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Sewing #2

I had hoped to start this post with a photo of Kate from Tall Tales from Chiconia, Chippy at Life by a Compass not a Clock and me. Kate is down in Melbourne and we were to have a catch up brunch. Unfortunately the Fella was not feeling very well this morning and I had to cancel. Such a shame, but he has to take priority. (I hope Kate hasn’t been too cold. She has come down from tropical Queensland to a prolonged blast of icy air straight from the Antarctic!)

I have been sewing each day, except for Friday, when time got away from me. This post is to help me stay accountable to myself.

Sue left a comment last week asking for some more detail about the materials I am using. The base is white linen. It is actually an old tea towel from a pile given to me by a friend. The weave is rather open, but it works well.

I cut the organic green shapes from scraps of organza. In my bag making days, quite a few years ago, I was given a bag of off-cuts from a contact who made wedding dresses. I love the way the opaque nature of the material. I can add stitching underneath and it layers creates interesting effects. Scroll down to see what I am thinking of using on the other side of the river.

As for the stitching…..The banks of the river are whipped stem stitch. You can see that for the other areas I have used running stitch, French knots and seed stitch.

So to the days. (Remember, there is no obligation to leave a comment!)

And this side may be finished

And today I set up the other side of the bank, using the organza and the surprise element of torn pages from the street directory. Before I explain I will do some sewing to see if it will work.


I respectfully acknowledge the traditional custodians of this land on which I live – the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung People of the Kulin Nation, their spirits, ancestors, elders and community members past and present.

18 replies on “Sewing #2”

Yes, he has to come first. He is better today, so it is a matter of taking each day as it comes. I am glad you are enjoying the day-by-day photos, Sue. I thought they might be rather tedious.

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We’ve been surviving the weather by being fully rugged up! I hadn’t got rid of my Melbourne coat, beanie and gloves, and they’ve come in very, very useful. We missed you yesterday (post to follow), but there’s always next time 😊

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I saw your photos in yesterday’s post and your coat and beanie look just right. It is a blast of cold air, which is a shock to us all, after a number of mild days. The Fella is better today, in fact up making me a cup of tea while I linger in bed. πŸ™‚

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We had been watching the forecasts carefully before packing, and despite the Husband thinking It was a bit excessive to bring all that warm gear, he was glad of it in the end. It’s the wind that’s the worst; back home, neither rain nor wind tend to be so icy! I’m so glad Terry’s on the mend, and a nice cuppa in bed is one of life’s little luxuries.

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It’s certainly chilly isn’t it… even here on Mid-North Coast NSW it’s been a brisk start to winter. I’ve been vicariously following Kate and Chippy’s adventures via the social’s and looking forward to your appearance. But yes, these things happen. In the meantime life and sewing go on β™‘

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‘Brisk’ is rather an understatement! I would imagine you have had some very frosty starts to the days. It was a shame we couldn’t meet. Maybe one day I will get up to McKay.

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We do! I still buy the Melways because I like being able to see the whole path instead of following a GPS device that has no idea what the real streets look like – i.e. theie most direct path could involve unmade roads that almost require 4 WD to get up and down. Been there, done that. Never again. :d

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Oh I’m sorry too that you couldn’t get out to meet up with textile and blog friends but good to hear Terry is making you a cuppa – which I’m sure you’ve drunk
The street directory addition looks interesting, I assume you are using to show the villages of people who lived along the river but love the way you are portraying the landscape of the river and hinterland…

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