Thursday, 26 May 2016

App Update and In-App Templates

The New Apple Update is only weeks away. When it is released the App Templates will only be available via the App, not on this blog. 

We are testing right now, so it won't be long now. The answer is also YES to the Android version, still a month or two away, but we are working diligently on it. Developing this type of App takes a lot of time to create, so please be patient a little longer.

In the new Apple update there will be 12 new stitches: 2 new Basic Stitches, 6 new Intermediate Stitches and 4 new Advance Stitches. We've also included in this update 4 more Useful tips to assist you with your embroideries. 
Two new FREE projects to entice you to learn new and exciting stitches.  We've added an Embroidery Projects Store tab where we've bundled the In-App projects and the 'Ad Free Version' of the App. 

In this update we've added one new In-App purchase project. We've reduced the prices on the other In-App purchase projects that are currently in the App. Once you have purchased an In-App project it will be placed in your 'Projects' tab.

The Gallery has more eye candy. Several wonderful new Embroideries to show you, some with links to our Etsy Store where you will discover the tutorials, so you too can create these works of Art.  We've also added links to some of the original version Gallery photographs that have tutorials in our Etsy shop.
When the Android version hits the store, it will be as current as this update.
Make sure you check the Blog or Facebook page regularly for when the Android version will be released along with some more new exciting apps, links will be on our 'About Arlene's Crafts' tab within the App.

We also want to read your feedback. Arlene's Crafts Embroidery App is certainly a tool that can travel with you. Who wants to carry several books around with them when they travel around the countryside or at classes or workshops or your chat and stitch sessions.  Whenever you need to look up that 'Stitch' or you want to do a small project while your away from home it's right there in your bag. 

Now if you've read all the way to the bottom of the page and you already have the Apple app downloaded on your iPhone or iPad, leave a review on the current version of the app, (click the app store link on the top left, you'll be directed to the iTunes store for you to leave a review). We really want to hear your thoughts, is there something you'd like to see in the next update or something that needs changing, please leave me a comment and you'll go into the draw to receive a kit with printed instructions of the "new" paid in-app project - Value $30 AU.

Sunday, 24 April 2016

Southern Cross Crazies 2016 Round Robin

As I've been ill the last couple of weeks (didn't want to sneeze all over Claire's stunning blocks) and working on the App update, I've spent today working on her blocks. I hadn't realised I should have left room on the pin keep the next person, so I've left the Scissor Keep for them to complete. Thankfully there are only three of us in this RR, so only one more to stitch.
 The needle Book
 The pin Keep

Monday, 18 April 2016

Having trouble finding our App.

Your on your iPad and your looking for our App.  Just follow the next few steps and you'll be downloading in no time.

Step one:  Open up the App store icon.
Step two: Type in the search box - Arlene's Crafts

Step three:  This is what you will get. No worries as the App is in the store. Just follow the next two steps.

 Step four: on the left of the screen you will see a heading. Click on the 'iPad Only' icon. This drop down menu will appear. Click iPhone Only.

Step five: Once you have clicked it, our App will appear. In this photo below it says 'Open', that's because I already have it downloaded on my iPhone and iPad. If you've already downloaded it to your iPhone, you will receive a 'DOWNLOAD' icon.

If not already downloaded you will get a green button that says "GET". Click "GET". The button will then change to 'Download'. You will need to put in your password to the App Store. Click download.  Once it is downloaded it will appear the same as in this photograph.  Click Open. 

Your next screen will be the opening page of the App.

Once you've had a play, please go back to the App store and leave feedback. It will help us enormously.


Sunday, 17 April 2016

Embroidery App update

Time to re-look at the Embroidery App.

Chris and I are both working hard on an update to the Apple Version of our Embroidery App. Chris is also working on the Android version too, (I'm sure a lot of you will be pleased with that) and we are also going to release a new App (we hope at the same time as the update). There will be more details in the coming weeks.

Some of the new stitches in the upcoming update: Coral Stitch, Pistil Stitch, along with Honeycomb Stitch and Plaited Braid Stitch.  There are a few more, but we'll keep them as a surprise in all 13 new stitches.

