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I have six knitting machines, five Knitmasters and a PASSAP £6000. Istarted using machines in 1970 but tended to turn to quilting and machine embroidery for a while but I want to return to
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 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.
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 I haven't looked back I still have the old mechanical but I do love the new 730 even if it is obsolete now.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 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 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 bottles.
I enjoy crochetting and amigurumi. One of my favourite projects was the amigurumi reindeer I made for a Christmas charity.
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