Tuesday, December 30, 2008


When my sister, Veronica, was staying with me a couple of months ago, she admired the Seeing Red piece I was working on at the time ... but said she didn't want hers in red. :) So I've made this one for her in greens and blues. The fabric went in unexpected ways and I just let it go where it wanted to, so I was very interested to find a large V in it at the end. Obviously meant for Veronica. I hope she likes it.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Stash enhancement

Although I'm trying to tidy up and sort out my studio, I couldn't resist the opportunities offered by the post-Christmas sales to further enhance my stash. There's only about a dozen pieces of fabric, two dozen balls of yarn and a few ribbons! Lots to get started on my next project - once I finish tidying my studio!

Sunday, December 28, 2008

An arty-crafty Christmas

I may not have received a Christmas stocking but I did get some delightful presents - embellishment books and fibres, a couple of interesting tools, plus paints, paint pad and brushes for the art course I'm doing in a couple of weeks.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Christmas stockings

Christmas is over for another year. Yet again, I wasn't very organised for it but I managed to make Christmas stockings for the first time ever. I made one each for John, Keith, Natalie and Emma but I didn't think to make one for myself. I didn't make one for Dan either. He had said he wasn't coming home for Christmas this year, so I got a huge surprise when I opened the door on Christmas Eve, expecting Keith, Natalie and Emma, and found Dan there as well. It was a wonderful Christmas surprise.

Natalie's stocking

Keith's stocking

Emma's stocking

John's stocking

Friday, December 12, 2008

Desperately seeking tambour patterns

I want to do some tambour embroidery. I have the necessary hoop on a stand, tambour hook, fabric and lots and lots of threads ... but I can't find a pattern. I just want something simple and easy to do that looks reasonably good but extensive Googling has failed me. I've found a few pictures of tambour work but nothing that I could just copy and start on. I've also contacted some embroidery shops but without success.

I've learned a lot about tambour embroidery and it seems that Limerick lace uses the same technique. However, it just doesn't seem to be the 'flavour of the month' at present, although Inspirations seemingly included a design a few months ago (no longer in the shops).

I'll go back to embellishing and machine embroidery and hope that something turns up eventually.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Seeing red

I made this piece using lots of different fabrics and threads embellished together to get as much texture as possible. I had fun making it and am pleased with the finished product.

It was a present for my friend, Jordan, and is now hanging on her office wall. Jordan is a wonderful, creative woman who inspires and encourages me to believe in myself as a textile artist. I value highly her friendship and support.

Thank you, Jordan.

Monday, December 8, 2008

A Boomerang Gift

A couple of years ago, just after I'd started making quilts, my niece gave me a quilt kit for Christmas. The theme for the kit was Peanuts Baseball and I immediately recognised the present as a boomerang - to be returned to the giver - because my niece and her daughter love Peanuts and baseball (they once spent a year in America). 

I finished it off along with a couple of others, expecting to have hand surgery at the end of November. The surgery has now been postponed until February but my niece was very pleased to receive the quilt as a house-warming gift.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

ATCs - incoming - part 2

And here are the other four ATCs, as beautiful and fascinating as the others. (They're only in a separate batch because my computer wouldn't let me load them all at once).

Thanks to all the makers of these wonderful gems. I loved receiving them and look forward to taking part in more swaps.





ATCs - incoming - part 1

The best part of the ATC swap was receiving interesting mail. I opened each with great anticipation and excitement and was rewarded every time with a beautiful and fascinating gift. And they were all so different.

Here are the first four:





Saturday, December 6, 2008


A couple of months ago, I joined in an ATC swap with other participants in the Embellish, Stitch and Enrich course

I found a bag of fancy yarn scraps at Lincraft. My first thought was that they weren't colours I'd normally put together. My second thought was that they weren't colours I'd normally use. So I bought the bag and decided to use the yarns as the basis for my ATCs. 

I was very busy at the time and hadn't finished the lessons (I'll get back to them one day - really, I will!), so I wanted to do something reasonably quick and simple. I was fairly pleased with the result. I like the way the yarns all went together. Here are my ATCs:

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Op Shop Treasure Trove

While in Wagga Wagga for my mother's funeral, I called into an op shop with my uncle, who was looking for reading matter to sustain him on his somewhat erratic homeward journey (he's returning to Brisbane via Melbourne and Sydney).

I found these threads on a table out the front of the op shop. Some of them are very grubby and I don't know how useful they'll be but I couldn't resist buying all of them. I must go and start playing.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008


Textile arts have taken second place in my life in recent weeks with the illness and death of my mother.

My mother introduced me to the wonderful world of textiles. She was always sewing, knitting and crocheting. I remember playing with her treadle sewing machine at a very early age and I soon moved onto sewing and many other textile arts.