I would never have thought that it would take me so long to stitch such a simple design.  But this RSI injury is very restricting.  This is going to be my last piece of hand stitching until after Xmas.  (I hope those are not famous last words!)  The stitching is just not good but I don't have the control I had before this injury.

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Because I got this design from Kelly Fletcher, who is South African,  I have used my South African fabric, given to me by my friend Cora, which she brought back from a recent visit to her home country, as the lining.

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So, that is the samples finished for the January 2019 Children's Class.  I still have a lot of computer work to do for this class but it will just be a little each day.  I do have enough fabric etc for the volunteers to stitch their samples and hope to get that delivered this week.

Another virus

Sorry about the lack of posts but I now find that I have been fighting viral pheumonia, which my husband brought back from Ireland, and a dose of pleurisy.  These viruses certainly took my name at the beginning of 2018 and have just kept on.  Still, I am still here and as the song says,

"I get knocked down but get up again, they are never going to keep me down".


I just wish this RSI injury would hurry up and heal, I so miss my stitching.  But at the moment my focus is getting to a point where I can go on my trip to Thialand.  That is 6 weeks away, I can eat again and  that was the greatest difficulty I had to over come.  One plus to not eating was the amount of weight I have lost.  I am back to a size 12 again (from a size 18).  The down side is I have had to give all my clothes to St. Vinnies and buy new ones.  Next is being able to handle the pain and then the tiredness.  I have cancelled all my teaching and only have a couple of judging commitments.  Getting ready for this trip is my No 1 commitment.

Thinking about the trip has made me realise that I will have to get all my Xmas postage ready before I leave! Maybe I will not send presents this year?  And then I have thought about leaving this house for my children to use for the holidays and my husband and I just taking to the road for a while?  Hopefully by then I will be able to stitch again.  Still, the old brain is working again, and the RSI has improved so that I can type without my shoulder freezing up.  So maybe the stitching may return even sooner?



Work is very slow and not the best I can do with this RSI injury.  My limit is one length of stranded cotton divided into 3 x 2 strands and I have to stop.

Still the class isn't until January next year so I am keeping ahead.

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I signed up for Kelly Feltcher's newsletter after finding this free designs and am finding it very interesting, as I'm sure other embroiderers would.  It promotes her products but there is lots of other information in there as well.  Here are just two.

Kirsty Whitlock

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The society for Embroidery Work.

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A bit naughty

They discharged me from hospital and I went straight to the Stitches and Craft Show down the road.  I'm not sure it was the soundest decision I have ever made but I got there when it opened and only spent a couple of hours doing some shopping.  By this time I was ready to get home to bed.

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I now have a raft of medical appointments I have to attend but hopefully this will get me back on my feet again.

I spent a whole heap of money on very little.  Things were very expensive but as I only shop here once a year, and I really wanted and can use the things I bought I think the expense was justified.

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A couple of metres of Japanese fabric,cord, a mould for a broach and webbing plus some extra threads.  That little lot was over $180.00!  I can't buy these machine threads anywhere in Australia and I do love wonderfil threads, those two boxes were $100.00.

And then I got to meet Cecile Franconie.  (https://www.facilececile.com)  Her English is a bit better than my French but we managed to chat for over 30 mins.  Luckily for me she didn't have any kits with her or I would have broken the bank.

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I would have loved to attended her workshop but knew I wasn't well enough so I just bought her book.  I took a flyer for the Quilt Show in Nantes next year.  I think that would be a good trip, then, as I would be in Europe I could include Sweden and some other places?

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A break

I am going to be out of action for the next week as I am going into hospital for a raft of tests.  I have been ill since February this year and although the Doctor thinks it is just one virus after another they are going to do the tests to be on the safe side.  See you next week.