Got the ebooks and they are fantastic. Very convenient and easy to
use. Alessa, Italy
The printed books arrived safely and promptly. I will be back for
more. Flo, Canada.
I have made two of your
quilting patterns and had to write to say how easy they are to
follow. Thank you. Sharon, USA
Just a quick note to let you
know the charts have arrived in good order and I am very happy with
them. Terry, Tasmania
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9th September 2014
Free Sewing Classes
Here in New Zealand my friend Darren and I are setting up a free
weekly sewing group (Te Horoi Tereti)
for young adults to learn sewing and needlework. Our local
community has been wonderful with donations of fabric and
thread, but unfortunately the sewing machines donated are too
unreliable. So we have started an international fundraising
event to buy 6 new sewing machines.
Once our term/semester of sewing classes have finished and we
have refined our curriculum; we then want to share how we set up
our group with other communities around the world for free; so
they can start their own groups. You can see our groups website
Wait there's is more!
90% of all sales
from this website goes towards
sewing machines for the community sewing group.
Until 10th October 2014 only this JMD Designs website.
Another way for you to be rewarded
for donating. Thank you.
29th August 2014
Free Sewing Classes
Te Horoi Tereti - A
Clean Slate with Fabric and Thread,
We had an article published in a New Zealand newspaper.
Click on the photo below to see and read.
Pulled Thread Needlework
The last six months I have been designing and stitching a
series of Pulled Thread Needlework.
I am now writing all the instructions and before the end
of the year I will retail them as individual designs and all
together in an ebook.
Some of the designs are coloured as shown left. Others
are same colour fabric and threads with lacy fillings in
18th July 2014
I saw some knitted chains on the internet the other day and had
to give them a go. I have padded mine so I can hang them up like
I am in the process of making a tutorial so you can
make you own.
I padded mine with strips of foam rubber to keep the links in
the chains from sagging.
Each link is 7cm (3 inches) long.
The same colours as some rainbow gloves I made last winter
I just finished making a Peace Quilt. It
is winter here right now and I wanted a lap quilt to keep me
warm and peaceful in the evenings while stitching. I will
have more photos to follow soon.
Hi Everyone, sorry I have not
been updating my blog the last few months. My heath has not been the
best. I am taking life a bit slower at the moment. But all orders
will be dispatched as normal. I have been playing with
different crafts lately and here are some photos of them.
Old postage stamps decoupage onto the side of a glass tumbler.
Some stuffed patchwork owls. about 40cm high.
I molded some concrete toadstools and painted them. They go in the
garden. Also I painted some rocks into lady birds.
I did some wood burning
Pyrography. I designed the dolls
which I shall use the designs in some needlework one day.
Knitted and Crocheted Owl
Hat - Free Pattern
As you will know from looking
here Owls are my favourite
bird. So with the arrival of a Great Niece I had to knit an Owl hat for
The overall hat is knitted in a rectangle and
sewn down each long side. No increasing or decreasing !!
If you can not crochet then you could make the
face and wings from poplar fleece. I have seen features made from
felt but I don't think these would wash well.
see the tutorial on how to make the hatclick here
June 10th 2013
Topsy Turvy Doll Tutorial
I think this century a Topsy Turvy doll represents to our
children that racism or class systems are not ok. That we
can have friends of any culture or colour.
I found a free rag doll pattern online and adapted it as you will see by
I love the idea that a child can have two friends in one doll to play
and Fabric Sewing Pouch
Remember the paper packets we used to get
handed our wages in? The days of having 'folding stuff' in
our wallet and not a plastic card?
My pouch is based on the shape of those
packets. I have written a tutorial with a free pattern
You can enlarge or change the width or length
of the pouch pattern to suit the object size you want to put in
This dove I made for my Mother for Mothers Day
this year. It is 4 inches (10cm) tall. Overall it is made out of
felt. But on the wings I hand stitched onto cotton fabric the design
and then fused it onto the felt wing. Overall all stitching was done
with Marlitt Rayon thread. I like the sheen of the rayon thread on
the flatness of the felt surface. Beads were sewn on with silver
metallic thread and silver stars were hand stitched on in metallic
May 10th 2013
Quilted Pot Holder
Never throw out scraps of
fabric!! I made these two pot mitts from fabric scraps I have had for about
15 years. The mitts I padded with an old bath towel that was still thick. I
find toweling more heat resistant than regular quilting wadding. The mitts
look great with my fuchsia pink electric jug.
