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May 2022


I once subscribed to a number of embroidery magazines, until they almost took over my house.  I had to make the unwelcome decision to end this practice of collection magazines.  I had a complete set of magazines from Inspirations, right from issue 1, and with a heavy heart donated them all to the Queensland Embroiderers' Guild library.  But, I knew that they had a subscription to this and the other magazines I had subscribed to, and I could read the new issues there, or even borrow them if I wanted something in particular.  Still it wasn't an easy decision.

Fast forward a few years and technology has me subscribing to the Newsletters, that those magazines that are still being published, distribute on-line.  I have to say that the Inspiration Magazine newsletter is still one of my favourites and if you are an embroidery tragic like me you could get there weekly newsletter on their web page.

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But beware.  There are wonderful things there that will tempt you, (Oh those Betsy Morgan cross stitch designs) along with the great features that they have on-line.  This month there is a great article about the various ways you can transfer a design.

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And Opps!  I just ordered a new book.

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How did that happen?


When I looked at the pattern for this 'Spring-along'  I see I am going to need 270 flowers.  I have done 2 rows of the first 100.  Some way to go on this.  But then I had another look at it and realised that I am not using the same wool as they are using and that I was aiming for a single bed quilt size.

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So I stitched up some flowers with the next row crocheted in place and measured this against a single quilt.  Comes down that I only need another 30 or so flowers, so this is well under way.

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The Kogin stitching progresses at it's own pace.

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This stitching is a 'stress buster', just so relaxing.

My Kogin project

The bag I designed for my last Kogin class has been bugging me.  I'm just not happy with the finish.  It is the interfacing I used that is the problem I think.  So it needs to be redesigned.  As usual I always write and evaluation of each project and when I went into my journal to do this I found some other notes I had made about interfacing.

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The prices have increased a bit since I wrote this up but I have selected 3 or 4 I want to test out.

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At the end of the other class I had some fabric left over so I am stitching another 4 bags which are all based around the original design.  I still have a couple more to stitch up but as I find this stitching so pleasurable that isn't a problem.


I will use Japanese fabric for the cuff on all except one and I want to see what my daughter can do with a leather cuff.

I came on some lovely plated leather cord.  It wasn't cheap but I think it will add to the finish. 

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I have to stitch up the other bags first but I will let you know the results.

Worth the wait

Back at Xmas 2021 my present from a group member, Debbie, didn't arrive.  Debbie's husband has motor neuron disease and she had more important things to think about than my present.  But last week at our meeting there was my present and I just love it.

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This little bag holds my coffee cup and other odds and ends. 

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The lining was a challenge fabric that had to be included in the present and I don't think I would like anything else in it's place.

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  It is a simple pattern but works super well.  I might make some more as gifts and I am thinking of how I might add some embroidery.