Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Not in the top 10???

Just read a list of the top 10 places to see the new year in and my sisters house was not on it... we think you can't beat our evening - bubbles, chips and dip and 3 Twilight videos yes we are pure class. Hope to do some stitching....

Numbers are down this year due to friends being in cooler places than us (literally) Diane/Stephanie have a good one!

New years resolution is to be more like Amy  (thread in hand blog) won't manage it but one can live in hope.

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Guest Artist

Traveled to Hamilton today for the opening of the Extensions group exhibition called Progression as I am the invited artist. As it is a good sized gallery at Arts Post I have been lucky to get a gallery just for my 17 pieces  - was amazing to see them hung together and pretty much in the order I stitched them.

Friday, 9 October 2015

More detail

Decided to do an updated of some stitching close ups I have encountered that the trip readers may not like.  At the V and A I had a fail when I did not get far beyond Medieval and Renaissance as I came across fantastic pieces of opus Anglican  and bang 1/2 an hour was gone.

Excuse the sometimes dodgy pic but no flash and glass can be challenging.

Monday, 20 July 2015


Yesterday while in town Mum found me a bargain in the Salvation Army store - a kilt for $5! I had a kilt when I was a child that I loved it was cream red and tan and I used to wear all winter so was very excited when Mum bought this one home. She purchased it for me to take away on the up coming Embroidered Casket tour as while in Scotland we have a traditional dinner and are encouraged to dress up. So today the kilt got a wash and a hose down to rinse and will hopefully dry.
I spent sometime - yes I have too much spare time - looking to identify the tartan and I think it is the Douglas Weathered.
Once it is dry will do some alterations is a tad large at present and it needs a frayed edge on the apron and then I can relive my childhood....
Progress on stitching has been poor no surprises there but I do need to pull finger and make some head way as deadlines are approaching.
The Grey based piece for regional exhibition is sorted finally so hope to start the stitching on that soon.

Saturday, 13 June 2015

More grey

There are never enough shades of grey in anything! Starting design work on a new piece based around grey and struggling to find enough shades to colour the base design in so had to resort to watercolour where there is only 1 so I have to keep adjusting the shade grrr. This issue is going to repeat it's self when it comes to stitching but at least I have a box of grey
threads - even if there is only about 7 shades to choose from.
Blew the dust off the Arctic Monkey's cds had forgotten how much I enjoy them.
Progress has been nil on projects shown in last entry really should not be starting something new but is for the Regional Exhibition and the deadline is coming up.

Thursday, 4 June 2015

Not much to report

Hmm once again weeks have past and I have achieved very little, this really is very poor. The class with Alison Snepp went well, post class progress is a tad slow as I am unsure about one thread stitch combination and due to copyright form signed am unable to post pictures of progress.
The guild Jacobean project continues to grow and I am loving stitching it - a good thing as I may own a large chart and the fabric thread to complete it....
Have dragged an old project out and have been working on it and am pleased with progress. The penny mat kit was purchased years ago at a craft show and got put in the naughty corner when I discovered some if the circles were not centered perfectly when I stitched them together but I have decided to get over it and continue - this lax attitude has surprised and concerned me but an sure it won't become a permanent setting.
Am going to start a new project - naughty- as it arrived today and it is to be a gift for a special friend. The rabbit will get surfaced stitched and then made into a pillow am excited about this but no doubt will end up crippled with decisions about colours and stitches so progress may be slow!  T towel is from great service and came beautifully packaged!

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Counting issues

I have decided if you ever want to lower your self esteem put the tacking in for an embroidery project. Have just completed the tacking for an upcoming workshop with Alison Snepp on Tharcian Embroidery and found I am unable to consistently count 4 threads - how depressing! One line had to be done 3 times eck. But it is completed now, just have to chose some colours and get the crease lines out of the linen - it has been in the stash for a while. This weekend I am off to Auckland to see Mötley Crue and Alice Cooper in concert will be fun to pretend I am 17 again! Also looking forward to checking out Ribbon Rose as I gave not been to their new premises.  

Monday, 27 April 2015

3 points where 2 lines meet

Am a useless Blogger it must be said. Don't seem to have be doing things I can blog at present but have had a really enjoyable long weekend with a friend from Christchurch.  She wanted to make a quilt so bought up a collection of fabric to make a triangle quilt. She got well on the way, when it's finished it will be 6 blocks by 9 blocks.  Today we made 'fox blocks' mine only got as far as the top where as Jessie quilted and bound hers. It has been a fantastic weekend.

Progress is being made on the Guild piece and even through Tracy Franklin has finished her Crathorne bug mine is still to be completed....

Friday, 27 February 2015

Progress of sorts

Well, I have procrastinated over the seeding stitch and done it so well that the next step has been released, so the bug now has legs. I am really enjoying this piece. Need to get the Guild crewel work piece onto the frame and get this month's stitching done....

Monday, 16 February 2015


Tonight 8 members of the embroidery Guild I belong too will be starting a new project - The  Jacobean Leaf Sampler from Royal School of Needlework Embroidery Techniques book. This project will be stitch over many months with a sections instructions being given each month in hope all members keep up and complete the project.  So I have spent the last couple of days transferring the design for everyone. Ended up using the traditional prick and pounce technique.

Friday, 13 February 2015

Cake #2

2nd cake of the year depicting Kaos from Skylander Traps. No work has been done on the bug as I am deciding if I want to the seed stitch....

Sunday, 1 February 2015

Great Pembroke Road Sewing Bee

This quilt was started at the beginning of the new year and was going to be a joint project be myself and my sister as a wall quilt for her room at work.
But seeing as I don't play well with others where sewing machines are concerned I took the project and completed it. It has been waiting for about 2 weeks to have the hanging sleeve attched and now it is finally completed and can hang in its new home

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Royal Blood

No stitching to report, have been to Wellington to see Royal Blood in concert - awesome show. It may only be January but think it will be the best show I attend this year.... Only downside was the bus ride, older bus with broken air conditioning for both trips and temps around 30 degrees.

Monday, 26 January 2015

Craft today

Today I had a friend's kids for the day so in the afternoon we did craft and coloured and made a fox I found online from mister finch. I want to make a whole flock of them.

Saturday, 17 January 2015

First cake of the year

Made the first cake for the year for a friend of my sisters daughter. Thankfully had a purchased Dora, Boots and dog so only had to make the backpack, map, Swiper and the stars.

Saturday, 10 January 2015

New Project takes a bad turn....

I so needed to start a new project - not- but oh well did it anyway! As a reader of Tracy A Franklin's blog I was enjoying watching her Crathorne bug project evolve so decided before she got too far along I had better get it started.  Things were going along well new techniques were being tried and enjoyed and catching up was in sight till yesterday when the next step was shown and it involves seed stitch. A horror stitch to me as it involves that terrible word RANDOM. I do not cope well with random so even though I am viewing this piece as a learning piece - there are some slightly dodgee  stitched pieces I think a wee practice will be in order before I can begin the next phase. But I do recommend checking out Tracy's blog and also stitching the piece it is a lot of fun...

Progress so far.