Monday, 1 September 2014

Last Class with Joggles

Barbara from Joggles has finally realised she is not Superwoman and can't do everything, so something had to give.  Barbara has decided that this last quarter of the year will be the last of the online Classes.

My Beetle will run for the last time on Joggles on October 21st, (which happens to be my birthday).  If you would like to do this class before Barbara closes them for good, pop on over to HERE and book.

There will be some changes happening now, so stay tuned.  I am working out how I can run my own online classes.  Once I have it worked out I will let you know.

Arlene

Saturday, 30 August 2014

StitchMAP Hexagon Challenge.

In February this year StitchMAP started a year long challenge of Hexagons.  Here are my designs and some of the other designs which I've completed as part of the challenge. Along with these designs there would be two other designs to choose from most months.

 
February, March and April's Hexagons.

'A' with Woven Silk ribbon Roses - February challenge. (not my design), others that were offered was a Celtic knot garden (loads of French knots) and another embroidery flower motif.
March's Hexagons was Flowers - The Australian Wattle and Gum nuts were my design for the Challenge and a Cross stitch rose was also offered.

April's challenge was an Umbrella, Topiary Trees and a beaded Strawberry motif, (not my designs)

 This Queen bee, was for May's challenge (Not my design), also offered was a Redwork Girl and a Shady Lady fabric applique.

 June's challenge was this wonderful Canadian Oak Leaf, (not my design).  Stitched in Felt applique and also in blackwork.  The third offering was Crayon Coloured embroidered wild roses.

July's challenge was my Dragonfly. Which is an element from one of my larger embroidery pieces - Cheerful Flutterings.
Also offered for July was a raised embroidery Butterfly and a spider and his web (often used in Crazy Patchwork).

 August was my Aboriginal inspired Kangaroo and Gecko.


The Gecko is also from a larger embroidery piece, Twines in Nature.


There are still a couple of my designs to be released, but since their still to come we want to be a surprise, so I can't show them here.

If you would like to join StitchMAP and learn a wonderful skill jump on over to the Yahoo site HERE and enjoy this wonderful craft. They regularly run classes to learn about colour, red work, crazy quilting and others.

You can also download my FREE iPhone embroidery app HERE or click on the link above left. (remember Android version is in production and will be released soon)

Arlene


Sunday, 10 August 2014

WOW - we hit the big 1000

Hi All,

Just hit a fantastic milestone, the App has achieved 1000 downloads.  Thanks everyone who has downloaded it.  An Update is coming and the Android version, just not an easy task.

If you haven't downloaded the app, click on the link here on your left.

On another note, happy birthday to my Rosey, she's 9 today.

Arlene



Sunday, 27 July 2014

Working hard - catching up

Boy oh boy, where did that month go.... Time to catch up.  I have been doing RR's now since 2007, in that time I have only had one block go missing which was last year, someone obviously loved it more than we did. I have never had any of my blocks go missing nor have I ever asked for an Angel to step in on an RR, as I believe you sign up for one, you really should see it through, but unfortunately, due to some other commitments, I wasn't able to keep up, so I called in an Angel, thanks Renee and Gerry, yes two Angels as I was in two RR's.  But wait there's more to this tale, not only was it the first time I called in the Angels but it's the first time my blocks have gone AWOL, (Absent without leave - for those who don't know the acronym). Not only were they AWOL, they got destroyed in a Post van fire, thank heavens the Postal Driver was OK.  Bugger to say the least, thanks to one of the ladies in the RR to register my blocks. What made it more upsetting, is they were going to be a part of larger set to make a single bed cover for a friend. So I've had to scrounge together another set to go around, I was getting low on supplies of this fabric as they were only cut from 10inch squares and there was only so much fabric left to make part of them, so they have other colours mixed in now, hope they all go together when they all come home.  Oh well, over it now. Enough waffling on..... so  I have been doing some RR's to catch up and here are the pictures.
 
