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Love that God blessed me with a creative gift to share! Love creating new embroidery, needlework and patchwork projects of all kinds! Passionate about my family and my faith. Love where we live on the south coast! Wish I had more time to be creative!!

Something to remember ...

"She who sews with courtesy reaps friendship and she who sews with kindness finds love"

Canvas Biscornu

Canvas Biscornu

Embroidered Garland

Embroidered Garland

Recently finished ....

Recently finished ....
Natures Journey

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Saturday, February 28, 2009

Morning Tea in Nepal

Hi,
And still in Nepal - this is around the next corner and we are enjoying a well earned rest at a tea house after climbing up from the valley floor. The mountain scenery is just spectacular as you can see! In this I clearly was having a bad hair day and David still has a moustache!
Fiona x
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High in the Himalayas

Hi,
Sorting some photos on the computer and have been caught up this morning in Nepal! This is one of my favourite photos from our trekking trip through Nepal last year. It was so beautiful - a photo opportunity around every corner!
Fiona x
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Friday, February 27, 2009

Tuesday Night Girls!

Hi,
And here is the canvas work queen Chris (in black) and Narelle (stripes) and Dianna (green) - some of my Tuesday night ladies! Narelle and Dianna have both had leg injuries lately and so have been able to enjoy plenty of stitching time! There has to be some benefit from hurting your leg or ankle!
Fiona x
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Chris' Canvas Work

Hi,
Chris was very busy last week creating almost three little canvas work designs which were taught the week before! Here she has finished two blue ones and is working on another black one! Well done Chris! They are just beautiful!
Fiona x
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Beth's Floss Box

Hi,
How nice and neat and tidy is Beth's floss box?? I do wish I could keep mine this tidy! I have three full boxes which just hold my DMC stranded cottons! They are however all in numerical order and relatively organised! What is your floss box like?
Fiona x
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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Comfort Pillows

Hi,
We have a lovely lady in our Needlework Group who spends a lot of time doing pastoral care at the Hospital on behalf of our Anglican Church. She spends such a lot of time there and always wants to leave something special with the patients. Our ladies decided to make little comfort pillows for Elizabeth to give to the patients she visits. Here are some of the many we have made - we just replenish the stocks when they get low and we know that all the recipients appreciate the time and thoughts that go into each cushion. It is a lovely idea! And Elizabeth is a very special lady too!
Fiona x
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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Hardanger Pin Keeper

Hi,
One of the ladies at Needlework was today asking about Hardanger embroidery. So here is a little Hardanger pin keeper which I made a while ago. It is very handy and I think if you can count, you will enjoy doing Hardanger!
Fiona x
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Tuesday Night ladies!

Hi,
These ladies always keep me in stitches! Beth, Helen, Beth and Robyn being creative last night! What a great idea one of Beth's friends had to gather together fat quarters of fabric and some threads and send off to the women who have lost all their sewing things in the Victorian bushfires! Hopefully we will have a big response to our request for some patchwork fabrics and threads to send away next week!
Fiona x
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Dianne's Hexagon Quilt

Hi,
When one of the members of our Needlework Group passed away last year after a long battle with breast cancer, her lovely daughter gave me many of her unfinished bits and pieces. Jennifer (who nursed Di during her illness) was only too happy to pick up the pieces of this beautiful hexagon quilt which she is happily stitching in memory of Di. Joanne and Elaine are busy stitching too! I am very blessed to stitch with such a lovely group of ladies!
Fiona x
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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

And more again!!

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More Quilt Squares

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The Makings of a Quilt!

Hi,
Our Needlework Group each year stitches and makes up a quilt or two to raffle for local charities. Our design is given out each Christmas for "homework" over the break. This year we are completing many of the garden and flower designs from an Amberwood Designs pattern called "Garden Delights". We are up to about 64 I think at the moment and still coming in - so here are a few so far ....
Fiona x
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Monday, February 23, 2009

What quilt is on your bed today??

