Tuesday, April 15, 2014

More Eye Candy from Down Under!!

Thanks for your interest in our trip "Down Under".  It was truly a wonderful trip--we took over 1900 photos!  (Yes, over 1900 photos!)  The scenery was breathtaking! Over the next few weeks I plan to show you some of our highlights from New Zealand and Australia.  Today I'll focus on needlework-related items.

In my previous post I forgot to show you the wonderful gifts that Clare made me.  She had these and a lovely note waiting for me at Heirlooms.  I'm just sorry that I didn't get to meet her in person.  On the left is a darling needlework case, and on the right is a needlework storage roll.  (A storage roll is a wonderful way to store your needlework when you're not working on it.)

Below is a view of the inside of the needlework case with its felt needlepages, a drawstring bag, and pockets.  I've opened the storage roll so you can see the inside.  I should have put a stitched piece on it to show you how the roll works.  (You'll just have to use your imagination.)  Place your needlework on top of the inside panel and roll it, in this case from right to left.  Once it is rolled up with your needlework inside, tie the ribbons as shown in the photo above.

Here's another view.  Isn't it cool that the needlework case and the needlework storage roll coordinate?

Thank you VERY much, Clare, for your very thoughtful gifts.  I'll think of you whenever I use them.

When I discovered that my hotel in Sydney wasn't too far from Julie's shop, The Crewel Gobelin, and that I would have an evening free, I contacted her about visiting. The Crewel Gobelin has been in business for 29 years!  Julie, who had owned the shop for two years, is the third owner.

Below are a few views of the shop and the open house Julie had.

This is Julie.  Behind her, you can get a glimpse of some of the many linens she carries.

With My Needle Examplar

Quaker Needlework Treasures

Eliza's Pyn Pillow (a complimentary design) and Petite Carnet d'Ouvrages, Livre I (cover only)

one of the Quaker Samplings

Julie told me that Gill F. stitched many of the shop models shown in the photos above.  Gill worked in the shop for about 12 of the 16 years Margaret Fisher owned the shop before Jule bought it. Gill is now working on my newest reproduction, Elizabeth Wood 1822.  I'm hoping she'll send me a photo once she has finished it.

It was so much fun to visit Julie's shop and to meet some of her customers!  I was particularly excited to meet Sandra M. because we've corresponded for a few years. Sandra and her friend Karen drove more than two hours to be at the shop that evening.

After the open house, we went to Julie's for dinner with her family.  Gill and her husband also joined us.  Yummy!  Gill brought a delicious Pavlova that she had made for our desert.  There are strawberries and passion fruit are on top.  Thanks, Gill.  (I want to get your recipe!)

Thank you, Julie, for your very warm hospitality, both at your shop and in your home.  Also, thank you to those who stopped by the shop to meet me.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

A Visit to Heirlooms

Like many of you,  I enjoy visiting needlework shops when traveling.  I was particularly excited to visit Sherelyn's shop, Heirlooms, in Napier, New Zealand.  It was just as wonderful as I thought it would be!   Here are a few photos to show you what I mean.

Above are several versions of  Mrs. Waddelow's Huswif.  The finished huswif was made by Sherelyn's daughter Melissa.

How clever is this?  Sherelyn turned the stitched pages of one of my little books into small cushions that she displays in a basket.

Elizabeth and Diane stopped by the shop the day before the class.  Here is a photo of them along with Sherelyn (on the far right) and me in front of Sherelyn's roses.  Elizabeth is holding her version of A Pair of Pin Cubes.  She stitched her version over two linen threads and made the design into a box instead of a pin cube.  How clever is that?  Diane is holding her A Fair Maiden's Etui.  You can see more photos of both of their projects in my last blog post.

And here are a few final photos before leaving Napier.
Sherelyn and her husband Keith
Sweet Lily

Several of you have asked about photos from New Zealand.  I have hundreds and will sort through them shortly so I can share a few with you.  (I promise not to subject you to all of them.)

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Teaching in New Zealand

What a treat it was to have been asked by Sherelyn to teach a class sponsored by her shop, Heirlooms, in Napier, New Zealand. Sherelyn picked a wonderful class venue, Mission Winery.  How much fun it was for me to present Fruit of the Vine at a winery!

In my next blog post, I'll show photos of Heirlooms.  Today's blog post contains miscellaneous class photos.

Here we are headed off in the morning.

Almost there...

And here are some classroom photos.

Here are some views of the shop boutique and also some of the "show and tell".

Here are some of the class participants.  I'm sorry I missed getting  photos of everyone.

Don't let the seriousness in the previous photo fool you.  Below are the the same two ladies
right after I took the previous photo.

Here is Sherelyn loading up her car at the end of the day.

Thank you to everyone for a wonderful day,  but especially thank you to Sherelyn for inviting me to teach for you!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014


Earlier today I got a sweet note asking if everything was okay because I have not updated my blog in quite some time.  Everything is okay  I have just been "missing in action"  (MIA).  So sorry,

Last month, Tom and I spent several weeks with his father as he recovered from major surgery.  It was wonderful to be back in Florida, especially this winter when so much of the US is experiencing such very bad weather.  

Knowing that we would be spending quite a bit of time around the house, I took three cross stitch projects and also my laptop computer.  I  completed Ann Hair as I showed you in my last blog post, but I didn't fare well on the other two projects I took or with my computer. I had pulled the threads and linen for a reproduction sampler.  However, after I started stitching the sampler I found a photo of the antique sampler and realized that the thread colors on the reproduction were very different from those on the chart. There was not a good local needlework shop where I could purchase alternate threads, so I had to pack that project away.  Then I pulled out another sampler, Snooty Parrots.  I had changed thread colors  and discovered that I really didn't like my choices.  What a disappointment!  I couldn't make much progress on that sampler either.   At least I was able to complete a prayer shawl for church and start another.

I didn't fare very well either with with my computer.  A week into our trip, I got one of those dreaded messages on my computer screen about a possible hard drive failure.  Tom was able to back up everything on an external hard drive, but he suggested that I shut down my computer until we got back home in hopes that I wouldn't actually have a hard drive failure.  So I was without my computer for more than a week.  Although I was able to continue reading emails on my tablet, I know that some messages were lost.  If you emailed me, and I didn't answer you, you now know why.

Once we got home, we had a busy time getting caught up on things that had accumulated while we were gone  for such a long time as well as having the hard drive on my computer  and Tom's car windshield replaced.

I'm now busy getting ready for upcoming classes, so please bear with me.  Hopefully I will soon be able to do another blog post and get back into the habit.

Thank you to all who were concerned about me.  That truly means a lot.