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Monday, March 29, 2010

Simply Elegant

A friends daughter was married in Christchurch recently.
This is her wedding gown.


I love how the fabric drapes so beautifully.
There is no lace on this gown.  It is simply elegant as it is.

Look at this superb piece of jewellery!
Doesn't it set off the elegance of the bridal gown.

........and how about this bow from the cake.
It looks as though it has been made from fabric ,but no, it is icing.
Simply elegant, don't you think?

Thursday, March 25, 2010

An Inspirational Blog

I have been soaking up the beautiful work to be seen at

Karen does fabulous work.  Absolutely lovely.

I decided I would have a go and  see how it would turn out.
Needless to say I thoroughly enjoyed it.  I made a little pin cushion and backed it with some of that felted jersey stuff that I have stashed away in the cupboard.
Anyway a couple of photos to show my work/play for this morning.

The little piece of embroidery in the middle was a cutout from an old
piece of vintage linen.  (I didn't embroider that, in case you were wondering.)
I was pleased with how this turned out.

Thankyou Karen for your lovely work .
It is an inspiration to me and I expect many others.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Early Morning Dew

How beautiful is this?
Early morning dew freshens this precious little pink rose

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Life Gives the Story.

There is a beautiful story about a Bangladesh lady who gave hope to many women in her community through needle and thread.

It is on 'plays with needles blog' a blog well worth visiting.  This is the link to click on

I hope you can take the time to read this inspiring story.

It shows what one woman can do and what a difference she can make.

A Work In Progress

Stitch, colour,  texture and more to go!
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Threads - Stitches - Layers

Variegated thread, organza, wools and lots of imagination!
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Wanaka Embroidery School

Begining with a blank piece of fabric,  is a daunting but exciting prospect.
What will this become?  There is no kit and instructions on how to do this.
Thankfully our tutor was very helpful, offering suggestions and supplying
beautiful stamps and inks to begin stamping our fabric.

After a variety of stitches, colours, and threads were worked on top
of the stamping, we began to see some progress.

I thoroughly enjoyed my first ever experience of
Embroidery School at Wanaka.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Felted Birthday Cards

The beginnings of a  felted card for a one year old.

Some needle felting, some handstitching  a  slip of paper for a message
and a ribbon to finish it off.

A pretty card for a one year old.

Two more cards I made this morning.
The pink one has been sold.

Oh! I nearly forgot about the kiss on the back!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Wanaka Embroidery School

This weekend I am travelling to Wanaka to be a part of the Wanaka Embroidery School.
It begins on Friday evening and finishes on Sunday afternoon.
There are 25 classes available, so I think it will be attracting many to participate in these.
I am looking forward to the whole experience.
I expect to:
Meet new people of a likemind.
Learn heaps.
Be inspired.
Have fun.

I am doing a stamping-layering-stitching class with Jan Gibb from Invercargill.
Here's to a great weekend for all of us
.(I'm hoping to take a number of photos throughout the weekend some will be posted on my blog)


Sunday, March 14, 2010

A Floral Brooch

I finished this brooch recently.  I had done it in stages.  Knitted sweater strips
were zigzagged along the edges and gathered to form this flower shape.
A  piece of felted knitting was needle felted to form the center
and lastly beads were sewn on.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

How Quaint Is This?

I have just come back from a short break away.
  A clear sunny day was the setting for a great flight from Christcurch to Nelson.
  My son, daughter-in-law and grandaughter live there so I was able to spend quite a bit of time with them.

I did a lot of walking, and when you are walking and you have a camera handy it is very interesting to see what is happening out there.  Here are a few of my 'Nelson moments.'

                ****  1946  Chevrolet  Delivery  Van   ****

I was amazed to see this well cared  for work truck/van.
I bet this man doesn't run short of work.
An excellent way to promote your business.


This is a well-loved work vehicle of
'Shillings Plumbing'  Nelson.
This mobile workshop has seen some action this morning.

........ and a great way to advertise your business too!
(I certainly noticed it)

Monday, March 1, 2010

My Hand Sewn Bag.

Some time ago my sewing machine sewed its last stitch.  It was old and tired.  I left it to rest in peace, and while I was making the decision about what I would purchase next, I worked on this, 'My hand sewn bag.'

It is heart shaped.  Inside are two pockets, one for a cellphone/glass case etc.
I have embellished the pretty flower print on the front and back with embroidery and beads.

The green and white striped lining  fabric is a 'happy' contrast.


 Some embroidery for outlining and a few beads keeps the
softness of the bag.

I  hope you enjoy!