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The Blog is Back! April 2020

Due to time and volunteer pressures, our Blog has been idle for quite a while. However, while in the current circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 virus we are unable to meet in person, we have decided to share some of our members’ recent work here.

Show and Tell 25 May 2020

It’s a little quiet on the members’ photo front this week, although I’m sure that there is plenty of craft work of all kinds going on. Sarah K’s comment prompts me to remember how great it is when the picture starts to “appear” when doing counted cross stitch.

However I have heard on the grapevine that some members are still contemplating what to do about this year’s “Members’ Challenge” project, and I confess I’m one – will my idea work out? Who knows, but I’m pressing on.

Robyn D has been diving into her stash and found this lovely lavender bag that hadn’t been made up, so she finished it up ready for the gift shop.

Sarah K: “I have finished making up my challenge piece and am making good progress on my cross stitch, so I am feeling quite self satisfied at the moment. Progress picture on the cross stitch is attached. At last I have started the horse!
I have just spent another afternoon with my niece on video doing some surface stitching this time. We are really getting into the swing of it now! I think that she has already decided that she prefers the canvas work. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.”

Show and Tell 18 May 2020

Jan H has once again been busy producing Pippa the Pygmy Hippopotamus. (Gotta love those ankles!)
An original design.

From Gloria S, here are some of the cards she has been cross stitching. Gloria says she really enjoys seeing what others are making.

From Sarah K: “My niece finished her very first embroidery, a canvas work bookmark that I showed her how to make over video conferencing. A very good first effort and hopefully I have helped her find a new interest.”


Sarah K: “[Spool hoops] are available at Fox Collection and on ebay and I now couldn’t imagine stitching with a hoop without them.”

Show and Tell 11 May 2020

Members are continuing to keep busy, and here is some of their latest work.

See the captions for details. I’m particularly enjoying members’ comments about their work, and Anne D, I’m with you on both the trials of beading, and the “need” for online shopping!

The final projects looking lovely in Agnes’s hallway

Anne D has completed ‘Daisy Meadow’ which is the final project she did in Jenny Adin-Christie’s whitework class during a tour of the UK
Anne D has also finished ‘Paisley Garden’ from Simplee Designs, which is a UFO finally completed after putting off the beading for quite a while. From Anne: “I did not enjoy the beading and am now over beading for life. Chasing tiny beads around a container, putting them onto a needle and trying desperately to get them to look right on the fabric is not my scene.
I have just about finished the preparation for the Trapunto kit from Annie London that I bought from the Great Australian Craft Show on line a few weeks ago. I definitely didn’t need it but what has need got to do with anything.”

Genevieve T says “The Fox is entirely appropriate for the year I think! It is a pattern from Spruce Craft Co” https://www.sprucecraftco.com/collections/unique-cross-stitch-patterns/products/foxy-pair

Show and Tell 4 May 2020

We don’t usually have general meetings on an ACT Public Holiday (last Monday for ANZAC Day), however this week, Show and Tell is back. Lesley F is making progress on her piece, and Tracey K has a great sense of satisfaction in having finished some things.


Tracey K has a contribution for the Guild gift shop

Tracey K says that this Sashiko panel was a birthday present and was a pleasure to stitch – Dragonflies and irises by HM textiles. Stitched with DMC perle 8 – 92.

Tracey K says that this last one is a piece of sashiko that her mum started and she finished and made it into a purse for her mum’s birthday. The pattern in Shippo tsunagi stitched in Olympus thread Variegated Blue – color #72

Show and Tell 20 April 2020

Here are some more creations, old and new, from members. And you can’t stop members from finding a way to share knowledge. Sarah K says: “Now I am off to spend the day video conferencing with my 25 year old niece who wanted to learn how to embroider. She was going to come down from Sydney for a visit, but we have had to find a different way. I sent her a package of goodies and we are starting on a canvas work bookmark today. It will be interesting to teach via video conference, but I am sure we will work it out somehow.”

