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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Postcards From Afar Class

A few snaps of the latest class I taught at the Great Escape (in Orewa)  March 2015.  The class was surface stitching on quite colourful batik backgrounds.  It was a set of three 6" by 4" pictures and the  students got to pick 3 designs out of 12 choices and then decide which stitches to use to create them.  It was a lot if fun and they all enjoyed themselves.  I hope so anyway!!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Looking Forward ...............

A preview of something I am working on for future classes.


Sunday, October 7, 2012

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Still working on the background!
Should have this embroidery finished soon!
Who is she?
*The necklace is to hang down not up! I didn't notice it when I took the picture.
Working on backgrounds below!
One is velvet.
The other is felt.


Thursday, September 13, 2012

Making progress! I have decided that she is going to be a Medieval Princess/Queen?  This is so that I can add to my collection of other Medieval inspired work.  I have now completed her hair using bullion knots, satin stitch french knots and woven wheels.  I had stitched her directly onto the background I intended to use but it slightly puckered.  So I cut her off it and stitched it under. 
This made me question my chosen background and so now I am contemplating other choices.  You can see that I have randomly placed her down on a few fabrics. 
However I think that I may create my own background to give a more textured look.  I am also thinking of changing the dress. 
She looks unfinished at the moment as she needs a few jewels, maybe a crown if she becomes a Queen. 

The last picture above shows a a textured background.  I am thinking of going down this track with some fabric paper and maybe colouring it dark perhaps into the black and golds with a velvet dress.
More choices and decision's to make!


Sunday, September 9, 2012


I would be fair to say I like to have a few things on the go!  I switch back and forth and then have a season once a year or so when a lot of thing get finished.

While I was in Ashburton on the stitching weekend mentioned in my last post,  I purchased a few fabrics to start a new quilt.  The light one is for a background.

The face below is one I am experimenting with.  I used pelmet vilene cut into an oval shape which I then covered with a light batik fabric.  I then got out some oil paints and painted on the face.  Now I have to decide where and how I am going to use her.  I am thinking of stamping  a fabric background to apply her to.  Then I will clothe embroider some hair (which she desperately needs) to bring her to life.  Her ears will not be very visible and she needs some curls or something down the side of her face where you can see I have pricked her with a pin.  It left a noticeable hole in the oil paint! I had thought to attach her to my Sue Spargo tree, but she didn't want to go there!

Maybe she needs a hat?
What colour hair?
Which era is she from?
She is a lot of fun to make!

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Friday, September 7, 2012

Sue Spargo

About two weekends ago I got to attend the Sue Spargo (an international tutor) Class held in Ashburton.  It was really enjoyable just to sit back and relax and totally indulge in stitching.  I learnt some new stitches which were excellent.  Bullion knots are now a new friend, where once I  used to avoid them, they are now going like a dream - thanks to the new needle Sue gave us.  My tree looked quite a lot different to the others as I did not purchase the kit that was available so had to get a tree design.  I am happy with my tree - it is taking on a paisley look I am thinking!  You can see where I am headed although there is loads of work still to do as all the leaves need stitching on them.  I have done plenty of bullion knots around the edges.  I hope to finish it so will keep updating my progress here.  It was lovely to meet people and get to know them a little over the two days. On reflection the highlight was seeing Sues wonderful work.  She is certainly a prolific stitcher.  Check out her web-site and blog.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Here is a photo of a finished album from
Marilyn Attewell.  She really enjoyed making it and is buzzing with ideas to make another one! The quiltiing looks really nice on the navy background.  Great stuff!


Sunday, July 22, 2012

A little bit of Oamaru!

Friday, July 20, 2012

Trying to blog a little more often so I am finding a few random photos from a while ago that I have  forgetten about.  This one was taken at the recent Patchwork & Quilters Exhibition.  I laughed when I noticed it hung this way, as it is meant to go on a bed with the stripes going accross.  Funnily enough I thought it looked quite good this way. 

