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Love that God blessed me with a creative gift to share! Love creating new embroidery, needlework and patchwork projects of all kinds! Passionate about my family and my faith. Love where we live on the south coast! Wish I had more time to be creative!!

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"She who sews with courtesy reaps friendship and she who sews with kindness finds love"

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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Christmas Stitching on the Lake Projects

It is now less than a week until our final stitching day for the year .... "Christmas Stitching on the Lake" in Canberra on Saturday 29 November 2014 !!    The kits are all ready, the bags are nearly packed and the projects are looking very "Christmassy" .... here are my three projects ....   we all love cross stitch for its simplicity and here is a cute little Christmas decoration worked in 221 red to hang on the Christmas tree ....  



When I was thinking about a Christmas stocking, I decided to make one for Jed for his first Christmas ... as he was born into a surfing family, he needed to have a Santa with a surfboard ....  if a surfboard isn't your thing, then a Christmas tree can be appliquéd in its place .... the background fabric is provided for this project and the ladies will need to bring their favourite fabrics for appliqué and some fusible webbing ....




I have made another little decoration in canvas work for the Christmas tree .... the colours used are 221 red, 3011 green, 783 gold, 3781 brown and ecru or a light colour for the background.   The canvas will be provided in your kit but you will need a tapestry needle for stitching!




You will need your threads to complete this basket liner or mat - if you like to back your fabric whilst stitching, you will need some light interfacing like G700 (approx. 40cm square) 



This foundation pieced small hanging will look great on your wall for Christmas .... bring your ruler, biro, sewing machine thread and small scraps of fabric to complete ...



This little felt reindeer is made by hand and all felt is included .... you will need to go in search of small twigs for his antlers when you have stitched him together !



Sylvia's  has also blogged about the projects on her blog, so pop on over for a look there!   We are both looking forward to catching up with all the ladies who are coming for our end of year get together and Christmas Stitching Day ....  see you there !! 

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Busy weeks, bike riding, birthdays and stitching

This week has just flown by .... Christmas is getting closer and closer .... and I have been doing some secret stitching for hand made gifts ... and some secret stitching for our "Stitching on the Lake Christmas Day" on Saturday 29th November in Canberra .... here is a tiny sneak peek at one of the projects ....


After work one day this week a group of us went for a beautiful bike ride from town out to the beach and boardwalk and back again .... such a beautiful evening for a ride ....



We had some gorgeous finishes shown at Needlework this week .... Pauline has made this stunning little box lid covered in stump work complete with tiny lady beetle ....



Marianne has finished off her Christmas wall hanging ...



Shirley W has been crocheting up a storm with this Japanese crochet pooch ...


A beautiful hardanger table cloth ....


A close up of the centre piece ....


And Nala turned 3 this week .... she is such a special part of our family ....


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

More of Mill Rose

I took lots of photos on the weekend to share of our gorgeous weekend away at Mill Rose Cottage in Ballan, Victoria ....  If you want to have a closer look go their website at www.millrosecottage.com.au 


Row upon row upon row of stunning fabrics ....


Sylvia outside the patchwork shop ....


The beautiful Mill Rose Cafe ....


Very cute little baby blankets hanging in the shop ...


There were some lovely pieces on the wall in the cafe, including this quilt ...


And these very intricate works of fibre art ...



The garden had beautiful huge roses ...


More quilts hanging on the wall in the shop ...


I found Annie framed by fabrics and quilts in the shop ...


This group of ladies (friends of Rose and Judys) had travelled up from Melbourne for the day on Sunday and were have a "sit and stitch" at the Mill Rose patchwork shop ... with Rose and Judy in the middle .... all looking at one of Judy's beautiful quilts ...



Gorgeous bowls of thread ....


Another stunning Judy Newman quilt hanging on display ... Judy teaches at Mill Rose Cottage quite regularly ... aren't they lucky to have her close by ?


We also called in to Castlemaine on the way to Ballan on Friday and had a nice visit to Threadbear Patchwork which is beautiful too ....  I probably have more photos to share of that one !! 


Monday, November 10, 2014

Mill Rose Cottage - A Very Special Weekend .....

I have just had the nicest weekend away with a lovely group of ladies at the beautiful Mill Rose Cottage in Ballan, Victoria ... and it was very special ....  these photos will speak for themselves .... most of these ladies were on the Needlework Cruise which I taught on earlier this year .... 




Mill Rose Cottage is beautiful accommodation in Ballan and right next door is Mill Rose Cottage Patchwork shop and right next door to that is Mill Rose Cafe ....   I don't really need to explain any further how lovely it was !



Row upon row of beautiful fabrics ....



Beautiful wools ....



An amazing table for lessons or sit and sew days ....



Stunning class samples and lots more fabric ....



The most spectacular display of Liberty fabrics ....



Gorgeous fresh flowers from the garden everywhere ....



And yes that is me with a shopping bag ...



The Mill Rose Cottage accommodation .... which has five rooms of two and a huge table and lounges for stitching and chatting and eating ....



Judy, Annie, me, Christine, Sylvia and Gail after enjoying a delicious breakfast on Sunday at the Mill Rose cafe ....



Just beautiful .... well worth a visit if you are in the area (about 1 hour north of Melbourne) and what a shame it's back to work tomorrow !!



Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Finally ... back at Needlework

Well it's been over two weeks since I've felt well enough to blog !!    Back at Needlework today after being struck down with no voice last week followed by a bad throat and cough .... needless to say I'm completely over it !!    Lots of beautiful work to share with all the Needlework ladies last night and today .... so nice to be back amongst these creative souls ....  Helen  finished off her lovely book mark from an earlier class ....



Another Helen .... this time Helen has just returned from a wonderful holiday in the USA and bought these gorgeous little kits in Lancaster - Amish country ... a cute family complete with cat and dog ... all made out of felt ! 



Shirley W has been crocheting up a storm ... Japanese crochet that is .... lots of little animals to keep some grandchildren very happy !!



A couple of lovely versions of "Chelsea Bloom" quilt ... this one is Sheilas for a special granddaughter ....


And this is Shirleys .... great colours in both !


I bought along my little zippered purse to show the ladies !  (a Be Be Bold pattern) 


Betty has a lush lavender bush and bought in some beautiful flowers .... I now have a lovely pot of lavender on my desk at work ....



And Gwen has put together this gorgeous carry all bag using a variety of stitched pieces ... this is the front ....


the back ....



One side ....


And the other side .... I love the covered buttons and all the bright fantastic colours ... beautiful embroidery and it looks great Gwen !!