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 23, 2012
Sunday, September 16, 2012
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
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.
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
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.