Saturday, September 28, 2013


Everywhere one visits in blogland  at present there are pumpkins appearing, Bloggers have been asked by Daffy Cat see here to brighten up the day for Cathey of Pumpkin Patch and co her blog- is here.
 Cathey, I join my prayers with the many, many others who have you in their thoughts. May the Lord give you the strength you need to face each new day,

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013


Friends fill your life with joy,
your soul with sunshine
and your heart with joy.

Our Stitching Friends Group has just had their Secret Friend gift exchange, and while I can't show you what I stitched , we don't reveal who we are till December and so to post it here would be a give away I am thrilled to share with you what I have received.

The theme for the exchange was "Pansy flowers" Here is what I received,  isn't this little brooch just exquisite, the stump work pansy  is just 2cm across ( three quarters of an inch) and the whole brooch 5cm (2 inches) The background appears to be deep purple in my photo is really black. If my secret friend reads my blog- know that I love it and say a big thank you to you for stitching such a beautiful piece for me.
I am off to Wellington this weekend Barryn is driving up to collect me, and he and Jackie have tickets to take me to the World of Wearable Art show next Tuesday night, I am really looking forward to that. Flying home on the Thursday so will blog all the news of the trip after that.
                                             Meanwhile Happy stitching everyone.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013


Pleasure is always derived from something outside you, whereas joy arises from within.
ECKHART TOLLE, The Power of Now

Yes I made progress on my planned piece this weekend but not sitting in the sunny corner in the unit but rather by the fire in the living room, weather forecast for the weekend was  heavy rain and thunder this is my favourite chair and as you can see there is plenty of clutter round it from where I have been working.
 and here is my progress........................
It would have been nice to have complete all the way round but time did not permit and now I must put it aside for a while and work on two pieces that cannot be shown yet but for which the deadlines are coming closer.
 I hope everyone who was IHSW stitching had a great weekend.

Friday, September 20, 2013


Love is a canvas furnished by nature and embroidered
by imagination.

Yes I have been busy stitching and the disappointing thing is at this stage I cannot share any of it...... a gift for my secret friend who I hope will not guess who it is from all will be revealed in December.... ....a birthday gift that has yet to be finished and go in the post........ and my small entries for the Regional Embroiderers Exhibition... once the entries close I possible will share that one with you, so instead I am sharing with you the stitching spot I enjoy on sunny days. This lovely big window that catches the sun almost all day long is in the unit attached to the cottage I sit and stitch here on sunny days  enjoying the view at this time of the year of the Magnolia stellata which is in full bloom.

   the view of the magnolia from the garden.
 Another time I will show you my stitching corner in the ,living room where I stitch and enjoy the warmth of the fire.
This weekend is the next IHSW and I have signed up with the plans to work on My gift for Rachel's birthday at the end of October. I am stitching Strawberries So Faire by Ellen Chester of With my needle I have started and will be back after the weekend with my progress report.
Hope you have a happy weekend stitching.

Sunday, September 8, 2013


Here is my page for August for Needlework masters Monthly stitch-a-long,  the panels in the fan are Wessex Stitchery, these were stitch as examples when I was teaching this technique. The little blue beetle was fun to stitch specially trying to make the two sides of him as close as possible.

For my second technique I have added a piece of surface stitchery ( bullion stitch roses) This is from last year's monthly project
A lovely surprise that arrived in the mail this week  was from Heather who made this delightful Kanzashi  flower. she saw them first on Lang's May page for Needlework Masters Monthly stitch a long and found the templates were available here in NZ  Thank you Heather, I will find somewhere special to hand the flower.

Now its back to the fireside and my stitching.

Monday, September 2, 2013


It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.” Rainer Maria Rilke

Good morning... the sun is shining... and there are lots of signs that spring is here in my garden... AND at the moment I can sit comfortably, and I truly give thanks.  It has been a long winter not being able to do much  and I thank all my blogging friends for you messages specially during that time, and how when I could spend a little time at the computer I have enjoyed reading your postings and news.  I have finally managed to get Birthday Bunny chart on its was, Vicki it should be with you before long. Bea I know you were interested in stitching it too but My email to you has been unanswered, if you read this and are still interested send me your postal address and I will forward it to Vicki.
 I managed to
complete Beauty and Grace  in time for Caitlin's birthday,  and here are some photos.
Beauty and Grace by Ellen Chester of with my needle stitched on Silver Springs linen from Colour Cascade Australia. Threads were just what I had to hand.
a little change in the wording to suit the occasion

 I am not working on my monthly page for Needlework Masters Monthly stitch a long hope to get it posted this week.
 Meanwhile thank you for visiting .................enjoy your day.