Thursday, 18 June 2015

Winter Solstice Is Nigh Down South

As the winter solstice approaches and the weather deteriorates again I am blessed that I have my stitching. I haven't posted for a bit and you think that you haven't done much but recollection for blogging makes you realise that you really have done something ~ all the little somethings become meaningful somethings over time ~ 

Life's still so very up and down for me and the girls, with milestones and occasions it's been rough sailing of late and standing alone after 20 years of partnership is not an easy learning curve ~ BUT ~ thank goodness for my 'somethings' ~ to help comfort me on the long road to healing ~ the prospect of having to return to paid employment is looming so my somethings output rate will diminish for sure after that....

Been managing to do a little 17th century during the day, just a little, the fuel in the 'mojo' tank is firing but not on all cylinders yet ~ still I did get that blasted second canopy done I'd procrastinated over for SO long ~ do excuse the photo quality, cannot figure out why it appears to have deteriorated....or maybe it's just my monitor....

~ Canopy on it's scaffold finally constructed ~

 ~ Pinned for admiration ~

~ Alongside it's Kingly counterpart ~

~ Need to attach these same leaves to the other side first ~

~ And at last...... ~

~ We have a pair ~

So now finally I can open the page to the next bit ~ the kingly robes ~there's some background robing to complete in trellis stitch first and then a detached piece for the dimension ~ it's gonna take a while ~

 ~ Start made ~

~ But a ways to go ~
My relaxing evening stitching is coming along too ~

Colmar is progressing, three out of the four applique's are fixed, trapunto'd and embellished now ~

~ Boy, you can sure tell which one's remaining and awaiting the magic ~

~ Loving the vibrancy ~

~ AND the puffiness of course ~
I've also finished the front panel to the Sue Spargo bag, got all the other bits and need to crack out the sewing machine and assemble ~ watch this space ~ I am THRILLED with how this has turned out and the photos do not even begin to capture how blingy this is in 3D ~

~ Simply gorgeous ~

~ The thread variety and dimension ~ love it! ~

~ A drizzle stitch and beaded tail ~ what more could a bird want ~

~ Even the bees and lady bugs think he looks grand ~

~ The velvet applique is a massive favourite for me ~

And so to round off the efforts there is a little 'something' different ~ now that it's cooled off I am trying my hand at another little something woolly ~ rug hooking ~ my very first attempt ~ so many different things ~ so little time ~

~ I'm a newby so it's super slow going ~

~ No instuctors over here in NZ for rug hooking so it's all books and winging it ~

~ Love all those woolly worms ~

Hope this finds you all cosy and warm if the winter solstice is approaching for you otherwise enjoy the warmth at the top of the planet ~

~ PS ~ I couldn't have done any of it without his help ~

~ May Your Days Be Filled With Salubrious Stitching ~


  1. Thank goodness you have your craft to help you along your road, and of course your most amazing beautiful cat! keep warmxxx

  2. Wow, if I was where you are with starting again after 20 yrs, my sympathy is with you.
    Your stitching is gorgeous. I think my favorite is the quilt, with all your beautiful stitching. Your rug hooking is an inspiration!

  3. Dear Raewyn Anne,
    Your 17th century mirror project is an inspiration to me. The canopy you have stitched is amazing! I'm looking forward to seeing your updates on the robes. You are very talented. Your Colma and Sue Spargo stitching and piecework are inspiring too! You have piqued my interest in this type of work.

    I can try to imagine how daunting your journey is currently. After a 20 year partnership suddenly being a single parent to your two beautiful daughters is a huge change for each of you. Going back to paid employment could be a daunting prospect for you too. It will certainly make big changes in your current routine. I hope you find going back to work is a blessing in disguise. I work and know it takes away many hours from the day. With all of your talents I hope you will find work that will enable your creativity to flourish. Sending you best wishes and hugs, Dianne

  4. ahhhhhhh there is Master Louis! He looks as though he has everything under control ;) Your stitching looks marvelous Rae, and always so many things going on at once~ cant wait to see how your rug comes out~ what size are you using~ looks like 8's??? Your nimble fingers are flying along as usual now! XOXOXOXOXO

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