one down, one to go

November 6, 2008 at 10:07 am 3 comments

What a relief!! I spent all day yesterday at the computer and books and finished the first draft of my 4000 word research project submission. It has been emailed to my uni supervisors for comment after which I will polish it for final submission next Thursday. I have a non compulsory assignment (only 1000 words) due this Saturday. I have about 400 words down, so I’m taking a break before finishing it off.

Firstly I’d like to thank the very generous Sharon for sending me the following book. I have been reading about the Bayeux tapestry and she had this one spare.


As I told Sharon, I’m hanging out for the xmas break to get back to some fun stitching. Luckily in Oz it’s 5 weeks and also summer so it’ll be stitching in between visits to the beach. We are very lucky to be only a five minute drive from a beautiful beach and the boys love to get out for a spot of surfing.

The first thing I’ll be doing is starting on Maggie Grey’s workshop. I have bought her latest book “Textile Translations” via the publishers. When you buy the book you can log in on-line for extra fun activities and there is also a yahoo group to show and tell.


Last week I managed to get to our textile group afternoon get together for the first time in several months. A few of the girls had attended the Fibreforum in September at Geelong Grammar. They had stocked up on felt and felting supplies so we played around with hand needle felting. The blue piece with the flower was my first effort. It was an eyes closed lucky dip for the base felt and the flower. I also used some of Dale’s funky felted yarn.


I then decided to try out some felting onto an op shop scarf, needs a little more work but has possibilities. The top piece was onto a very lightweight felt, also has possibilities.

No 2 son loves to pick up old BMX bikes at the op shop. He pulls bits off and puts together new combinations, great fun for him and great learning about mechanical processes (takes after his father who rebuilt his first car engine at 12!)

So he dragged me to the op shops last Saturday. Unfortunately no bikes at all (it was a long weekend for the Melbourne Cup and all the tourists were out op shopping too) however I did find a few good mags and a couple of silk ties. There have been a few good ideas on-line using these. The three hard cover books (circa 1975) are for a future Maggie Grey workshop.



Entry filed under: Felting, op shopping, Textile Group.

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  • 1. sharon young  |  November 6, 2008 at 6:45 pm

    Hi Jo
    Congratulations on finishing your dissertation, I know what an achievement that is, having done one for my degree.
    I wish you hadn’t mentioned summer, we have been waking up to grey light and rain for at least a week now in the UK and it’s increasing by SAD by the day 😦
    Love your felt samples, the top left looks like Nuno felt and I love the beginnings on the flowered scarf.
    Great charity shop finds, I used to have a collection of Craft magazines years ago when the kids were small and I didn’t have time to use them, now I have the time I don’t have them any more.
    Glad you enjoyed the book.

  • 2. susan shepard  |  November 21, 2008 at 7:21 am

    I’m going to have to get Maggie’s book as well. Too good to pass up. Your op shop buys look good.

  • 3. sharonb  |  November 23, 2008 at 11:11 am

    Hi Aussie Jo I just wanted to say thanks for the lovely comment you made on my blog about my latest diamond shaped crazy quilt blocks. You did not leave you email addy so I thought I would try here.
    Sharon b


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