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Friday, July 21, 2017

Goodbyes, or rather, Au Revoir (part 2)

Mary and Norrie drove from Brisbane to Maleny (quite a fair way) to join the workshops at Maleny Magic.

Mary was not quite sure what she was getting herself into.......................


She needn't have worried, she settled into the embroidery beautifully...........


Mary was the slow and steady one in the class..................


It paid off - her crazy project is beautiful and meticulous ...........


Mary told me that she had learned so many stitches and tried then all.


Beautiful silk ribbon looped flowers (page 88 Foolproof Crazy-quilt projects)


Feather stitch, spider web roses (page 91 Foolproof Crazy-quilt projects) and a few tufted buds ( page 93 Foolproof Crazy-quilt projects)


Beaded daisy (page 81 Foolproof  Crazy Quilting)


Agapanthus (page 86 Foolproof  Crazy Quilting)


Looped stitch flower (page 88 Foolproof Crazy-quilt projects) and stab stitch couching (page 91 Foolproof  Crazy Quilting) couched rickrack  (page 90 Foolproof  Crazy Quilting)
Mary used bought trims sparingly - twice, in fact, - my kind of crazy!


Spider web (page 88 90 Foolproof  Crazy Quilting)


Woven spiderweb flowers (page 74 Foolproof  Crazy Quilting) I love her colour chioce


Beaded rounded petals (page 83 Foolproof  Crazy Quilting) - her seam treatments are interesting but concise - LOVE!


Mary's Cretan stitch (page 72 Foolproof  Crazy Quilting) - neat and perfectly spaced.


I enjoyed having Mary in my class - calm, friendly, helpful. Hopefully, we will meet again.
Thank you so much for allowing me to share your gorgeous work, Mary.
Until next time.
 
Jenny C
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Saturday, July 15, 2017

Goodbyes, or rather, Au Revioir (part 1)

Saying goodbye to my students is tough for me................... most of my workshops span 6 months - so I get to really know people, lovely people - and I make strong connections with them.

So, we have come to the end of ANOTHER workshop with the Caboolture ladies. They gave me beautiful flowers and a very touching card from them all.


Ann came to me as a seasoned embroiderer.

We worked on a wool, silk ribbon and felt project.


Needless to say, it is glorious!


Stunning colour palette


A mixture of stitch techniques.


Beautiful


I did not get to take of photos of Elaine's work on my last lesson- waaaay too much on the go. Hopefully she will send photos through to me. Her work is gorgeous too.


Betty's work - always different and striking.


And Aisla - her work is always so very, very pretty and feminine. She greets me with the biggest hug at the beginning of every class - what a way to settle my nerves.


I did have a few "virgins" in this class but all my photos were shocking, Elaine or Ann, if you reading this could you ask Robyn and Louise to send me some photos, PLEASE??
 
Till next time
Jenny C
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Progression ........

One of the things many of us love about crazy quilting is how time consuming it is. It's something we do by ourselves and for ourselves. I do enjoy the fact that it is a pastime I share with the Victorian women (who started it all) - it's a gentle art ; an exploration of thread, fabric, beads and self.
I always encourage my students to enjoy the "slow stitching" process; "being mindful of sustainability, simplicity, reflection" (quote from "Slow Stitch" by Claire Wellesey-Smith)   Slow and steady, staying present with each stitch and bead, not rushing off to find another thing to pop onto our work, before we have even completed the seam treatment we are working on. Start where you are and use what you have ( a favorite mantra of mine) - that includes your skill, time, fabrics, threads etc.
The first thing I say to my students is "enjoy the process, if at the end,  your work is beautiful, that is an added bonus". The beauty is in the doing.


Some embroidery that I am playing with at the moment.









Till next time. 
Jenny C

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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

gravitas

Gravitas - weight, dignity, presence (Oxford Dictionary)

Time and time again, I say that I feel so privileged to teach this beautiful fabric and embroidery art form. I have met (and made very special bonds) with so many women over the years.
Their work reflects their personality and what is important to them.
Rosemary joined my classes at the Patchwork Angel a few years ago (too many to count). We are kindred spirits; we are both from Africa and are immigrants in this beautiful country we now call home.

Rosemary's crazy quilting has gravitas, its the only word that I could find to describe her work.
She has kept, and treasured,  bits of clothing (her school dress, her father's silk pyjamas, her children's bootees etc etc) buttons, upholstery fabrics and has used them in her crazy.

Everything Rosemary attaches to her work is attached to her life. Even if the button or braid is not old, it is there for a reason - slow stitching at its best.

Letters from her children when they were young have been transferred to fabric and included in her hexagons.

Suffolk puffs made by a friend.......... I think the blue check is her school uniform.


Her son's school tie, the label and fabric from her school dress, linen from the iconic Victoria Hotel in Zimbabwe, an army badge.


Her new born child's foot prints, lace from her wedding dress..........hence the wedding button..........the elephant is a swing tag from an item of clothing.............


Her father's silk pyjamas............... the list goes on.


..........and on.......................


In a time when we can buy anything yet nothing is attached to us, Rosemary's work has weight, it counts for something - memories stitched down..................it reflects what is important to her; a life lived and her family.


A legacy for her children and grandchildren. Rosemary's work is special, very special.



Thank you, Rosemary. Thank you.
Till next time.

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