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Monica A says:
This is a piece I did soon after I joined the guild, so probably between 1996 and 1998. The guild had a scented sachet challenge as part of the Christmas party and I decided to make a eucalyptus scented sachet. It’s made entirely out of hand-painted silk. I had painted the silk and made the leaves, and the wonderful Margaret Roberts, who convened the creative group at that time, suggested I add the flowers – and showed me how to do them. The flowers really lifted the piece.

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Agnes S describes her work:
Well it’s an original and it’s on organza. It is 3D and I made up the picture using photos from internet.

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Diana C has been able to finish her stunning Black Cockatoo.

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Gail H says:
My counted cross stitch band is now ready to attach to a hand towel, for the Guild gift shop. The design is from a DMC Creative World booklet – Ideas for Embroidery.

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Julie’s mystery project

Members will know that Julie K is just brimming with creativity, and we never know what she will come up with next. Sometimes Julie likes to tease her friends with something crafty, and recently she had a little “competition” asking for guesses as to what her latest project was going to turn out to be.

Here are her comments, complete with some “fun facts”!:

OK so this is ‘Lady Covid Bug’. She certainly is a crowning glory bug. You can see she is not tiny, the 50c piece gives her scale.

Fun Facts:
There are over 5,000 species globally
An adult can live from 1 to 3 years
Main predators are frogs, wasps and spiders
They have 6 short legs
They have a top speed 24km/h
They secrete an oily, yukky, yellow fluid from joints in their legs.
Diet – mostly carnivores
In its lifespan a single ladybird can gobble up more than 5,000 aphids
The most common ladybird has seven spots
Maximum length 1cm
Some people may be allergic to their bites and may develop a rash
In many cultures they are considered GOOD LUCK (you got it)

Show and Tell – 13 April 2020

Feedback from members indicates that many of us have decided to continue our regular Monday Guild meeting embroidery. Liz C has said “The first Monday in “lockdown” I pretended to go to the Embroiderer’s Guild. Got my bag, said Goodbye to my husband and headed out one door and in another. Of course we started with a cuppa!”
So members, settle down with your beverage, keep on stitching your Monday projects, and don’t forget to send in some photos (works in progress, as well as finished items are welcome) – our member newsletter told you how and where to send them.

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Sarah K says:
I have actually started putting needle and thread together on my creative challenge piece, and it is starting to come together. Also it gave me a chance to get out my Kumihimo Disk and make some cord to use on it. Lots of fun and very meditative once I got into the flow. I am also trying to spend my Mondays doing the embroidery that I would usually take the guild. As my travelling piece, it wouldn’t otherwise get much done on it at the moment. It is a design by Paula Dengel which was included in one of the Nordic Needle annual competitions.

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Meryl F has been enjoying the company of her regular visiting magpies. She doesn’t have anything ready to show this week, but says:
Have my head in my current embroidery piece……trying to remember the method for lacy wrap…..almost about to stamp my feet!!!!! Does that sound crazy enough?

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Lesley J has finished her “travelling sampler”, that went with her on a tour of Europe (mentioned in a previous Monday Facebook post), and is now wondering what to do with it!

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Lesley J hopes that there will be many more angels like this. The pattern is from Burda Hardanger E862

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Lesley J has been busy! This dogwood, from Candamar Design, is waiting to be washed and blocked. This pattern came from the Guild recycle table.

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Gail H was working on a counted cross stitch, eventually to go onto a hand towel for the Guild gift shop. She said:
I remembered that the pedal thingy was in the garage, so now I can multitask!

Show and Tell – 6 April 2020

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Jillian B is obviously getting an early start for Christmas, and has sent in this photo of her craft table

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Our member Loic J has recently been studying Chinese embroidery in Adelaide with Margaret Lee. Here is what he is currently working on while back home in Canberra. He says it’s not finished yet(!), and adds: I’m pretty happy with myself, the second layer of the fur cat face is done and can go back to the fur body. I have some colour arrangements to do with the white but will do that during the 3rd layer.

