Wednesday, August 17, 2011


Today has been difficult, in fact the past few weeks have been. To support family through difficult times is hard, but it's something I would always choose to do. Even when I can't see the way forward myself, I know it's my job to take them by the hand and guide them as best I can.
I have good friends & family to turn to for support.....But today I lost a good mate, one who always listened -unless he was chasing something....and he just loved a pat, He loved a walk down the road to sniff  things...just the best thing to have a pet, unconditional love.........

RIP Willy.... lets hope you got that snake before he got you......

We've had one frighten Maddie while she was unloading the wood and now Willy has been killed. It's too early and too wet for snakes, they say they're being washed out and are not happy......could be a very scary summer if this keeps up......

Thursday, August 11, 2011


So what's in the pot ??
trying a few samples, I have a whole line of eucalypts in a farm wind break that was planted under a scheme in the 90's....a man in Adelaide was matched with us. He grew trees as a volunteer which we planted. I 've prepared the silk and cotton and I'm going to see if any of them bring colour to my cloth.
I'm not sure if I will have many posts up in the next few weeks. I'm off to adelaide to support my sister. she is having reconstructive surgery. I'm very proud and positive that this is her next step toward the end of a very difficult journey with breast cancer. the bonus of all this will be getting to stay with my Daughter who is studying physio in Adelaide...perhaps I will get to see some museums, garden or have a coffee in a lovely cafe.....all things that are far from life on a very wet soggy farm, 40kms from anywhere.....

Tuesday, August 9, 2011


Last year I made myself a little needle case
on a lanyard of felt with a cutter on the end

It is so soft and it opens out to reveal a small silk pouch for threads
and the folded felt holds needles safe

the press stud was not a good closure ....I need to reinforce that better next time 
 but everything else is great
I can hang it about my neck and stitch happily anywhere

This is the new little case, I love how the stitching I did before I felted has turned out.

Here it is opened out, I've added some extra flaps of felt for needles.
I'm Very happy with how it's coming along
I will add a pouch for threads next
I used a resist to create a channel for the lanyard to slip through

This is a project I've been carrying around for months
Football, sewing mum's house It even went on a holiday
It's just a long piece of prefelt
with lots of stitching , lace wool and silk added to it
I want to photograph it now, take some measurements
FELT it and then check out what everything has done
thought I would show you the start
I dyed the prefelt with gum leaves in soapy water....Actually we were marking lambs, a very dirty job. I always have a bucket of warm water to wash up before lunch. It ended up being very soapy. I had organized some bundles to dye over the camp fire.....But I ran out of rain the last bundle was prefelt with gum leaves in an aluminium pot , with the soapy water....I got lovely subtle purples and Yellows
I will keep you posted when I've felted the scarf  happy stitching

Monday, August 8, 2011


Many years ago some people left baits for foxes which our 3 dogs got
Ed was telling a neighbour we now had no dog and he said " here have this one I was on my way to the tip to shot it, useless....but it will be better than nothing" that was how we came to have "Blue".....

He is a red Kelpie and is now about 14, he has earnt his spot in the sun. He wasn't useless  and we joke how he was just 5kms from death....there has been lots of farm work lately and not alot of sewing, but I hope to put up some felt work soon....stay tuned


such a lovelly winters evening