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
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.
I have been doing CQ Round Robins since 2007 when I began my journey with Crazy Quilting. Since then I have accumulated over 50 blocks. I have really not had any idea what I would do with them, an end of bed throw was one idea I thought I would try and as I'm not a big fan of too many cushions that wasn't gonna happen.
Then came along my new Studio and as the morning sun is very bright and warm in North Queensland I really needed curtains on the window in the Studio. So that's when I thought - use what I've got.
Here are the blocks being 'Auditioned'.
I also did a swap in 2009 called 'Signature Blocks' there was 18 of us, so we had to make 18 squares with our name and something symbolising where we lived, they are stitched along the bottom of each curtain.
Other blocks including my 'Fairy blocks, my summer blocks, Bee, Bugs and Butterflies, Hearts RR, Some of my English Garden, Silk Ribbon Embroidery, Traditional Floral, Luscious Lace.
Here is the second curtain
The first curtain finished and hung.
This next photograph shows both finished and hung, but with then overlaying the drawers etc that is in the way of seeing the bottom row of Signature Blocks.
This is now they will display. The portable air-conditioner will be moved next week when the glass sliding doors go in and a third set of Drawers will be there in it's place.
So what do you think? I think they look wonderful and even Hubby is happy that I have used some of my 'Stash of Blocks' and showcasing the wonderful work of my 'Cyber Friends'.
So THANK YOU my wonderful Cyber Friend Swap and Round Robin Buddies, I now have a set of Magnificent curtains to showcase your work.
The glass sliding doors will get some of the rest of the blocks, the blues, purples and bright pink ones.
Now that school is finished I have had more time on my hands, so I have had time to finish off some stitching. I have made my hubby's mum a reversible bag.
My son has a lady friend who is coming to lunch Christmas day. So that she didn't feel left out I made her a stocking. I think she will like it, I did ask for some input about what colour etc.
This is the full view.
Close up of the candle, and the heal.
The toe, her name is Rachel, so it makes it personalised for her.
The button trail at the top.
I was in the Lion's stocking swap again this year, here is the one I sent: (without the holly brooch).
This is what I received in return, I received one of Lyn's, the rich red and blue roses are amazing. A lovely notepad and a length of tatted lace.
For the Southern Cross Crazies Swap I also received my cracker which was made by Viv, absolutely stunning.
Lastly for the Fat Quarter swap Xmas gift, for Maureen I sent a needle case purse with needles and a pair of fairy scissors.
These lovely gifts I received in return.
A lovely pink purse and wonderful Christmas bag with pouch.
Lastly I was presently surprised by this gift. Eva and Alison pinched some of my completed CQ Blocks. Four of these blocks from a Round Robin I completed some time ago were made into a stunning cushion. Summer DYOB - 2009, the blocks were embellished by Karrin H, Rita C, Rebbeca B and Lyn G. There are still two more blocks, but they are being made into something else I believe.
I have such wonderful friends. Have a very stitchery Christmas my friends.....
Well after much deliberation (on my hubby's part), he has finally relented and has decided where not going to move houses, he's moving me instead, (cheaper option).
So the last couple of weeks we have been building a carport, we have to shift my car out of the garage first. Then shift everything that was on his side of the garage to the vacant area my car has left. Then put down the floor coverings.
We will hopefully be getting a glass sliding door in the place where the garage roller door is, just waiting on the supplier for this. It may not be installed until mid January.
Next Michael got to cutting out a doorway between this room and the spare room. Messy job and yes for those who might be asking we did get a small part of the wall tested for asbestos, thankfully all clear.
Whilst he was doing this job, I got busy shifting some of the shelving from my room into here.
Once the doorway is cut, we're now just waiting for the carpenter to build the wall and finish of the doorway. The open doorway makes a huge difference. This first photo is looking from my 'new' office into the 'studio'
From the studio into my office.
Further back in the garage looking towards the 'office'. Soon there will be a wall here, so I wanted to get a pic before that happens.
This one is looking back towards the garage door again, now with everything in place. Even the air conditioner is ready for action. The room will be much more bright once the glass door is installed.
Now back to creating...... just a quick note, new Joggles classes are out tomorrow, so watch this space in a day or so, or go visit my classes page or Joggles.
It is so hard to believe that it's now December and Christmas is only a couple of weeks away. School has only a week to go and their closed for the Summer, well, what shall I do in the meantime?, loads in fact. First off I want to finish my 6th Block for CQJP, I have finally completed no 5, and here she is.
Block 5 without the Ornament:
When you add this ornament,
5 Gold rings becomes more clear.
So we now have the first 5 blocks completed,
in fact 1 and 2/3 panels are now complete.
Now working on Block 6 - 6 geese a laying.....
I have also finished my cracker for the Southern Cross Crazies Xmas cracker swap.
Plus I've also done some other embroidery, but I can't show them right now, but stay tuned, January will reveal all.....to give you a hint, there are Australian Animals, Flowers and sea life involved.
Also been cleaning up, as I am getting a studio too soon.... hope to be in by Christmas..... The new carport is up, and the garage is now tidied ready for the partition wall to go in, then the wall into the spare room gets 'holey' and were in.....
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