I now have my art space properly set up on my patio. (Along with all my housekeeping tools.)

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Matting, in case of spills and a thick plastic cover on the removable table top along with a small set of drawers to keep my art things separate. (I think I might get a second one of those.)  Bear likes the mats I have outside the doors so I got some proper door mats as well. (Finally got some roses.) What I also need is a blind as the sun can be hot, this is a problem when using inks in printing.

And printing, I have been using my gelli plate.  I have started on water-colour paper to test the process.  Lots to learn about how this all works.

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But I learnt some tricks along the way already and with a bit more work I will be able to use all these pieces, probably in cards and I want to try machine embroidery on some of them.

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I auditioned this last one to see how it might look for one of my book covers.

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With addition of ribbons, lace, buttons and embroidery it shows promise.  Now I have to try and replicate it on fabric.  I have a whole collection of old laces and ribbons, along with lots of old pieces of embroidery from my travels all around the world. Non of the embroidery is very useable on it's own but could be used in this kind of collage.

Just to do something different I also designed a new Kogin pattern for my pin and needle keepers.

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The printing on fabric is my next goal.



It is so good to be home and surrounded with my own things and peace and quiet of the island.  To watch the sun come up.

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And the quiet of early evening.

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I have been back in hospital, again.  Big rush with the ambulance this time but when I got home my blood pressure returned to normal and I felt so blessed to have this wonderful place to return to.  I found roses on the kitchen table to greet me,

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And just looking at them helped me feel so much better.

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My illness isn't life threatening, if I can get treatment quickly.  This time it was slow in coming.

So, I intend to just rest, read, paint, crochet and a little stitching for this week.


I knew it could happen.

All that crocheting and the arrival of a very cold winter (0 degrees C) has seen my wrist taken over with rheumatoid arthritis.  I knew it might hit me and I was hoping to get the throw finished but I have had to stop, 1.5 rows from the end.  If I don't stop now it will get worse.  If I do stop now there is a chance it will go away.  I know it is lurking there just waiting for me to make a mistake.  So no action at all.  It is an autoimmune problem and my niece has it as well, although she has had to give up all her art work, and she worked as an artist she can't hold a brush or even a pencil.

So quite a bit of walking and photography.  I'm storing up design ideas for the future.  Years ago I came across the native hibiscus tree that grows on the edges of the beaches on the island.  Their flowers are lovely.

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The flowers drop onto the sand and change colour.  A run of these scattered on the sand is a lovely sight.

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But there is a beetle that eats the leaves and flowers leaving every thing looking rather raggie.

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This is a 'jewel beetle' which is rather stunning in it's own right.

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I have never seen them on this end of the island before.

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Maybe it isn't them that eat the leaves because they are always found on the seed pods.

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These ones aren't as bright as the ones on the northern end of the island but still, great colours.  I can see these done as stump work.

That bright red on the underside is very striking.

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I remember making a small quilt that featured those flowers.  I wonder what I did with that?


Where I live

The window in my sewing room looks out onto the patio.  This is a sun trap in winter and a lovely place to sit and stitch or knit.  My dream would be to have climbing roses growing up the posts and all over the railings.  But I live in the sub-tropics and roses just don't grow very well here.  What will grow is Bouganvillia, so I have planted some of that.  Now, I wasn't sure just how it was going to take but it is now starting to cover my railings.

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The view out the window is improving.  It has taken over a year to get to this stage and it has no perfume, unlike roses.

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It still has to be trained into position but this is a start.

The big drawback are the huge thorns on the branches, they can ripe your arm open.  They make rose thorns look like midgets.  I bought a purple variety to plant at the other end of the patio.

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So now I am on the look out for other coloured varieties.  I have seen a lovely mauve one in a local garden but haven't spotted one in a nursery as yet.  I had a wonderful climbing rose in Cairns, which is in the tropics.  Just couldn't get it to grow here.




New Book

I bought this book on a whim and it doesn't really tell me anything I don't already know.

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It is by Tilly Rose and it is a nice book. (see a preview here.)  But I know all these techniques and I was looking for some more inspiration for my own work.  But, I have a friend who would love it so I have bought a gift for a friend and I know lots of other people who would love it as well.


I am not sure I would have embarked on this crochet project if I had realised that it would take over my life!  But, there is no turning back now.  I have decided that it will make a great throw to go over the chair in my bedroom so I am in the process of making it a bit wider.

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  This chair is old and very well used and should really be thrown away but it belonged to my husbands aunt of whom I was very fond.  It is a leather chair and the leather is very cracked and worn .  I have it set up with a booster seat cushion and back support so I can stand with out pressure on my back.  (I have broken a number of back vertibrae in the past which are now starting to cause pain.)

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It is a bit 'hotck potch' because I am using all the left over wool and I find that I will probably run out of the green background yarn so I will have to solve that problem.

I just can't settle to stitching at the moment so have decided to do some printing.

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I bought this kit a number of years ago and I found it unopened and covered with dust.  I'm glad I didn't throw it away because although it is designed for paper printing I am going to print on fabric with it using acrylic paints.  I found a cheap on-line course to learn the basics.

Screen Shot 2022-06-07 at 11.40.41 amI have done other courses with Carla on-line and have found them very clear and easy to understand.  I need to get some more supplies before I progress to the next class including a cover for the floor of the patio where I work.  (I am so messy.)

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Design Idea

I think this quilt by Wendy Williams is a great design concept for embroidery or quilting.  The background has been painted, the fish embroidered separately and then appliqued in position and then the cloth has been line quilted.

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Now this artist has used fish but you could use birds, or butterflies, or flowers in fact there are a so many other objects you could use to embroider on and then mount on a background like this.  I think I will use this concept to make a pillow cover.


This is my home in town

I went into town to have lunch with my daughter and my sister the other day and was taken by the bark of the Xanthorrhoea australis tree.  The bark looked so much like lizard skin. 

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Then I realised there was a lizard sitting there. Same colours same pattern.

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The city house is near the university and it is a nice place to have lunch as that is where my daughter lectures.  It has changed since my day.  But the students still sit around.

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And there are some new sculptures.

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The Dutchman's pipe was in full bloom.

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And those gargoyles still look down on your in the quadrangle.

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But I am always happy to get back to the island.

More of the Quilt Show

Many of the quilts on display I have seen in magazines and thought "they are great".  But the photography doesn't do justice to the detail, which is stunning.

Gloria Longman is a case that Illustrates this.  This is a lovely image.

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But when you look into the stitching the detail is stunning.

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And this just continued on and on.

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Just overload for me.  No wonder I was so tired at the end of day, or rather by lunch time.