Thursday, December 14, 2017

Santas, a Freebie and finishing trees

On a 42 C day you may be forgiven for forgetting that Christmas is just around the corner. There is absolutely no snow in sight (not even a cool breeze), the idea of firing up the oven for some Christmas baking is about as crazy as feeding ice to an Eskimo and the rain deer will have to wear thongs (flip-flops) not to burn their hooves when they land on the hot tin roofs. But in the area where we live there is no chance of forgetting that Christmas is almost here...


.... a new tradition has taken hold and there are Santas EVERYWHERE. When Tilly and I are out walking, we spot new ones every day. This is one we found this morning in somebody's paddock. We spot them up in trees, behind trees, on surf boards, in deck chairs, climbing fences... the list goes on. The other day, someone put one in a dingy in the middle of their dam.. sadly the boat took in water and sank.. poor Santa had to be rescued. 


Today I finished the pattern for the New Bag I made last week. I have put it on HERE with my other FREE Patterns. On this one, the embroidery is used to form a pocket on the front and the way it is made makes it suitable for all your small(ish) embroideries. It has three inside pockets as well and the handles are long enough to sling it over your shoulder. I hope you will find the pattern and the bag handy.

When is comes to stitching, my needle has been quiet, but the good people in my stitch groups have made up for my slack!!! 


Last night was the last week of the Stitch Tree workshop. We were missing a couple of people and I took a couple of really, really bad photos (sorry ladies) so I can't show you all of the trees. Aren't they fabulous?
We now have a bit of a break, Stitch & Chat will return early January and I have my thinking cap on for workshops at the Gallery starting in March...

Best Stitches,
Anna

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

New bag

I tend to pop most of my work in frames. Partly because it is quick and easy, but also because it protects the embroidery when I drag it around for classes.


After finding this fabric in my stash the other day  dusted off the sewing machine yesterday and turned 'Apple Thief' into a new bag.


It is not perfect (the corners around the base are not sitting nicely) but it was late and I was too lazy to redo it.
I have made the straps long enough to use as a shoulder bag. The Embroidery is backed and forms a pocket on the front and I have made three smaller pockets inside.

I will get the pattern written up and on the website as quick as I can.
Hope you are having a happy Wednesday.

Best stitches,
Anna


Sunday, December 3, 2017

Finishing touches

I confess to being really, really terrible at finishing things...
As soon as the embroidery part of a project is finished I kind of loose interest and move onto the next thing - but today, I managed to work on the finishing touches of not just one, but three projects.

I FINISHED framing my Lyrebird.


Photographing through glass is not easy, but at least it gives you an idea what it looks like. I went to lace the piece up on Monday and it initially ended in, well not quite disaster, but in a bit of a heap. I had got the back board and padding ready a while back, but never got around to actually lace the piece. When I picked it up on Monday I didn't think to check that the size was right and just went right ahead to lace it up.
Attempt no. 1: when I went to put it in the frame and it was too big... So I undid it and laced it again. Attempt no. 2:  I had forgotten the flower spray at the top was much larger than the original piece, meaning the centre of the design had moved.... so I did it again and finally got it right.
Note to self: measure and check twice - lace once. LOL

I FINISHED the instruction booklet for my new little crewel work kit 'Apple Thief'.


The files went to the printer yesterday and I am dropping the fabric squares to my fabric printer tomorrow. Hopefully both will be ready by the end of the week.


The yarns have already arrived so I plan to get them sorted and ready while I wait for the printers.
I have placed the kits in the shop ready for you to order, and as soon as I have it all togehter.


I was just about to stick this one in a frame also - mostly because I couldn't think of what to do with it. It is a funny little size and off centre because I originally only intended to stitch the goat as a sample. Then I remembered I had this piece of burned red cotton - the perfect colour to match the apples, don't you think? I now have an idea for a super little (work) bag...  Stay tuned..

I FINISHED stitching my other little crewel work panel 'Rose Hips'.


I had the main flower still to do, but it didn't take that long and I am really pleased with how it turned out. I planning to use this one for 'Introduction to crewel embroidery workshops' so I have kept the number of different stitches fairly limited and uncomplicated in this piece and it has come together really neatly.


It went straight onto my cork board for blocking...


I can ponder what to do with it while it dries.

I also FINISHED tidying and cleaning my work room.... no photos though, by then it was too dark. Besides it is not very exciting, but very, very nice with a clean work surface, ready to start something new...
It has been a good Sunday!

I hope you too have had a lovely Sunday.
Best stitches,
Anna


Also FINISHING...
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