Hi,
This is the question posed by Lynette Anderson today on her blog. So Lynette, this is the quilt on my bed today! It is a sampler quilt I made a couple of years ago and it came off the lounge the other night and onto the end of my bed and it's still there! I really love the rich colours and the quilt is just the right weight!
Fiona x
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Banana Yoghurt & Passionfruit Muffins

Hi,
I'm back from a lovely day of teaching embroidery to the Bodalla Embroidery ladies and these are the remainder of the muffins I took to share for morning tea - delicious and easy! Here is the recipe -
125g butter, 1 cup castor sugar, 1 egg, 3/4 cup mashed banana, 200g passionfruit yoghurt, 2 cups wholemeal flour, 1/4 cup shredded coconut.
Grease about 30 miniature muffin tins (or 12 large). Cream the butter and castor sugar in a small bowl with an electric mixer until light and fluffy, then add the egg. Beat until combined. Transfer the mix to a large bowl and stir in banana, yoghurt, sifted flour and coconut.
Place spoonfuls of mix into the muffin tins and bake in a moderate oven for about 15 minutes or until slightly browned on top. Leave in tins for 10 minutes to cool and then remove and ice with Passionfruit Icing.
Passionfruit Icing - Mix 1 1/2 cups icing sugar and 1 teaspoon butter and 1 dessert spoon of cream cheese, together with the pulp of 2 passionfruit. Mix well and ice inidividual muffins.
If you prefer, leave the icing and dust with icing sugar before eating! Yum!
Fiona x
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Off to Teach Embroidery Today!

Hi,
I'm off today to teach Embroidery to the ladies down south in a large embroidery group! We are doing the painted and embroidered needlecase which I showed you a few weeks ago! Here it is again for those who missed it! I'll take some photos down there to share with you later!
Fiona x
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Sunday, February 22, 2009

Scissor Clown

Hi,
Another all time favourite - a scissor clown filled with lavender and filling and embroidered with hand-dyed silk threads from Australia. Really fun to make and definitely useful!
Fiona x
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Saturday, February 21, 2009

More Canvas Work

Hi,
Here is another piece of Canvas Work completed a while ago and made into a box shaped pincushion - I collect pincushions which is a natural thing to do for a needleworker! You will see a few of my photos are taken on the same fabric background - it is the cover on my Balinese Day Bed on my verandah - a nice spot to lie and read or sit and stitch! (Not today though as it is raining and not very pleasant here!)
Fiona x
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Canvas Work Bookmark

Hi,
This is another of my absolute favourites and one I use all the time - a very useful canvas work bookmark. I made it from a kit I bought when I was in England a few years ago and will try and find out the name of the patternmaker because it really is lovely. Nice colours too!
Fiona x
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Friday, February 20, 2009

Needlework Ladies

Hi,
Here are some more of my lovely Wednesday morning Needlework ladies - Julie, Elizabeth, Carmelle, Inge, Sue, Margaret and Lyn - if you look carefully you can see that they are actually stitching!
Fiona x
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Canvas & Ribbons

Hi,
Here is a favourite of mine - ribbons incorporated through a simple canvas work design. I use this all the time and have made quite a few in different colour combinations for friends and family.
Fiona x
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Thursday, February 19, 2009

Jenny's Quilt

Hi,
Here is a close up of Jenny's quilt which she made for her husband. She used up lots of scraps and made a beautiful quilt which she then quilted by machine. What a great way to use up lots of scraps and bits and pieces!
Fiona x
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Ladies at Work!

Hi,
Here are some my stitching ladies hard at work! Lots of wonderful friendships have been made through stitching and my ladies are no exception! Quite a lot of chatting goes on and not always lots of stitching but it doesn't really matter!
Fiona x
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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

The Bag Lady!

Hi,
You will soon know why I am often called "the Bag Lady"! I love making bags of any description and here is my "stuffing bag". A combination of patchwork and embroidered pieces with a bit of antique lace on the reverse side and some fairly bold colours! It holds all my fibrefill stuffing for filling small hangings, miniature teddy bears, small cushions and pillows etc etc. So much nicer than a plastic bag and so much more environmentally friendly!
Fiona x
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Monday, February 16, 2009

Scissor Keeper

Hi,
This is another variation of the scissor keeper or brooch which we are stitching this week. The black brooch I showed last week is one variation and I made a brighter coloured scissor keeper with some lovely beads on the end which I had in my stash. Canvas work is one of my favourites and these little scissor keepers are great gifts!
Fiona x
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Embroidered Cottage Pincushion or Hanging

Hi,
This is the embroidered cottage pincushion I have completed. I love doing the embroidery but the putting together is what holds me up! It has little bits of applique fabric for the door and windows and an embroidered garden all around. Filled with fibrefill - it can be either a pincushion or a hanging decoration.
Fiona x
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