Thursday, 29 June 2017

June 2017

For our meeting this month, four of us met for morning tea  in the coffee shop at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney . Over a hot cuppa, we shared show and tell. Although some of us were busy elsewhere, show and tell is still possible via technology.

First up is Gerri's main item for the Order and Chaos display by the Embroiderers's Guild at Darling Harbour. Stitched onto a kitchen seive using variegated threads with added beads and bling.

This little thimble holder was made by Sheila. Using felt as a base, the flowers were stitched with hand dyed knitting cotton, fly stitch and beading. The edge is done in double pekinese stitch.

 The above flower, Robyn's favourite subject, has been created  on a small, plain, index card. This one  has been drawn by Robyn using Pitt pens and water colour pencils.

Jenny was excited to be playing with a new stitch. Called 'Rose Stitch' , it is a filling stitch found in Schwalm work, where some threads are withdrawn from the base fabric, and the remaining fabric distorted with pulled stitches to create a new pattern.

Jenny had also started knitting a new scarf. Worked in a drop stitch pattern, the scarf is knitted with two different yarns. One is Morris Empire, a 100% merino 8 ply, while the second is Noro Silk Garden Lite, a 45% silk, 45% mohair and 10 % wool yarn from Japan. Both yarns were left overs from a previous project. The two together are creating an interesting effect.

Jenny has completed all the granny squares required to make her bag. The added mustard has given  some life to the mix. Next step, joining them all together.

These white face washers have been jazzed up with crochet edges by Gerri.

Gerri is also continuing to knit squares.

Jenny's bobbin lace hankie edging continues to grow. This pic shows it just about up to corner number 3.

This is a page from Sheila's sketchbook. The doodle began as three dots on a page and continued while waiting a very long time for an appointment.

Robyn had started an on-line water colour portrait course through Jeanne Oliver. The page above shows the grid mark up, while the one below shows her blind drawing.

Following morning tea, the four of wandered the museum, viewing 'Out of Hand - Materialising The Digital', an exhibition on the rise and use of 3D printing. There was a quick view of the Student Fashion for 2017, then the 'Love Is- Australian Wedding Fashion', where we all oohed and ahhhhed over the variety of style, colour and fabrics that go into the making of wedding attire.

As our normal meeting space, Guild headquarters,  is nearing it's completed renovations, we have maybe only one or two meetings left  "outside".  So please come back an join us next month to see where we go & what we do.

Friday, 26 May 2017

May 2017

Our meeting this month was held once again in Wendy's home, with  five of our members attending. First up was some yummy morning tea provided by Kathleen and Jenny. Then with clean fingers and hands, we began show and tell.

Kathleen had finished a quilt which utilised her squares from last year. Adding in some other shapes as well as the squares, Kathleen went through her stash to see what colour fabrics she had that would work. The fabrics were machine pieced, then hand quilted around the shapes.

Annette had been working on another robyn. This time in blackwork, still using the same greeting card as inspiration. Annette is trying to use the blackwork stitches to capture the contemporary stylised mood of the greeting card.  

Robyn had been working on this  small surface stitched piece which will be made into a phone/Opal card bag.

This clam-shell piece is Kathleen's problem piece. Using lovely soft colours and the clam shell shape, Kathleen is making this quilt for her Mum. With ideas from our group members, Kathleen will now  finish it to be a knee quilt so it doesn't need to be too long.

This little cardigan is one that Annette has made using variegated wool for Morris & Son's. The ruffles on the sleeves need to be removed as the Young Lady for whom it was made  bites at the ruffles when she wears it.

Jenny had been knitting more hats for winter. This one uses left over yarn form a jumper that she made last year. Jenny made use of the beginnings of a circular shawl pattern to begin this hat with double pointed needles. She then knitted out to the width she wanted, then decreased back to her head measurement and made a rib band. The hat is flat, a beret style which Jenny loves.

This is another hat that Jenny has knitted using the same idea as above, this time in a blue colour which she found in her stash. It is an 8 ply pure wool from Lyncraft.

Robyn is in the process of knitting a scarf from cotton yarn. The Willow leaf Scarf pattern is from the book 'Dyeing To Spin & Knit' and will be space dyed when completed.

Jenny has been making crochet Granny Squares using a pattern she found on Pinterest. The center flowers are from a single ball of Norro yarn that she bought on holiday some years back, and the blue is left over from her stash. The granny squares were meant to be made into a bag, however the problem exists that there is not enough of the Norro yarn to complete the number of squares required, nor may there be enough of the blue left in the stash to complete the project. So Jenny has added another colour of Norro ( also from her stash) and has decided to add some mustard to the mix to give the bag some life.

Our little group still  needs to be creative with our meeting space. Next moth will will be coming to you form the beautiful Southern Highlands of NSW. 

Saturday, 22 April 2017

April 2017

Our meeting this month was held at the Australian Museum here in Sydney. The idea was to view the exhibition "Transformations: Art of the Scott Sisters".

Three of our members met at the museum coffee shop for morning tea. The coffee shop is now located on the  4th floor of the museum with stunning views over Hyde Park and the city.

Following morning tea, the three of us spent much time viewing the wonderful drawings of the Scott Sisters, awing over the very fine detail contained within each one. It has opened our eyes again to the tiny life  that resides in our gardens.

One of our members had to leave early, and the remaining two enjoyed lunch on the balcony of the coffee shop in glorious sunshine, followed by a walk through the City.

As were were all on public transport, show and tell can be a little difficult. So show & tell this moth is once again brought to you via technology and emails.

Gerri has completed her work on the veil and it is now in Ulladulla in it's rightful place. 

