Thursday, 25 April 2019

Lest We Forget

Welcome, in loving memory of my Uncle Tom. Rat of Tobruk. Lest We Forget. Binsa

Sunday, 7 April 2019

A Sweet Birthday Gift

Welcome, the finished project. All made by hand, no sewing machine required. Thoroughly enjoyed, this project. The little dilly bag is earmarked for a special friends birthday.

Hooroo for Now, Binsa

Tuesday, 2 April 2019

At a loose end.

Welcome, while DH spends three days a week, sailing and the restoring of the house, is coming to an end. I find I am at a loose end. One of DH sailing buddies wife , rang me on Sunday and asked if I wanted to come over for a stitch and bitch. Hmmm I was off like a shot. We did more talking,laughing than stitching.Jo , came up with a project to work on for next time. Today, it took me quite a few hours, going through the storage boxes, looking for the bits and pieces to my Brother Scan n Cut. How frustrating, we are making progress with my quilt studio. All the pieces are being made as I write this. Construction will start, early May.

I made all the paper pieces for the project. My mojo, is returning thank goodness, it had gone south for quite a few months.

Last night I sat and glued and started to stitch. My thoughts were to donate what I make to the local Craft Community as they raise funds for the district.

Stay tuned to see, what it will be made.

Hooroo for now, Binsa

Friday, 29 March 2019

A Visitor

Welcome, in one of my earlier posts, I told the story of the indeginious tree on our property. This morning, while working through the house with my chores. I looked out the bedroom window, and was surprised and delighted to find the Koala in our tree. Our neighbors, said they did, but in the time we have been here the tree has been unoccupied. The simple things in life, are the best.
Hooroo for Now, Binsa

Monday, 25 March 2019

Slow Stitching - Tutorial - Part 3

Welcome, to Part 3 of Slow Stitching. My original thought was to stitch two log cabin blocks with a bird centre and stitch to the top left side and bottom right side. Alas, that did not work. A central wreath was  in order. I placed a saucer in the middle and pinned for the marking points.
 Next I tore strips of fabric and folded in half.
 Anchored the thread to the base, and made a small gather on the folded leaf and stitched back through the stitch, to attach the leaf.
 As I worked around the circle, I found the pieces were to bulky.
 So while in place I re cut to a leaf shape, much better, and not as bulky.See the difference from the bottom to the top.
 Once the circle is finished, I found the bird/nest fabric and with a running stitch, attached it to the centre. I had a small amount of wadding, in which, I stuffed the little bird and the nest.To hold in place a very small tacking stitch.
 Next, more embellishment needed. I added, two lace  squares left and right side. Brought out my vintage button stash and added two rows of buttons. Made two little fabric bows.
 Last, but not least, added a ribbon bow and button to the wreath. Done.
 My finished piece, my original thought was for a small table runner, but now, I am thinking of framing the said piece. What do you think?
My first attempt, in slow stitching, I sincerely hope you enjoyed the journey, as I did.

Hooroo for Now, Binsa

Thursday, 21 March 2019

Slow Stitching - Tutorial - Part 2

 Welcome,  I chose the size of backing,  required for a table mat.With a small nick, I ripped each side of the fabric, to form the base. Next step, was sort through the pieces of fabric. In the centre, I placed the cream square, pinned it down.It was the first piece of fabric, I stitched down with a running stitch.
 Refer to picture above and below, then it is a matter, of ripping strips and place in a pleasing format.Once this process is done, I took a photo for remembrance.
The pale blue fabric is very fragile, and I had to be carefully handle this while stitching.

This will form the base, for my next step. What I love about this project, is I can leave it on the dining room table, while tea is cooking, I sit and stitch the next fabrics on.

Hooroo for now, Binsa

Sunday, 17 March 2019

Slow Stitching - Tutorial -Part 1

Welcome, I have had a yen to learn slow stitching. My thought was to do a class, but with logistics it is not feasible for me to do so. I trolled pinterest and you tube, but still was floundering. It was the arrangement, I was  having trouble with.

I chose a backing, and purchased a Slow Stitching Kit from Lilypond, in Geelong.Kit is made up of french vintage fabrics and lace. Your stash, I am sure would have these items. The kit was a Christmas gift from Jess.

Next you need your sewing pins, scissors, stitching thread and needles. I chose sashiko thread and needles as well as purchaing the vintage blue dmc thread from Lilypond.

Part 2 will be published on 21st March.

Hooroo for now, Binsa

Wednesday, 13 March 2019

A Box of Strings

 Welcome, pictured below is the result of using string scraps. A Quilt that was sent for someone in need.

Hooroo for now, Binsa

Wednesday, 6 March 2019

Finally a little bit of sewing

 Welcome, Rob has an early landrover, while looking for new cushion covers, on the net, for the family room. I came across these landrover covers, perfect. I made my purchase, and have made a simple nine patch lap quilt. It will be for his birthday. The check I found at the lps, quite a good match. Hooroo for now, Binsa

Saturday, 2 March 2019

My temporary sewing nook....

 Welcome, it has been quite a few months, since my sewing room was dismantled. As we have downsized, there is no space for my sewing . Pictured below, is my sewing things which are taking up three quarters of the living room and a quarter of Rob's garage. The decision has been made to build on the existing garage a carport and a studio for me. I can hardly wait, but looks like a lengthy process.It will probably be well into winter before it is all done.This morning, I found little Kiera in the bookcase and set her up on my treadly. Hooroo for now, Binsa

Saturday, 23 February 2019

The life of a Tree on our property...

Welcome, the life of this tree is in three stages. Growth, maturity and Dying. Sadly, this is the case of this Peppermint Gum Tree. It is in its third stage of  it's life. The Koala's have eaten it down, but still sit in there on occasion. The tree is indigenous to the island.I am trying to preserve it, by feeding, mulching and watering. This side of Eastern Australia, is in drought, from my understanding since 2003. Water is precious, where we came from everything was lovely and green.
Hooroo, Binsa