#australia #canberra #embroideryisart #embroidery #handmadeembroidery #handembroidery #chineseembroidery #chinese #cat #threadpainting #silk #peinturealaiguille #broderiedart #broderiechinoise #broderie #broderiemain #chat #soie

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Aussie Postcards


Hi everyone

In this post we’re going to share some more postcards from the 2014 Creative Challenge to re-interpret WW1 silk postcards. These all have an Australian theme which makes them very special.

The first one is by Jenny Clayton and features wonderful kangaroos made from bullion knots. It’s called Lest We Forget:

2014 Creative Challenge Postcard 2 by Jenny Clayton

Detail 1 of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard 2 by Jenny Clayton

Detail 2 of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard 2 by Jenny Clayton

The next two are by Gail Haidon and feature Australian flora. The first has the poignant title of Mother Dear and is a beautiful study of eucalyptus flowers:

2014 Creative Challenge Postcard 2 by Gail Haidon

Detail 1 of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard 2 by Gail Haidon

The second is Birthday Wishes and showcases the lovely Kangaroo Paw;

2014 Creative Challenge Postcard 3 by Gail Haidon

Detail 1 of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard 3 by Gail Haidon

Detail 2 of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard 3 by Gail Haidon

Here are Gail’s notes for the background to these two postcards:

Inspired by watercolours painted by WA artist Rosetta Kelly (1864-1963) in memory of her son, Cyril, and the final card that he sent home, written on his 20th birthday.

And the next awesome postcard by Jan Hure also explores the themes of peace, hope and reunion through eucalyptus flowers. It’s called We’ll Meet Again:

2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Jan Hure

Detail 1 of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Jan Hure

Detail 2 of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Jan Hure

Jan describes her starting point for this design as follows:

Designed to reflect Australian themes in similar fashion to early ones depicting the nations the soldiers came from

Val Woodward has created this next postcard to evoke the very human emotion of hope for peace in the face of war and to celebrate the Australian Lighthorse:

2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Val Woodward

Detail 1 of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Val Woodward

Detail 2 of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Val Woodward

Val is a horse lover and this card was inspired by a family memento:

Finding a postcard from Egypt, dated Jan 1916, written by my husband’s great-uncle to his sister reminded me of those serving in the Egyptian campaign, particularly the Australian Lighthorse. Horses are not often mentioned in the remembrance of WWI

This next postcard by Kathy Pascoe has a very Art Nouveau and emblematic feel to it. It’s great example of ‘less is more’ and is called Australia is Home.

2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Kathy Pascoe

Detail 1 of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Kathy Pascoe

Kathy’s creative inspiration came from both traditional and personal sources:

The idea came from silk cards on the Australian War Memorial website. I thought it was an opportunity to use one of the buttons I inherited.

Hope you enjoy these very meaningful and beautiful postcards.

Carmen

Aussie Floral Emblems

Hi everyone

We’re enjoying the Australia Day long weekend here in Canberra.

To celebrate we’re going to share some lovely work featuring Aussie themes.

In this post we’re showing you a lovely piece of Canvaswork stitched by Kay Reid. The design showcases Australian floral emblems.

Here’s the whole design:

State Floral Emblems stitched by Kay Reid

and now for some close-ups…..

Golden Wattle – Floral Emblem of Australia

Goolden Wattle stitched by Kay Reid

Kangaroo Paw – State Floral Emblem of Western Australia

Kangaroo Paw stitched by Kay Reid

Cooktown Orchid – State Floral Emblem of Queensland

Cooktown Orchid stitched by Kay Reid

Waratah – State Floral Emblem of NSW

Waratah stitched by Kay Reid

Close up of Waratah stitched by Kay Reid

Sturt’s Desert Rose – Floral Emblem of the Northern Territory 

Sturts Desert Rose stitched by Kay Reid

Common Heath – State Floral Emblem of Victoria

Common Heath stitched by Kay Reid

 Tasmanian Blue Gum – State Floral Emblem of Tasmania

Tasmanian Blue Gum stitched by Kay Reid

Royal Blue Bell – Floral Emblem of the ACT……. and very special to our Guild

Royal Blue Bell stitched by Kay Reidand Sturt’s Desert Pea – State Floral Emblem of South Australia 

Sturtand s Desert Pea stitched by Kay Reid

Thank you for sharing this awesome embroidery Kay and also Stewart (Bath) for the great photos.