Jenny had knitted herself a hat using leftover yarn from a cardigan. She had been on the lookout for slouchy hat patterns and found this one, 'Springtime in Philadelphia', free on Ravelry. The hat was supposed to be made in a fingering yarn, which is about a 4ply in Australian yarn. Jenny's yarn was an 8ply Morris Empire, a 100% merino yarn, and 3.75mm needles were used to make it a bit tighter. It's still a little big, just how Jenny likes them.

This is the beginning of another hat of Jenny's. The brown hat above needed to be more 'slouchy', so with this one Jenny has used the beginnings of a circular shawl pattern. It will be knitted out to the desired width, increasing every alternate row,  then decreased until her head circumference is reached. Then a rib band will be added. The yarn is left over Crimson 'Savanah yarn (70% wool 30% alpaca) which Jenny bought last year from Bendigo Woollen Mills and use to make this Jumper.

As our Guild building is still undergoing renovations, I'll wonder where we will meet next month and what we will get up to. Please join us in late May to check us out.

Saturday, 25 March 2017

March 2017

 Our March meeting was held in conjunction with the Convenors meeting at the Uniting Church Hall in Concord West. Only three of our members attended, so our blog post this month is helped along with internet and e-mails. All of our members have been stitching, just some of it will be shown here

Robyn had finished her sugar skull and has appliqued it onto it's denim background, enhancing the design with some free hand embroidery.

Susan had finished her "Ionian Embroidery Pincushion" which she started in a workshop in Bathurst. The workshop was held in February through the Bathurst EG with the tutor being Allison Snepp. It is a traditional Greek Island withdrawn thread embroidery. Susan enjoyed the workshop with Alison and is planning on attending more of her workshops.

Jenny had completed this bobbin lace Christmas bell decoration. The pattern came from an old Anna magazine and and DMC Cordonnet Special thread No 50 was used.

Annette had made some pear pincushion, inspired by one that Wendy had shown us in February. These ones were made from an old disintegrating tablecloth that had been stitched by her grandmother. The tablecloth had been used for special family occasions. The pincushions themselves proved a bit of a challenge, and a number of calico mistakes were made before the finished products were produced. Three pincushions in total were made, one for each of her sisters, and one for herself

This is a luggage tag that Annette has made  from another of her Grandma C's many embroideries.


Jenny had finally finished a cardigan that had been started a few years back. Made from Morris Empire "Clove" 100% merino yarn, the pattern is one that Jenny adapted from another. The full story of this cardigan can be found on Jenny's personal blog.

I wonder what we will get up to next month? Please pay us another visit to find out.

Friday, 24 February 2017

February 2017

Our meeting this month was held in Wendy's home. Five of us gathered around her dining table, to show, tell, gossip, plan, and of course stitch.

These pink flannel flowers have been worked by Annette onto black merino/cashmere fabric using tapestry wool and butterfly gold thread. The design is by Tess Macgraw from the Macgraw label. The embroidery was worked onto a cape that was part of their collection for the International Woolmark competition recently held in Paris. Tess and Beth Macgraw, from the Macgraw Label, represented Australia and New Zealand in the international competition, having won an earlier competition for their region.

The above photos shows the back and front view of the finished cape. Annette felt privileged to embroider for such talented and hard working designers, and felt unbelievable that she had embroidered something that was worn on the catwalk during Paris Fashion Week.

Robyn had been continuing to work on her sugar skull. It has now been appliqued onto a pair of jeans which will then be made into a skirt.

Jenny had finished this Bedfordshire bookmark. A form of bobbin lace, the pattern is one by Olwyn Scott and Robyn Hueppauff, which appeared in Australian Lace, Summer 2005. The bookmark has been worked in two threads by accident, one linen and one cotton.

These little trinket bags have been made by Gerri. They are hession bags that have been embroidered with free style stitches, then lined, and closed with a press stud. They have been made to be sold at the Spring Garden Fair (CWA) , 7th October 2017 in Armidale.

Annette's almost finished "Hidden Treasures" . The piece has been trapunto quilted trapping bits and pieces from Annette's sewing bits box. The pieces have been trapped between a wool blanket and an old napkin. The piece was brought to group to get ideas on the best way to finish or frame.  

Jenny had been continuing on with her "A Year In Stitches" project, playing with blending threads to get interesting colours.

Jenny had also finished knitting a new jumper for a male member of her family. Made in an 8ply Wool/Alpaca mix from Bendigo Woollen Mills. The pattern is Sirdar 9248 purchased from Patternfish.

Robyn had knitted herself a pair of calf high socks ready for the cooler weather to come.

This 'Wrap with love" blanket is another finish by Gerri. Knitted squares of acrylic yarn that had been over stitched together to join into the blanket.

Jenny brought along her handkerchief collection following a discussion with Wendy ( our Guild's president) at another meeting earlier in the week. Jenny had not thought of her handkerchiefs as a "collection", and hadn't realised she had so many until they were all together. Some of them were made by Jenny , some by her Mother, and some had been gifts over the years. Many have hand made lace edges, and all are used every day.

Wendy's pin cushion had been purchased at the Wagga Wagga exhibition back in 2013. It has been made from sections of recycled doilies.

Meet Lily, who was purchased by Wendy for a Christmas decoration in Germany. There is a children's story of "Lily The Mouse"

This little gnome is also Wendy's. He is made of felt, has a knitted cap and sleeves with wooden beads for hands and nose.

Our Guild headquarters is still undergoing renovations but the end is in sight. We will be moving back to our new meeting space in just a few months. In the meantime, we all hope that you continue to follow our stitching journey as we still meet in remote locations. I wonder where we will be next month and what goodies we will all produce. Please come back for another visit to find out.