I used the Postage Stamp method of construction you can see in this video
Twisted Hexagon and Paisley
I have decided to make a hand stitched
quilt based around the Twisted Hexagon templates that are sewn together by
hand in the English Paper Piecing (EPP) method and with paisley designs.
Below you can follow my
Also I will be giving free designs each time I
update my progress.
April 9th 2013
- Biscornu and Cushion
charming Toadstool homes will always be part of our imagination no mater
how young or old we are. The designs are easily stitched and quick to
make up the items shown above. The biscornu pincushion would also look
great as decoration on a coffee table. The couch/bed cushion could also
be used as the front of a bag. Cotton quilting
fabric has been used. Also included are 2 extra free designs. Click here to
see more details.
Feb 15th 2013
have given free Hardanger design for a bookmark.
You can get the pattern by
Feb 15th 2013
Twisted Hexagon Templates
have given 3 different sizes of the Twisted Hexagon templates for you to
use. See how I appliqued the block onto a bag. I have given the designs Free
in the tutorial
I made both these fabric bowls as
Christmas gifts for my sister and daughter. I am sure they would make
great gifts for you loved ones for Valentines day also. I did Needlework
on mine but just the use of 3 different patterned quilting fabric would look
great also. I have given the designs Free in the tutorial.
see the tutorial on how to make the fabric
dishes by clicking
Butterscotch Kitchen Pot stands or wall hangings
These cupcake and coffee cup designs can be hung on
the wall or leave the beading off and use as pot stands or mug rugs for
Only 1 basic needlework stitch is used and 3 shades
of Golden Butterscotch thread.... or what colour suits your decor.
get another two free designs to match, Click on the photo to
My Owl on a mat.
Lovie Dew Stitchery in Manitoba,Canada has been playing with
one of my Hardanger Designs she purchased. She has made a great
job for stitching and stuffing him. I love seeing him in the
snow. Click on the owl to the right to see her tutorial on how
she padded him.
A must for ever person that sews; either for
themselves or to give as a gift. The tote bag is lined and the
front has an easily hand stitched inserted panel. The matching
pincushion has a row of beads around its edge. An easy hand stitching project for
children or learners. Only 1 basic needlework stitch is used and 3 shades
of raspberry pink.
Welcome to Middle Earth Sorry I have no Middle
Earth or Hobbit designs or patterns to offer you.
I hope you enjoy
viewing the Hobbit movie; and enjoy the scenery that I enjoy living
in among here in New Zealand. I live about a 60 minute drive from
the Hobbit Village itself.
Oct 17th 2012
What A Weekend
I tutored a
workshop on Schwalm Needlework in Nelson this October for the
Nelson Embroidery Guild for their "What A Weekend" Retreat. I had a
great time and was impressed with what my students (pictured above)
produced over the two days. Did you spot my typo in the photo? I put
1012 instead of 2012... but I know someone was stitching Schwalm
back then, but my students were far to young to be stitching it in
Sept 12th 2012 New
Schwalm A Kaleidoscopic Study Designed and Written by
Janet M. Davies
Padded Needlelace Pocketed Love Designed and Written by
Janet M. Davies
Schwalm Cut and Pulled thread.
fillings that delight the viewer
Padded Needlelace Needlelace is padded to bring
your stitching to life.
The books above comes
in an ebook format (PDF files) not printed paper.
Have the ebook emailed to you. You print what pages you want to use from the ebook.
Sept 10th 2012 New
Wow it is the 10th of September already...... my life has been super
busy the last 3 months but I am happy to say that I have 5 new
designs you will love. The style is Schwalm Needlework which was
originally from Germany a few centuries ago. My designs are focused
around elements found traditionally from the 14th to 18th century.
