A place for family and friends to reach me
A place for family and friends to reach me
Stay in if you can, Stay safe as possible and wear a mask out, Keep busy and stay sane.
I can remember my very first hand quilted item which was made out skirt material I had left over from red, white and blue dress-making fabric, an idea which came from watching the Queen's Jubilee on television. I still have this item somewhere I will have to look for it and put a picture up.
There are four chairs in yellow and four in turquoise. It was fun doing this project and they brighten up the dining room beautifully.
I enjoy computing, and decided to try another attempt at blogging.
I made contact with a good internet friend who sold me this machine and who delivered it personally from the UK. She has motivated me to carry on with learning this powerful machine and we zoomed yesterday and gave me a few hints and tips.
I was amazed at how much I had forgotten about Passap Machines, I used to own a Passap years ago which was a manual one. I am encouraged and motivated to get on learning tomorrow. I had to leave it today as I wasn't well. So tomorrow I will be starting with the casting on, as I checked the machine was oiled yesterday and the carriage cross the bed like a dream.
I have been knitting since the age of six years old and was taught by my mother but most of the female members of my family were very good knitters. I never profess to be a great knitter but I knit well enough to make garments that people don't mind wearing. :)
I have been learning Bobbiin Lace for quite a few years. I think I started in the 90's but became a bit busy to carry it on. I started again about ten years later but then my eyes began to fade and needed an operation to have my cataracts done. It took quite a while before my eyes had deteriorated enough for an operation on my left eye and then about another year after I had my right eye operated on. This was a life saver and I could continue with my hobbies.
I love doing hand embroidery it is so meditative. I sometimes use it on quilts like the La Vignette quilt I yet have to finish. I can't wait to finish it but it will be another 12 months before I do.
I was travelling in Australia in the 90's and looking for a magazine to read on a flight from Alice Springs to Darwin and entered a newsagents and purchased a magazine that would change my life. I discovered machine embroidery and the magazine was written by Jenny Haskins. At the time I owned a mechanical Bernina Record 730 machine which was a little workhorse but could not do the machine embroidery I was interested in. On return from Australia I went about searching for a suitable new sewing Machine and purchased a Bernina 730 Q/E (Quilting and Embroidery). I haven't looked back I still have the old mechanical but I do love the new 730 even if it is obsolete now. Maybe one day I will invest in one of the new top of the line machines but currently I am very happy with the machine I have.
I was lucky enough to have a beautiful cat calle Tay she was a Heinz Variety. I had her from a kitten in 1965 and I was about five days to getting her spayed but found that she was pregnant. She had five delightful kittens and I kept two of them Buster and Errol. It was a marvellous experience holding her paw whilst she gave birth. She lived to a ripe old age of 19 and one of her sons Errol lived to the age 18. Errol's brother sadly disappeared and we never found out where he went. I purchased two beautiful Norwegian Forest Cats, Cassie and Denzil, from the Zelandonnii website.
This was the first bag I ever made. It is one of Mrs. H's and it was supposed to be made in cotton fabric but I decided to adapt it and make it in Faux Leather, PU. I have since been working with www.rjafmakes.com and been learning to do some quite sophisticated items which I will put pictures up on future postings. The tutorials are excellent and I would recommend anyone to join Becky's club.
I have just purchased this lovely cone Hydrangea and it is very pretty. I try to propogate all my flowers and vegetables and grow organically. I am currently experimenting and doing some winter sowing using 5 Ltre Plastic Water bottle.
I am delighted to find that this beautiful plant above has survived the winter and is beginning to produce buds for this season. I can't wait to find out what kind of flower it produces. It should be like the above picture. Here is hoping it is a grand addition to the garden. :)
I enjoy crochetting and amigurumi. One of my favourite projects was the amigurumi reindeer I made for a Christmas charity.
Lovely summer evening through the nets :)