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Recent Quilt

A picture of a quilt I finished recently, which sometimes hangs in the hallway for a splash of colour!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Perfumed Albums - Class progress

 As promised ladies here is the group photo.  Unfortunately one lady had to leave earlier in the day and I missed the chance to get you all! As a reminder here is the picture of what everyone was making.  The choice was out of the two pictured below and then to stitch them to create an album all of your own!

  A great lot of progress was made and just a few finishing touches needed to complete.  A few beaded borders or twisted cords around the layers and a really nice binding at the side.  Tags were being made which just need a zap on the sewing machine back at home.  Well done to everyone not much left to go now. What we can't see from the photos is how thick and beautiful the pages are. I hope they get some great use in times to come! I hope they don't forget to spray their favourite perfume on a tag and give the album a lovely smell!

Work in progress! An Egyptian touch I think!
Decisions over buttons, nice cord emerging!

Contemplating Beads!

Layering Up! Tackled making metal embellishment!

Adding Beads, nice side buttons.

Awesome earring as centrepiece!
Can clearly see the end result is near!
A few tags appearing and the quilted background as required! A beaded edge around the silk would be great and a chunky cord around the velvet.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

This is todays Google Picture celebrating Gustavs Klimt's 150th Birthday!

Entitled 'the kiss'.  I have just seen (only a few days ago) a superb adaption of this picture done in embroidery at the

Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Temple2 Harakeke Street
(Cnr Harakeke St & Riccarton Rd)

whilst there you can view the National Exhibition of New Zealand Embroidery on until the end of July.  Well worth a look!

In the next couple of days I will be posting some photos of works in progress by the ladies that participated in my class at the conference. 

Saturday, June 30, 2012

The Bees & The Birds?

No today it's about the Cat and the Bird's.  The theme today seems to be the birds, the cat just popped in and made her appearance. See below!

Mmm Delicious!

The smell in the kitchen today is yip - Mum's cooking and baking!  I have to say I have just finished making a delicious rubarb and raspberry pie - with homemade pastry. Pure comfort food for another winters night.  We also all enjoyed a delicious tuscan soup for lunch, which the boys enjoyed after a chilly morning at Rugby! While I got busy!

(Think it will taste better than it looks!)

I have been rather busy of late working full-time etc.  However Saturdays normally finds me busy sewing or embroidering a little something and having a great time experimenting with bits n bobs. Today I have had a play with scaps of fabric and have made a name badge for next week when I    am teaching at the National Embrodiers Conference. 
My kits are all finished which is such a relief. There is loads in them so I really hope the ladies like what the get as they are all different. I guess I will find out next Monday.

As you can see this birdee needs some more work.  I think he needs a wing and an eye and prehaps a few beads!
Then I decided to start filling in some names of a few favourite movies into one of my  albums I am teaching next week. As you will see so far they are all romantic ones  - ah theres nothing like a good movie!

 In my photo seasion I found the cat sleeping happily right beside my sewing table!

So you see I mentioned she would appear - I wonder what she was dreaming about? birdees ....

Next I will show you a little something that has slowly started evolving over the last week. I just keep adding more stitches as I feel like it. I spotted a nice turquiose velvet ribbon in a shop down town so will be adding that next week. It is going to end up being a roll of some sort but not sure just yet! 

Note the birds on the ribbon!

Better head back to the kitchen and get the dinner on!
Take care and keep warm!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Turkish Tiles & Getting Going Again!

As it would seem, many craft groups are starting off again this week after having a two month break.
I know that in my town Patchwork starts again tonight and embroidery tomorrow so therefore I think it is a good time to add a few photos of some tile patterns that I took while I was in Istanbul last year.
Considering that these tiles are a few hundred years old (dating from 1600's on) they are in great condition.  I think you should be able to click on them and bring them up closer and have a good look at the patterns and colours that they used. Blue and White was obviously a favourite.
What are your thoughts?