Click on the photos to see more details about buying as individual
July 30th 2012
I have decided to restructure the
way that I present my books for you to buy. I am finding more that
people prefer to purchase and have their designs emailed to them. So
I am in the process of turning my books from a 'printed on paper'
format; to an ebook that is in a PDF file format that is emailed to
you and you print out the parts of the book (or all of it) that you
Until the ebooks are available you will find on the actual book
design collections with full instructions etc.
July 16th th 2012
A bag about 40cm tall I made for my Aunty Olwyn for her 80th birthday. I
hand stitched all the pictures and hand quilted the front of the bag.
July 16th 2012
Crochet Granny Square Rug
I finished Crocheting a Granny Square knee rug which will now sit over the
back of my 2 seater couch. I crocheted a scalloped edge around it all....
now to make some cushions to match/similar.
May 18th 2012
Crochet Fingerless gloves
One of the Characters in the Play
"Pet"I am Production Manager of needed
some white gloves. So I crocheted her a pair.
I did enough chains to go around the hand at across the knuckles. Crochet
down to the length I wanted 13cm (5 inches). Then sewed up the side seam
leaving a space for the thumb.
June 15th 2012
Pyrography Burnt Wood Celtic Cross
Today I finally got around to editing photos of the Celtic
Cross I made my sister for her Birthday last December. I cut the
shape out of wood myself and then burnt the design onto the wood.
The length of the cross is about 20cm (8 inches)
June 13th 2012 Knitted Bag with Fabric Lining
Knitted bags have a habit of stretching their bottoms once something is
placed in side them So I knew the bag would have to be lined. The bag is big enough to fit an android cell
phone, debit cards and a small bunch of keys. Great for that trip when
you want 'small' or heading off to an event and you want to keep
your belonging with you all the time. The bag measures15 x 12 cm ( 6 x 4
I few years ago I designed these 2
logos for SCAAD
Some of you might start seeing the surname McDonald on some of my
correspondence or similar. I have decided to start using my maiden
Personally I am a 5th generation born in New Zealander. My families
ancestry is Scottish via Nova Scotia. In 1862 on the ship Ellen
Lewis my father's (Murdock McDonald) ancestors landed in Waipu, New
If you are interested in your New Zealand / Scottish related
heritage then have a look at this website:
It has a directory of the Scottish clans throughout New
Auckland District Inc
June 9th 2012
Crochet Flowers on My Scarf
I finished this
week another scarf and matching gloves. I knitted the scarf with
raspberry pink wool and a variegated colour(s) to compliment it. I
Crocheted double layer flowers which sit of the back and front each
side. I embellished the center for the flowers with pearl beads.
I have decided to no longer do my monthly free desktop calendar.
I have so much on my own calendar I am running short of time these
May 22nd 2012
I had fun last weekend playing with crocheting flowers.
Left and right is what I came up with in the end. They are about 8cm (3
inches) wide. I used 8 ply wool. The purple flower I stitched French Knots
in the centre. Though large beads would look great also.
I was part way through knitting a short scarf so I decided
to add to black flowers to the lower front of each side.
I edged the scarf and the bottom of the gloves with crocheted eyelash wool.
The gloves are knitted in basket stitch. The scarf itself is knitted in
plain garter stitch.
to see the pattern I used for the gloves.
May 18th 2012 Nathan's Teddy Bear Free Blackwork Project
Left I have put the Blackwork embroidery design into a picture
frame. Right I have used quilting fabric and fur fabric to insert the
needlework into a cushion.
I named the project after Nathan from the Netherlands. I gave my
Facebook readers a chance to name the Teddy and Marielle asked Teddy to
be named after her well deserving son Nathan.
I knitted my mother a tea cozy for Mother's Day this
year. The top has loops of crochet chain and beads.
