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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Cheryl...................crazy quiling

Cheryl W joined my classes with well developed embroidery skills.........

She slotted into the Tuesday morning class and over the year produced this beautiful piece of work.

She enjoyed using my book as a guide................... but her work is stamped with her own personality.

Her work is precise and organised - just like Cheryl herself.

All her stitches even and neat. And she does a perfect bullion.

Cheryl also enjoys a bead or two.

She has signed up again for more classes this year.........

I, for one, cannot wait to what she produces next.

Cheryl is an avid angler and catches HUGE fish!

Her work is so very beautiful.

Thank you so much for sharing your gorgeous work, Cheryl.
See you soon.

A ring pillow

My son is getting married and I am so excited about it all.
I have a few things that I need to make for the wedding - on top of the list is the ring pillow.
I collect all the goodies that I like and then I edit, edit, edit.

I marked the heart with a water soluble pen - not my favourite - but it was the best marker for the project. I started with the roses and then added the stems.........

Next a few beads, motifs and ribbon stitch leaves..................

A few stab stitches to soften the edges and a scattering of beads.

I auditioned a few options for the corners...............

I liked the plain look..........

Chloe, the bride, liked the flowers. So,
flowers it is.

I added the ribbon to hold the rings and all I have to do is sort out the corners and add a label to the back.

Up, close and personnel.

I am sooooo excited!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Christine's very beautiful crazy

I have beed asked by the very inspiring Inspiration Magazine to design another project for their upcoming edition. I will be very honest and say that I am intimidated by the standard of work featured in this magazine - so, I procrastinate a lot in the design stage - something I don't normally do. However, I have completed it and it went in the mail to Susan on Wednesday. PHEW!

I have so much work still to share from last years classes - so I will try and do them all ASAP.

Let's start with Christine from the Thursday pm class at the Angel.

Her background fabric was navy - so that meant her embroidery was the main feature. As it should be.
I often talk about "clean lines" - Christine has mastered that.
Her herringbone seam treatment is clear and strong.

As is this great interpretation of herringbone in the top right corner.

Beaded back stitch and "bought" roses, not to mention the feather stitch (bottom left).

More beaded backstitch, feather and herringbone.

Great use of charms and buttons.

Whipped chain, straight feather, zigzag chain amongst others. Love it!

Love this one too..............

Ruched ribbon and butterflies in progress.

Her limited colour palette works so well with the solid background.

Thanks for allowing me to share your work, Christine. We will miss you in the class this year.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Sew so pretty - Ailsa's crazy...

After a lovely holiday with my family, I am back to teaching crazy and posting beautiful work done by my students.

Ailsa's work is so very pretty............

Fuchsia's, feather and spider web

A very glamorous spider, beading and silk ribbon work.

Fly stitch, beaded daisy chain amongst chevron and lace trims.

Couched ribbon, feather and beaded forget-me-knots........

Love the buttons and the feather with pearls.........

This is sooooo pretty...........

A dragonfly, straight feather and ruched ribbon.

Gorgeous ribbon work.

I left my favourite block till last.

Thank you so much for sharing your lovely work, Ailsa.
Hope to see you soon.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Ann's beautiful crazy quilting

Oh my hat - I am so pleased that I went through my thousands of photos because I found Ann's gorgeous crazy quilting. Ann did come to my classes as a very proficient embroider.
He sense of colour, dimension and scale is great.

Feather stitch rouched ribbon garland, chain stitch, and bugle fans....................

Silk work, and beading. Some of her seam treatments are form my book, but as I have said so many time before, crazy quilting is totally unique to its maker.

Feather + chain + ribbon work = gorgeous!

Lovely clear lines.....................

Busy but strong

Sumptuous fuchsias........

Herringbone juxtaposed by ribbon work and strong beading......

Feather, fly, buttons and woven spiderweb stitch.

Oh so beautiful........


herringbone and beaded daises ( page 81 Foolproof crazy quilting)

Pointed beaded petals (page 82 Foolproof crazy quilting)

Thank you Ann, its been so great getting to know you. Thank you so much for inviting me to teach your group in Caboolture.

Ann made this delightful little needle case for me.

Thank you too, Ann, for allowing me to share your very stunning work.
Hope to see you next year sometime.