Surprises in the post and a trip to Sydney

I had not checked the post box for a few days as I had been busy reshuffling my work room around. I figured it would just be the usual bills waiting for me. Today I checked it and to my total delight TWO parcels were waiting for me an no bills by the way. That is a sign of a very good day.

The first is a bunch of buttons from Marilyn. The box contained a mix of beautiful vintage lace, lovely novelty and vintage buttons. Since it’s public knowledge that I am a button addict I want to send out a public thankyou. Marilyn often sends me unexpected gifts and her little surprises always catch me totally off guard and my delight at her thoughtfulness sets me up for the day.

Now the second parcel is a mystery as I am not sure who it came from. It was posted in the United States and came with a note saying
“An overdue thanx! Have a great day” signed Lillian.
No email address or anything so I am puzzled. I know a Lillian in Korea – Lillian of crazyseoulsister but I do not remember corresponding with any other Lillian. Please who ever you are, the laces you sent me are lovely and very unusual particularly the butterfly motifs. Please drop me an email so I can thankyou as I feel bad not being able to say how much I appreciate the thought.

Below is what was in the parcel. I am sure people will agree with me that it is lovely stuff and some of it is particularly unusual.

On another note, early tommorow morning I am headed off to Sydney for a couple of days. I have set a couple of posts to be published automatically over that period. This is the first time I have done this so I hope it works! Those who are following the 100 details series will not have to go without. I will be away from a computer for 4 days which means I will moderate all comments and attend to mail on Tuesday.

For those who would like to join in on the 10,000 steps a day challenge Debra of a A stitch in Time left a comment yesterday to say she has a few old pedometers up for grabs. Swing by her blog and make contact with her. I am sure whe would be thrilled to hear from you.

100 details for 100 days Day 30

This morning I thought I would highlight a delightful version of buttonhole stitch. It is called Up and down Buttonhole which in this case I have worked in a feather stitch formation and tucked a seven or eight wrap Bullion stitch between the two prongs.

This sample is worked in silk but the stitch is equally effective worked in DMC Pearl 5 or for a finer line use pearl 8. The interesting thing about this stitch is how the small bar at the base is worked. It is an extremely easy stitch to work once you get the hang of it, and can be used in all sorts of situations.

Today I discovered that Debra of Design Studio and has featured a lovely cast on rose. Roses are a bit of a theme as Julia of Camille’s Place has also featured a stem stitch rose. Debbie of Needle Lil More Time to Sew has featured a string of bullion roses, one of the details in her work.

Lin of Purple Fan is new to the challenge, new to blogging, and has new interpretations of the details published. Marty of Textiles in Time has also added some more seam embellishments to her latest block

Susan of Plays with needles has three more seam embellishments on her block. Hideko Ishida has finished another block whereas Allison Aller has been exploring Palistrina stitch and unpicking areas that did not sit right on her block.

Pam Kellogg of Kitty & Me Designs has published a charted design of Autumn Leaves.

Annie Whitsed of Annies Crazy World has a detail of a small lace fan.

Linda of Chloe’s Place has moved to highlighting sewing boxes and has featured a very unusual box today. I have not seen one like it.

For anyone just swinging by this series of posts are listed under 100 details for 100 days in this blog. Over on Flickr it is associated with the Crazyquilting Group and photos are tagged 100detailsin100days

My New Work Room

My new work room is now under control. Everything is put away and it is ready to be used. I call my space a work room because that is what happens in there – work. What happens in that room is related to various textile activities but it is work nevertheless. Studio has always sounded a bit pretentious to me and my space involves work rather than some romantic notion of what creativity is about.

As promised here are some photos of my new work space. Firstly I wanted to take the opportunity for a really good sort out so everything was hauled out of the room wile Jerry installed the new storage system. This is all the stuff in the dining room when it came out of my room. This table sits 8 people with ease so it gives you a sense of the amount of things that are stored in a small room measuring 2 and half meters by 3.

This is one side of the room. The bench is at standing height with a basket storage system underneath it. Above is a pin board, which is screwed to the wall and stretches to the ceiling. As I work it will get filled with bits and pieces as I work on ideas. The bench under the window is the same height as my desk and also has baskets underneath it.

This is the desk area. One of the reasons I wanted to reshuffle things about is that I wanted my drawing equipment to hand on the desk. Previously it had been in a shelving unit on the other side of the room, which meant I was up and down getting stuff all the time. This broke the general flow of drawing which annoyed me as drawing is like stitching in the sense it can become a meditative process. I am doing more drawing lately so I wanted to change how I was using the room.

Above the desk is another pin board which goes to the ceiling. Both walls I use as design boards.

This is a bookcase which holds my visual journals, beads and the like. I like my sketchbooks accessible and within easy reach. It is strange to think that the last 20 years or so of my life are contained on these shelves as the oldest sketchbook is one I kept before I had Eve who is now 23! The Flip folders and files are filled with documentation on various stitches also collected together over 20 years or so.

Next to it is a rack of drawers. In the drawers I have all my stash stored sorted to colour. It is all easily seen and easily accessible. I find if things are away in crates or cupboards, because I don’t see them I forget they are there and don’t use them. Also under the shelves only 3 of those draws contain UFO’s (Un – Finished Objects) 2 of them being full of blank crazy quilt blocks ready to go which are really WIPs (Works in Slow Progress) so I feel quite good about my to do list.

Well that is it for this morning as I am off to do some stitching as I am writing up my next set of online classes that will be offered via The in early October. If anyone wants to be notified when they become available drop me an email or leave a comment and I will email you with news of when they are going to be run.