The crochet continues, we are now onto week 2, I was a bit late starting. 

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I am finding lots of odd balls of wool around the house now that I am looking for them.

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A bit of Kogin.  Because of 'habit' I always write an evaluation of each class I teach with the aim of improving it.  I think I have another project here.

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I made the mistake of volunteering to sort out some scraps that were donated to my patchwork group. 

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They were going to be put in the rubbish, which was a terrible waste, so I said I would organise them into more manageable units. 

I firstly put them into bundles according to colour. Then started by ironing each piece and then cutting it. I soon became obvious that there was a lot of unusable scrap but I can't stop now. I still have 2 bags to go.   Then I will sew them together myself as I now have a couple of ideas about how this could be done.

I now have a hand brace for my right hand.  Still lots of things I can not do but I can type, some hand sewing and machining, so things are looking up.

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No sewing, it is there and I will get to it, eventually.  My sister and brother-in-law arrive from interstate today so I don't suppose I will get a chance to sew.  Most of my time has been spent getting my house and garden in order for this visit, everything looks spick and span but all other tasks have taken a back seat.

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My patchwork group down here on the bay had a visit from a local charity who assemble backpacks of items for kids who are going into care, including newborns.  I had no idea there were do many children and teenagers in this situation.  So, I have decided to knit-up my wool stash, starting with the baby wool.  As I am now losing my ability to use my right hand it has to be something simple and as the weather is getting cooler I have started with simple hats.  I hope my efforts improve as I go along.

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The older children are given a quilt to go along with their backpack, which they can choose themselves.  First nations kids make up at least 50% of these children and there are more boys than girls.  I went out and bought fabric to make some quilts, I also intend to use most of my fabric stash to do this.

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One of our members, Natalie, who is a fabric designer, approached the company who print her fabric and they donated bolts of fabric for us to use.

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But, I haven't forgotten my dressmaking, it is hanging up on the door waiting for me.


I need to get my clothes finished before the cold weather sets in.  This skirt is cut out ready to go,

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and I bought some woollen boucle for a top and

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heavy black cotton for some slacks.

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They will be finished!!!

(I hope by next week?)

I have started a new set of 6 place-mats on which I want to practice the patterns from the new books.  I photocopied 6 patterns before I put the books into the library and merrily rushed in BUT I didn't read the instructions correctly and then was left wondering why it didn't look right.  Still useable, but not right.

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So now I am drawing grids onto the fabric, a slow process but this should give a better result.

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I am using a Bohin chalk pencil which should brush off,  if not I know it will wash off.  I bought this lovely Japanese fabric at a "de-stash day" at $5 per metre.  What a steal?


(And I forgot to upload the plate cosie pattern yesterday, it is now there.)


I have finished the block for the new "tea cloth" for my cottage patchwork group.  It is hard to see but I have embellished the design printed on the fabric I used for the cup.  I couldn't fit my middle name in so I embroidered some Rosemary between my first and last names.  (my middle name is Rosemary.)

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I continue with my quilting.  Slow work just one large square of fabric a day.

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My friend Angela found me some fabric from France (Provence) at a sale, so after a number of years I have pulled out my breakfast cloth and am working on it again.  The fabric is the right colours but there is far more sizing in this fabric which is making applique difficult.  Still, there is enough fabric for napkins as well.

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And as I have so many mini frames I am making small embroideries to go in them.


I am embroidering my name to go into a block for the new supper cloth my patchwork group is making.  I was wondering why they were doing this when we had a supper cloth?  I was told we made that one 10 years ago and we need a new one.  (It doesn't seem like 10 years ago!)

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Also quilting patchwork square to make cosie bowls. ( I am sooo slow.) Until my reference book arrives I have been using the internet to find patterns and this is a link to some good basic patterns.

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The rest of my projects I am thinking about!!


I need to keep my stitching simple at the moment.  ( I am soooo frustrated that my recovery is taking sooo long!!!) And life has just taken over.  My husband had to fly interstate for a funeral, and although I couldn't travel with him, (I'm not allowed to fly for some time yet) I am the designated driver to and from the airport.  All this 'other stuff' gets in the way of my stitching. (Then I was laid low again and he had to get to the airport himself.)

So, these are simple.

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I am asked "will you make me one" all the time.  The assembly takes longer than the stitching!

I have cut out lots of cosy bowl holders to stitch in my spare moments

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and I am designing another tea cosy.  My challenge here is I can only use wool from my stash, so lots of swatching.

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And I'm not really pleased with my last envelope bag so here comes another.



I have finally finished another Tea Cosie.

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I still have another two to go so am looking for another pattern.

I have also started a new series of embroidered necklaces .

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These are super hard to put together because the fittings are so small but they look lovely when finished.

And I keep plugging away at my botanical illustration.

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I find that my cancer treatment has had lots of unwanted side effects.  My slow brain and the pain in my hands and feet being the worst.  So, I just do what I can do.  I'm not happy with it but I can't change things.  Mr Doctor says it may improve with times, I can only hope.

So I doggardly keep sewing, just a bit everyday and I have now finished my second roll.

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I could have choosen something easier than gold thread but I wouldn't have got the same effect.

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Sewing with that thread on the machine was even worse than sewing with a needle, so I settled for a rayon thread for the edge.

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I did however manage a neat ladder stitch when I  joined the sides.

I want to make a smaller version in floral fabric to hold my sewing kit.



I have only worked on my new "envelope" bag over the last week.  The going has been slow.  Working with a lurex thread requires a lot of patience.  Many of the normal stitches that one would use for decorating seams just will not work with this thread, so, trial and error prevail.

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Not only is the thread difficult to work with this stitching uses a lot of thread.  I will have used more than a whole reel and will need to buy more thread to get the piece finished.  Another problem that has arisen it working with different weights of fabric.  Many of the pieces I redyed and then put block prints on top of this, then stitched on top of this again.  Trying to NOT stitch through the lining has complicated things.

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But, I think that I will be able to achieve my goal at the end, even if it is taking a lot more time than I had planned.