Shelly's Block for the Gardens and Flowers DYOB

 Veila's Block, my work is the top left side.
 Here's a close up.
 For the Southern Cross Crazies - this is Florence's Block
And my work on Patti's block.

Last October my friend Eva took home 12 of my creamy coloured blocks.  Remember I posted last Christmas the cushion she made from 4 of those blocks, here's a picture to refresh your memory.


Here is the full set now, this bed throw arrived last Friday, boy was I surprised, it's just stunning, I am one lucky girl to have a wonderful friend like Eva. Just what the doctor ordered after a hectic month.

Eva has made the throw to match the pillow.  So now when were travelling next year I have this beautiful set to put on my bed.

Here is the left side
 The middle section, all fans

 And the right side, complete with one of my beetles, finally one I get to keep.

Thank you my dear friend Eva, I will have to give you the biggest hug when I see you next.

Arlene

Friday, 27 June 2014

I got Champion - Townsville show

After 4 years of trying I have finally won Champion of Hand Embroidery and Needlework at our Local show.  My piece called 'Bonsai Wisteria', came first in the raised surface embroidery section, which put it into the running for Champion of Section, which it won, Yippee.....


Bonsai Wisteria is being offered on Joggles as a 5 week class read here all about it.

My Mermaid came second in the same class.
I also won first and second for two more pieces respectively.

My Twines in Nature piece which I have reworked and converted into a book for my ATC's.

and Spring Blooms which is also being offered as a class on Joggles, read here for more details.



So do you think I'm excited.....  more about the show on the Townsville Arts and Crafts Blog... link right. Update shortly to come.

Arlene



Monday, 26 May 2014

CraftFest

I should have done this post a couple of days ago, just got busy with Scouts.

Please visit my store and all the wonderful others that reside there.



You will find some wonderful products to buy.

Here is also a link to 'CraftFest's Blog' where you can read more info about it.




I will add the link each day.

Saturday, 17 May 2014

CQJP 2014 - Round Robins and Android App update

Well hi all,  even though I haven't been on for a little while I have been busy.  With 4 RR's happening, getting class projects finished for Joggles, CQJP stitching and Scouting, life is very busy.  To start with I have finished block 6 of my 12 block CQJ Project.

Six geese a laying:
Here is the block with the removable ornament.



















Without the ornament:

















The ornament:


Close up of the candle element.


As this is the sixth block, that makes the first half of the wall hanging finished (Stitching at least).



Now to the RR's

Dana's Garden and Flowers DYOB and Traditional RR.
Her single block, I choose the purple one.


The Traditional RR, including a green beetle to chase the bugs on the roses.


Southern Cross Crazies:  Linda's needle case:



Glenda's DYOB: lovely cream colours, just couldn't put anything bright on it.


and now to the update on the APP.  As of today we have over 800 downloads on the Apple app. Christopher and I have been working on the Android version, it's coming soon, so watch this space. Far more involved than the apple one. Chris is to a point now where I am doing the inputting of the repetitive stuff - stitch info, pictures etc, so keep watching, maybe by the later half of this year we might be looking for testers.  So What do you think of our new Ad?

Well that's all for the moment, will post more later in the week, as I complete the next round of Crazy Patch.
Arlene

Wednesday, 30 April 2014

New Classes on Joggles

Two new classes are available on Joggles.

Bonsai Wisteria:


Spring Blooms cushion:


Link: Joggles class - Spring Blooms

Arlene

Friday, 28 March 2014

Class closing soon - Cheerful Flutterings

Hello All,

Been a little quiet, yes I know, but I have been busy, will show results in the next few days.  In the meantime my next class with Joggles is closing soon.  Cheerful Flutterings, scheduled for April 8th the class will run for 4 weeks.  You will be introduced to needle lace, wire wrapping, some advance stitch techniques and a couple of little known stitches.  Click the link or go to the Classes tab for more details.

Arlene

Sunday, 9 March 2014

Catching up

I can't believe we are half way though March already, where has this year gone.  While we wait here in North Queensland for two cyclones (one potential - not named yet as of this post), to cross the coast, I am busy behind the scenes working on two projects for Joggles.com for the Spring offerings.  I have finished but can't show you yet my work, as that would ruin the surprise.