The mat it is sitting on is a Pulled Thread mat I made her last
To see information
about Janet's book
A Cultural Celebration" click here
April 29th 2012 Fingerless Knitted Gloves
It is that time again here in New Zealand where it is
getting chilly. I love my fingerless gloves while stitching or typing to
keep the back of my hands warm while allowing my fingers freedom to get on
with things. I have already knitted two pairs this winter already (Red and
Black) as gifts. The
pattern is here free for you.
April 29th 2012Apple Core Quilted Mat Below is a mat I made using the English Paper Piecing
method; using apple core template shapes. Each shape has been
hand stitched together. Then padding and backing fabric was
added and each applecore shape has been hand quilted. The edge
has a hand made bias binding the same fabric as used for the
backing. The whole project measures 31 x 23 cms (12 x 9
lick to enlarge pictures. Resize the apple core
template to the size you wish.
April 20th 2012
House of Creations This New Zealand website will delight those that do machine
quilting. There are also some free quilting designs that the outlines could
also be used for hand made needlework or quilting.
3rd March 2012
This bag I made for my cousin
for Christmas. I used 2 different quilting fabric patterns on the
outside walls of the bag. The lining is a plan brown colour which
goes with the background of the patterned fabric. The pleated edge
coming out from the top was a shot heavy organza. I attached small
owl charms from beads around the bag opening. The bag is about 18cm
(7 inches) wide at the base.
8th February 2012
Dresden Plate Cushions
In my new house there is a bay window in the lounge.
I did not want to put furniture in the floor space so I made a pile
of cushions. I now have my own "Crash Pad". The cushions are made
from different types of textures, cotton, fur, silk, satin which add
to the luxury of it all. I made patchwork cushions stitched around
the "Dresden Plate" design layout.
I have made a tutorial
on how I made my Dresden Plate.
Below are close-ups of the cushions
Click to see the pillows larger
10th January 2012
Wooden Based Pincushion
This Pincushion has needlework floss, beads, buttons and needles engraved around the
edges. On two corners are
thimbles I can engrave the initials you choose and a year. Included in the price is the pattern/instructions for the fabric pincushion your can stitch
yourself for the top.Click here
to see the photo larger
7th Jan 2012
Spacing Out Beads Tutorial When sewing groups of beads around
the edge of a pincushion,
I wanted to make sure the beads were evenly spaced along the
Click to see how I did
I used 4 different patterns of black and white
fabric. I embellished the back with ric-rac, buttons and Chain
stitch needlework. I changed the two smaller panels around for
the back and front.
The bag measures 26 x 24 cm (10 x 9 1/2 inches)
I hope everyone had a lovely
Christmas and may 2012 bring
peace, harmony and love to you and your stitching.
19th November 2011Floral Based Pincushion
This wooden pincushion base has flowers, leaves and berries
engraved around the edges. On two corners are thimbles I engraved Margaret's
initials and the year she chose. I then stitched the flowers on a fabric
pincushion, with beads to embellish. Click here
to see the photo larger
19th November 2011
NEW Word Searches Needlework and Quilting free word searches
I have made for you to do while in a waiting room;
or take them along to your stitching groups or put them in your group's
newsletter. Click here to
I have been playing with some Pyrography
(Poker work) which is when you engrave a design onto the wood with a
hot wire. This craft has been done on timber since the Middle
Ages but they used a hot poker direct from the fire.
I made this pincushion that has thimbles in each corner.
One thimble has my initials and the one in the other corner has the
year in it. Hopefully it will become a family heirloom. I made the
pin cushion that has beads and top stitching that is adhered to the
When looking for designs to stitch or use in various crafts just
don't look at designs designated for that craft. So may designs from
other crafts can be adapted as I have done below. On the left is my Scottish Thistle
Padded Needlelace; the
design is 15 x 16 cms (6 high x 6 ¼ wide inches) in size. On the right is a wooden teapot
stand I made adapted from my Needlelace design; The plaque
measurements are14cms (5 inches) square. Thickness 2 cms (3/4
I made this to use as a fridge magnet. What are the
chances once you are snuggled in your chair that someone in the house wants
you to do something for them!!
