Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Step by step

Spring this year in Adelaide has been strange to say the least. Mostly cool for this time of year, with very short bursts of exceptionally hot days. 
We have been following the devastation of the fires on the East Coast and, as we are bracing ourselves for over 40C (104F) and very high winds in South Australia today with 'Catastrophic fire danger" declared for large parts of the state, today is one of those days, you just want to get over and done with - praying that we get through the day without any major incidents. 

I have been working the instructions for my new little crewel panel Very, Very Berry.
Although that kind of work does not leave much to show, it is coming along nicely. The text is done and I am almost finished drawing the diagrams to go with it.
Although it can be time consuming (and let's face it - I would much rather be sitting over an embroidery frame than over a keyboard) I do find it rather satisfying trying to replicate the steps and stitches in drawings.
It is not my favorite part of the process and I guess, I could try take more photographs while I stitch to try and skip the drawing stage after. It is just that I find that 1) I forget to take enough photos, 2) the photos are not a good enough quality and to improve that I would have to get up each time, and place everything into a good lightbox + invest in a much, much better camera, 3) At the end of day, I do find that I can show what I want much more clearly in diagram, which I hope make the instructions more user friendly at the end.

The weather might be awful today, but it is perfect for me to stay put and get the last diagrams drawn up. Then I will need to put it all together, and get the booklets and fabric pieces off to printers. I would like to think the kits are 'on the shelf' this side of Christmas.
My plan is, that while that is at the printers, I will make the panel into something. Most likely a small pouch, similar to the pouch I made ages ago for the Tulipa Bird. I use that one all the time and this panel is the same size. Should I make a matching pincushion or needle book to go with it, do you think.

But just quickly, before I get back to work: Look what just arrived in the post! Stunning floss silk from Pipers Silk. Aren't they just gorgeous? I have not yet decided what to do with them - I just thought they would make a nice addition to my stash, just in case I suddenly had a brilliant idea...

Best Stitches,


  1. Hello Anna , this morning on the news (in the U.K. ) we are seeing kind people trying to rescue those poor frightened and injured koalas and other animals , so sad :( I hope and pray the fires are extinguished very soon .We are all thinking of you .
    I love Pipers silks and have been slowly collecting a nice selection of colours...gorgeous ! :) x

    1. Thanks so much. Yes the fires are devastating not just for wildlife but so many people have lost their homes, livelihoods and sadly also lives have been lost. We are a long way away from the fires you would have seen and heard about, but with the weather as it was yesterday, anything can happen. There were quite a few fires flaring up, but the emergency services got on top of them all very quickly.

  2. This morning I too, read the news on the computer, it's awful news about so many and destroying fires. I truly hope you're safe, there where you and yours are, Anna?
    For someone, as me, who doesn't embroider much (I use just DMC embroidery silk) these Pipers silks are absolutely gorgeous to see, so let's see what fantastic magic can you do with it ;)?
    Hugs, Ilona

    1. Yes these silks are really lovely - perfect for miniature embroidery. They are like stitching with hair.
      Hugs A

  3. Dear Anna, I hope you and yours are safe from those devastating fires! It is a very scary time! We see the pictures and I just can't bring myself to look. I hope you are out of the fire danger. The work you are doing on your instructions for the needlework are almost as pretty as the finished work! And I agree that photos are not the best solution for this kind of instruction. The lighting and focus needs to be so precise and it really is easier to draw the example! And your new threads look impossibly luscious! I look forward to seeing what great things you will make with them! :)

    1. Dear Betsy, thank you for your concerns. We are a very long way from the fires you would be hearing about. Still, the area we live in is at risk of fires in summer, and this year is especially dry and the hot weather has set in early.
      Time will tell what I do with the silks. Stay tunes...
      Hugs Anna