Wednesday, March 1, 2017


My challenge piece for February was Perugian Embroidery, I have stitched in silk in the closest shade I could get to saffron yellow, I have done counted satin stitch before but not in rows to form the design.

Fun stitching during the month has been some small hearts for Valentine's Day, these three went to the friends in my stitching friends group, a few others have found homes elsewhere.

I have not shared with you Caitlin and my January holiday project, we both fell for Lilipopo  little girls and have bought the pattern and enjoyed stitching some. Mine will later be lavender bags, I have had a great crop this year and it is now drying ready for stripping.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017


My Italian love affair started many many years ago,  that is my love of the different Italian Embroidery techniques,  although over the years I have stitch several there are many I have not had the opportunity to stitch. So I have made it my personal challenge this year to each month stitch a small coaster size mat in a different Italian technique.
January's mat is in Assisi embroidery, I love the fresh look of voided work, and I have stitched it many different times, this time I wanted to achieve a perfect rolled hem. I have stitched on 40 count permit linen, stitching over three fabric threads with one strand of DMC 502 sage green, outlined in black and edged with Italian four sided stitch ( which is reversible)  As a mat is not mounted I wanted to have a back view which I would be proud of. The small mat is 10 centimeters square.

I am now trying to Blog from my iPad , at this stag I find it very limiting hence the short post.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017


here are my latest creations......... these I think would be worn to a Fairy Ball with a golden gown.

Thank you to all who have left comments  recently on my blog Its nice to get feed back on the postings and this year I thought I would make a real effort to reply but sadly in a lot of cases this is not possible.I have replied where I can  but don't know if its my computer or not but most have come with noreply-comment.

Monday, January 9, 2017


here are my latest tiny shoes.... ready for some elf to go dancing with the tiny bells ringing as he moves his feet..  oh what fun I had making them. Don't you love the turned up toes The are 6cm in length.grey felt lined with dark red silk.

This fairy cobbler has more to come

Monday, January 2, 2017


 After reading on Gracie's blog Needles Pins and Dragonflies about her plans for a journal jar,  that sent me off to find out more, and opened up a big new world of ideas.  I found journal jars, memory jars,  gratitude jars, blessing jars oh! the list goes on. The nearest thing to writing up a Journal which by the way I have thought of many time, has been my blog,  Now inspired by the idea of writing a short note occasionally appeals to me.                                                                                                  


 I found many ideas for decorated jars and have started collecting items to decorate the jar  I planned to use. I have found some butterfly stickers they are blue butterflies and remind me of my first ball gown, white with tiny blue and white butterflies on the fabric. I have ribbon and a posy of blue rosebuds, these bring memories of times at the Great Escape Retreats  as one year Stephen of the "Ribbon Rose " had a roll of coloured canvas for everyone tied with a ribbon and a posy of flowers, these blue rose buds  were on my canvas roll.  I have decided on a quote for the label  tied to the jar and have hung some hearts beside it ( borrowed of my small Christmas tree)
Thank you Gracie I will enjoy filling my jar with special moments and memories.

 Do you make resolutions each year, I don’t although  I am a list maker, specially a list of what I would like to stitch      My list looks like this at the moment-  

*Earth Sea and Sky( exhibition piece for regional exhibit, includes Daisy chain project)                                                                                                                                      * Black work challenge with Caitlin we have chosen a small design which she should manage along with her studies and to be completed by the end of the year.                      *My personal Challenge this year is to complete each month one small coaster size mat  of Italian embroidery, there are so many different techniques to explore, some I will revisit and others will be new to me.                               
 * Hussif Sampler (stitching monthly with the New Plymouth Ladies on their sampler stitch day)                                                                                                                                           * Whitework  finish a piece started long long ago.( stitching on the Traditional Embroidery Stitch Day with the NP Ladies) 
I must finish Noah's Ark for Finn and the Jardin Prive piece I am currently stitching I am sure too as the year goes on I will add to my list, promise an occasional  update on progress.

 And I want to make more of these fairy slippers.... these ones went to Annette in her Christmas parcel. I loved making them

May this year for you all be blessed with many happy stitching hours.

Sunday, December 25, 2016


its early Christmas morning here, and I wish all my blogging friends very best wishes for a day full of blessings.

Sunday, December 18, 2016


I have just delivered the three sets of Christmas decorations that Jan asked me to make for her. To go with the dove design I have already shared I stitched these two designs, think the dove is still my favourite one.

