Sunday, April 30, 2017

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Starting my exhibition piece for our regional exhibition in October. The aim is to have the stitching finished before the end of may. This is my painted canvas and stitching to start. Hoping to have more texture before it is finished. 

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Busy Weekend

I have had a busy weekend with sewing and getting a few small projects finished for gifting later in the year. I have spent Sunday with a friend making her snappy bag and also finished one for mum. They contain a piece of embroidery which was done a couple of years ago. It was fun spending time with a friend and getting another project off my sewing room floor.
Judy and I are making a plan for some more beading days, which will also be doing a piece of peyote picture stitching. It is a nativity scene for a bauble so will be interesting to get finished.

Next piece of exciting news it's only six sleeps until Adele concert. Before that Stephanie and I will be going to see Much Ado About Nothing at the Pop-Up Globe. It will be so much fun as it is a while since I have seen Shakespeare performed. It will be fun.  

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Green beads done

All the outside border and green beads are done on my odyssey piece. When I count the days of stitching it's nearly a whole year. Shame that it has taken 18 years to get here but it should be framed by the time that anniversary comes around.
This long weekend has been stitching time as the weather is lousy. I have completed the rows of brown beads as well so stitching the last row of black beads on tonight. I have also finished the triangles at the bottom and all the French knots have been done.  
Last row of blacks beads to go. 

Friday, December 30, 2016

Out walking

Out enjoying the taradise weather along the New Plymouth walkway with Stephanie. 
New sculpture along walkway donated to the city. 

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Two squares done

Finished another square on my white work sampler. Really loved this wavy stitch but struggled a little going in  reverse direction.  Hoping to get a little more done over the next couple weeks. 

Have been attending the education paid Union meeting about funding issues. 

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

latest gems

Project pockets: made for Betsy Morgan class.
It’s been a bit of a busy month with the biennial embroidery conference come and gone in Auckland. I now have to settle back into life with a really short term at school. The photo below are the pockets that I made for us to use to attend conference so I have also completed one for Marilyn for her class this week. They were fun to make and I have three more ready to go, just needing to choose the fabric and sew.

Night class has started and we are continuing on our Christmas wreath but also stitching our guild project of Montmellick and conference projects as well. I have done a bit more on my acorn etui and thought that I was all the way around the base of the biscornu to find that I still had two sides to go. Oh well, it has been pleasing to see Maree and Sue’s progress on the toy chest pieces. A new pattern has also arrived with Explorations by Debbie Rowley my current cyber class. I am going to be choosing the threads for it over the next month so that I can possibly start it at Christmas.

Christmas earrings. I sent one pair overseas
My next photo is of the Christmas earrings that I have made myself. I sent one pair off on a swap for Swap-bot so hoping that Cynthia likes them. Rally hard to make something so personal but if she can’t wear them I am fine with her repurposing them as dangles on a decoration. I have not done many swaps this year but am trying to do a couple every month. Lots of Christmas decoration ones and tea or postcards which are not too hard to post.

Making coasters with Anne
My next activity has been a couple of hours spent with Anne making Santa coasters. I think my check ones look like Santa pyjamas and after the sequins were put on it looked great. I will have at least two or three more to cut out to add to the cup bags that I have made for our Christmas party. I find that a mug bag, mug and some tea bags is a great parcel for a secret Santa or an extra raffle present. Currently I am still using up fabric so that is fine.

Other things that are still going on are the banners from Grandmothers Garden and I have got the next one sorted so it is ready to cut, sew the background then cut out the pieces to applique on and oversew. Shady colours version two has stopped once again as the conference stitching is going on and I am looking at trying to make some yellow brooches for sale as it is daffodil month for cancer research. I will see what happens on Sunday as it might be a movie marathon this week with a friend. Creative Stitchers is this weekend and the start of a year long project so I need to find some images to print to cut up. Last but not least is my BJP piece which is to be a glasses chain for a friends birthday. That is my task for tonight so hoping that it goes together well.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Embroidery conference

Well finally the conference is here and I have had two days of classes so far. It has been a bit of dega vu today with Betty Morgan 's class but still we learnt some new things and did finish our little small to go with the Gathering for Winter etui.
Saturday saw Cheryl, Marilyn and I drive to Auckland to arrive at Stephanie's in time for a cuppa and then all off to Ellerslie Event Cetnre for the exhibition and merchants mall where we managed to spend a bit of money. Maree met us just after three pm and we wandered into the exhibition to see maree's pieces on display. It was fun choosing the ones that we thought might win. Marilyn and Stephanie went out for dinner while I attended the conference dinner with Maree and other members of our guild and region. The highlight of the day was the winning of the traditional award by Maree for her white work Angel. Really lovely. She was also given a merit award for her Founders piece so very successful evening for her.
Sunday saw Marilyn, Stephanie and I visit Sylvia Park for retail therapy then to Bean There Cafe for lunch before I went back to the conference to see if I could get into her Jo Dixey speak. Unfortunately I could not so Cheryl and I had another round of retail therapy and I purchased some extra things for Marilyn. Stephanie had taken Marilyn to the airport, but we were alerted that her flight was delayed and her arrival at home was about an hour later than expected.
Monday - up early to drive to the event centre and only had one hiccup being the wrong lane on the grit south road. Got to class in plenty of time to find a nice space with good light. It was pleasing to see that all 21 of us had completed our pre stitching and I was not the only one to use the pumpkin thread instead of the gold one. Betsy's notes are excellent and really detailed. if you read them through, it sounds like she is talking to you. 

Day 2 pincushions completed for gathering for winter etui
Waxer box for "its for Betty" etui
Day 1 class: waxer box for etui but still no cords to tie it together.
Day 3 and 4 sees me doing a class with Alison Snepp - a miniature white work sampler. Due to her requirements no photos will be posted but this piece is lovely and I am enjoying the stitching all though I have not spent five hours stitching for a long time so today was a long day. After class we went up to Silks Cafe to discuss class, have a drink and take part in a short quiz evening, where Cheryl ended up getting the highest number of points while Maree and I were in the next group. We all came home with a box of woollen threads but Cheryl did get a little wooden pincushion form which is cherming. I also got another dmc thread so that was nice but same pattern as the one I already have so disappointed. Well off to bed now so will post this hoping that the pictures work and if not I can fix them at the weekend.