It's great to be back taking part in Friday Night Sew In again. It's such a nice feeling knowing that while you're sitting at home sewing other people from all over the world are doing the same thing. We've had a stormy windy rainy weekend here in New Zealand - perfect stitching weather! If you look at our previous blog post you'll see that Cornelia and I have been at a stitching retreat with Anni Downs and our Friday night (and Saturday night) was spent working on our bags that we started at the retreat. In particular I was working on the wool button panel for my bag. Here's a close up of some of the buttons:
On Saturday night I put the bag together and it's all finished. I'm so pleased with it and I'm really happy with the Japanese fabrics that I chose to make it in. Here it is from the front and the back:
There was a lot of sewing in this bag but I enjoyed every minute of it. I think that I love hand sewing the best and this bag had such a variety of stitching methods from stitcheries, hexagons, needle turn applique to working with wool and embellishing it so there was plenty of variety.
Cornelia was working on her bag too although she's really only just started on it. Being a busy school teacher it can be quite challenging to find time for sewing. Here is the start of her stitchery panels:
That's about it for our show and tell from Friday and Saturday nights. We hope you all enjoyed your evenings sewing and we're looking forward to having a look to see what you did. We find it so encouraging. Until next time, take care.
Corrina and Cornelia
Saturday, May 04, 2013
Cornelia standing at the end of the jetty
Looking back at the lodge from the jetty
I should have taken photos on the first day when we arrived as it was picture perfect with the sun shining on the lake but never mind, these photos with the cloudy sky will give some idea of how pretty it was.
Friday evening was spent getting to know everyone followed by a delicious meal together which was then followed by a ‘show-and-tell’ by Anni. She is a fabulous designer and her fabric ranges are just so pretty. We really enjoyed getting to know her over the weekend. She is a really lovely person, so gentle and kind and generous. Here she is giving some tips to a couple of the ladies (see one of her beautiful quilts in the background):
with needle turn applique on one side and hexagons on the other
Isn't the material just the cutest!
I’ve finished the hexagon panels for my bag. Here’s a photo of what I’ve done so far and you’ll have to watch this space for the finished project in the not too distant future (I hope):
Too soon it was Sunday afternoon and it was pack up time. It was such a neat weekend of great food, learning new techniques, a lot of fun and most of all fabulous company.
Here we are all together holding up a quilt made using one of Anni’s patterns (A Boy’s Story), made by one of the ladies and Cornelia holding her little purse:
If you haven’t seen any of Anni Downs patterns before you should pop over to her website and have a look: http://www.hatchedandpatched.com.au/. I’m sure you’ll feel inspired when you see her beautiful designs.
Until next time treasure your creative moments.
Corrina and Cornelia