging. It’s also not so bad to feel like I’m back in touch with you. You pretty much kept me company through my pregnancy with Moses lol. Love everything I’ve read so far, now it’s off to read more! BTW, you’re not kidding when you say you hate the phone, I think it was three years ago when you were going to return my call lol ; )

    • kdthreads said,

      Well I should return your phone call, and at long last send you your well-deserved check for all of the jars of Piel that SOLD. My husband is keeping himself busy in the evenings by attending shows and open-mic event in Pgh; that’s why I have so much time to post, but I would love to spend an evening chatting with you! I have a friend who is launching a blog/store featuring NaturOli products. I’d love to introduce you two. You would make a great guest-post writer on essential oils, massage, etc.

  2. Mary said,

    Katie, what a thoughtful and honest and beautiful self assessment. Makes me want to sit down and really examine my own “good, bad, and ugly.” You are a lovely person with a lot to contribute. I am glad I stumbled across your blog. I am a novice with all things sewing, and you may soon regret being a go-to for sewing related questions (and special needs adoption, as we might soon be walking that path again but this time in Arizona). Enjoy your beautiful family!

  3. anna said,

    katie..i too stumbled across your site and so enjoyed ‘meeting’ you.I too love Jesus Christ but do have a problem with ‘church’. At least the big churches..we have been attending a very small one and my husband teaches a monday night ‘addiction’ class.(basically that involves anything that comes before Christ) I also have chronic pain issues that try one’s soul and can drain ones spirit. I also hate the telephone(grr) I know that this is a sewing site and this isn’t about sewing but i came across you on the youtube and you have been on my heart all day so i decided to look at your website and i loved your introduction of yourself.Especially your openness.And isn’t proverb’s 31 a wonderful challege?Your 3 little boy’s are so lucky to have a mommy like you.May God bless you richly!

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