Month: September 2011

My Sari thread

I've been anxiously waiting for my last box to arrive home… it's taken almost a month and it was almost torn in half when I received it this morning. I am taking a class next week and I really needed the sari silk I purchased in Long Beach. I actually first saw Sari thread in South Africa, but I couldn't bring it home because of luggage restrictions but I decided to find out more about it. As you can see, mine is predominately red and orange, but I have 4 different widths of thread. Recycled Silk yarn is undoubtedly the most unique yarn you will ever encounter.  Silk thrums from India's weaving mills are handspun by women's cooperatives and cottage industries into gleaming silk skeins.  Using their traditional skills they are able to create vibrant, textured yarn in a endless array of colorways.  Each Recycled Silk skein is handspun creating natural inconsistencies. The colors are vibrant and it is spun evenly.  It is without a doubt the most lovely sari silk yarn available. Handspun sari …

Are you a perfectionist…. it’s a bit of a problem in our family. !!!!!

The Recovering Perfectionist's Guide to Productivity and Success by Christine Kane Perfectionism is brutal. I meet countless would-be entrepreneurs, artists and world-changers who hold themselves back because they need to "do it perfect." If you're one of these people, then you know the unfortunate truth: When you wait to be perfect, you never get it done. It's a painful loop, and it often leads to depression, disease, and a nagging feeling that you're not quite stepping into your life's purpose. What you'll learn today is that recovery is possible! In fact, most successful people I know have carefully cultivated a philosophy that drives them: Imperfect action. In fact, some will tell you that Imperfect Action is the key to their success. I call these people "Imperfectionists." What's an Imperfectionist? An Imperfectionist knows that getting something done is better than waiting to do it perfectly.An Imperfectionist knows that being a Perfectionist is simply an excuse NOT to take action.An Imperfectionist congratulates herself for taking small steps.An Imperfectionist buys herself flowers when she accomplishes something – even …

New Ideas and a great deal of stress.

My stress…… The graphics system in my 5 year old computer is having difficulty coping with all I add to the data bank….its slowly dying…. Yes, I've backed up… Yes, I keep my computer system clean…. but… it's old now… and I have to buy a new one tomorrow to  prevent the loss of 31,827 photos.   New Ideas I feel as though I've been running all day. It was interesting I have a program called "Day One" and now I document everything I do… It helps me to remember the business information.. but goodness it's pages long today. I did manage to get 3 new class submission finished so I feel quit good. I made half a quilt with this image…. Actually I drew this at a guild meeting…… I love our Guild, but sometimes… I just have to do something else to keep my hands moving…!!!! It's a Pam Bird. But in trialing it… I think it is too difficult for a day class. The class is quilt illustration like the notebook series. …

notebook quilts No 4.

This is the format I'm going to use for the Notebook quilts. It's not really a quilt, but a thread illustration but after working on 3 different samples… this is the way I want it to look. It has to sit in small envelopes like this one… The main quilt will share my travels in quilting and physically for a year.. the images are taken from my photos and illustrations. I backed the white fabric with a Pellon product. I was given a sample to try by the company. I actually intend to use it to back silk… but it works great on this. The cream fabric is Unbleached Bomull fabric from Ikea., price for 150 cm wide is  $3.95 and it has more body than calico or (muslin) as it's called in the USA From Low German bomwulle, compound of bom, "tree", and ull, "wool", thus literally meaning "tree wool", due to the plan fibers' similarity to wool. Compare German Baumwolle. I used a single stitch with a fine needle. 60/8 sharp and fine …

Notebook quilts. – or Thread illustrated notebooks

Thanks for the birthday wishes…. it's not my birthday till next week…. We have 10 birthdays in 10 days.!!!! it's all a bit much really. I haven't worked too hard today…. I had a little interuption. But he was most welcome…he's been sick all week so I'm pleased to see him up and about. I've been working on the notebook series and by Jove, I think I have it.!!!! Nothing fancy…. it's just a quilt note… a reminder of my time in Mexico. It's going to fit into the big quilt like this. A fabric envelope with the small notebook quilt folded but attatched to the quilt so when it's on display it can be shown.   I'm still working on the envelope pattern. I need to make 12 of these notebook quilts (one for each month of this year.) then I can quilt the large quilt and put it all together. In fact, it's not really a quilt it has only two layers…. I found the batting in the other test piece two thick, …

My Heart Wanders – pia jane bijkerk » pia jane bijkerk

via http://www.piajanebijkerk.com   I was given this wonderful book as a gift the other day… I can't put it down.   An excerpt. "My creativity flows freely between the knots, ideas bud like air bubbles rising amid the tangled strings" My friend Carolyn sent it to me for my Birthday but she did something else very special too. The picture below is of my Daughter Rachael, (Tillys Mum) It's her 40th birthday in a few weeks and this picture is for her when she was 2. Mum sketched this out and almost finished it before she passed away last year. Carolyn finished it for me…. I am thrilled and I know it will hold a special significance for Rach…. it's almost a year since Mum passed away.   Mum was an amazing artist, and when she moved into the nursing home I took all her threads with me…. Goodness, I don't embroider much…. and we had a box of threads to equal a small shop… so I sent them to Carolyn. Now she is teaching …

Notebook quilt No 3.

   Still Playing, I'm liking it better, but it's not quite as I expected…. I admit to finding the hand quilting too tedious… so I resorted to machine. The fabric strip is to match the base quilt, the small 1" square is an antique piece I found in a thrift store…. actually I found an entire bag of them.

Our Day – “Glad that’s over”

6.00 am and the coffee was steaming and the toast made. Miss Tilly, her Mum Rachael and Grand dog Jack with his bed, arrived in a rush and we went through the motions of repacking the contents of their bag into a cute orange one. Grandpa was in his Jamas on the exercise bike…….!!! It was just dawn when we left and I explained my concern that the Koalas have been using my car as a trampoline and rest room….. So we decided that Tilly could write a story about that.!!!! I dislike hospitals, for the past 60 years I spent so many hours there visiting my Mum. But Tilly was just going to have her tonsils and adenoids out….. "don't forget the adenoids" she says. Rachael had explained everything that was going to occur and she even rehearsed counting backwards figuring that if asked she could do it in Japanese……!!!!  I don't think she got that far actually…. She was so good…. it was over in an hour and she was back in the …