I have also been busy working on my blocks for more Round Robins this year, two of which are already in full swing.  Those two are with Southern Cross Crazies, my Australian Yahoo crazy quilting group.  We are working on two RR's, one is a needle case and the other is a DYOB.  I have finished this months work already and am ready to post along with the next two RR's about to start.  Funny enough that they both have the same name, Gardens and Flowers except one is a Traditional RR (one 12 inch block) and the other is a DYOB with 6 6 inch squares.  Photo's please you ask....

My Needle case for SSC




















My work on Glenda's needle case (SSC)














My blocks for the DYOB (SSC) We have seven participants, so I choose to add 8 blocks.




My work on Alison's DYOB (SSC) her theme is Under the sea..... Loved working with these colours...


My Traditional Gardens and Flowers 12 inch Block, for my curtains in my craft room...


And my blocks for the Garden and Flowers DYOB - yes they are the same or similar to the others, that's because they are from a set of 20 blocks.












Here is the full set.
I'm considering making a single quilt for my niece for her 21st.
Time for more stitch.... gonna finish my CQJP block 6.

Arlene

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Class closing soon - would you like to learn Needle-lace


This class is closing soon: Class commences February 20th. Here is the LINK to book.

Embroider this 3D Dolphin in needle-lace technique.  Tail Flukes, Fin and front Flipper are detached, with the body embroidered above the fabric.

Arlene

Saturday, 25 January 2014

Grow your Blog 2014

Welcome to all the newcomers to my blog.  I have been blogging since 2009, mainly about my embroidery but also occasionally about whatever is happening of some importance in my life.

I love surface embroidery, Goldwork and Stumpwork, all of which I try to incorporate into my Crazy Quilting which is also what I love.

I didn't start doing embroidery until a few years ago, but now this is all I do.  My son and I recently created a FREE Embroidery App for iPhone-iPad-iPod, the link is on the left side bar as well as here. It's gonna be a while now unfortunately before I get an Android version up an running, son now has a full time job, and so our time is very limited what time we can spend together on it.

I teach several classes a year with Joggles.com, in the top page tabs you can navigate to the page where more info about what classes I do or up coming are listed.  My next two classes are: The needlelace Dolphin on the 20th Feb 

and Cheerful Flutterings on the 8th April.

Also on these tabs are the FREE Tutorials and template downloads for the projects in our Embroidery App. You can also download my new FREE 2014 Printable Calendar.  I posted a few posts ago on how to put it together.

I am a member of several Yahoo online forum groups, but mainly I am involved with Crazy Quilting International and their swaps, Southern Cross Crazies and their swaps, CQJP and their Annual challenge, but I would be far more involved with StitchMap, where you can learn many different forms of embroidery for Free.  To get more info on these groups their 'buttons' are on the left or right side of the blog.

My ongoing major project this year is the CQJP project, which is the 12 Days of Christmas Wall hanging.  Worked with goldwork and stump-work elements as well as incorporating crazy quilting. I am currently up to number 6.

I am locally involved in two craft groups and Scouts Australia.  Fibres and Fabrics are a local fibre arts group which I am involved with.  Here is the link to their blog.  I am also Chief Steward of the Arts and Crafts division of our local show, here is the link to the Show Schedule if you are local and wish to enter.

I live in the wonderful north Queensland city of Townsville on the East Coast of Australia, a place of great inspiration for my embroideries.

I hope you decide to come back and tag along with me on my journey into Embroidery.

Arlene

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

New Studio update

Well the wall is up and the door opening to the house is finished. Here are photo's so far.

Building the wall and adding the gyprock panels.




 And now as the room is, until the new big glass sliding door goes in where the Roller door is now.  It will bring in so much more light and breeze.
 This is looking towards the bedroom, which doubles as my office and sewing table.

Next update, hopefully it will be finished photo's.

Arlene