Monday, November 21, 2016


I guess it's time to start a count down to Christmas...... but I have just been counting the days since I last blogged and it's been far too long. like many others I find this the busy time of the year, and although I have started early on some of my stitching other ideas and requests keep popping up. The latest one I can share with you, Jan has asked me to make three sets of Christmas decorations for her to give to her staff at the small school where she teaches.
I have elected to make felt ones as that is quicker than embroidery. Fortunately I just need to decide on three designs as each set may have the same three designs.
Here is the first one I have come up with, not quite finished I need to find some gold rings for the hangers.
Birthday and Christmas gifts that cannot yet be shown  have also taken up my stitching time and I have finished a fabric book for fin will share the photos of that shortly on my blog ... other side of the mountain.
 Will try and not leave it so long to come back and say hi to everyone

Sunday, October 16, 2016


On Friday I spent the  day in New Plymouth stitching with friends, you know what a delight that was,  spending time with those who enjoy the same embroidery techniques, I try when ever I can to join in with the group once a month like today the theme is samplers and the other day is traditional embroidery. The weather was not encouraging the day started with heavy rain.however by the time I came home the sun was shining. In the morning I finished stitching my birthday gift for Rachel, my eldest grandchild, then in the afternoon I started on my Ellen Chester sampler.
 For Rachel, as part of her gift, I had stitched a notebook cover, using one of the designs I had used previously for a fob with an owl on it this time I added to the design and have the little owl up in the tree.

 The colour in the second photo is not very good as it was taken late at night, I was about to wrap the parcel when I remembered I had not taken a photo. Was very pleased how the cover went together it is stitched on ( no glue).

Earlier in the month I had sent to Annette in American a notebook for her birthday also with a stitched cover but this time Goldwork and bullion stitched roses.
I have one birthday left on my list for the year a very good friend turns 80 in December I have yet to give thought to what I will stitch for her.

 And I wish I could share with you all a posy of Daphne
This morning I took to church a basket full of posies to share with the folk there, I an blessed with two large Daphne Burkwoodii bushes  and it has become a tradition that as many posies as possible are made and given away. There will be more made for tomorrow and for Tuesday when the ladies group at Church will taken them to friends and neighbours who are shut in. After that Wet weather is fore-casted so I wont want to get out in the garden.

"Would that the little flowers were born to live conscious of the pleasure which they give"

Saturday, October 1, 2016


I have been home now for nearly two weeks, mainly catching up on things needing doing like getting the church newsletter out on time and that was followed by Stitching Friends group's newsletter which was emailed off last night, it must be the age thing but it seems to take me longer to get things done.  I have a couple of stitching fobs to share but first here is the last memory of my trip. The bus trip home was five hours with a short lunch break stop at Palmerston North, long enough to eat and take a short walk in the square. on the far side I could see pink flowers and when I reached them, there was this wonderful display of snap dragons.

I have been continuing to stitch a fob a month keeping to the woodland theme. here are the ones for September and October.
It is a challenge to find designs small enough so fobs like the little deer stitched for September will not be a scissor fob but will hang on one of my stitching bags.

The design chosen for October is the Rifleman the smallest of the NZ birds. The chart I used was from Maree Garstang's "More NZ Birds and Flowers" In stitching it I left the background tree section off. For mounting I had the perfect shade of green silk and used Chameleon perle thread "Olive Branch"for the cording.

 Today starts a new month and new stitching plans... these I will share with you shortly.
 Thank you for visiting.

Saturday, September 17, 2016


The past week has been very restful, enjoying the sunshine much warmer than home round the mid 60's. Then yesterday another bus ride a five hour trip south and I am spending a few days with the family and enjoying seeing how much my little grandson has grown. For those followers who checked out the mobile I was making on my other blog it was assembled this morning, eldest granddaughter Rachel made the wooden hanger which I brought through in pieces...and Barryn having completed the putting of it together hung it above Finn's cot.

I have heard too,  from Annie that the second small parcel to celebrate my blog anniversary has arrived.   I sent her along with a few small items,  the owl fob I made a short time ago for my monthly woodland fobs challenges. Slowly I am parting with them and then sometimes I end up making a second one for myself.   I will have another one to give away soon, watch my blog for details. 

Tuesday, September 13, 2016


Am enjoying the warm sunny weather such a change from last weeks wintery blast, and we lunched outside yesterday., a little shopping for some summer clothes, and with sister's help good bargains found. We started by finding summer slacks and these were our best bargain finds, and gave us a colour scheme to work on. Yesterday looking for top was  bit frustrating, an older body does not look good in some what younger styles!
 Result came home with material for two tops and Joan promptly set to work one is finished and the other well on the way. Photos will have to be later meanwhile I share with you the photos of this camellia in Joan's garden that has taken my eye it's a small one called Night rider.