Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Stitching in an Australian climate

Hi everyone,

I am in meltdown. Today's temperature is going to be 40deg Celsius and yesterday was 31deg Celsius, yuk......... The only good to come out of this is stitching in an airconditioned room with absolutely no guilt about household duties lapsing.

Firstly may I welcome my new followers and the lovely comments I have received. Special thank you to Genny who sent 2 lovely notes but as my Spanish is almost no existent I will have to find a friend to help me translate them. I am always amazed at how small the world is becoming and how easy it is to friend friends from all over our world.

Here is the latest on Atlantis Rising

Atlantis Rising, Ro Pace, ANG Class 2012
It now has a little more colour and shine added. There is a lot of metallic missing but I have decided to wait before adding the shine. Not sure what colour to use. My preference is for a purple/blue mix which I tried out in the right hand corner, but just not sure yet. The design has some purple highlights in a couple of the patterns yet to be stitched. Luckily I don't have to make this decision yet. Arrrr procrastination my middle name.

I am still waiting for the backorder threads to complete my other ANG class piece but I am hoping they will be here soon. Anne has almost finished Graphic Expressions in the red/green colourway and I have asked if she will allow me to post a photo of the finished piece. It will be good to see both of the colourways stitched.

Well I am off to finish a couple of teaching projects, another magazine article for Inspirations Magazine and an overdue promised new canvas chart. Guess my fingers will be very busy for a few more weeks.

Bye for now, Carol 

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Inspirations Magazine Issue 76 it's out in Australia

Hi everyone,

Just received my copy of Inspirations Magazine and inside is my first article for them. It's called "Nero Fiore" and is a blackwork rectangular pincushion on linen.

Front cover, Issue 76
And my article

Nero Fiore, Blackwork Article November 2012
Hopefully there will be more articles in the future and maybe one day a canvas piece.

Atlantis is moving along nicely, I managed to almost finish the centre triangle with a hint of sparkle created with Sparkly Rays thread. I will post a photo soon as I finish a little more.

Happy stitching, bye for now, Carol

Thursday, 15 November 2012

More of Ro Pace's Atlantis Rising

Hi everyone,

I managed this week to get a move along with this project. The second diamond went much quicker after "trial stitching" the first one. I am really enjoying this design it has so much texture and the stitches are very cleverly mixed. So much to learn.

Here is how she looks so far.

Ro Pace, Atlantis Rising 
The outside border is now complete and the 2 diamonds are finished. Next on to the triangle in the centre. Sorry the picture is a bit wonky but I took it inside and I was trying to miss a shadow. 

Happy stitching, thanks for stopping by.
Bye for now, Carol

Monday, 12 November 2012

A great day out

Hi everyone,

Thursday was a great day. Anne, Lis and I visited the 2012 Quilt and Craft Show here in Adelaide. Although it is primarily quilts there are always some interesting things to find. It is amazing how quickly the colour and style of quilting fabrics change. This year there were lots of lovely taupes and faded reds with small delicate prints which were not there last year. I did bring home 2 pieces of fabric with an australian theme for lining on some ongoing projects. The quilt show was amazing and they allowed photographs but with the agreement that they are not shown on the web (sorry). Australia has some very talented quilters thats for sure.

I bought home some Redwork patterns to try. Anne has stitched many of these pretty designs and enjoyed them so I thought I'd give them a try. All are christmas themed and are fun pieces. Because there are very few stitches used and the pattern is pre-printed onto the fabric they will be a nice in between project to stitch at night.

There has been a little more progress on Atlantis but not enough for a photo. I will be working on it today so I will share a photo soon.

Australia has possums, Washington DC
has squirrels, isn't it cute?

Happy stitching, bye for now, Carol

Sunday, 4 November 2012

Connie has confirmed that stitchers are the best people

Hi everyone,

Connie of Spinster Stitcher fame has always entertained with her life stories. But her latest post was just a very kind and heartfelt joy to read. She has offered to help folks who's life has been interrupted by the east-coast USA storm called Sandy in a very special way. Aren't stitching folks the best?

I hope lives are starting to get easier our thoughts are with you.

In my quiet life I have been able to stitch some more of Atlantis. The diamond at the bottom and the diamond a the top have been added to.
Atlantis Rising by Ro Pace, ANG 2012
At seminar we were given a chart, piece of canvas and notes to stitch a design for auction at the next seminar in California. This is the photo of the chart and how it finished up, I changed the design a little ( hope they don't mind).
ANG design for auction at 2013 seminar
in Anaheim, California

And, while I was poking around in my stitchy stash I came across a little design that just begged to be stitched. It was so warm and uncomfortable that stitching is the only thing that happened in this house on Saturday. Ta da...
Indigo Rose, Bead Blanket Sampler copyright 2004
I did manage to clean some windows on Sunday, guess what happened on Monday, yep it rained. Oh well that's life. 

This week starting Thursday is the Quilt and Craft Show in Adelaide. We don't get very many of these shows in Adelaide so we are looking forward to this one. The quilts on show are amazing and we always manage to find something to bring home. I will share photos of what jumps into my bring home basket of goodies.

Happy stitching,Bye for now, Carol