Great weather for frogs

November 22, 2009 at 11:09 am 1 comment

Unfortunately, not so great weather for building ponds. I had arranged a working bee at my school to create a frog pond for our environmental studies unit on water. However it has been bucketing down rain all night and all this morning so far, so we have had to postpone. However I am not complaining. After 4-5 weeks of no rain it is very welcome. As a completely amazing contrast, today Sydney is to have 41C . Let’s hope there are no raging bushfires up there.

In the first week of November I was lucky enough to participate in our Guild Branch’s Phyllis Brown Scholarship workshop, held annually. This year the workshop was two days with the embroiderer extraordinaire, Annie Huntley, making a beautiful felted bag. It was supposed to be an ’embroidered garden’ bag, but once again I went off on a tangent, changing the basic shape  so that mine became more of a ‘turkish’ bag. More stitching and beading is to be done on this:

It was a great class in great company where we felted the bag on the first day and embroidered on the second. Everyone’s bags were slightly different but all were gorgeous. I will post some pics of the other bags on the Creative T’Arts blog when they come through.

Claudia had fun at her last Junior embroidery meeting for the year, where they stitched xmas brooches. It was a great atmosphere as all the girls sat around stitching and chatting, they are a lovely group. This is Claudia’s, not quite finished.

Our November meeting of the Creative T’Arts was last Saturday and we began with a tyvek/paper/tissue/PVA exercise. It was great fun sharing around all the bits people had brought along. Once again the pics will be on the group blog when I get them, but this was my result.

Pauline gave us each one of her lovely teacup paper napkins, Pauleen gave us some lovely glitzy leaf wrapping paper and I added some shiva rubbings on tissue paper and coloured tissue paper. For the final layer I coloured the PVA with some yellow and red acrylic paint. As the base is Tyvek it can be easily stitched into so I may cut it up to try a few different stitch possibilities.

I didn’t get onto the metal part of this workshop so that will have to wait until ‘after thesis writing’. (Probably after xmas).



Entry filed under: Creative T'Arts, Felting, Paper arts.

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  • 1. Heather Martin  |  December 14, 2009 at 5:22 am

    I’ve just been reading back through a few of your posts and have to say that the velvet bags decorated with flowers are so lovely – yours is gorgeous and the fritillary made for Fibre Forum is exquisite. That Creative T’Arts exercise looks great fun and I love Claudia’s brooch and your bag already. When they are finished they will be fantastic. Good luck with the thesis and have a super Christmas and Happy New Year.


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