Monday, September 24, 2012

Stitchers' Dream Day Out

This last week has just flown. I know I'm not the only one complaining that time seems to be moving at an ever increasing rate.

Last weekend, Heavens to Bettsy and I went for a day out at Highfields near Toowoomba.
We attended Quilter's Angel's Stitchers' Dream Day Out. We had a great day. The guest tutors were Gail Pan, Natalie Bird and Nikki Tervo.

Check out Kris's Tag Along Teddies blog. Kris did a good post showing all the work that needs to happen before the guests arrive.
 Here we are - Lynda (l), Kris (c) and me (r).

We got a goody bag with 6 patterns, a kit for one of the patterns, a purse, a cute bright clip light, a charm, green tomato pincushion, and a magazine. We had morning tea and lunch,  and lucky door prizes. We meet fellow bloggers and shared our table with new faces. These photos show 4 of the projects.

Quilters Angel also puts on Girls' Stitch In in March.....hmmmm...we're thinking about it.
I was supposed to be back in Toowoomba this weekend, enjoying a class with Kathy Doughty (Material Obsession), put on by Precious Time. Alas, numbers were insufficient and the class was cancelled. I have compensation though. My 'Friends' booklet advertising the upcoming craft show arrived. Reece Scannell is giving a talk. It maybe the same talk he gave at the Sydney Craft Show, but that's okay. I'll be able to take in what I miss there.

I'm still not up to date with what has been going on, but that's for another time.

Take care,

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Portrait of Spain - Queensland Art Gallery

Last August, hubby and I went to the Portrait of Spain exhibition at the Queensland Art Gallery. It consists of paintings from the Prado in Spain - another coup for our Gallery. (Open until November 4th)
I'm blogging about it now because I just found the photos and realised I had not put up a post about it.
The curator of this show has done a wonderful job. It is interesting to see the different painting styles as time progressed. No photos were allowed, of course, so I cannot show you my 2 favourites.
There was a Princess (Infanta) going off to be married in a foreign land. The painting created to commemorate this event is magnificent. It is so good you can almost feel the fabric in the dress and see the raised embroidery in gold thread.


The long hall you can see just in side is a huge photo of a gallery hall in the Prado itself. It was very 'real' and had several people fooled.
Just outside the exhibition, The Art Gallery has set up a tapas bar, where patrons can taste some of the  food and wine of Spain. Very clever and tasty. Also set up are ipads with drawing applications and fruit and vegetables ready  for patrons to try their hands at still life drawing. There are Spanish playing cards and rules for several games to try.

This is the best Orange/Almond Cake I've ever tasted.

All in all, it was a great day out.

Take care,

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Obsessions..oops...I mean..

Of course, I mean collections. As crafters we have collections of fabric or buttons or lace or thread or...the list goes on.
I also collect crochet books. I can't really remember when it all started. I think it was with an old book from my Grandmother's box of knitting and crochet pattern books. I, then went to an Adult Education class at our local Primary School. The class was run by Jill Lind who had once been a pattern tester and demonstrator with Patons. With Jill, I learnt about different crochet methods - Tunsian, broomstick, hairpin, and filet. She had some books for sale, but not many. Crochet books were few and far between in the shops.  I think that was what started me collecting them. Ebay was my biggest source along with garages sales and op shops.
I have ones from Myart, Semco, Penelope, Coats, Patons and a few other obscure titles, including one from the Misses Bamford and Walker of St Ives Sydney- '110 Tralin Crocheted Edgings'. Most do not have publication dates. I think my oldest is from the mid-1920s.

'Paragon Crochet  Books' make up the bulk of my collection.

Three folders devoted to Paragon
 First of all, I started collecting the different books, then the different covers of each book, then the obsession part kicked in. I started collecting the different prices on the covers of the books. Okay...okay... I can hear you groaning.
'Learn to Crochet' books- Nos. 6 & 126

This cover amuses me. The book is 'Learn to Crochet' right...every example on the cover is tatted, not one crocheted example of work. Needless to say, I have seen very few of these.

I love this one too. As time went on, the delicate coffee cup and pot changed to a bottle of wine and glass.
I don't collect the reproductions produced by Vicki Moody from Craft Moods. I rang Vicki once, hoping she would have a catalogue of books with their publication dates. No luck. Vicki bought the rights to the Paragon books, but she was given nothing - not a list or master copy or printing plate. Vicki had the right to reproduce any old Paragon book she could get her hands on and would have loved the same thing I was after.
Some of these books have been hard to find. My only clues have been the pictures on the backs of the books, advertising other books.

I am missing totally Number 132! I don't even know what cover I'm looking for. If there is anyone out there with one, please get in touch. I'll be your new best friend. LOL.
And before you ask...I have made things out of them.
Everyone has to have something to keep them amused and this is one of mine. I particularly love getting copies with a name written on the cover or notes tucked inside or added to the patterns. It makes the books more personal.

What's in yuor collection?


Wednesday, September 5, 2012

SSCS 2012

To quote 'Big Kev' - 'I'm EXCITED!'
I have joined my very first ever online swap.  Previously, I have made things for our Nundle GDITC meets, but never one where I have to post (mail) something.
This particular swap has now been going 6 years and I have enjoyed watching all the posts and photos about the past 5 Christmas swaps.
Thanks Chookyblue.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Another one done!

Finished another one. I seemed to have 'buckled' this block a little, even though I thought I was being very careful laying it out.
I've just been getting my next block ready. Oh dear, and here I was thinking I'm on the home stretch.
I think I need to get my own whip out.
Happy stitching.

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