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International Postcard swap

At some stage I came across a call out from the Solihull Embroiderer’s Group for a postcard swap. After sharing with the GeeTAG group I decided to use some of the fun experimentation at a recent workshop in Hobart (Stitching & Beyond Group) with Alsyn Midgelow-Marsden to create a mini postcard version of an art piece I am working on for the S&B travelling Challenge Exhibition. Unfortunately I forgot to take a picture of the completed postcard before posting off! However I have received a wonderful postcard in return from Helen in Solihull:

Postcard from Solihull, UK

Also posted off recently has been my contribution to the ATASDA Faces and Flora Suitcase travelling exhibition. I am looking forward to organising the distribution of the travelling suitcase exhibition around Victoria, and perhaps Tasmania if requested-just need a local in Tasmania to organise some venues and groups to host the suitcase. This is the almost finished piece, just before adding a backing and facing:

Aunty Helen Brotherton

I love the effect of the beautiful natural dyed silk velvet from Arlee. The indicative piece of basket weaving is eucalyptus dyed silk tape and the clothing is from an op shop silk shirt. The glasses are a fabric printed from an indigenous artist.


June 19, 2019 at 10:10 pm Leave a comment

Much Arty Fun

This post will be a catch up on how much fun I have been having over this month with making my faces quiltie for the ATASDA Travelling Suitcase Exhibition, Sketchbook Revival- a free crazy full on arts extravaganza, making my Challenge piece for Stitching & Beyond (Tasmania) travelling exhibition, making a postcard to post off to the Solihull embroiderer’s Group for a swap, attending a wonderful workshop-After Mirka Mora with Deb Brearley and another workshop with Carolyn Hawkins at the Bluebird Foundation.

Basket making with Carolyn, a drawing and watercolour from the session with Carla Sonheim and postcard in process:

After Mirka Mora:

After Mirka Mora

And the two travelling pieces in process: some hand stitching needed on the Faces piece to knock back the colour before I back and bind it to send off this week and the base level for Ancient Strata .

In progress

May 26, 2019 at 7:50 pm Leave a comment

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Xmas

I have been housebound with my only trips out being to the hospital for the last 3 weeks following surgery. Due to ongoing issues it is not looking like I will be out of the house for another week. Luckily I am able to do little tasks like sitting and stitching and using the computer so not totally dire. Also I can water and enjoy all the beautiful flowers that are out at the moment including this amazing fuschia:


The GeeTAG group held their Christmas party on December 10th which I wasn’t able to attend, but Marilyn very kindly picked up my little pudding parcel for our stitching KK and dropped a new parcel back to me. The idea was to prepare a parcel of textile goodies in a colour scheme that could be used to create our last postcard (or book page) of the year.

I received a huge parcel in return and did curse the sender a little as I sat and unravelled all the threads and ironed all the sari silk pieces. However it did give me time, as I sorted and bagged everything up, to think about the bits and pieces and what sort of postcard I would make from them. I think I have channelled the thoughts of the giver.


I used inktense sticks to colour the background, which was cut from the calico bag the parcel came in. There was an organza star embellished sleeve included which became the stars in the night sky. There was an interesting piece of natural dyed cotton which became the stable.

The Magi is in progress: I will hand embellish all the beautiful sari silk pieces and other little treasures onto the pelmet vilene before hand stitching in place.


Also trying to get a few christmas gifts made in between naps.




December 14, 2016 at 8:45 am Leave a comment

GeeTAG and Postcards

The GeeTAG group I belong to meets on the second Saturday of the month to share ideas, inspire each other and learn/have a go at new techniques. A small group of us organise the details including a yearly program, update the blog and forward interesting items via an email list. Each year we propose a program at our February meeting for discussion, based on an online survey we email out at the end of each year. The group often has a flow in and out of members, some move on to pursue their own work and new members are always joining when they see the fun we have with fabric and thread.

For 2016 we decided to scale back on the ‘workshops’ as we found the same people were doing all the work to run workshops which we run over and over again for the new members. Instead of full scale workshops requiring lots of materials we run mini tutorials where we demo a technique quickly and email out a technique sheet for people to try at home. We are also running a ’15 minutes of fame’ session bi-monthly as many of our members are very accomplished textilers and it is great to see all the different ways they produce some beautiful works.

Our program this year has been to propose a theme and a technique each month for which members are encouraged to produce a postcard piece of textile art. Of course some of our members are taking this further by producing book pages, or a number of postcards each month. One of our members, who has a stash beyond life expectancy, generously makes  up little packages for us each year for our xmas meeting. This is designed to be used for a ‘starter’ for the next year’s program. This year we all received a bonbon of goodies, mine included lots of interesting images on paper, stamps, little tiles, embroidery threads, ribbons etc all in a subtle vintage pastel colour range. The idea was to create a decorated box in which to place our postcards. Mine is a layered collage on calico to which I am adding the TAST stitches each week, eventually becoming a very heavily embroidered cover for my tetley tea bag box.

