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!



News Update

Hi everyone

A quick newsy post.

We’re Moving on 1 May

Mega news – on 1 May we’re moving from Gorman House to 100 Maitland St in Hackett. There’ll be no Monday morning or evening meetings on 5 May because we’ll still be unpacking. Our first meeting at the new premises will be on 12 May.

As you can imagine this issue has been taking up a huge amount of the Committee’s time and energy for the last nine months. We’ll all breathe a huge sigh of relief when the move happens. Here’s crossing fingers, toes and everything else that it all goes smoothly.

Threads for sale

We’ve been contacted by Belinda Jessup a local textile artist to say that she has some threads for sale on her blog here. Belinda says that all these threads were bought before 1996.

Update of Members Gallery

The following galleries have been updated. The newest photos are at the top of each gallery.

Bags & Purses



Contemporary Creative

Crewel & Surface Stitchery

Cross Stitch

Stumpwork & Textured Stitching


Here’s a trailer of a scissors keep stitched by Marjorie Gilby that’s now on the Crewel and Surface Stitchery Gallery

Bee scissorskeep

Bee Scissorskeep stitched by Marjorie Gilby


Bee Detail from Scissorskeeper stitched by Marjorie Gilby

Free Canvaswork Design

If you love doing Canvaswork you might want to have a look at this free Boxed Heart pattern


which you can download here

Take care


Doreen’s Dollhouse for Stitchers

Hi everyone

We’re going to start 2014 on a fun note – a dollhouse made by Doreen Mcgregor that’s full of all the things that stitchers love – fabric, thread, notions, magazines, kits, yarns etc – and all hand made.

It was first shown at the Guild’s 2011 Exhibition but has proved to be such a hit with the public that it’s been on display again since then.

Doreen is an incredibly talented needlewoman. She’s usually sitting and chatting quietly while doing the most exquisite and complex Hardanger pieces but can also create lovely things in just about any embroidery style. She can also knit up a storm! And does funky as well as traditional.

Her dollhouse shows an attention to detail that’s just awesome. Here’s a first look:

Crafty Tadpole Dollhouse 15 by Doreen Mcgregor

It’s 25 cm or 10 inches high. The shell was bought but Doreen added the signage and most of the fittings and merchandise.

The name of the shop The Crafty Tadpole is a clever play on the name of Doreen’s favourite embroidery supplies shop in Canberra – The Crafty Frog. You can find the latter’s website here.

Now for some more pics of the outside and windows:

Crafty Tadpole Dollhouse 2 A by Doreen McGregor

Doreen stitched all those cross stitch pictures you see on the back wall specially for the dollhouse and they’re fingernail size!

Crafty Tadpole 1 by Doreen McGregor

Aren’t those bolts of fabric she created just fantastic?

Crafty Tadpole Dollhouse 10 by Doreen McGregor

How about these teeny tiny replicas of embroidery magazines?

Crafty Tadpole Dollhouse 6 by Doreen McGregor

and all those hanks of embroidery thread displayed on the wall?

Crafty Tadpole Dollhouse 3 by Doreen McGregor

I couldn’t get over how she’d crafted these tiny balls of yarn with their own brand in a whole range of colours…..and the coat hangers

Crafty Tadpole Dollhouse No. 4 by Doreen McGregorNo detail has been forgotten – Doreen embroidered this carpet in canvaswork for the floorcovering…

Would you like some closer looks?

Crafty Tadpole Dollhouse 5 by Doreen McGregor

Crafty Tadpole Dollhouse 7 by Doreen McGregor

Crafty Tadpole Dollhouse by Doreen McGregor

Crafty Tadpole Dollhouse 8 by Doreen McGregor

This miniature hardanger is just lovely and the fact that it’s the size of a large postage stamp really shows what a talented crafter Doreen is…….and yes she made those rolls of ribbon too! Doreen’s daughter Leigh made the sewing box – more about that later.

Crafty Tadpole Dollhouse 9 by Doreen McGregor

Those tiny kits in the window are also hand made by Doreen. One of my favourite items is the sewing pattern in miniature next to the sewing machine. Doreen’s daughter Leigh mocked up the carry box for the sewing machine in the left hand corner at the back as a birthday present for her mum.

Crafty Tadpole Dollhouse 12 by Doreen McGregor

Leigh also made this sewing basket and its contents as part of her gift while Doreen stitched the bargello bag……

Crafty Tadpole Dollhouse 13 by Doreen McGregor

and these two pieces of embroidery!

Crafty Tadpole Dollhouse 14 by Doreen McGregor

Just had to share the love for this funky purple bag!

Crafty Tadpole Dollhouse 16 by Doreen McGregor

As mentioned earlier that sewing box in the back right hand corner was also made from scratch by Leigh as part of her mum’s birthday present…….serious crafty talent in this family don’t you think?

Crafty Tadpole Dollhouse 17 by Doreen Mcgregor

Has Doreen’s dollhouse made you smile? It certainly brings out the child in me! Don’t forget to click on the photos if you want to see them in more detail.

Bye for now.