Pyrography for Crafters
So after my friends telling me how cool they
thought these above looked they said they were sure people
around the world would love to own some also. So click the
photos below to see Giant Thimbles etc I have made for sale.
17th October 2011Summer
Summer is just around the corner so I have made a bright funky bag to go
with my bright summer clothes. The bag measure 28 x 26 cms(11 x 10 inches).
The sides have pockets and Buttoned Fabric puffs on the sides,
I have given a free tutorial
here for you
learn how I made the Fabric Puffs on the bag.
10th October 2011
Halloween Stitching From Around
stitched my Halloween design
featured below. It was
the perfect size to stretch over an
old CD with some batting. She used
stranded DMC, 2 threads for the
backstitches and the French knots, 1
strand for the knotted loop stitch.
At the edge she couched some knitting
Karen (Turtle) from the USA stitched
hers with a fabric border of candy
corn and a pumpkin button. I would love
to see and feature your Halloween
design I gave for free (see below)
I have given the peace symbol here for you to use
in one of your projects
Click on the peace design
Then save to your computer and resize to what you wish for your bag.
4th October 2011Peace
I have decided my 'ever day bag' was getting a bit scruffy so I have made
this new bag. I found the multi colour peace fabric a couple of months ago
and it was screaming at me to make a bag with it. The centre insert I hand
stitched peace symbols with chain stitch and then hand quilted around them.
At the sides of the centre inset I pleated some spotted fabric.
28th September 2011
Halloween Quilted Needlework
Fridge Magnet or Wall hanging
"Having Nothing to Stitch is Scary"
This is my first ever Halloween design/project.
Halloween has not been a big thing in New Zealand but has become more
last 15 years. I used to look on it as something those in the USA do.
Handwork ~ While You Wait Wee
WINNERS of a FREE DESIGN (via my facebook page or Newsletter list)
The 5 people that won a design of their choose in my Needlework
or Quilting range are: Kathy Demarco - Susi Patuzi - Mona
Cashman - oneshoe2many -
If the winners email me to claim their
Tell me which design you would like emailed to you in PDF
Medieval Hunter Gatherer Bags The needlework designs above on
the bags are based on Medieval woodcuts. Messenger style bags
with a horse and deer hunting scene and one with a fishing boat.
Two of the most basic Needlework stitches have been
used so it is a great beginners needlework project. The messengerbag is
of basic construction.
step by step instructions you can achieve stunning results with. Click on the photo above to see more details.
JMD1106 Eat, Drink and Be
I took a fancy to the medieval woodcut drawing and came up with
the above design. There are 3 separate designs included.
2 of the most basic Needlework stitches have been
used so it is a great beginners project.
step by step instructions you can achieve stunning results with.
Click on the photo above to see more details.
23rd August 2011
Knitting Project or Crochet Hook
holder for your knitting needles during a knitting project
or storing crochet hooks. I have given a free tutorial
Click on the photo above to see the quilt made step by step.
16th August 2011
Hexagon quilt finished!!!!!!!!!
Well my quilt is compete now and laying
over my couch. It is wonderful to have it finished. For those new to seeing
this quilt the whole front of the quilt is ALL hand stitched; hexagons,
applique and quilting.
The blocks for the backing are all
joined by machine sewing. I have given a free tutorial
of the block used on the back and their layout.
Click on the photo above to see the quilt block tutorial.
16th August 2011
Visitors to My Website
I just checked the statistics of my website and within 30
minutes these were the countries that viewed my website and many
multiples of people from each country. Thanks for visiting
everyone my little corner of the world.
India, Australia, Spain,
United States, Sweden, New Zealand, England, United States
(USA), Nepal, France, Thailand, Brazil, Netherlands, Japan,
China, South Africa, Belgium, Germany, Canada, Italy, Norway,
Spain, Indonesia, United Arab Emirates, Pakistan, Italy, France,
Russia, Ireland, Singapore.
