Matthew’s Rug

Hi everyone

In this post we’re going to share a rug made by one of the delightful members of our guild Glenda Hudson. It has a really cool story.

Glenda made this rug for her son Matthew and it’s a combination of knitting and embroidery. The squares are joined by crochet while the backing is joined with a blanket stitch edging and held with ties. Some of the squares come from a pattern book put out by the Ku-ring-gai branch of the Knitters Guild NSW and the too cute buttons from Nikki Tervo Designs.

In her artist’s statement Glenda says:

My son Matthew has a great love of the Australian bush and its flora, fauna & birdlife. He works for Parks Australia as an environmental scientist. I made this rug to represent various aspects of his life.

Here’s the rug which is full of vivid Australian icons

Matthews Rug by Glenda Hudsonand here are the individual blocks. This first block show Matthew’s love of his pets and cricket. His dog Cherie was a very good fielder of the ball.

Detail 1 of Matthews Rug by Glenda Hudson

This next one has a cute koala

Detail 2 of Matthews Rug by Glenda Hudsonand this map of Australia shows the parks that he’s worked in. Glenda’s included a funnel web spider because her son had a close encounter with one.

Detail 3 of Matthews Rug by Glenda HudsonLook at this awesome block of Uluru

Detail 4 of Matthews Rug by Glenda Hudson

and these next lovely blocks of Australian nature

Detail 5 of Matthews Rug by Glenda Hudson

Detail 6 of Matthews Rug by Glenda Hudson

Detail 7 of Matthews Rug by Glenda Hudson

Detail 8 of Matthews Rug by Glenda Hudson

Detail 9 of Matthews Rug by Glenda Hudson

Detail 10 of Matthews Rug by Glenda Hudson

The windmill on this square really evokes the outback

Detail 11 of Matthews Rug by Glenda HudsonSome more fantastic Aussie designs

Detail 12 of Matthews Rug by Glenda Hudson

Detail 13 of Matthews Rug by Glenda Hudson

Detail 14 of Matthews Rug by Glenda Hudson

Detail 15 of Matthews Rug by Glenda Hudson

Detail 16 of Matthews Rug by Glenda Hudson

Detail 17 of Matthews Rug by Glenda Hudson

Detail 18 of Matthews Rug by Glenda Hudsonand a special tribute to Mathew’s beloved footy club St George/Illawarra

Detail 19 of Matthews Rug by Glenda Hudson

Isn’t it wonderful – it just makes me smile!

Hope you enjoy it too!


Looking over Shoulders 9

Hello everyone

I’ve been at again – looking at members’ work in progress and taking photos. I’m very grateful that people are so patient and understanding and let me share their stitching.

Let’s start with some Hardanger stitched by the very talented

Levona Lea

Blue and White Hardanger by Levona Lea

Detail of Blue and White Hardanger in Progress by Levona Lea

Avis Gesling

Hardanger in Progress by Avis Gesling

Detail of Hardanger in Progress by Avis Gesling

and Shirley Eaton

Hardanger in Progress by Shirley Eaton

Detail 2 of Hardanger in progress by Shirley Eaton

Detail 1 of Hardanger in progress by Shirley EatonMeanwhile Evelyn Foster was showing us the pieces she’s working on from an on line class with Sharon Boggon called Sumptuous Surface Embroidery – she’s loved doing the course

Contemporary Needlework stitched by Evelyn Foster

Green Contemporary Needlewok in Progress stitched by Evelyn Foster

She’s also been working on this Canvaswork leaf

Leaf Canvaswork in Progress stitched by Evelyn Foster

Agnes Sciberras has made a lot of progress with her stunning coastal seascape

Coastal Seascape in Progress stitched by Agnes Sciberras

Detail 1 of Coastal Seascape in progress stitched by Agnes Sciberras

For something very different Jan Hure was working on this complex Hapsburg Lace design

Hapsburg Lace in Progress stitched by Jan Hure

Detail 1 of Hapsburg Lace in Progress stitched by Jan Hure

Detail 2 from Hapsburg Lace in Progress stitched by Jan Hure

While Floriana Basilisco had just finished this piece of Filet lace

Filet Lace stitched by Floriana Basilisco

Detail 1 of Filet Lace stitched by Floriana Basilisco

Andrea Moore was bubbling over about the ribbon embroidery techniques she’d learned on the Guild’s classes taught by Lesley Edwards. Here are the pieces she’d stitched in the class

Pink Ribbon Embroidery stitched by Andrea Moore

Vase of Flowers Ribbon Embroidery stitched by Andrea MooreThere was also some yarn goodness going on with Janice Brennan working on this crochet

Crochet in progress by Janice Brennan

and this scarf

Woollen Scarf knitted by Janice Brennan

while Jenny Clayton was knitting this jumper with a wonderful pop of colour

Jumper in Progress by Jenny Clayton

and just down the corridor Glenda Hudson was really powering on this with this retro jumper design

Jumper in Progress by Glenda Hudson

We also had two special visitors working on these too cute loom bracelets


Tahlyas Box

and Xanthe

Xanthes Treasure Chest



Looking over Shoulders 2

Well I’ve been at it again – this time looking over the shoulders of the Monday morning group.

