Tiny Hearts

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I started the appliqué work on this piece a while ago but put it on the back burner because I had other projects to complete. I am so pleased I did as I have had such creative fun working on this design to completion and it turned out a little different to my original idea. Full of colour and vibrant, I have appliquéd felted wool and cotton prints onto a coarsely woven linen background. Measurements approx. 22″ x 22″ 

Pattern available for $10 (AUD). Kits and workshops available by arrangement. Completed cushion with feather down insert available for $180 (AUD)

Vintage Square

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I have been busy this weekend working up this patchwork cushion cover, using needle turn appliqué and straight stitching. The cotton fabrics have a vintage 50’s feel to them and set against the white background look fresh and inviting. The cushion fabric is a lovely taupe cotton/linen blend and the insert feather down. Winston, the neighbourly cat suns himself on this chair and is prowling around hopeful for a chance to try the cushion for comfort. Not a chance pussy cat!!!

Pattern available for $10 (AUD). Kits and workshops available by arrangement. Completed cushion, measuring approx. 22′ x 22″ $120 (AUD) Cxx

All things linen

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Quote “Is not old wine wholesomest, old pippins toothsomest, old wood burns brightest, old linen wash whitest? Old soldiers, sweetheart, are the surest, and old lovers are soundest” John Webster

A beautiful quote that segues nicely into my love all things linen. I would go so far as to say that it would be my most favourite textile, in all its varied forms, colours and textures. Derived from the Flax plant (linum) linen is known to be one of the oldest textiles on earth. 

I love wearing linen, even if it does crease and I love sewing with it most of all. Its natural colours and lustre give the finished piece a warm and inviting feel which gets softer with every wash. Inspired by some lovely ideas in the Country Style Craft Book (2013 edition) I have designed this little cross stitch pattern. I worked up a a small linen drawstring bag from a workshop I recently attended, facilitated by Christine Bishop. Christine is a master embroiderer and her work is beautiful. Go to http://www.christinepbishop.com.au for a peek at her amazing portfolio. Cxx

Felted Wool Applique

Many people ask what is the difference between felted wool and woollen felt.
Did you know that felted wool is woven wool fabric, which has been washed and dried with heat? This process shrinks the fabric to make it thick and soft and ideal for appliqué projects. Woollen felt on the other hand is tightly compressed woollen fibre that is sometimes mixed with artificial fibres such as rayon. Using heat and moisture, these fibres are rubbed together and compressed to create felt.

With my projects I prefer to work with felted wool when doing appliqué work. The muted colours and the overall texture of felted wool gives a warm, almost worn feel. I do use felt occasionally for small features as it is tightly knitted and does not fray and also comes in some very bright colours that are not as available in the woollen felt range. On a recent trip to NZ I purchased some lovely felted wool and was amazed at the range of colours available. Cxx

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Museum Medallion

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I used to say with pride that my sister Terri was the quilting and patchwork expert in the family. To be honest until I started quilting I had limited understanding of the effort she goes to, to produce such lovely work. You will forever have my creative respect Sis, and the tips I have gained so far from you and others have been so helpful

– trace around template exactly as pattern piece suggests
– cut fabric pieces on straight weave where indicated
– draw pencil lines to join pieces together accurately
– join pencil lines and hand tack
– join dots and pin to ensure pieces fit together
– use 1/4 ” edge for both pieces
– avoid ironing too much
– when ironing, press lighter coloured seams to the darker fabric
– use glad bags for cut pieces
– use similar textiles
– take your time
– balance colours
– don’t sew at night without a good light
– be present, in the moment
– be patient, breath deeply
– be patient some more
– and whatever you do . . . . . don’t give up

P.S. Thanks for buying me the little door peeper. It is amazing Cxx

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Quote “Take your needle, my child, and work at your pattern; it will come out a rose by and by. Life is like that-one stitch at a time taken patiently and the pattern will come out all right like the embroidery”. –Oliver Wendell Holmes

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These words are in my heart as I  take baby steps to patiently piece and hand sew my first quilt, a beautiful pattern called Museum Medallion, creatively adapted by Judy Newman @ averyfinehouse09.blogspot.com/‎. Thank you Judy, your gentleness and creativity  are an inspiration for many. Cxx

Love a button designs

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“Even the simplest things had a glorious pointlessness to them. When buttons came in, about 1650, people couldn’t get enough of them and arrayed them in decorative profusion on the backs and collars and sleeves of coats, where they didn’t actually do anything. One relic of this is the short row of pointless buttons that are still placed on the underside of jacket sleeves near the cuff. These have been purely decorative and have never had a purpose, yet 350 years later on we continue to attach them as if they are the most earnest necessity.” 
― Bill Bryson

Love a button designs

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I have for a long time had a love of buttons. My mother used to have a collection of them in the drawer of her Singer treadle sewing machine. They fascinate me and I go on special shopping missions in Melbourne for lovely old buttons, including visiting the famous’Button Lady’ at the weekend Camberwell Markets and Buttonmania in the beautiful Nicholas Building in Swanston Street. Go to http://www.buttonmania.com.au/‎. I am surrounded by buttons in my studio.  I put them in jars to look at, I play with them artistically, create costume jewellery and use them to enhance my embroidery pieces. Cxx