There will be a couple of more FREE projects also.

I will be looking for tester's so just leave a comment below if you'd like to help out.


Sunday, 27 March 2016

Twines in Nature - Available for Download

Have finally been able to convert this to a downloadable tutorial.  Here is the link directly to my Etsy Store.

More Boxes completed

Now we have several months in this location, Burrum Heads, Queensland, such a lovely place to be living at the moment. I have become involved in a craft group here and in April I will be running a class on making Crazy Quilted Fabric covered boxes. Here are two that I have created for the class, both of these are been donated to use as prizes for up coming Mothers Day Raffles.

The Beach Box:

The Pretty Pink Box:

 The Embroidery and Embellishments

 The fabric on the outside of this box was from their giveaway table that Dawn (our neighbour) had collected a few months ago, just goes perfectly if you ask me.

Now to creating one for myself, a Blue Christmas Box for our traveling Christmas Decorations.


Monday, 7 March 2016

'Cheerful Flutterings' now available for download

From advance beginner to intermediate embroiderer, create ‘Cheerful Fluttering’s’ a Floral and Insect Stumpwork scene ready for framing.

Using two very different techniques, one three dimensional and the second stitched onto the background fabric using a lesser-known honeycomb style stitch creates two playful Dragonflies. Each Dragonfly also having different body types. The inquisitive needle lace butterfly flutters happily about with oversized Daisies standing boldly tempting him to land. While the Hydrangeas stand defiantly in an elegant vase of smoked glass with an intricate design stitch to it’s outside.

All elements are then placed on a background of linen and framed to allow us to stand back and watch our cheerful insects fluttering about enjoying the fragrance and spender of two beautiful flowers.

General information about Stumpwork and stitches will be included in lesson material

Link here: 'Cheerful Flutterings'


Saturday, 5 March 2016

Catching up

-->Now that the new year has passed and we approach Autumn and cooler months I had best catch you all up.

Well we left Coffs Harbour December 22nd. We move on down to Wauchope to Jan (Michael's mum) for Christmas. Our sit in Coffs Harbour had finished early due to the owners coming home early due to illness. We have secured another house sit in Hervey Bay from late January to late October next year. This is another area we both really want to explore. We also had a short one near Bundaberg for a week, which also gave us the chance to check out the area.  Yes I know we're suppose to be going south, but when opportunity knocks we took it.

So what has happened since the last update, well we have a new home on wheels. We traded the caravan in on a Travelhome Macquarie Fifth Wheeler. She’s 29 feet long and luxurious.
She unfortunately doesn’t have the internal storage as the caravan had, but she makes up for what can be stored outside.

I finally got my electric bike back after the controller packed it in again. We’ve also now discovered the battery is on the way out, Michael thinks it’s sat too long at the shop and has deteriorated over time.  We had both gotten involved with the Coffs Cycle bug group and regularly rode more than 50km’s a week. Certainly makes it easier to keep up with them with the electric bike.  I’d found a couple of craft groups and enjoy regular catch-ups.I have also managed to get a couple of classes organised.

We spent new years with my brother Peter’s place near Warwick to de-clutter some more and re-sort the container again. As when we put Chris’s stuff in there we just placed his stuff on top of ours, so not secured. Speaking of Chris, he and Rachel have enjoyed 4 months touring through Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and Myanmar (Burma).  They will arrived in the states mid December, spent Christmas with Rachel's family and went up to Stow in Vermont for some snow skiing after Christmas and new year.  

Getting use to have Rosey around again, I think she is enjoying the caravanning side of it all.  The house sitting side gets her out and about without the lead, which can be a pain at times.
We bought her a new bed, which doubles as her travel caddy. She travels exceptionally well, I put her harness on and she goes into the caddy and goes to sleep. 
She's going blind now so keeping a close eye on her as she is starting to bump into things.

