Grandma and her boys

Monday, 26 September 2011

Sewing, sewing,sewing

Life has been just one long sewing time lately ...lovely !!

After my visit to the Hamilton Craft and Quilt Show I got enthused and started on some of my UFO's .
I have made a gift for a friend for her birthday ... but has to be a secrete at present as her birthday is awhile away and she will read my blog before the day.
We have started classes at Embroidery guild and my "Corn Pad " cushion cover is coming along.

This weekend just gone I went along to the Waikato and Bay of Plenty Embroidery Guild Retreat at Tui Ridge

Where Your Adventure Begins!
Nestled in 170 hectares of beautiful New Zealand forest, with commanding views of Lake Rotorua, Mt. Tarawera, Mokoia Island and the surrounding countryside.Tui Ridge Park offers you the very best activities and facilities! Ideally suited for school, church groups, clubs, corporations for team building or families who want to simply "get away from it all".

They have some great facilities, the complex belongs to the SDA Church ... so there is no drinking on site and all food is vegetarian, but a few days with no wine is fine ....the food we had was good and nourishing and plenty of it ... everyone of the 50 of us took plates for morning and afternoon teas, wow !! what a selection, was hard to choose each time.

I took a class called "Same Both Sides" this was taken by Peta McMillan of Whakatane
This class meant you did the stitching so each side was identical to the other, easy some may say "Oh yes!" the small section of stitching in the picture took a day and a half.
The left hand side picture is front and right is back

How do I know ? well the strands left are on the back of work. To say the least getting your brain around this technique was a bit mind blowing .. but once you got the concept into your brain all went well.... must admit by about lunch time on first day I was  beginning to think seriously about why had I taken this class ??
 I defy anyone to try and do a cross stitch so it looks the same on the front and back ... if you try please let me know how you got on.
 Just a small clue to the cross stitching it takes 4 rounds of sewing to achieve it.

I am sure these ladies of my group were saying  " Do you think we could make a run for it at morning tea"

Me..... I am determined that I will finish this piece in the next week ... so watch this space ... for if it goes away into the UFO's I am sure it will not see the light of day again.


By Hoki Quilts said...

You know Laurie I love going to classes and learning new skills, however sometimes I must admit the 'what am I doing here' thought has occassionaly crossed my mind. As for retreats, well they are the best, Deb and I are off on one in Tasmania next March - can't wait.
hugs Miche'le

Anonymous said...

sounds like you had a great time Laurie and your work looks fantastic,well done

Cheryll said...

Laurie... you've been busy!
How lucky are you to have the shows to go to... I missed out this year on the big one in Sydney...aarrrwww! Never mind ...I'll get to go with you! :)

sunny said...

THat looks really interesting. I'll be anxious to see your final project.