Mini Pillow

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This embroidery follows on from a little pillow I made for a friend who was about to have a baby and wanted something pretty in her nursery and something she could treasure as her little one grew older. The embroidered oval of flowers was worked using silk ribbon and cotton threads on a small piece of Aida cloth for added texture. I then appliquéd the embroidered section onto some neutral coloured homespun fabric used for the pillow cover. I included a ‘baby-friendly’ potpourri blend insert. Kit available $40 (AUD) (inclusive fabric, threads, ribbons and spiced insert) plus postage and handling. Cxx

A Family Heirloom

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My lovely daughter Nasci, is a lot older now from the time when I used to wrap her in this baby blanket. There are some things I cannot let go of, particularly if it has anything to do with family. I wonder if this might be the reason I am STILL UNPACKING boxes in my new home many weeks later! Those nearest and dearest to me say that I will be the next one featured on the TV show ‘hoarders extreme'(No disrespect intended). Well, regardless, I did keep this blanket and used it to feature some woollen embroidery, of which I am very pleased. I think Nasci is silently pleased also that a little gem for her infancy graces space in our home today. Cxx

Flowers in Frame

Quote” When you have only two pennies left in the world, buy a loaf of bread with one, and a lily with the other”. ~ Chinese Proverb

. . . . . . . . and yes that’s me to a tee as Phillip rolls his eyes, shrugs his shoulders and says nothing when I come home from the shops. We have a quaint green grocer store in Clunes, who happens to sell lovely bunches of flowers and its next door to the coffee shop and just down the path a bit to the bakery. Well my mornings work is done, I am happy and what more can I say other than to remind my beloved of a quote he often says . . . . . . “happy wife, happy life”. I rest my case!

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This delightful little project I have worked up for a picture frame and it looks great when finished on a favourite shelf some where in your home. Kit available for $30 (AUD) (inclusive of frame, fabric and threads) plus postage and handling. Cxx

Floral Stitches

Quote “People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us”. ~Iris Murdoch, A Fairly Honourable Defeat

How true is this quote for me because I delight in the floral bouquet and this theme is ever present in my art. Whether I am drawing, painting or working with threads and textile, flowers are always a feature and I don’t feel quite the same if they aren’t in the picture somewhere!
This design was completed with cotton threads on a wool/cotton blend fabric and I have appliquéd it onto a cushion cover. Kit available $30 (AUD) (inclusive of pattern, threads and fabric), plus postage and handling. Cushion pattern, fabric and insert also available on request. Cxx

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Silk Ribbon and Beading

Quote “All my scattering moments are taken up with my needle”. ~Ellen Birdseye Wheaton, 1851

Being an embroiderer, I tend to agree with Ellen’s quote, that life at times, and especially when I’m on a ‘creative roll’, I can very much focus only on needle and thread work. The dishes pile up, things get very untidy and the pets get out of sorts because I am not giving them their usual dose of attention and pats … . . . . . but hey the project has to get done!

This floral bouquet was completed with a mix of silk ribbon stitches and beading and sits in an antique frame on my hutch dresser. Kit available for $40 (AUD) (inclusive of picture frame, fabric, ribbons and beads) plus postage and handling. Cxx

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Potpourri Sachet

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I remember teaching this class many times and feeling such satisfaction when participants showed me their final pieces. Each chose their own colour theme, and interpreted the design in their own way. Worked on fine swiss cotton and with cotton threads and silk ribbon, this delicate and timeless potpourri sachet is a gorgeous project and makes for a lovely gift. Kit available (inclusive of fabric, threads and ribbon) $35 (AUD) plus postage and handling. Cxx

Woollen Embroidery

This Infant Cot Cover was a item I worked on wool blanketing with both wool threads and silk ribbon. A delicate pattern and pastel effect. Kit available (inclusive of pattern, blanketing, threads and ribbon) $ 40 AUD plus postage and handling.

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Heritage Stitching

Quote “She watched and taught the girls that sang at their embroidery frames while the great silk flowers grew from their needles”. ~Louise Jordan Miln, The Feast of Lanterns

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Further to this lovely quote, I was thinking about summer classes I will running once the renovations on the studio are completed. I have been pondering on some embroidery workshops and thought it would be an idea to unpack some of my kits from previous classes and have a rethink about changing styles and current trends with needlework. Reflecting on my recent work, I have gone on a very bright and colourful tangent of late but still enjoy looking at the heritage and heirloom designs that I created in the past. This piece was was worked with wool and cotton. Kits (inclusive of pattern, threads and fabric) are available at $35 AUD plus postage and handling.