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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, October 29, 2012

Stupendous Landscape

I have finished the other piece from the class Stupendous Stitching I mentioned in my last post and have at last taken a photo—

First I stitched the couched threads some of which I twisted yarn together to get the look I wanted--- Then filled in some of the spaces  with stitches from Fudge—my Janome 6500, using a variety of different threads –silk, metallic , Rayon, and then filled in the rest of the spaces with handwork—using mostly a running stitch and lots and lots of French knots—in a variety of threads I have really enjoyed stitching these and am sure I will do some more in the future.


next are some Applique blocks I worked on late last year   There are actually 12 blocks to this quilt plus a 36 square center piece!!  Each block is approx 14’’ square.

The pattern is called My Tweets by Erin Russek

I decided it was not for me and have finished the 4 blocks off as small wall hangings. They are all needle turned  Applique embroidery and hand quilted. Very pretty as wall hangings

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Next I have been working on a monthly challenge issued by a online group for Janome owners  [6500 challenges @ yahoo ]Each month for 6 months we were given a new technique to apply to our piece   One I stitched all by hand the other was stitched on Fudge –my Janome 6500   lots of fun and not easy to work this way – not knowing what you were to add for the next month  but I like the finished effect.

The three trees  is to remind me of  NZ Symposium at Queenstown 2011 the colours of the trees with the sun light filtering thru were so beautiful ---

The two trees is made with bits and pieces made or bought at the last two NZ Symposiums One at Wellington 2009  and the other in Queenstown—2011.



Thanks for looking at my work –feel free to make a comment.

Kiwi Jan


  1. Stunning stitches as well, Jan!!! I now have to go ans check out the first installment of "Stupendous Stitches" XX

  2. Al this was from a online class at Craftsy and I really enjoyed the class Hand work is very relaxing and I love doing it.
    Thanks for your reply xox