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Lower Hutt, New Zealand
I have been stitching forever it seems and now do this just for pleasure,My DH and I are retired so I have lots of time for my hobbies--sewing Gardening and walking my dog. Have 4 grand-kids aged from 18 to 11 One lives in Australia and the others are very close to where we live. Hope to contribute more thru this blog. Kiwi Jan New Zealand

Monday, July 25, 2011

hand stitching

Kia-ora I know this blog is names Kiwi Jan and Fudge--Fudge being my Janome 6500 which I just love to use--I also love love to hand-stitch and hand quilt --I find it very relaxing and satisfying --I hand stitch in the evenings while my DH watches TV.
So the next blogs will be about some of my stitching-- sorry Fudge -- 
Last year I took several embroidery classes online thru joggles web site.Taking classes online does make you stay focussed-- The class notes were downloaded Fridays--we got them here Saturday morning-- what better way to browse thru them while enjoying breakfast.

The first class was Sumptous Surfaces with Sharon Boggin-- a design and stitch class I decided to use things from the sea --Kelp and shells--Its was interesting to learnt how to take part of your design and focus on that rather then the whole design--
I soon discovered that I needed to learn more stitches  and this lead me to my second online class --Library of Stitches again with Sharon thru Joggles website.
I know have a sampler of wonderful stitches worked in different threads thickness and how one can  add to and change these stitches to suit .
My last class was again thru Joggles with Christen Brown--  using lace and cheesecloth and silk ribbons
These classes were fun and I really enjoyed myself
Photos to come

Sunday, July 24, 2011


Kia-ora-- From my garden --the first Daffidols July 2011 so early and so cheerful as they sit on the window sill in the kitchen

Stitching group--DJs

A group of friends --all whose names beginn with either D or J met on Tuesdays to stitch-- we have lots of fun lots of laughter lots  of show and tell --sadly one of our members is moving away-- we had a special day for her and all made a wee gift to put in a pocket heart  --I made D --a little Teddy he is about 3 inches high and has his own wee quilt to sit on.
DJ Ted and his heart quilt. They are both made by hand so Fudge sat very silent.

Redwork pillow

I stitched these wee blocks a few years ago and then put them away--Found them a while ago and thought these would look good as a pillow  so far I have it but my granddaughter has ohh and ahh over it Cute eh

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Fabric Bowls

Kia-ora A group I belong to Janome 6500 challenge group issued a challenge for us to make something 3 D -- hence the fabric bowl-- very different to make but I did enjoy playing with Fudge --my Janome 6500.
This next quilt was entered at the Remarkables Symposium Queenstown NZ 2011 -- I was delighted to have it juried in and hung--

A lttle late in adding these --I made these luggage labels for xmas  for my family to use on their big OE--all 5 of them tripping around the world--

Place mats for me!!!    a sewing bag for a dear friend over seas and who has the best dressed teapots and oven cloths!!