Take care!

Carmen

Badge of Honour

Hi everyone

Well after the last post which was super long here’s a very quick one.

In this post we’re sharing a wonderful postcard from the 2014 Creative Challenge Stitching Love and Hope to re-interpret WW1 Silk Postcards.

This postcard was stitched by Dorothy Brann and honours her grandfather.

2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Dorothy Brann

The central emblem of the postcard is the cap badge of his regiment – the Sherwood Foresters Regiment (1881-1970)

Detail 1 of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Dorothy Brann

The symbolic elements on the badge include the Maltese Cross, an oak wreath and a white hart (large male deer).

Detail 2 of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Dorothy Brann

This postcard is deeply personal, evocative and very moving.

Enjoy!

Carmen

Looking over Shoulders 11

Hi everyone

Hope you’ve had a good week & have set aside some special time for yourself over the weekend.

Next Monday the Guild’s weekly meetings will start up again so I thought you might like to see the pics I took of people’s work during the last morning meeting for 2014. Believe it or not this is only  a sample of all the stitchy goodness that was going on. The photos were taken with my phone so they’re not up to Stewart Bath’s wonderful standard but hopefully they’ll be good enough to give you an idea of the work.

I’m going to share the work with in the order that I took the photos.

This is an epic post so grab a cuppa or glass of wine and a comfy chair…….and here we go………

In the front room Ann Lond was working on this Hardanger cream square

Hardanger Cream Square in progress stitched by Anne Lond

Maddalena Gustin is trying her hand at Hardanger under Bonnie Crawford‘s careful guidance. Here’s the piece she was working on

Hardanger Diamond in progress stitched by Magda Gustin

Bonnie herself was working on this cream and blue rectangular piece

Hardanger Blue and White Runner stitched by Bonnie Crawford

Avis Gesling’s Hardanger had a pop of colour in aqua and mauve

Hardanger Acqua and Mauve Piece in progress stitched by Avis Gesling

Detail 1 of Hardanger Acqua and Mauve Piece in Progress stitched by Avis Gesling

While Elizabeth Hooper was having fun stitching some purple hearts

Hardanger Purple Heart Piece in progress stitched by Elizabeth Hooper

Detail 1 of Hardnager Purple Heart Piece in Progress stitched by Elizabeth Hooper

Now something completely different – a Goldwork dragon being stitched by Pat Bootland 

Dragon Goldwork in Progress by Pat Bootland

Detail 1 of Dragon Goldwork by Pat Bootland

Across the table Carol Van Gelder was having fun working on this too cute wool blanket with monkeys

Wool Blanket with Monkeys in progress stitched by Carol Van GelderNear her Lesley Fusinato was finishing this Canvaswork Christmassy house

Canvaswork Xmas House in Progress stitched by Lesley Fusinato

and Floriana Basilisco‘s tapestry was also getting some finishing touches

Tapestry Fish in Progress by Floriana Basilisco

Lesley Jemesen had a lovely Hardanger runner in her hoop

Hardanger in Hoop stitched by Lesley Jemesen

While Evelyn Foster was stitching a vintage embroidery

Vintage Embroidery in Progress stitched by Evelyn Fosterand Helen Nastopoulos had a cross stitch underway

Cross Stitch in Progress stiched by Helen Nastopoulos

In the room down the corridor Margaret Cooper was working on this piece

Cross Stitch Horse in Progress stitched by Margaret CooperKathy Pascoe had a bright Janlynn wallhanging underway

