Stitching Fun

Quote” A change in the weather is sufficient to recreate the world and ourselves” Marcel Proust

Dear Readers
Following on from this quote and trusting that you’ve all a cool place to retreat to whilst the hot weather bears down on us in Victoria, I hope the start of 2015 is going well for you. For the last couple of days I have perched myself under the air conditioner and I’ve been catching up on a bit of embroidery to pass the time until I can get out into the garden again. I have been enjoying working up some new stitches to include in my woollen appliqué projects and as always love the meditation in stitching. Hope you are all finding a creative moment or two now that the festivities have passed. Cxx
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Appliqued Table Runner

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I have finally finished and really enjoyed working on this 2 metre table runner, a woollen appliqué project on linen tea towelling. I think this fabric makes for a warm rustic effect and over the past few years with Provincial Decor in vogue, recycled (French) grain sacking, tea towelling and reproduced versions have become very popular. I see them for sale in a few places so keep your eye out however it can be purchased easily on line. The authentic grain sacking is quite expensive however I prefer the genuine article, as I like imperfections and the natural look. Sacking and tea towelling comes in a range of colours and stripes and I prefer the taupe, red or blue striped versions. The appliqué pattern, is a design inspired from from Pieces To Treasure in NSW, I encourage you to go online and have a peek at the lovely range of products they have. 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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The love of sewing

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“Methinks it is a token of healthy and gentle characteristics, when women of high thoughts and accomplishments love to sew; especially as they are never more at home with their own hearts than while so occupied”.  ~Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Marble Faun, 1859

Mixed Bunch

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Mixed bunch has been one of my most enjoyable appliqué projects, again an original design using felted wool and cotton prints on a linen cotton blend background. As with most of my projects a mixture of needle turn and other appliqué methods can be used along with a range of embroidery embellishments.Measurement approx. 22″ x 22″. Pattern available for $10 (AUD) plus postage and classes available by arrangement. Completed cushion with feather down insert RRP $180 (AUD plus postage

Flowers in Bloom

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Flowers in Bloom, an original design using felted wool and cotton print appliqué. A favourite of mine and a popular class workshop. Measurement approx. 22″ x 22″. Pattern currently available for $10 + postage, Kits and classes available by arrangement. Cushion completed with feather down insert RRP $180.00 (AUD) Plus postage

Happy Hibiscus

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A new design using felted wool appliqué on cotton/linen. I loved working this up and currently in the process of developing a needle turn appliqué pattern to compliment and please embroiderers who would rather sew this way