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Studio Visit

It is Carnival of Flowers time up at Toowoomba and this year Robyn Ginn opened her home for people to view not only her wonderful collection of quilts but her beautiful embroidery, things she has collected, her garden and her home.  Robyn has had she fair share of troubles in her life.  Ranging from breaking her back through to the recent loss of her husband and a grand child.  (She has a Pinterest page of the quilts that were lost in a fire at her daughters home and her grand son was also lost in this fire.)  She works her life into her quilts.

This quilt talks of how they were knocked off their perch but are still standing.  You can see more on her Crazy patch pinterest page.

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There was so much to see and to absorb that I am sure I missed tons of important details.  But one thing that caught my attention was that she also designs and stitches canvas work.  Each piece is totally original and the stitches chosen just blew me away.

The use of gimp ribbon for the flower stems and the variety of stitches in each bird. (click on the image for more detail.)

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So much to think about.  I will revisit some of my impressions of this viewing in a later post.  I just think I need to reflect on it for a few days.  My mind has been so taken up with what I saw here that I didn't really pay attention to everything else I viewed.   I found this visit very moving on a number of levels.   As a result my husband and I will drive up again this week and spend the day there together and this time I will focus more on the flowers.

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Computer Day

I am not moving from in front of my computer today because I can sit all day and watch Craftsy Classes.

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Yesterday I sat and worked out just what classes I wanted to watch and there were hundreds to choose from.  I already have a heap  of purchased classes I haven't completed and some I have completed and want to watch again. Still.  this is too good an opportunity to miss.


Hanging around

I am still hanging around not up to much after the operation.  Drugs and I do not get on well together.  But today I am out of bed.  Mainly because I need to re make the bed, somehow, and as I can sit at the computer I must be getting better.

I thought I would write about a web site that I love to visit, Chelsea Textiles.

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They do all kinds of home decorating but they also do hand embroidered fabrics.  Look at that wonderful selection to scan for inspiration.

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I like the work of Kit Kemp.

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But there are lots of other designers there to inspire you. 

Neisha Crosland.

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Robert Kime.

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And Alidad

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Beware!! You can get lost for hours in this site.

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Xmas Cards - No 1 & 2

No time like the present, so I have started on the Xmas cards.

I found my bundle of rectangle ivory textured three panel cards and envelopes and then dug out a plastic bag full of left over pieces of embroidery linen.  I cut these into rectangles approx 10cm x 11cm and then over-locked the edges. 

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These will sit behind the opening which is 6cm x 8.5cm.  I started by drawing an approximate design on that piece of card that came out of the opening to get an approximation of the size of the design. 

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The first piece is a 32 count natural linen.  There is going to be lots of different counts amongst these scraps so I will have to adjust the designs to suit.  I have decided to use Kaaland Yarn's silk variegated threads to stitch these pieces because the threads are just so beautiful.  The first designs are going to be very simple shapes and a variety of stitches.

So here is my first card.  I used three strands of silk in the colour, watercolour.  The stitch is Eastern Stitch which I stitched over 4 threads.  A few back stitches made the trunk and the base is a scrap of felt and a glitter star glued on the top of the tree.

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These are quick and easy to stitch so I did another straight away.  Same everything, except the thread colour, only this time I used Algerian Eye Stitch.

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This is a great way to use up those small left over pieces and I think this falls into the category of "Silly Stitching".  Great for stitching whilst you chat and there isn't  a lot of thought involved in the stitching.  Plus the advantage of almost instant gratification.  

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Past Exhibition

Back a few weeks ago, (a month ago), in fact back when I went to the Marvel Exhibition, which I want to go to again,  I saw a small display of Indian Embroidery in the main gallery.  (That was a mouthfull. )  It was only because I ran into some friends from the Embroiderers' Guild that I was alerted to the fact that it was the last day it would be on display.

The exhibition was called "weavers, Wanderers".  (Click on the images for a larger version.)

