Back, at last

August 1, 2008 at 11:02 pm 5 comments

Well, it has been a tumultuous two weeks.

Two weeks ago the laptop refused to do anything but a flashing question mark. After a weekend of to-ing and fro-ing of emails and on-line forums I received the diagnosis – dead hard drive. And it’s only two years old. As I was working all week I didn’t get the chance to drive to Melbourne to buy a new hard drive until the following weekend  (only cost $73 for a hard drive more than twice as big as the former one and also faster!). I performed the operation myself, just a few screws and this week has been spent re-installing programs, I still have to load all the files I had backed up to an external hard drive, including all our photos. The moral of the story, don’t trust any of your equipment, and back up, back up, back up.

These two beautiful ATC’s were sent  to Claudia and I by Anne from France. Sorry Anne but I have lost all my bookmarks so I can’t link to you. The embroidery is so fine, it is a wonderful example to Claudia to aspire to.

I will post the ATC’s Claudia and I have sent in return, hopefully they will have arrived by now, although you never know how long it’s going to take!!

Claudia has added some buttonole stitch, beading and couching to hers. My base was constructed from pieces of offcuts of painted fabric and silk paper, machine stitched and hand stitched with beading. Claudia has also finished a postcard for a trade with Susan Lenz and is working on an ATC for Susan as well. We’ll post those when they have been sent.

As I had to go to Melbourne to pick up the hard drive, I took Claudia to her first Stitches and Craft Show which was on at Jeff’s shed (aka the Melbourne Exhibition Centre). We had a lovely day and Claudia had fun in a couple of workshops. I was amazed at how many children there were at the show this year. Below is the bag Claudia decorated with fused fabric flowers and Shiva stick rubbings. She also had fun with fibres and angelina.

The Stitches and Craft shows are great to find items that are not readily available in our local shops. I borrowed the following book on beaded embroidery from the local library, but could not start one of the embroideries until I found the smooth gold metallic purl. Luckily I found some on Alison Holt’s booth at the show. I would have loved to do Alison’s embroidery workshop but we couldn’t fit it in.

Cheers, till next time, happy embroidering.


Entry filed under: ATC's, Beading, Hand embroidery.

Busy, Busy again Post from far North Queensland

5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Doreen Grey  |  August 1, 2008 at 11:43 pm

    Nice to have you back online Jo I missed you.
    I love the cards from Anne she does the most amazing cross stitch–Ebony and I received ATC samplers of the alphabet and numbers from her.
    Love the ones that you both sent in return and what a lovely bag Claudia decorated she really is going ahead in leaps and bounds–well done Claudia.

  • 2. sharon young  |  August 2, 2008 at 6:42 am

    Hi Jo-Anne
    Great to have you back on the blog, I missed you too. Gorgeous ATC’s you and Claudia made and her bag looks absolutely wonderful. What a thrill for you to take her to the show and see her absorb it all.
    I love Alison Holt’s work.

  • 3. shirleyannesherris  |  August 2, 2008 at 9:46 am

    I am very impressed – installing your new hard drive yourself.
    I have 2 external hard drives after losing work in a crash so everything is saved in triplicate and that doesn’t include the discs which are not so up to date – a must do.

  • 4. susan shepard  |  August 5, 2008 at 3:22 am

    I hate computer problems, especially when the cost $$. Hope yours are sorted out for a good bit of time to come.

  • 5. Veri  |  August 9, 2008 at 10:32 pm

    you made some very beautiful embroiderys!! can you recommend the book from Carol Andrews? greetings – Veri


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