Friday, July 26, 2019

Before dawn

It was cool, but dry and somewhat sunny last weekend, so I spent a couple of hours in vineyard finishing the last bit of pruning.



I like pruning. Not that I spend as much time out there as I used to, but there is something very satisfying about sorting out the messy vines, getting them ready for the next season. As usual, I had my trusty 'helper' at my feet the whole time.

Most of the week was otherwise spent getting ready for my teaching trip to Rockhampton and Brisbane next weekend and other 'embroidery work stuff'. I also put two of my new patterns in the shop. The PDF pattern for the Cherry Blossom and the PDF pattern for the Cutwork Sachet are both now available and so is the few leftover Cutwork Sachet Kits.

I did manage a few more dots between all of that.

I am planning to fill the spaces between the dots with French knots, but before I can do that, I will need to embroider the background around those areas.

I have finished the first area with straight stitches. The space is too wide for satin stitch + I wanted it to sit quite flat against the fabric. The straight stitches are worked with two strands of cotton back and forth across the area, picking up just a single fabric thread at regular intervals.. so in a way it is more a variation of a running stitch, I guess.

I have started filling one of the larger areas with close rows of stem stitch. I love the finished look of stem stitch when it is used as a filling stitch, but boy is is a slow process!! I am alternating an acidic looking yellow green with a light golden tan. (Sorry about the blurry photo).

There is still quite a bit to do in this area, so it will take a few hours still to complete. Once I get into it, it is actually quite meditative.

I have still not decided which way is up for this little square...
I am calling it (Ideas?) Before Dawn - The bubbles are like those brilliant ideas you have in those last moments between dreaming and being awake only the minute you open your eyes, they burst like bubbles.

Have a wonderful weekend,
Anna X

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Back home

I got back from my annual trip to Thailand on Monday. I won't say I am back on track, but I am back and have unpacked (that is a start, right?) after two weeks away, soaking up some warm weather and Thai hospitality.
The majority of the trip was busy, tiring and a whole lot of fun with 5 workshops over 8 days.

Four of the class projects are new and I am planning to add them to the shop over the next few days. It is not my intention to kit the Cherry Blossom and the little Cutwork flower in the long run though, so once the few spare kits I have are sold, these two will only be available as pdf patterns for download.

I have been invited to teach at Pak-Ka-Pao House Studio in Bangkok for a number of years now and it is lovely to go back each year and meet up with students who have now done several classes with me.

(APOLOGY for the blurry phone photo!!)
Choong brought her 'Persian Bounty' from last years class to Show & Tell. I love how she added an extra dragonfly. 

I am so ditsy though ... I was in class mode the whole time and did not take a single photo - how very silly of me...!!

Jewels of Summer Stitched by Pa-Aom 
She finished before the last day of classes and I just love how she added the bee!!


After a busy week, I had decided to treat myself to a few days of doing as little as possible. 

My sweet friend (and interpreter) Gib, runs a small boutique B&B, Gajib near Amphawa a few hours south of Bangkok. She had told me so much about it and I felt I needed to see it for myself - I am so glad I did!!!
After the hustle and bustle of Bangkok, this place is so quiet and peaceful - just what the doctor ordered. Tucked away in the most lush gardens there is not much to but, relax, watch dragonflies and butterflies around the ponds and listen to the chorus of frogs and geckos....

 ... so that is exactly what I did - as little as possible. A few little half day outings, but other than that I cannot remember the last time I slept and ate my way through several days in a row.

I was so relaxed, I even picked up my needle again!
Before I left, I had tossed a few skeins of cotton and bits of fabric in by bag 'just in case...' I got the urge. And I did!

I had plans for this colour bundle, but ended up doing something completely different...

...more about that later.

Enjoy the rest of your week.
Best Stitches,