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22 September 2013

Busy Week and More Pages

I have been home a week now, and during that time I have ruthlessly de-cluttered my clothes and paperwork.  Out of all the "ideas" we tear out of magazines, how many do we actually use........when we find we have them 10 years later then the answer has to be not many.    I cant believe I paid to have so much useless paperwork moved.  But it is a good feeling to get rid of it. 

The clothes did fit me in those days.  But now I have gone from 83kg to 69kg everything was just falling down.

So I packed all the clothes that no longer fit me into  large plastic tubs.......just in case my willpower ever leaves me and I outgrow my "skinny" clothes. . I now have 3 tubs of clothes that dont fit.

I can hardly ever bring myself to throw clothes into the bin.....on a property there is always a need for old things for round the yard and with red soil they soon get grimey and then thrown away.
 Anyway, if I hadn't worn it for 4 years, out it went.  Unfortunately I still seem to have a full wardrobe, but not a crushingly full one. So I am pleased.

Does anyone else find they tend to wear the same things all the time because they are favourites.

While at the shops I found this little gadget that I can use to pick out the letters on the tiny keyboard on my phone.   My fat fingers just dont cope very well as anyone who has ever got a confusing txt from me knows.   It has a little rubber pad on one end and on the other a soft screw to push into a hole in the end of the phone.  I am very excited about this.
 Managed to get a little bit of sewing done this week as well.  I now have 16 pages completed, 10 to finish embellishing and 6 to find background fabrics for. Hopefully will find just what I want on one of the traders stalls at the quilt show.
 Here are som pics of the latest completed.
This is the verson I had at first looked at it for ages before deciding a big NO!

Here is flotsom and jetsom version that I prefer.  I feel the neutral cords dont take anything away from the embroidery. The background is also a neutral print cotton.
Chevron stitch round the duck embroidery.  Chevron is used in smocking and fits well into sircles. The ratstail cord is couched on

Triangular feather stitch.  The lovely tatting pieces are from my friend Sue from Suztats. The orange buttons were just perfect to match the tatting.   There are also some woven chain leaves
Since I came back I have also been able to complete the leaf sampler of stitches that have come up in Tast, and a couple of others that I like.
The outside edge of the leaf is buttonhole herringbone in a variegared stef francis thread.  Inside the leaf from left is chained cross stitch, wrapped coral, scroll, buttonhole bullion, scroll st, up and down buttonhole, twisted chain, breton stitch, knotted chain, sailors edge, portuguese stem stitch.

On the right side of the leaf starting from the bottom are buttonhole triangle, barred chain, spanish knotted feather, zig zag chain, crested chain, coral stitch, chained cross, top knotted buttonhole.

In the centre vein french knots lead to long legged bullion.  To the left is a spray of up and down feather, with bullion and buttonhole bars for the flowers.

The background fabric is a cotton which I coloured using acrylic paints and fabric medium.   The leaf is sitting on some dyed crepe.

I am going to use the leaf idea to show a new set of stitches to some of the ladies at quilting in November.

Sunday today, and since I have had lunch, it could be time for a nice nana nap.



  1. Shirley you have been spring cleaning, getting rid of things no longer used or needed is a good idea makes space for new things to clutter up the place with!, like you I have so many magazines and very rarely do anything from them have loads of the Australian embroidery and cross stitch magazine which I must pass on, also the full set of Inspirations but have not renewed the subscription so will have no more of those.
    Your stitching is looking great so much variety and yes I am glad you removed the turquoise from the first one.Enjoy the quilt show.
    Happy stitching.

  2. I to cannot throw clothes away I have two sizes in my wardrobe just in case. Determined not to put on the weigh again, when I find some of them getting a bit tight I just cut back for a few weeks and it seems to be working. Beautiful stitching the leaf is a great idea for the tast.

  3. There are beautiful fabricbook pages on your post. Each one is special. I like very much the one with tatting in orange of Suztat. But all of them show the great wealth of stitches . And of course "our" leaf. It is beautiful and colourful. The box-idea for cloths is brilliant. Don't through away anything! I have my fabrics sorted by colour in smaller boxes on the shelves and I found that it is the most practical arangement. I can pull out fabrics without making a mess.

  4. Already scanned around the quilt show and seen some lovely fabrics you will simply want to have for your next pieces. The leaf sampler has turned out wonderfully. xxx

  5. Beautiful stitching, I should de clutter, but do I have the will power?

  6. what great pages!!! i adore the leaf with all the stitches! how cool! great idea and fantastic green materials!!

  7. Good Day Shirley,, I always just LOVE looking at ALL your very lovely and creative stitching.. It is such a JOY to admire you work. My favorite is the Flotsom and Jetsom version.. Love it. The Leaf stitchery is most gorgeous... Hugs Judy

  8. agree on the big no. looks lovely w/out the aqua lace.have you considered re-fashioning the clothes into wearable stuff'? i don't mean taking them in, but cutting up and re-formatting. also could be used for backgrounds to stitch on.
    in need of the phone gadget thingie.