I would never have thought that it would take me so long to stitch such a simple design.  But this RSI injury is very restricting.  This is going to be my last piece of hand stitching until after Xmas.  (I hope those are not famous last words!)  The stitching is just not good but I don't have the control I had before this injury.

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Because I got this design from Kelly Fletcher, who is South African,  I have used my South African fabric, given to me by my friend Cora, which she brought back from a recent visit to her home country, as the lining.

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So, that is the samples finished for the January 2019 Children's Class.  I still have a lot of computer work to do for this class but it will just be a little each day.  I do have enough fabric etc for the volunteers to stitch their samples and hope to get that delivered this week.


Work is very slow and not the best I can do with this RSI injury.  My limit is one length of stranded cotton divided into 3 x 2 strands and I have to stop.

Still the class isn't until January next year so I am keeping ahead.

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I signed up for Kelly Feltcher's newsletter after finding this free designs and am finding it very interesting, as I'm sure other embroiderers would.  It promotes her products but there is lots of other information in there as well.  Here are just two.

Kirsty Whitlock

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The society for Embroidery Work.

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I am working on the Children's Classes for 2019 under the theme of "how to find embroidery designs using the internet."

The first project is a small bag and I have selected two free designs from the net for this.  (As we are a non profit organisation and we are using them for education we fall under the 'free catagory' of use.)  One of the learning outcomes for this class in addition the learning of basic stitches will be about responsible use of free patterns and even though they are free the designer needs to be acknowledged.

Design one is from "Annie Beez'  annie beezfolkart.blogspot.com  Annie mainly designs cross stitch patterns.


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Design two is from "Kelly Fletcher" kellyfletcher.co.za  Kelly's work will really appeal to the teenagers in my classes.  She has some great kits that would appeal to them as well.


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This design is taken from an old iron on transfer.  That has got me thinking.  The Guild has a large collection of iron on transfers to which they own the copyright.   I am thinking that this will make a wonderful source for the 2020 classes?


I have  also purchased one of her kits as a raffle prize.

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Nothing startling.  Just continuing with the Kogin coasters

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and thinking about a bookcover from the latest book.  I am trying out this design.  Using the 6 strands for the French Knots is a bit confronting.  I think she must use a very tight tension on her stitching.

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I did buy some 'insulbrite'  wadding to put in each coaster.  The wadding isn't very wide so I hope 2 metres will be enough.


I actually have a little bit of work in progress!

After my last Kogin workshop I decided that the little activity that I had put together for the participants to get started was actually a good activity for me as well.  I am using up some of my left over fabric to stitch coasters in prepartion for Xmas.  They are quick on easy (as long as you don't miscount), and can be picked up and put down when you need to.

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The weather here has turned wet and windy.

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So I am sitting in my arm chair stitching and then decided I would paint my nails and have a cup of tea.

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My nails reflect my state of health I'm afraid so a coat of paint hides all the horrible nails.  Oh look, it is still raining but the sun has come out.

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As you can tell, not much happening here.




Our tele-communcations tower took a direct lightening strike on Saturday.  No internet, no phones limited TV.   We haven't had a storm in months.   But it is back today.  Everyone one the island sighed a great sigh of relief.

I have done hardly any work over the last couple of weeks.  The pain level in my joints and muscles has got so bad that I have frozen up.  It got so bad I actually went back to my old doctor in town.  He went into overdrive.  Tests, scans, etc etc.  But some of the results show that after I had Barmar Forest Virus I caught Ross River Virus and Glandular fever.  No wonder I have been a cot case.

There are still a lot of tests to go but one thing he did for me was to get me cortisone injections in my shoulders.  There are working a lot better now and as a little bonus my legs are back in action.  I was actually able to reach down and touch the floor with no pain.   The effect only lasted a couple of days but I am loved every moment of my pain free status at that time.

I would like to finish my quilt but don't want to over do the use of the rotary cutter which makes me feel as if my shoulder will fall off but it is all sitting there and tempting me.

So I thought, maybe just a place mat or two.  This one isn't bad.

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But it still hurts.  Better give that a miss.  I have a Kogin class to teach this weekend and with the loss of the internet I have a lot of work to catch up on.


 A great big Zero this week.  I have been travelling up and down to the city seeing Doctors.  I did see a magpie who had stollen another birds nest.  He looked pretty pleased with himself.

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Such little output!!

Me who is always on the go and doing things.  Still there are a couple of positives.

I finished the Kogin Cushion for my student.  It wasn't as straight forward as I would have liked and the different weights of the Japanese cotton and hemp fabrics added to the level of difficulty.

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And  I  found some lovely Japanese fabric in my stash for the back.

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And those patchwork blocks I spoke about yesterday.  Looking at them now I see that I have added a row on the side of each that I should not have done.  So these are going to be dispersed among the others.  Actually looking at this I have done a lot more than I thought I had.

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I have the Kits for the next Children's Class all finished and packed.

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I haven't finished my other knitting but thought I would start something else because it took my fancy.  The other one will be finished for next year.

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Next I am working on sewing up the work of a student.  She wants it to be a zippers pillow with cording around the edge.  Hope that this is alright.

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Getting more kits together for September and October Classes and find that my computer files are corrupted so I will have to do some of the drawings again.

I am off to Toowoomba this weekend so I am busy preparing my sewing for the weekend. 

Hey this is a change, I'm actually multi tasking again.