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What I found remarkable about this exhibition was the level of skill on display.  I have seen quite a lot of Indian embroidery but these pieces, besides being beautiful in design were also beautifully stitched.  There were 2 quilts on display.

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Any one of these squares would make a great embroidery.

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The second is appliqued and embroidered.

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There was also a black and white photo of a house which had been decorated with hand painted images.  Lots of design ideas in these three pieces.

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I was also struck by the similarity between the women painted on the left of the photo and folk embroideries I have seen from Sweden.

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I will write a post about some of the other pieces at a later date.


Google Arts & Culture

I am having a wonderful time exploring this site on Facebook

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and on the web.

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I am really enjoying the the featured story of "We Wear Culture," which is the stories behind what we wear. Fascinating.  At the moment I am caught up in the Fashion section.  I may never get out of here.

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The images are just stunning and you can see the detail better than viewing it at an exhibition.  What a resource!

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Home again and back to hospital, again!

The good news is I can see. 

This operation was very painful because of the complications with my sinus problem.   So they want me back in again today for another look at them whilst they are bad.  I keep telling myself, "this too will pass".  All that sewing I want to do is just expanding at a greater rate than I can cope with.

I was having a look at the old crochet hook that I have been using, it belonged to my grandmother but keeps on working.  It is a very fine hook, labelled 7 1/2.  I don't think they make them that fine anymore?  I can't find it on any conversion chart so I better look after it.  And I can see the stitches.  Yoo Hoo.

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I will put a tutorial up when I have recovered of how I made the decorations.

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I'm a sucker for a sale

When I came to find fabric for the back of the quilt I have been working on I found I had really gone through my stash of fabrics.  I had to piece lots of bits to get enough fabric for the backing.  Then I got an email saying that East Coast Fabrics were having a sale.  Now that was timely!

Monday is my babysitting day, so once I had dropped the girls off at school I drove directly there.  My goal was to get backing fabric for the next few quilts I need to make. ( Well, I know that all my grand nieces and nephews are lining up for a quilt now that the youngest is getting a new one.)  I was one of the first into the shop.  I got a trolley and loaded up.  I was only going to buy the $4 per metre fabric but I actually bought some at $8 per metre as well.  I was one of the first in the check out line which by this time was getting rather long.

The cheap stuff, 2.5 metres for a single bed backing, cost me $10 per quilt.  (Considering that price would have been at least $50 from a quilt shop I think I did well.)  

I will have to add a little to sides of this one but it will make a great backing.  I don't think I would use it on the front of a quilt though.

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And I also bought these at the same price.

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I'm still a couple short but I thought I had better finish these first. 

I have bought a couple of overnight bags for my grand daughters for Xmas and I want to put all the bits in there, like pajamas, brush  comb, tooth paste etc.  And I found the perfect fabric for the wet pack.  I intend to line the bag with a waterproof fabric and use a different coloured zip for each girl.  They both love pink, good thing the tooth brushes were a variety of colours.

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This nautical themed fabric just jumped out at me and I had to have it.

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And I'm not sure why I bought this one.

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And finally, I'm sure I will be able to incorporate this fabric into the piece I am planning for the next children's embroidery class in which the embroidery design is all about hands.

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Now I have to find somewhere to put all this loot.

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I pressed the little send button

I have been debating with myself about taking a trip to South America later on this year.  I have had a few health problems, which seem to be under control but I worry about leaving my husband.  He has had the serious health problems.  But I might not get this chance again, so I have sent off my reservation request to travel to Guatemala latter in the year.  This is a trip with my friend Pam and you can read all about it on her blog here.

The colours that shine from Pam's photo's just call to me.  I want to see the embroidery.


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The weaving,  which I have admired for ages..

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(image from I am Pam Holland)

I used to be an intrepid traveler but over the past few years haven't been anywhere very much.  A broken arm and foot being the main reason.  So I have committed to hitting the road again.  My great aunt rode a camel around the pyramids  to celebrate her 80th birthday and although I'm not nearly that age I did so admire her spirit.  Maybe this will be the first of many trips.

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