This is my 2018 sample for my 'Exploring more stitches' Class.

There are 28 different stitches in this piece, which isn't bad for such a small space.  I have used a variety of threads that represent thin, medium and thick varieties and tried to organise my colours around a light medium and dark pallete. 


This class will be in August this year at the Queensland Embroiderers Guild.  It isn't difficult to stitch and could be finished in under a week.  I hope the participants like it.

Next I would like to attempt a design that will require a lot more technical control but I also have an idea for some portraits.  Well I can work on both I suppose? 


I have the budgies on the go but this class sample has higher priority.

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I'm still in bird mode and this will be a hummingbird.  I wanted a design into which I could put a lot of different stitches.  The name of the class is exploring more stitches.   I have all my notes out.  I have 2 large folders of samples that I put together over a couple of years of TAST and I find them invaluable. when planning this kind of class.

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I have choosen a rustic type linen for surface embroidery and need to get this finished by the end of the week.

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Now it is head down tail up!


Another relapse but I have bounced back better this time, fingers crossed.  Still not completely back to normal but I was able to go into the Guild this week.  I drove myself into town and back home again.  So fingers crossed.

I also finished the sample for the "introduction to applique' workshop.  It is a cushion cover.

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I have included 7 different applique techniques in this piece so participants can have a taster of some of the common methods in use today and I plan to add a tassel to each corner of the cushion. The design is based on a bird I saw in Quatemala.  It looks nothing like the bird in question but is my representation of how I think it should look.

This is the male,

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and this the female bird.

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I thought these birds looked kind of royal, hence the crown.  I also included the colours of Guatemala, like the ones we saw in the thread shop.

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I realise now the these threads are for weaving but I am experimenting with making some tassels with them.  They are about the thickness of  2 strands of embroidery floss but have a higher twist.  This is going to be a slow job. 

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First you have to work out just where to undo the knot, like all of these things there is a knack to knowing just where to pull it apart.  I have it around the back of two chairs, just like my mother would have done when balling wool.  Then the very slow process of winding the thread around the base frame.  I hope they work out alright.


Well being back in bed has turned out to have a down side.  The downside is the lack of attention from my husband!  He and our daughter are off overseas in a week or so and he is so busy with this he doesn't have time to look after me.  Looking after me would include cups of tea, making sure I have water and the occasional meal.  

It is cold and very dry here and I have the reverse cycle air-conditioner on to keep warm, but it sucks the moisture out of the air.  Next thing I knew was that I was suffering from dehydration.  That has put me back a bit.  Now I have a stock of water bottles beside the bed and I have made soup and other pre-cooked meals prepared in the fridge.  One has to be self reliant!!!

So not a lot of progress on my projects.  The knitting is now up to the stage of being divided at the armhole to knit the front and back neck and sleeves..

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The sample for the applique class languishes.  It should have been finished last week but I have just been to ill to even attempt it.

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There isn't a lot of work to go I just have to feel well enough to stitch it.  Hopefully I will get this finished tomorrow.

Oh well life goes on.  I have a pile of projects I want to get started on but not the physical resources just at the moment.



This is dead boring stuff.  Sewing the binding on a quilt.  I have finished the machining now all the hand stitching.

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This is another quilt I made for my grandaughter that she didn't like.  "Too babyish."   My daughter's friend has just had a new baby so it will be for baby Bella.

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I had the quilting done at my local quilt shop, "Bayside Stitch Craft " at Cleveland.  I am really please with the job that they did so will return with some of the other quilt tops I have in the bottom drawer.  I see I haven't made a label.  More hand stitching.


Wednesday has come around again.  It keeps doing that.

So what of my progress this week?  Well the knitting has grown, nearly up to the armhole.

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I have started work on my little bird purse.  I decided to applique the design and then found that parts of it are just too small.

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I will try to applique the tail but those leaves will be just too fidderly.  I want to embroidery some details onto the applique.  It might work and then again it may not.

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I put this design into my 'bird file' on my computer where I found some more designs I have done nothing with, so this may be the first of a run of bird purses.


So, not a lot of progress on anything.

I did undo my knitting and knitted it again, so that now I am slightly ahead of where I was before I undid it.

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I am experimenting with shopping bags.  All plastic bags are being withdrawn from supermarkets here in July.  I found that the patchwork fabric wasn't robust enough and that soft furnishing fabric was too robust and expensive.  I settled on some fabric from Ikea.   At the rate I am going I think I might be better off just buying them from the supermarket!

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This week has been all about getting the samples stitched out for the July Children's Holiday classes.  Now I have them finished and all the kits ready to be packed up.  (I still have to write up the instructions.)

One simple design in back stitch for the beginners and another more complicated design for those who can stitch.  And although they are not over large I found that each one took me two days to stitch out, even the back stitch design.  I hope the kids like them.

( These are my own designs to which I own the copyright.)

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One thing about living on a tropical island is that there is always shells and coral to pick up on the beach to frame the photo.  The remains of the seed pods are from the mangrove plant.


I am still struggling with replying to emails but I think I have been able to reply using my phone.  Who would have believed that?

Most of my week has been spent in bed but I did get the hem of the gingham table cloth finished and am now playing with some applique using some fabric I bought in France a few years ago.  I think it might work.

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Firstly, the wedding dress is finished and it fitted perfectly.  It is all lace and net and would suit Cinderella and my client looks beautiful and I promised not to put up a photo until the wedding on the 13th of May.   Such a relief.  That was so stressfull I don't think I will do it again.

The patchwork continues without to many dramas.  But,  I can't sew straight.  Thirty one correct blocks and 4 re-sew ones.  Just one more row on each block and then I can sew them together.

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And I have given up  getting that poly-cotton fabric to work for chicken scratch.  No matter what I do it looks terrible.  I still need a couple of new breakfast cloths so have resorted to stitching some zig zag with herringbone stitch around the edges.  I won't be able to leave it like this I will have to add more.

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