We are now settled in our house sit at Hervey Bay and as usual haven't taken long to get into the swing of things. Michael is enjoying here immensely as the wind has been kind to him and stuck around for weeks. As well as kiting he's been 'yogaering'(is that such a word) and has again started to Ref the Touch Footy. He's also gone for a couple of rides with the local groups, I hope to start once my new battery arrives (which it finally has).  I have gotten involved with a craft group and will be doing three workshops whilst we're here. I am also helping with a local Community support group two days a week. No rest for the wicked.
We ducked up to Rockhampton a couple of weeks ago and visited my sister and my nieces for a couple of birthdays in the family, was nice catching up with family.
I have been stitching and have almost finished four of my blocks for my 'outback quilt', can't rush these things.  I'm also working on getting more of my tutorials I did on Joggles into my Esty shop so everyone can access them now. I am almost finished my 'Twines of Nature' and ' Cheerful Flutters', they should be up soon. And if you missed it my Beetle is still up at the moment.

Well that's about it for now, happy stitching.

Saturday, 5 December 2015

My Stumpwork Beetle

Well if you have ever wanted to make my Stumpwork beetles, here is your chance. 

For a short time you can download the tutorial in my Etsy shop for a very special price of $5.95 (AU).

There are other tutorials available from my shop also. More will be added over the coming weeks, so keep a watch out.


Sunday, 8 November 2015

Christmas Gift making.

Well whilst I've got the sewing machine out, I figured I might get some more sewing done. Back in early August when we were up in Brisbane, I spend a couple of days out at my brothers place. They purchased a little pop top van. I made new curtains and a table cloth in matching fabric for Donna. I took the scraps and promised I would make her some accessories for her and Peter for Christmas. So this is what I made with the scraps. Two place-mats, two drink coasters, two tea towel hanging towels and a pot holder. I did buy some extra fabric to match. The fabric that the curtains were made from is the same in the top of the tea towel holders. Love the colours, very bright.
 This shows the full set.

 The coasters
Two place mats
 A pot holder that was very fiddly to make. Certainly won't be making another one.... ever.
And two towel holders.

I'm pretty sure Donna will like them, as she is always appreciative of the things I make for her.

Saturday, 7 November 2015

Last drawer now finished.

Last big drawer cover finished. The block I used for this one was from a round robin I did a few years ago. The work is exquisite, I think it was the Pearls and lace one, Kathy Shaw was one of the participants, along with Nicki Lee, Susan Locke and Rita Cruz. This one is my favourite, mainly due to the block and the colours, just love it.

Thank you ladies for giving me such a wonderful keepsake.

And close ups:

I will followup in a few weeks once they are placed in the van.

Thursday, 5 November 2015

What to do with CQ Blocks?????

I've been doing the  courses that Kathy Shaw has provided FREE of charge over the last year.

Well I emailed Kathy to say she hadn't sent me the next lesson of the last course, not realizing there wasn't another one to come.  So she suggested I go back to the start and redo it.  Well not quiet, but what does one do with all those blocks we've just embellished.

Well we have purchased our next 'mobile home' to continue our travels around Australia.
Old one:

New one:
My 'Craft room' consists of four plastic drawers and a sewing machine. In the previous van hubby had pulled out the lounge and my 4 drawers sat nicely there with a curtain that come over the top and latched into the wall at the bottom. This stopped movement whilst we were traveling.

But as this has a different floor plan we've had to re-think where to put my 'Craft room' - four drawers. So two will be situated at the front of the van in the bedroom area one either side. The other two will fit under the kitchen table. Now that they are separated we can't use the same curtain set up. This photo show's the back of the van where the table and lounge is. Can't pull the lounge out on this one, too difficult.

So I thought about it for a while and came up with the idea of individual slip covers for them. This way if they fall over during travel the drawers will stay in and the contents won't spill over the floor.
So using the blocks from this course I am making four covers. Here is the first one, three more to go.
Front view:
 The top, I will eventually embellish this, as it's also lined.
 Sides have the same fabric, the back is just calico (muslin).
 Close up of the block. Didn't end up putting a beetle on, would have gotten caught on a lot of things.

There is always different uses for our blocks, not just quilts or covers for books etc. Think outside the box everyone.

Thank you Kathy for another excellent class.