Blue Cross Stitch Wallhanging in Progress stitched by Kathy Pascoe

and Gwynyth Peddey had made amazing progress with Harlech Castle since we last saw it

Harlech Castle Cross Stitch in Progress by Gwynyth Peddey

Margaret O’Beirne was working on an intriguing Macedonian style embroidery from a class with Alison Snepp

Macedonian Style Embroidery in Progress stitched by Margaret OBeirne

While Gail Haidon was cross stitching these fun owls that just make you smile

Cross Stitch Owls in Progress by Gail Haidon

and Jan Hure was working on a very different kind of bird – a gorgeous Or Nue Superb Parrot from last year’s class with Pat Bootland

Or Nue Superb Parrot in Progress by Jan Hure

 Libby Williams was hand stitching this quilt with appliqué in felted wool

Quilt with Applique in Progress by Libby Williams

Detail of Applique from Quilt by Libby Williams

Back in the front room Janice Brennan was crocheting

Crochet by Janice Brennan

Janice also showed us a cool granny blanket she’d made during Show & Tell which got a huge response to its awesomeness. This detail doesn’t do it justice but at least it gives you an idea of its beauty

Detail of Crochet Rug by Janice Brennan

Trish Hyland was stitching some elegant Hardanger

Hardanger Diamond in Progress stitched by Trish Hyland This Happiness Quilt by Anne Dowling got lots of oohs and aaahs at Show & Tell

Happiness Quilt made by Anne Dowling

Cecilia Skene was upcycling curtain fabric to create these awesome needlecases for her granddaughters

Needlecase in Progress by Cecilia Skene

Needlecase 2 in Progress by Cecilia Skene

Needlecase 3 in Progress by Cecilia Skene

Needlecases 4 in Progress by Cecilia Skeneand adding a scissors fob for each one

Scissors Fob by Cecilia Skene

This Canvaswork by Judy Barton Browne has a real pop of colour

Canvaswork stitched by Judy Barton Browne

Detail 1 of Canvaswork by Judy Barton Browne

Another vibrant piece was this Book Cover designed by Luba Tomaska. Luba’s doing the Stitch a Month classes and this is her sampler of stitches in progress.

Sampler Book Cover in Progress by Luba Tomaska And last but not least is this amazing Or Nue Zebra design being stitched by Lorna Loveland also from the class with Pat Bootland

Or Nue Zebra in Progess by Lorna Loveland

Detail 1 of Or Nue Zebra in Progress by Lorna Loveland

Would you believe it’s her first Or Nue embroidery!

Enjoy!

Carmen

Bird Cage

Hi everyone

I’ve just been looking through the awesome program of workshops & classes for the Embroiderers’ Guild of America’s Seminar 2015. It’ll take place from 28 October to 1 November in San Antonio, Texas.

One of the classes that caught my eye was a Bird Cage by Australian designer Gary Clarke. In the class notes it’s described as a needle accessory disguised as a grand Victorian 3D bird cage.

As it’s Australia Day later this month it’s great to be able to feature an Australian designer. We can do this because the super talented Jillian Bath has stitched this piece and her husband Stewart has taken some fantastic photos. There are some great close-ups of the needlework for those of you who love a really good look at the detail.

So here’s the eye candy

Bird Cage stitched by Jillian Bath

Detail 1 of Bird Cage stitched by Jillian Bath

Detail 2 of Bird Cage stitched by Jillian Bath

Detail 3 of Bird cage stitched by Jillian Bath

Detail 4 of Bird Cage stitched by Jillian Bath

Deatil 5 of Bird cage stitched by Jillian Bath

Detail 6 of Bird Cage stitched by Jillian Bath

Detail 7 of bird Cage stitched by Jillian Bath

Detail 8 of Bird Cage stitched by Jillian Bath

Exquisite isn’t it? Thank you Jillian & Stewart for sharing the beauty of this design with us.

