Sunday, September 23, 2012

Goodbye tree

Last Friday I left work with the Queensland Government after nearly 7 years.

As part of my goodbye gifts, I was excited to receive this wonderful goodbye tree.  It's a lovely hand drawn tree with leaves made up of finger print impressions from my former work mates. This very clever artwork was created by Fiona Stonell, a truly talented artist as well as dedicated public servant.

She also drew the lovely image on my card.

This was such a lovely and touching surprise and made saying goodbye much less painful.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

BabushkaBag Set inPurple - Patchwork and Stitching Magazine Vol 13 No 7

This month's Patchwork and Stitching Magazine features a new bag set pattern of mine - featuring a Babushka doll stitchery.

I am an avid fan of Babushka dolls and this design is a very versatile one.  I have made it as a paper doll in the past, and have also played with softies based on this design. 

The colour scheme is a lovely depression age purple and chocolate brown.

The picture make my design look wonderful.  I may have to make another one soon, just looking at the finished product now!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Enjoying a Good Life - The story behind my Good Life tablelcoth

This month's issue of Creating Country Threads features my tablecloth pattern - 'The Good Life'.  I thought I would share the story behind this simple tablecloth featuring stitched birds, that share love and coffee.

I have always loved the retro classic TV series "The Good Life" about Tom and Barbara giving up the shackles of modern living and creating a self sustaining paradise for themselves right in the suburbs.

The show was in so many ways ahead of its time.  It spoke of disillusionment with consumerism and the daily grind, and seeking fulfillment from sustaining yourself through your own hands. Tom and Barbara faced many challenges in trying to achieve their dream, but ultimately they were happier than all those that surrounded them. The shows opening credits featured a bird.

Like many people in our uncertain world, I am seeking the basics of a satisfied life.  Epicurus the philosopher says that happiness is friendship, freedom and an analysed life.

 I wanted to channel some of that positive energy about simple pleasures in a simple craft project - friendship, spending time thinking while enjoying coffee, and the freedom of choosing to do these things.  The design seemed a natural progression of this desire.

It is simple and easy to achieve as a craft project, but if you do make this tablecloth, I hope you will spend a few minutes thinking on the inspiration.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Stitching Sashiko Table Pieces

This week I have returned to an old favourite of mine - Sashiko stitchery.  This lovely Japanese style of country quilting is rewarding with clean elegant timeless designs that are relaxing to stitch. 

I have been combining the Sashiko with hexagonal shapes to create a collection of pieces to decorate the dinner table - table centres and bowl mats.

 I have used my favourite flax leaf pattern and combined it in a collection of ways on a variety of backgrounds.

This is such a wonderful stitching style to return to. 

I have to work out some more ways to combine the techniques.