Are you comfy? Because this is a bit of an epic post and it’s still only a tiny glimpse of what goes on in the morning group which is large, enthusiastic and incredibly productive.

All this stitching is done over lots of laughter and chatting with the occasional pause for concentration over a tricky stitch or complicated bit of a design.

If you’d like a closer look at any of the work just click on the image to enlarge it.

Fran’s Stumpwork and Goldwork

In the previous post on Looking over Shoulders you saw the meticulous work Fran was doing to prepare the elements of an Alison Cole design called A Siennese Treasure. Elizabeth Braun of the sew-in-love blog commented and expressed an interest in seeing how this work progressed.

So here’s where Fran’s got to now:

Fran Novitski detail of A Siennese Treasure

and a closer view….

Fran Novitski Close up A Siennese Treasure

What do you think? Isn’t this exquisite?

and yes Fran goes to both the morning and evening group sessions because she’s our President.


We have the most amazing group of people who do awesome hardanger. They’re enthusiastic, active and happy to share their skills and knowledge with everyone including people like me who are complete newbies to this technique.

Here’s some of their work:

Evelyn B had just begun her piece and you can see the geometry of the counted work emerging:

Hardanger in hoop Evelyn Bardara from Queanbeyan

Avis had combined her favourite hardanger designs to create a piece that skilfully balances elegance and precision. Here are some elements of her design:

Hardanger X by Avis Gesling

Hardanger diamond by Avis Gesling

Hardanger edge by Avis Gesling

Doreen McG was working on this piece with a lovely repeat pattern of a flower motif:

Hardanger in hoop by Doreen McG

Hardanger lacy detail by Doreen McG

She makes it look so easy….

while Meryl F was almost finished this beauty:

Hardanger rectangle in progress by Meryl Fellows


And if all that eye candy isn’t enough for you here’s a sample of the other stitching going on……


Sandra M was working on this delicate piece of Schwalm in a lovely soft palette of colours:

Schwalm work in progress Sandra Minns


Val W was adding a real pop of colour as she knitted this jacket in angora wool:

blue knitting Val Woodward

Hatice who’s visiting from Turkey was also knitting – a very pretty cardigan for a lucky little girl:

Pink childs  cardigan with grub roses by Hatice Canturk

Now and then she’d also pick up this cross stitch and make some more progress:

Geese x-stitch by Hatice


Cross Stitch

Talking of cross stitch Barbara B was working on this very striking flower pattern called Bloomtime:

Red flower x-stitch in progress Barbara Bailey

While Faye had finished this trio of birds (Goldcrests I think) designed by Valerie Pfeiffer. Her trick of adding beads for eyes really brought these little birds to life.

Three Goldcrests finished x-stitch by Faye Guy

And Helen N transformed this small bunch of flowers into a neat biscornu:

xstitch squares by Helen Nastopoulus

Flower biscornu stitched by Helen Nastopoulis



Hazel was almost finished this wonderful Celtic Knot design in Assisi work. It’s a kit from Mary Hickmott’s New Stitches magazine.

Assisi work in progress by Hazel Frances


Vintage Embroidery

Floriana had been rummaging in her stash and found this cool vintage embroidery of a gondola. While she liked the retro look of the design she decided to add a modern touch with the fresh colours.

Vintage Gondola in progress Floriana Basilisco

Diana was also taking a vintage pattern from a 1973 Coates publication called Mix and Match in Embroidery and giving it a contemporary look with her choice of colours:

Vintage cockerel stitchery by Diana Churchill


Jenny H was also using colours with a real pop in her stitchery:

small embroidery with DMC threads Jenny Hutchinson

while Louise W had begun a delicate traditional embroidery bought on one of her trips to Germany:

German Surface stitching in progress Louise Willey



Anne D was shading this Roseworks bloom in subtle tones of red and pink:

Reddy pink crewel flower by Anne Dowling beside her Barbara A was stitching away at this design in shades of blue:

Blue and pink crewel in progress Barbara Adams


Creative use of fabrics

and on the other side of her Irene B was cleverly creating these teddy bear ornaments from a fabric pattern:

Irene Burton 4 teddy bears

not far away on another table Dorothy R was sewing ric rac on this pretty butterfly block:

Butterfly block Rhonda

and Lynne B was working away at these hexies for a bed cover:

Hexies by Lyn Baldwin



Meanwhile Lesley E had just finished one of her cute babywear sets of bib and vest embroidered with bees and eucalypt flowers. Watching her creating bullion bees, animals and flowers is like watching magic!

Baby bib and singlet Lesley Edwards

Bye for now!