Hi there 'Like Minded Ladies'
I'm Rae and it is Mothers Day here in New Zealand today and this is my very first post on my brand new blog. I have been thinking of blogging for soooooo long now and it wasn't until yesterday that I finally got started. I followed links given by other stitchers to Amy Wilson's blog http://threadinhand.blogspot.co.nz/ and finally motivated by her posts and her enthusiastic work ethic when it comes to stitching, I thought, I can do this. Of course I cannot imagine myself acheiving the amount of stitching Amy does on a daily basis but I figured it would at the very least serve to motivate me to achieve especially now that I have received Lesson #1 of the awesome 'Cabinet of Curiosities' outstanding and amazing online course offered by Tricia of 'Thistle Threads' http://www.thistle-threads.com/.
So a little background about me.... We live in a converted old methodist church built by early settlors to New Zealand in 1881. We are semi rural with a lovely view of the Auckland skyline which is 40 km's away. I live here with my husband Craig and two daughters Tiger Lily who is 12yrs and Jazmin who is 6yrs along with our two cats Paris and Louis. I adore all things historical to do with needlework, doing my own needlework along with all things interior and french with a shabby chic twist.
I have been doing needlework off and on since I was a young adult. My Mum is a prolific needleworker and has stitched some awesome hardanger and stumpwork embroideries in the Jane Nicholas style http://www.janenicholas.com/. Of course being a Mum of young children and work commitments ( I am an accountant by profession) have largely restrained me over the years and I have done more needlepoint tapestry to date than any other styles. But now as I have been able to undertake a well earned break from paid employment thanks to my husband's property development skills I have been so far on a year long journey learning all about historical needlework online and from copious books which started with a fascination with Berlin Woolwork and the amazing handpainted charts from the mid 1800's and has now culminated in an obsession with embroidered caskets. Once I discovered Thistle Threads I was hooked. Being so far away down here in little NZ with no access to museum archives other than books and online, the Cabinet of Curiosities course is a lifeline.
Of course I also love doing applique style patchwork and have a stash of needlework and sewing projects that would far outstrip my lifetime but the mind is willing and I am not quite at the big five zero but not far off and so I better get started...
....Here is a little glimpse into my space and my personality ......... :-)
My Stitching Space