My Embroidery Feed


I am working on quilting pieces to make project baskets.  There will be 5 baskets and each will feature a different quilting pattern.

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These are really labour intensive and I started the process at my stitchie weekend up at Toowoomba.  I thought that I would achieve a lot more on these than I have.

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Unreal expectations!

Still working on the dolls.  Have 12 sewn and stuffed and now need to add the faces and ears etc.  These are great little stress busters as I can knit them without thinking and then think when I have to do the finishing.

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I'm not sure how to knit these ears.

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And the pin cushions continue.

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Kogin Bags

I am in the process of trialing the making of shoulder bags which incorporate Kogin stitching.  This still needs to be refined but I think the basic design idea is sound.

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As I embroidered the front and back in one piece I think I need to leave more distance between the design from the bottom fold on the front.

The back looks fine.

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The bag has two pockets and is lined with red fabric.

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The other things that have to be refined is the straps and the leather used.

The colour of the straps just isn't right and although a good quality leather was used for the trims I think it is a bit heavy in weight.  (Not sure about this it might just be new and stiff.)

My daughter,  Laura, who works in leather is assembling these for me.  I love this bag she designed, along with her other pieces.

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We are back in home schooling every day this week so it is mainly knitting that I can do as we do our lessons and trying to keep some order in my sewing room where my grand daughter sleeps.  Now, there are two other spare bedrooms downstairs, but, she likes grandma's workroom so she can be close to us.

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These little Issie dolls are great to keep the hands occupied but allows you to think of other things at the same time.  Problem is I never seem to have the colour I want, even though I have 9 boxes of yarn!

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I also have some ideas for the pincushions, I can work on these before and after school.

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These are on black fabric that to the eye doesn't show all that lint that the camera sees!

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But, there is no getting anywhere near the sewing machine.

Pin Cushion No 4

I do like this idea of using a lace or doily to make the embellishment on the surface.  For this next one I have used a slightly bigger piece and the crocheting is done with a thicker thread, so the finished size will be 6.5" square.

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I decided that the central flower motive was what drew the eye in.  If it drew my eye in it might just catch the eye of a bird?

I couldn't sew straight onto the crocheting so I first drew the bird onto a piece of muslin and stitched the padding stitching.

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I then cut around the shape and needle turn appliqued this onto the surface, without the beak.

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It still wasn't easy to stitch because that doily was 'nobblie'. thank goodness for my laying tool.

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I think that I might add small tassels to the corners to finish it off.

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There are always a lot of crocheted doylies at the Op shop so I will keep my eye out for some more.


Machine Embroidery

I have played around with machine embroidery for years but never really taken it anywhere.  One of the problems I have faced has been that most machine embroidery I have seen has been the pre-programmed packages that come with embroidery modules that are attached to the machines I have bought and this doesn't really grab me. 

This is a design of that type available on Etsy.

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Then, there is the needle painting type of work that is favoured by quilters and although this is great it again isn't really what I wanted to do.

This is some work by my friend Pam.  It has taken years of practice and experimentation to do this.

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When I think about it what I want to do (I think), is to learn how to "draw" with my machine.

I recently received an Email notification from Bernina regarding their  Bernina Academy which will be happening in Sydney later this year and one of their presenters is going to be Meredith Woolnough.

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Meredith offers a FREE introductory course that answers all those questions that I have been wondering about for years, so I have signed up for it.


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It might lead no where, but then again, it might be the key to what I would like to explore.  We will see.


After watching the lessons, which are well set out and are all that I already know, but, I have found that I have small gaps in my knowledge base.  The biggest one is the need for practice.  Now I knew this but didn't apply it.  So I have put my fabric in my hoop and intend to just scribble and keep scribbling until I am really comfortable doing this.  It might take hours, days, weeks or even a month, but, I need to become really comfortable with this skill first.  These lessons come with a project as a bonus but I will need to do that scribbling first.  ( this activity will go into my WIPW file.)


I have a lot to learn

I really enjoyed my class on Goldwork with Anna Lang this weekend past.  It is a novel experience to be the least experienced in stitching a technique in a class, I am used to being the expert.  But that was not the case for this class, I had zero experience in this technique.  I got to thinking why hadn't I learnt to stitch with gold before?  My grandmother stitched the military uniforms with goldwork etc.  I wasn't allowed anywhere near it when I was young.  Maybe because the cost of threads is so expensive and I might have been seen as a possible problem.   This is our beginner piece designed and stitched by Anna.

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Also the threads are not readily available, you have to go to a special shop and then the threads have to be ordered in for you and they are not cheap.  Added to this teachers for beginners are few and far between.  But having said all that I found my biggest learning curve was how to handle the threads correctly, the actual stitches used I already knew.  Handling the threads was a challenge.   I had to keep reminding myself not to handle it too much, get the stitch in place in my mind before I plyed my needle and not lean on the frame.

The desire to learn this technique was piqued by those kits I bought from Jenny Adin-Christie that sit in the bottom draw.

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After this class I think I will be able to attempt stitching them but I have to finish the class piece first.


Not much stitching happening here with all the weather effecting us.  The most I have been able to work on is a couple of simple stitch patterns.

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And that book cover said "Don't stitch on me any more".  So I made it up.

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But it is my daughter's birthday today.  Happy Birthday beautiful.

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Hungarian Embroidery

I have made the biggest mess of this stitching.  I am now taking a step back and am going to stitch a series of samples so that I can master some of the techniques.  I didn't appreciate just how complex this stitching is, and it is complex, and has a huge range of styles .  I started out seeing it as a 'Folk Embroidery'.  But it actually encompasses a whole culture which is rich and deep.  From my research so far I find that girls were required to first stitch samples, so that is where I will start.

I also found a video from back in the 1990's from Cleveland in the USA.  It is a wonderful resource, even if the quality of the film isn't the best.  It is about 38 mins but is divided into chapters, so you can take it in stages.


I also found a blog by a Hungarian woman Called "Kezimunkamania" that has some great patterns and they have been drawn in AutoCad so they are of a high quality.  They are written in Hungarian but it has a Google translate on the page. Screen Shot 2022-02-21 at 2.11.03 pm

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So, I restart learning these techniques.


An old design

I have been going through some of my old embroidery designs and have decided to share them on my blog.  So, this is the first one. This was all stitched in back stitch.  One thread for the hands and two threads for the words.  Here is a PDF of the pattern to download.   Download 12 peace.pages

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(I publish this under Creative Commons so if you republish please attribute it to me.)


Stitch Camp results

I have finished my piece from 'Stitch Camp' and I have to say that I enjoyed this diversion.  It took me outside of my comfort zone completely.  It was only a simple class and it came in the middle of my bout of Covid, which complicated things a bit.

The painting of the fabric is always a challenge as I am not comfortable with using paints, but I did it.  Then I had to cut up the paintings and reassemble them.  I found that I have a huge pile of left over pieces.  They may end up in the bin but I think I will hold onto them for a while and think about them.

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The embroidery just took on a life of it's own.  Granted I was a bit spaced out with the virus, that might have been a good thing.  I found I didn't think, I just let the shapes dictate the stitching.  I used 3 weights of embroidery threads to give depth and texture.

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I decided to make this into a book cover and used a batik fabric to frame it.  I added a positive affirmation which I printed on fabric and attached to the front inside edge so that I would see it when I opened the book.

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I must say that I enjoyed this whole process.  Not something I would do everyday, but still very enjoyable.