I have all my postcards in various levels of completeness, hopefully I will catch up in the upcoming mid year break. This is the one for May, theme Flotsam and Jetsom, technique recycled . First step was some fabric manipulation using hand stitch of some re-gifted, well washed calico onto a backing of curtain sample. Each day when I walk the dogs at the beach it is interesting to see the different patterns left as the tide flows out. One day there was a distinct smocked appearance to the beach with all the items embedded into the sand so I have attempted that look here.


It has been coloured with inktense sticks and ironed flat. It will be embellished with stitch and found objects to create the beach after the tidal flow.

I am also hoping to enter an item in the upcoming local exhibition at Studio 54 for the Bellarine Arts Trail on Melbourne Cup Week so that will also keep me busy over the holidays. Perhaps next year I will be organised enough to be a host venue.

June 13, 2016 at 11:44 am 1 comment

ATC/Postcard swap complete

Just a quick post of the swaps we recently sent, now they have been received in Canberra and North Devon.

For Ebony from Claudia (Doreen emailed this scan for me, thanks Doreen)

ATC for Ebony from Claudia

Ebony made this gorgeous ATC for Claudia:

And for Val;

Val sent the most beautiful postcard and ATC for me and an ATC for Claudia shown here.

The theme for the swap was spring, and I had a piece of fabric on which I had originally painted four roses (for a spring swap last year with Susan!)

rose p:card:val:eThis is the one I worked on for Val as it fitted the postcard size best. It has some pink fibres and some leaf shapes from the scrap bits of painted fabric covered with chiffon scarf and FME’d. It is finished with hand stitching and beading.

I still have the other two roses and am trying to decide whether to cut into ATC size for the Creative fibre arts group swap, or keep them whole and finish as quilties. These two have fragments of silk paper added, then FME over a chiffon scarf (I have a great collection of these scarves from the Op shop).

roses:eProgress on the casalguido:

casalguido weaving started:e


casalguido weaving started:croppedI think the casalguido stitch is ideal for the tree, great texture. The thread for the stem stitch over the top is cotton a broder, between a pearl 8 and 12 in thickness. Hopefully I’ll finish this off today and add some needlewoven leaves. 

My sampler is a bit haphazard, unlike Sharon’s fantastic examples!!

I’m hoping to try out some of the needlewoven stitches from Effie’s book (which I have borrowed from the library, but like so much I’ve ordered it from Boomerang Books) in the space next to the tree.

effie needlweaving:eCheers

Off to stitch!

June 7, 2009 at 12:26 pm 1 comment

Jimmy Rocks Torquay

I had a fantastic time last night singing and dancing along to Jimmy Barnes. Jimmy  and his band, which included his two daughters on back up vocals and his son on drums, were singing at the Torquay pub beer garden and we were squashed in like sardines. I went along with some girlfriends and one of my D1’s friends and it was great to see all the older Cold Chisel fans had brought their kids (18-20 year olds as you have to be over 18 to get into the pub) along and they were rockin’ too.

I have managed to catch up on a few outstanding p/cards and ATC’s. These will be sent off tomorrow with New Year greetings.

cards-08And here is a close up of one

cardAlthough they started with the same base, each one is slightly different. I decided to try out a few different colours and threads for the finishing edges. To add an Australian flavour I FME’d gum leaves onto organza to attach and collected some seed pods and she-oak seed capsules on my morning walk.

While my SIL was visiting from US she bought some sock wool and was knitting socks for the return back to the snow and freezing weather. Claudia was fascinated with the sock wool and how the stripes appeared so of course she ended up with a pair as well.

socksTo thank my generous SIL I made her a bracelet with some freshwater pearls and a beautiful stone someone had given me.

closeI had a lovely email today from Kim in the US who had seen my comment on Susan Lenz’s Cyberfyber site. Kim is visiting Australia and New Zealand in January and asked for some tips on places to see in Melbourne or Sydney. I put together an email with lots of links to places of interest in Melbourne, so if anyone else would like it just let me know. Also there is voting for the reader’s choice Postcard and ATC awards on CyberFyber so if you have time drop over, have a browse and leave some comments. There are some truly wonderful pieces of art on display, very inspiring.

Cheers, till next time.

January 5, 2009 at 8:34 pm 2 comments

What a wonderful parcel!

Just a quick post to show the gorgeous ATC and postcard Claudia received in the mail today from Susan Lenz.


Claudia was so excited, when I asked her what she liked best about the postcard, she said “all of it”. The postcard has the most beautiful soft embellished texture with some gorgeous ‘jewels’ and the ATC is Claudia’s favourite colour with some lovely girl’s bling. Thankyou so much Susan for your wonderful encouragement of Claudia (and all the lovely things you said on your blog too!).



September 18, 2008 at 10:52 pm 2 comments

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