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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Crazy Tuesday..............

Crazy Tuesday - Debbie, Gwen and Marie............



Debbie bought her finished bag in - she is donating it to STEMM - very generous...........



Unfortunately, my photographs do not her work justice...............it's a stunning bag....

A button cluster................... beading and embroidery......

Valerie's spider web, Suffolk puff and pearl spider.........


Butterflies and silk ribbon roses............

June made this little bag to keep her silk ribbons all neat and tidy - gosh, I keep mine in a takeaway container!!!!!



Look forward to seeing you next month, girls.


XXXX

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Simplicity -

While I am drawn to the fussiness of crazy...............



...............the shiny beads............and rich fabrics.............

................. I am also drawn to the simplicity..............


...............the natural fabrics................

.......and the creativity of other forms of embroidery..............

Pop onto Viv's blog Hens Teeth and enjoy!!!!!!


XXXXXXX


Jenny


Monday, August 22, 2011

Lyneley - crazy Saturday

There are many reason why I love crazy quilting. One of the main reasons being that every one's crazy is unique to them - like a fingerprint.


We all have our own stitch size that we like to work with, our own sense of colour and creativeness.

Everyone one of the 30 girls that I am fortunate enough to teach each month - have their own "style" of crazy.


Even if they see a "seam treatment" on another girls work that they copy - it NEVER is the same. Which is what I love................



It is one of the main reasons that I do not teach with notes - it's way better if the girls come up with their own take on a stitch combination.

This work belongs to Lyneley - who travels quite a way to come to the classes..............

This is her first "attempt" at crazy quilting!!!!

Lyneley and Sandra have been friends for many, many years - and now share "crazy" banter with each other - it's always a fun day when they are on "form".............

Sue spent her time choosing colours for her next project......




I am looking forward to our lunch next month, girls!!!!!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

A crazy Saturday.........

I spent a lovely Saturday with the crazy girls - our numbers were down - but that did not alter the noise levels.............


Sandra and Lynely arrived with their new crazy "caddies" - pink must be Sandra's favourite colour.......


..............she had some show and tell ............ two cushions ............


...........pearl dragonflies...............

Sandra's ribbon embroidery................always so lovely and voluptuous!!!

..............see what I mean?

Glorious!!!!!!!



We needed to fill this "blank space" - little straight stitches and gold beads did the trick!!

One happy little spider in amongst all the flowers....

The classes are always such fun with Sandra in them!!!!!


XXX


Jenny

Friday, August 12, 2011

Spiders and pearls......................

Lorrae's ribbon flower and bugle bead "cluster"

Spider web ribbon roses, pearls, metallic feather stitch..............


Ribbon feather stitch and mother-of-pearl buttons............

Herringbone, bugle beads and flower sequins................. Welcome back, Lorrae!!


Gail's first crazy - ready to be made up into a boxed bag.

Side view...... metallic stars - so simple but very effective.......


Ribbon feather stitch, flower sequins, big button and gold ricrac....

Web and spider............

Gail's bag - all done!!!!!


Thanks girls, see you next month!!

XXX

Jenny

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

A crazy exhibition!!!

We held a very successful crazy exhibition at the Patchwork Angel last year - it really surprised me how many people come to see all the girls beautiful work.

This is ONE of Sue's many bags....

Debbie...

Marie..


Elaine


Jenny


Pamela - these cushions did not show up too well in the photo - they were gorgeous...

Elaine

LynelyJenny

More photos to follow.....


Sunday, August 7, 2011

The right tools for the right job..............

I think that if we have the right tools, all our work is a lot easier.....
I have an absolute "thing" about Bohin needles - to me they are just the best - for crazy I like to have milliners (assorted), chenille (assorted), beading and embroidery crewel (assorted).

I bead with a monofilament thread and I use a tiny little pincushion made by Pamela - just the perfect size to keep the few needles I need for my project at hand.

All my beads are kept in these new caddies of mine ordered from a Sydney company - Craftainers.

This little coffee cup glued to it's saucer is perfect as my thread catcher and a place for thimbles, scissors and "Thread Heaven" - a must when using metallic and rayon threads.

Applique glue - holds my lace and other fabric embellishments in place for me to stitch down.

I don't know what these are called but I bought them from an art supply shop - I find them very useful for drawing curved shapes - ferns etc. The best marking pencil I have found is by "Sewline".

Masking tape - I able to write little notes to myself which I stick to my work. This has proved very helpful with teaching - the girls can write all their homework on the exact place where the embroidery needs to be done.





The little jar top stops the beads from running across the desk as I am trying to pick them up......


Naturally, I like to have as many different types of threads and silk ribbons as possible.

I am very fortunate to work at a patchwork shop so I am able to buy most of my supplies from

there.