If you’d like to read more about the EGA’s Seminar 2015 then go to their website here.

Take care

Carmen

Postcards in Blue

Hi everyone

Hope you’re ready to see some more postcards from our 2014 Creative Challenge Stitching Love & Hope where members were asked to re-interpret WW1 silk postcards.

The four postcards featured in this post all have a common theme of blue flowers.

We’re going to start with a cool postcard of blue violets beautifully cross stitched by Janice Brennan:

2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Janice Brennan

Detail 1 of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Janice Brennan

Detail 2 of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Janice Brennan

Now to Elvi McCann’s elegant postcard which features forget-me-nots in Brazilian embroidery. She’s adapted the design from Delma Moore’s The Book of Sunshine Treasures.

Elvi describes her inspiration as follows:

I was inspired by the story of how the forget-me-not flowers were named. It reminded me of mortally wounded soldiers in the battle field thinking of their loved ones, hoping they would not be forgotten.

On that very poignant note here are some photos of Elvi’s postcard:

2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Elvi McCann

Detail 1 of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Elvi McCann

Detail 2 of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Elvi McCann

The next lovely postcard by Sarah Kimmorley features a charming basket design. Sarah’s postcard has a story as it’s based on a card sent from the front by one of her husband’s ancestors:

2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Sarah  Kimmorley

Detail 1 of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Sarah  Kimmorley -

Our fourth postcard is Gail Haidon’s delicate design which also features a basket of blue flowers. Gail’s background note on the postcard is:

Inspired by watercolours painted by WA artist Rosetta Kelly (1864-1963) in memory of her son, Cyril, and the final card that he sent home, written on his 20th birthday.

2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Gail Haidon

Detail 1 of 2014 Creative Challenge by Gail Haidon

Detail 2 of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Gail Haidon

Aren’t these cards just awesome?

Enjoy!

Carmen

 

Evelyn’s Miniature Victorian Children

Hi everyone

Hope you had a great New Year and enjoyed the gallery updates.

This post features a charming design for thread painting called Miniature Victorian Children on a Branch by Trish Burr. It’s been beautifully stitched by Evelyn Foster.

Here’s the eye candy:
Miniature Victorian Children on a Branch stitched by Evelyn FosterDetail 1 of Miniature Victorian Children on a Branch stitched by Evelyn Foster

Detail 2 of Miniature Victorian Children on a Branch stitched by Evelyn Foster

Detail 3 of Miniature Victorian Children on a Branch stitched by Evelyn Foster

Detail 4 of Miniature Victorian Children on a Branch stitched by Evelyn Foster

Thank you Evelyn for sharing this lovely piece and Stewart (Bath) for the photos.

If you’d like to know more about Trish Burr you can go to her website here.

Enjoy!

Carmen

Happy New Year!

Hi everyone

Wishing you all a Happy New Year.

As a treat for the start of the New Year here’s an update of the following galleries for you.

Blackwork

Canvaswork

Contemporary Creative Embroidery

Crewel & Surface Stitchery

Cross Stitch

Fibre & Yarn

Hardanger

Samplers

Seasonal

Enjoy!

Carmen

Jillian’s Retro Nativity Scene

Hi everyone

Christmas is soooo close!

Here’s a very special retro Nativity Scene stitched by Jillian Bath. It’s a wallhanging and the colours and design are very evocative of the 1970s…..

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Detail 1 of Retro Nativity Scene stitched by Jillian Bath

Detail 2 of Nativity Scene stitched by Jillian Bath

Detail 3 of Retro Nativity Scene stitched by Jillian Bath

Detail 4 of Retro Nativity Scene stitched by Jillian Bath

Detail 5 of Retro Nativity Scene stitched by Jillian Bath

Detail 6 of Retro Nativity Scene stitched by Jillian Bath Wishing you all a joyous Christmas and a sparkling 2015!

Carmen