Thursday, 31 May 2012

First Day of Winter

This is a scary prospect!

South East Queensland is pretty much a temperate climate where one only needs a light jacket.

Perth, Western Australia, is cold and wet like Melbourne is cold and wet!


International Tartan Day

Scotland intrigues me. I've not yet been there, but I'm pretty sure it will one day happen.

My gt gt grandmother, Mary Ann Hughes, lived (or was born) in Roxburgh in 1835, according to her death certificate. Her family, however, came from Ireland.

Long story short, Mary Ann emmigrated to Australia in 1860 & married a man from St John's, Newfoundland, James Power.
The rest is history

"Tartan" is a generic term referring to the multicolored checked and striped cloth that has become one of the best-known symbols of Scotland. When speaking of a "Clan tartan" what is typically meant is the "sett" of that tartan. A sett is a unique tartan "pattern" of color blocks and lines. A Clan may have one or more setts for itself, some differentiated as "dress" or "hunting", usually indicating when it should be worn (such as for formal dress or evening affairs, or for daywear occasions, and so forth), and some setts for sub-groups or families within a Clan. Tartans generally identify a region, a clan, or an organization or company. Thus, if you encounter someone wearing the tartan of the Clan Grant, you can be reasonably assured that the person wearing that tartan belongs to the Clan Grant or identifies with the organization.

Friday, 25 May 2012

Bent Creek Big Zipper - Part 2

Perth's semi-annual craft fair is being held at the convention centre around the corner from Apartment Bliss. My cross stitch stash supply has not grown, but I've enjoyed collecting a few things for my general sewing box and bought myself a new knitting bag.

This week's progress on the Bent Creek Big Zipper is not large, but it has given me great pleasure.

Thursday, 17 May 2012

Bent Creek Big Zipper - Part 1

I was told that if I was sick of the sight of the dinosaurs then I should alternate stitching  between them & something else.

The above is my other project, one I began a couple of years ago but made a mistake on so put into the too hard basket.

The mistake  came about because I was trying to stitch a project without gridding first.

Silly me!

Basically, that meant frogging the lot and starting again.

And now? Now that I'm finished this section, I've discovered that the gridding on the next part doesn't line up with the grid lines of Part One.

Oh boy!

Look for more news about the dinosaurs, soonish.

Meanwhile, the good news is that I have spent time and worked out my wee bit of Hardanger. We're not friends yet, but my poor piece of fabric hasn't yet been ripped from corner-to-corner. I took it out for a drive in the car on Tuesday night for some assistance from the friendly folks at The Embroiderers' Guild.

I somehow managed to stitch one part upside down on the fabric (as in I stitched it on the right side but what came out underneath was how it should be on the right side).

I suspect that is what comes as a result of getting a right hander to teach (me) a left hander stitching.

Thursday, 10 May 2012



Hardanger is an embroidery openwork having elaborate symmetrical designs created by blocks of satin stitches within which threads of the embroidery fabric are removed.

Having taken the first step and decided to learn Hardanger embroidery, let me reassure you that it is every bit as difficult as it appears! I’ve done almost as much unpicking as I have done stitching since I started learning how to do it. Goodness knows what is going to happen once I start cutting. LOL

My efforts

That’s not to say that I’m giving up. No siree ( Bob)! I’m not a quitter.

I’m going to continue working on my practice piece and then, when I’ve mastered it, I’m going to join my group of ladies down at Colours Down Under doing this beautiful piece of work from Nordic Needle.

Whatever experimental stitching you are doing, I wish happiness & laughter to one and all,


Monday, 7 May 2012

Happy Dance - update

Child's poncho
Thanks for your lovely compliments. I'm happy to be able to update the post with pictures of the poncho that I knitted.

The above is the shop's model.

Below is our niece's 10 year old step-daughter wearing the poncho that I knitted (minus a few pom poms which fell off).

As the little girl lives in Sydney, I was not there to tell her that the pointy bit in the middle of her chest was actually the shoulder, but I'm pleased to say that the garmet fitted and the child was delighted to get an unexpected gift.