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Stitches In Time

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STITCHES IN TIME (S4x32) 4C Set Andrew Hodgson Fields Of Gold

1- 8 1s+2s also 3s+4s dance Poussette. 1234
9-12 1s+3s turn partner ¾ RH and face own side. 1s+3s cast right round 1 person (Men up/ Ladies down, 2L and 4L step up bars 11-12) End: Men's side: 1234, Ladies' side: 2143
13-16 1s+2s also 3s+4s set and link. 1s+3s face out End: Men's side: 2143, Ladies' side 1234
17-24 All dance reels of 4 on the sides, to begin middle dancers pass LSh to start
25-28 1L+3L dance RSh down round 2L and 4L while 1M+3M dance RSh up round 2M and 4M. 1s and 3s turn partners 2H ¾ to finish in the middle facing down nearer hands joined (2L and 4L step up 25-26)
29-32 1s dance down to 4th place while 3s cast up to 2nd place. 2341

(MINICRIB. Dance crib compiled by Charles Upton, Deeside Caledonian Society, and his successors)

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The expression "stitches in time" originates from the well-known proverb, "A stitch in time saves nine."

This saying emphasizes the importance of addressing a problem or issue promptly, as taking early and preventive action can prevent more significant troubles later on. The idea is that by fixing a small tear or issue with a few stitches immediately, one can avoid the need for more extensive repairs or corrections later, which would require more time and effort.

The proverb is often used metaphorically to convey the wisdom of dealing with problems proactively, whether in personal matters, relationships, or any situation where timely intervention can prevent more significant challenges in the future. It underscores the value of foresight, diligence, and timely action as a means of avoiding larger and potentially more complex issues.

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