My stress levels are through the roof.  The only way to deal with this is put on my headphones, get some cross stitch project and stitch.  So I have been doing more of that than working on class samples.  These will be pin cushions for the Guild Xmas sale table.  I am stitching them in wool thread from "Modern Folk Embroidery".  Just heaven to stitch with and his charts are so easy to read.

But just now the stress levels have dropped a bit.  I just got an Email to say although some of my paperwork has not arrived they will print it out when I arrive in the USA.  Now I just have to return the beds I bought that came in King size not Queen and are now reduced by $150 each.  I think I will put the headphones on again and stitch.

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I must say I have been having fun with some of these drawings.  Not sure how they will translate into stitches though.

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I got the crocheting of this shawl finished before I left for Toowoomba.  Still needs to be blocked and it is so big.  I never normally work in 8ply it is just too bulky for me.  But as this is going to my niece, who lives where it can snow, I think it should suit her.  Although I have told her if she doesn't like it give it to "knitting for the needy".

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I changed the border pattern by adding an extra shell edge with picots at the centre of each one.  I will have to pin that out carefully when blocking.  I was going to make this again in cotton but I think I will stick to the animals until next year.  I have some yarn left over so I might see how one of the animals would go?  The yarn does have acrylic in it so it might be good for that.



I am trying to get ahead with my samples for classes I will teach in 2018, with the Children's Projects top of my list.  I completed the first sample and the older children would handle this with no problem but I'm not sure about the little ones.  I am going to look at how I can do this kind of theme in cross stitch, which might be easier.  (This will be made into a pocket to go onto a small pin cushion where you can keep a pair of scissors and maybe some other tools.)

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Because 2018 will be the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Embroiderers' Guild in Queensland I want all the projects to link into this in some way.

The next project will be a small purse and here I have drawn a tropical theme of pineapples, palm leaves and another tropical plant leaf.  I want to introduce the students to the use of other threads to achieve texture.  So far so good but I will have to stitch fast as I used a fading pen.

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The children's class is progressing well with still another day to go.  We will see just what they will come up with for the backs of their bags.  But one really nice thing is that one of our past students has joined us to train as a tutor for the classes.  She is now at University and it is great to see another generation coming through.  (This is a warm fuzzy.)

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I am working on designing my Children's Classes for 2018.  At the moment this first design is giving me grief.  I want to use the bundle of Aida fabric that I have in stock but my drawing program only draws between the lines not on them.  I have a horrible feeling that I am going to have to draw this all by hand. 

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I was just going to finish the letters this week BUT got carried away and finished the whole embroidery to avoid that cleaning.   So here is September's piece finished at the beginning of the month well in advance.


I used 2 strands of silk thread for the letters and the sprig of leaves and one stand of the same thread do do the blanket stitch around the applique.


The sprig  of leaves were stitched in fly stitch and the stem in checkerboard stitch and then I added a few seed beads just because I could.

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Then on my walk I saw these wild flowers that had escaped into the bush so picked a few because I loved the colour.  It must be my age I never liked purple/pink before, now I love it.







I didn't watch nearly as many videos as I would have liked yesterday and of those I did I think there are a number I am considering going back to purchase.   There was a great introduction to Watercolour painting, and all the rest I looked at were on photography. 

"Sucked in Carolyne!!"

One of the classes concerned "Product Photography at Home".  I immediately re-photographed my Kogin stitched Xmas cards.  What a difference from last week?

The first one is a new design using a bit of extra bling I have been working on.




I have also set to and designed my next "Peace" embroidery.  I thought I was a month behind but looking at the wall I see I have 8 completed pieces and there is still the rest of September left to get this one stitched.  I want to use a circular frame again so did a drawing in a circle and then pasted the text into position around it. 

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I am going to embroider the text and haven't decided just what method I will use to applique the dove.  Needle turn would be nice but just look at all those curves and my applique fabric is a batik.  I think I might have to machine it into position.  So while I am thinking I have started on the text embroidery.





A late wipw (on Thursday)

Home again, a bit sore and sorry for myself but on the road to recovery.

I have to start by saying that my Peace embroidery didn't even get off the ground this month.  But before I left  for hospital I was looking at my Kogin patterns and thought that those diamond shapes might have promise for my Xmas cards.

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I had read that the women on the east coast of Japan, in the Nambu region, had used wool for their stitching.   I had some left over wool so tried it out.  I think these are a bit different.

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I intend to do 5 in all. I bought the linen from the CWA ladies from up north.  Perfect for the job.

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A quick easy project.



Well I made it.  The sample,  poster, instructions and 35 kits are finished and delivered.

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There are 5 flowers in Mary's garden and the students will be asked to plant some more along with other things that are in her garden.  Such as birds, insects and any other fantasy items they can imagine and stitch.   There is a selection of fabric colours available along with a mixed variety of contrast trims.  So all the bags should look different.    `

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But that isn't quite it.  I have come up with some other designs for this bag.  Not for this class but I will put them up later as a free download and tutorial.  Tomorrow I intend to clean my sewing room and relax.



I have been working on my sprained back by resting, not lift anything heavy and not bending over too much.  It's working.  Now only going over speed bumps, coughing  and sneezing cause a lot of pain.  All the other pain is being controlled by pain killers!

Charlie has the idea of how not to do too much.

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I did finish the peace embroidery for August.  I don't really like it much.  I should have used an even coloured thread.   I think I will put this one down to experience.

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And because I have tried to keep still I have started some more knitting.  This is another shawl and I am trialing some wool that I bought a couple of months ago from 'Kaalund Yarns.'  (As you can see I am doing some 'reverse' knitting as well.)

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This is a really nice wool.  The spinning of the yarn is even and has given it a nice twist.  Very satisfying to knit with this wool.  Just wish I didn't make so many mistakes in the pattern.

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On the home front my husband has been raising my stress levels by knocking on the doors of heaven but so far St. Peter is keeping him out.  Not too good for my blood pressure and that 4 hour round trip to the hospital isn't too good for my back either.  Now that he seems to be out of danger I am going to sit at home today and sew.