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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Finding my mojo!

This year has been a very busy one for me - don't get me wrong, I am not complaining .......

I have been very, very busy teaching this year .......................... and while I absolutely love it, I am feeling tired and a little drained. One thing about teaching so much is that I do not have time to do the projects that reside in my head and keep me awake at night.

One of the aspects of teaching that I particularly enjoy, is that I can create vicariously through my students.
Lovely Angie had just completed the first series of workshops with me and decided to dive into a rather over whelming project. After, a few lessons she arrived at my class and informed me that she had lost her mojo. Perfect timing, I thought. I had a project that had been swirling around in my head for years but I knew I would never have the time to do.
I suggested that she do it instead.

In typical Angie style, she dived right in.

I taught her the stitches

which she promptly added her style to...................

I loved seeing the project come to life...........

It was such a joy to see Angie having so much fun with the process too.

On and on it went

One glorious hexagon after another.......

Angie's embroidery is joyous and exuberant.......................

.........perfect and relaxed ..............

After she had completed it............

she very kindly let me take it home for a few weeks........... gaze at ....................

I don't have to make one myself...............

because Angie did it for me.
Let me just say, that I do not think I could have done such an amazing job of it as she did. Angie has her unique style and stitch fingerprint, and this stunning work belongs to her.
However, my mojo has now left the building, is there anyone out there that can find it for me??
Jenny C

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Diana's crazy quilting

I got to see Diana's completed crazy  - she attended my workshops at Maleny Magic at the beginning of the year.
Diana's stash consisted mainly of antique fabrics - she actually arrived with antique dresses etc that she simply cut into, much to the horror of a few members of the class.

I love the simplicity of her work.

The almost monochromatic background allowed her embroidery to "stand alone".

However, and this is my personal opinion, this monochromatic background dictates that the seam treatments remain clear and contained.

If too much embroidery is done, the crazy becomes one "blob" of embroidery and the block loses it's crazy shapes.

I encouraged Diana to include the button "bands" of the dresses to add texture and interest.

I do love Diana's crazy.........

Elegant, nostalgic ..............

With some very interesting seam treatments.

Her collection of vintage buttons were so lovely too.
Thank you Diana for allowing me to share your very lovely work.
Jenny C

Monday, September 26, 2016

Miniatures and crazy quilting

This is a bit of the embroidery I did on a bag for my mom - wool on wool!

Bettye (Tuesday class) also spends her time making miniatures - look how tiny they are - the pink thimble gives you an idea of the size.

I mean, the strawberries!

Not to mention the prawns, oysters and tarts.

Back to crazy - Marie is making something new - using denim.

As you all know by now that these gorgeous hexies belong to Marie too.

Maureen - our new "virgin" in the class was so very pleased with her roses.

Gail, as usual, is doing something interesting and unique.

Gwen, my "oldest" student (been coming to my classes for over 9 years) is also onto something new.

Pretty hexies.

Very pretty hexies.

Some of my stuff I carry with me from class to class.

See you all soon.
Jenny C

Thursday, September 22, 2016

A book bag

We have this special group that meet every fortnight at my home to "stitch/drink wine"
Letitia loves to write and as it was her birthday I decided to make her a book bag to take to her writing classes.

I dived into my stash of up-cycled men's jackets that I have found at thrift stores.

Found what I wanted and proceeded to remove the lining.

After measuring the book......................keeping the pocket detail.

I needed a few shapes - and I knew where I could find some - my friend Jane - the queen of the UFO's had plenty.

I simply stitched the shapes.

I had a few clamshells left over from the quilt I made for my mother so.............

I added them to the bottom of the bag.

However, my machine stitching was not the tidiest so I added a raggedy herringbone..

That meant I need to add a bit to the other shapes too.

Jane (the UFO queen ) had a lovely yellow and grey spot for the lining.

I made handles form cotton strapping that I found amongst my stash.

The evening was so much fun..........

Mexican theme

And a piñata .

Till next time,