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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

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Stupendous Stitching Journals

Fudge and Kiwi Jan have not been idle these last few weeks—months--- I have been working on several projects some of which I have not been able to show  as yet ---I will be able to do that very soon --

I joined  a online class with Carol Ann Waugh Stupendous Stitching –This class uses both machine embroidery,couching and hand embroidery and was real fun to do.

I was really thrilled at how well Fudge [ a Janome 6500] handled the machine embroidery. Fudge is at least 6 years old and many of her fancy stitches had not been used before--

First I made a stitch bible  trying out ALL the stitches available  on Fudge  some  will be real favourites some wont see light of day again!!

Then it was on to the real thing—I worked on two smaller pieces first –these would eventually be made into Journal / Diary covers

Two pieces to be used for Journal Covers

Fudge worked her magic first, couching then using her fancy stitches  --the spaces  were then filled in with simple handwork using different weights of Pearl Cotton .

I  then made the lining’s  for the  insides  and stitched them together adding just a little handwork on the inside






I have one more piece to show as soon as I take a photo

Thanks for looking

Fudge and Kiwi Jan  

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Bags Again

After finishing the sample bags for my class I needed to make a special one for my sister—We decided something with a blue background would go with everything—or most things—but it needed to be eye catching as well—I settled on this  fabric not quite blue is it more black background --very bright yellow button !!!

Margarets Bag 2012

I like to play around and made these to go inside the bag  a note book and a little scribbler pad


There was enough fabric left over to make a cover for the my sisters  e reader, notice the pockets inside that’s just some white paper to show up the pockets—nice matching set eh. Not a scrap left over!!

Good work Fudge!!!


Monday, August 20, 2012

Bag class.

The bag class has been and gone and was a success—there were ten in the class and 3 bags finished 3 almost and the rest not very far behind—I enjoyed teaching and feel the class enjoyed themselves as well

The Blue bag was finished


Ready for lining


Ready for lining


Finished by end of class


Finished by end of class


ready for lining


Thanks ladies for coming to my class hope to see all the bags at next show and tell.

Kiwi Jan