19th July 2011
Free Hardanger Design I have given the chart free for this Hardanger mat I designed
and stitched. Click on the photo to see lots of close up photos and the
14th July 2011
Individual Design This flower arrangement of Daffodils, Irises
and freesias is hand stitched using Padded Needlelace. (commonly used in
Raised Elizabethan designs) Pockets of Needle Lace are stitched directly
onto the fabric and then padded to produce raised stitched areas.
Metallic thread and beads add texture and appeal to the design.
Also I have put 2 extra free designs with it. Easy
step by step instructions you can achieve stunning results with. Click on the photo to see more details and close up photos.
13th July 2011
I have taken the Wisdom of Spring design from the Casalguidi Needlework
book I wrote and have released it as a individual design.
Also I have put 3 extra free designs with it. Easy
step by step instructions you can achieve stunning results with. Click on the photo to see more details.
th July 2011
Individual Design This is a modern Scottish Thistle design based on
Padded Needlelace. (commonly used in Raised Elizabethan designs) Pockets of Needle Lace are stitched directly onto the
fabric and then padded to produce raised stitched areas. Metallic thread add texture and appeal to the design. This
design is 15 x 16 cms (6 high x 6 ¼ wide inches) in size.
step by step instructions you can achieve stunning results with.
Click on the photo to see more details
and close up photos.
26th June 2011
Knitted Gloves update
It is winter
time here in New Zealand so time for me to knit some fingerless gloves
for friends. I have just finished knitting my second pair this season.
The latest purple pair I hand stitched some daisies onto them. Click here to
get the free pattern see more photos etc
For those of you enjoying summer right now, these gloves are a great
small knitting project for your winter Christmas presents.
14th June 2011
Keeping the needle in the family
Mother should do with their daughter (and son).... get down on the floor
and cut out fabric to sew.
Me with my daughter making her some trousers.
31st May 2011Today is My Birthday
Today is my birthday, so below is another free chart for you to
use for you stitching.
Click on the chart to get it and other charts to match
26th May 2011
Lace Sampler This
sampler shows some of the stitches used in Filet Lace.
Around the outside of the sampler are bees and leaves stitched
in the Blackwork style. The whole design area is 12 x 14 cms ( 5
x 5 1/4 inches)
Click on the photo to see a tutorial
and larger photos.
26th May 2011 Converting
Often we see a charted design in Cross stitch we like
but we want to stitch it in another stitching style.
to how a
Cross Stitch charted design can be used for other stitching methods.
Along with free
designs to stitch.
21st May 2011Schwalm Tree of Life
Click on the photos to see them larger. Schwalm is a German Needlework. One of the designs they used
in this style was a 'tree of life'. Depicting facets that make life....
The urn; something to grow from. Sustenance; the pomegranate to eat.
Love; the heart. Sun; warmth and promoting growth. Birds; originally
they stitched crows but in the last century the dove of peace has become
more popular. Some of the design areas have grids cut from the fabric
weave and have Woven or Pulled Thread stitching.
Design size 18 x 20cm. (7 x 8 inches)
You can see more of my Schwalm Needlework by clicking
12th May 2011 Two New
JMD1103 Shaded Medley 2x Contemporary Casalguidi
step by step instructions you
can achieve stunning results with... Click on the photo to see more details.
The Eva Owl
Hi Everyone, often when I draw a design
I think about all the different styles/techniques that the design
drawing could be stitched/made into. Unfortunately there are not enough
hours in the day to make every variety I can think of. So with your help
I thought we would produce a gallery of photos of the “Eva Owl” I have
drawn. I am not the
“Artistic Police” and I want you to enjoy your making process. So think
of this as an artistic event not a competition at all. It will be fun to
see how many different countries we can get people to participate.
Click to View the Gallery of Owls
7th May 2011
Hand Stitched Hexagon Quilt
It is a year later from when I started and winter is here again
in New Zealand. So time to get the quilt out and do some more.
The quilt was to hot to have sitting over me stitching during
summer. The newer photos are near the bottom of the page in this
link. Click here to
I have given the ladybug pattern
I made for the quilt border for you free.
