Friday, 28 December 2018

Beetle tutorials - now available for sale

Hi All, yes long time no see.

My goldwork and beadwork beetles are now available in my Etsy shop as a tutorial download.

I have also released my Goldwork Crazy Quilted Tree skirt as a tutorial, which you get the gold work beetle tutorial FREE.

Also you will find the release of some other new projects.
Catch up again soon.

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Crazy Quilted Christmas Tree Skirt Tutorial - Release

It's been too long since I've posted.  So much has happened, so I'll make a couple of posts to tell you all about it.  My Christmas Tree skirt that I made back in 2012 has been published in Pam Kellogg's CQ Magazine.  Click here for the link.
To coincide with the release I have finally created a tutorial so you can make my Tree skirt also.
Here is the link to my Etsy shop where you can purchase the tutorial.  The tutorial comes complete with instructions to create this masterpiece as well as the Gold beetle tutorial, Silk Ribbon embroidery Basic stitch Booklet, and Embroidery Stitch Booklet. Great value for only $19.95 (AU).

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Catch up time again

Hi All,

Well we are now in Sydney, Michael is working again as I mentioned before but this job is paying more and so here we are. Long story short, our son is getting married in America at the end of the year, and so to help fund the trip and the wedding Michael is now working again. We are here now until June 2019, and so I'm gonna make the most of being in the Big Smoke.
I've already joined a wonderful group of very talented ladies at the Padstow Embroiderers Guild and have for the first time learnt Hardanger. I will also get back into my bobbin lace as there are several groups within reasonable reach here. Here is my first attempt so far at Hardanger.
I'm also in the process of making the ring pillow for our son's wedding. Here is the design and my work so far.
 Top left will be hand dyed silk ribbon roses and bows, and the bottom will be beading to match the bridesmaid dresses. The text will be stitched in a braided chain stitch.
Its worked on Ivory Silk.

I'm also working on another on of Kathy Shaw's classes, this time it's the Quilting course. I've always wanted to do it properly.

So that's about it in a nutshell, catch you again soon.

Monday, 20 February 2017

Back working on the Silk Ribbon Embroidery App

Back working on the Silk ribbon Embroidery app. Just finishing off the stitches. What stitches would like to see in the app?
Here is a list of some of them.
Back stitch, 
 Buttonhole stitch,
 Chain stitch,
 Colonial Knot,
  Detached chain,
 Feather Stitch,
 Fly stitch,
 French knot,
 Grab stitch,
 Loop stitch,
 ribbon stitch, etc.
So for those who do Silk Ribbon Embroidery, what stitches would you like added.


Friday, 27 January 2017

Catch up time

Well time is just flying by and I don't get to blog as much as I like as other things seem to take up my time.  If you follow me on Facebook, you'll probably get more info than waiting for me to post on my blog.  any way....
We are now coming to the end of another house sit, so we're off down to the Gold Coast for an undetermined amount of time. Hubby has picked up part-time work, so we're just gonna hang around the area until he decides what he wants to do.

In the meantime I've been doing very little sewing, but did make this for my sister in law for Christmas. Loads of buttons, beads and stitching. She did like it.
I'm still working on the Silk Ribbon Embroidery App, hopefully by the end of the year at this rate.
Well I will try to blog more,


Friday, 23 September 2016

I've been making purses

A sewing Set and Purses for gifts and orders. They have turned out to be better than I thought.
Complete sewing set:
 Pin Keep:
 Scissor Keep:
 Purple purse with Beetle (front):
 Side view:
Back, they lady wanted it with her friends initial:
 Second one for another friend with her name this time:
 Lined inside:
 Third one, different colour, front:
 Lined on the inside also
This is the last one, not yet finished.

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Catching up and the new App

We are still house sitting at Burrum Heads, we will be here until mid October. Enjoying a lovely winter, although I have had to make a rush trip back to Warwick and it was very cold and wet there.
I'm currently doing a class with the Monday craft - Spring Blooms. We will also do a trip to Fraser Island before heading south. One place I've always wanted to see.

I am also working on the next app, Silk Ribbon Embroidery. Here's the new logo for the App. This app will be a purchase one, but it will not be expensive, I just need to recoup some of the money that Apple demands for creating them, it might be Free for you, but not for me. By the time I've finished I would have worked over 1000 hours into this app.

Also a sneak peak at one of the Free projects that will be in the app - a Bookmark.
I've finished creating all the new 'tips' for this app, there are many, including dyeing, storing, creating backgrounds etc, as well I have finished the stitching for all the stitches. I still need to create the 'flower' stitches and finish off the second free project and create a couple of paid projects. I hope to release in October, which could be a push, but I'm gonna try.

As for the Android version, well we are still working on it. Not sure how long, as it is now left in Chris's hands to finish off, as I have done all I can.


Sunday, 17 July 2016

Southern Cross Crazies - Round robin - finished

I really enjoyed this round robin, only the three of us in our group. Claire and Maureen embellished my blocks amazingly. Our project was a sewing set - Scissor Keep, Pin Keep, Needle book and glasses case. I decided to change my glasses case into the top of a box.
Here are the before:
 Glasses Case (now the box lid)
 Needle Book
 Pin Keep
Scissor Keep

And the after:
 The set once constructed.
The box lid with a Silver work Pink Beetle.
The contents inside the box.

Do you like the Thread Bobbins, they can be downloaded free here, just click the link.

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

New Update is here........

Hi All,  Well the new update for our Embroidery App is now in the store. We are eager for you to download this update and receive your feedback. Click the iTunes link on the left.
One of the new Free projects in the update is to create these Embroidered Bookmarks that compliment the Book Cover project.
  The Projects use many of the new stitches in the update.
 One of those new stitches is Cast-on Stitch.
A personal favourite of mine, Palestrina Stitch is also in the new update.
We've added a few other features too. A search function within the Stitches list, so you can jump straight to that stitch you need.

We've added some more useful items, with a few more planned for the new apps and future app updates.

We haven't forgotten the Android users either.  Chris is working very hard to get it finished, there is a lot more coding involved in Android apps, where Apple has most of the coding done for you. 

These apps still take 100's of hours to create, with this in mind, please consider a purchase copy, which is now available without the ads.

Looking forward to your feedback on this new update, please share to get the word out.