3rd May 2011
I am presently stitching a Schwalm 'tree of life' design. I
have put pomegranates in the design with buttonhole circles in the
centre (right). But I find with the cut and pulled areas in the designs other
features the center of the pomegranates need to be cut and pulled also
for overall balance in the total design. When something like this
happens while stitching I take a photo of the stitching I'm about to
unpick for future reference. Left hand
shows the new filling.
April 2011 2
New Designs Easy step by step instructions you
can achieve stunning results with... I had not intention of releasing
instructions for the Eva Owl in Contemporary Schwalm and Whitework I stitched. But
after so many emails asking for instructions I have written some. Click
on the photo above to see details.
29th March 2011
Celtic Knot Hardanger
Click on the photo to see it larger.
Last year I had a go at designing up some Celtic knots in Hardanger.
This is one design I got around to stitching. You can see other
Hardanger I have made here:
JMD71NL Charlotte Rose 4x Padded Needle lace
modern designs based on Padded Needlelace (commonly used in
Raised Elizabethan designs). Pockets of Needle Lace are
stitched directly onto the fabric and then padded to produce
raised stitched areas. Metallic thread and beads add texture
and appeal to the design.
6th March 2011 Blocking Your Finished Needlework Tutorial
I 'block' the needleworked fabric while it is drying to
produce a wrinkle free background. Also it allows the fabric to dry so the
weave of the fabric is straight, which is needed if putting the needlework
in a picture frame. See my tutorial about it here:
1st March 2011
Personally I am for adding some colour with the actual quilting
on the smaller projects. Read more in my tutorial for using 6 stranded
Needlework thread instead of quilting sewing cotton.
Click here to read more
and view photos.
January 20th 2011:
Postcard of Hope I was thinking today about the well known saying
"a stitch in time saves nine"
I decided I've done a heck of a lot more than nine stitches in my life,
so it is time to do something about that.
So I decided to send a postcard to the person in charge and see what
I have put a copy of it here for you to see. You are welcome to put it
in your blog for you, 'in hope'.
Click to see larger
January 5th 2011:
Owls are my favourite bird. I love the "Yes I am here... so what!" attitude
most of them have. You can see other owls I have hand stitched in Needlework
and Applique. click here to view them
January 5th 2011:
Seahorses are my favorite sea creature. I love how
majestic they look. Also I like the idea of males carrying the
babies during gestation!! You can see more that I have made here
in Needlework and Applique. : click
here to view them all
January 5th 2011:
son Liam is the Master Baker in our household. Recently he has been
making plaques to place on cakes. The plaques are made from Royal
Icing that have been hand piped, dried and placed on the iced cake.
The method is know as "Flooding". In the pictures below you can see
he has used one of my Needlework cats as his inspiration. The cat
measures about 4 inches wide.
P.S. I read in our national newspaper today that
the name Liam was the most popular boys name in 2010. We chose his
name in the early 1990s after his Great Grandfather who was a
William. Liam is a shortened version of William and common as an
January 5th 2011:
I have recently finished making a
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a lot more years than either of us would want to count out loud. So
I know from work he has done for me over the years, that he knows
what he is doing and he is trustworthy. Click on their banner below
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asked the other day how I feel before my first coffee of the morning. I
- My hair
looks more warped than cheap fabric.
- My brain feels a couple of stitches short of a complete seam.
- My needle is out of thread.
- I’m a fat quarter short of yard.
- My scissor blades don’t move in unison.
- I couldn’t wind a thread bobbin without instructions.
- My movements are a few needles short of a packet.
- I feel as handy as iron-on-interfacing without a hot iron.
- I’m sure my diction is a pin short of a full pin cushion.
- My sewing machine wheel is turning but the needles blunt.
- My brain is a few feathers short of a complete quilt filling.
- My eyesight feels like two buttons short of a chocolate box full.
- My motor skills are not quite as sharp as rotary cutter.
Though I do have more intelligence than a 1914 sewing machine.
great day (after coffee)
Janet M. Davies (recognizable after coffee)
New Zealand (where I drink her coffee)
(where you can see what I do after coffee)
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