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Suzi
Melbourne
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Having been out of action for the last 2 mths - broken wrist!- I have been desperate to get back into my workroom (the scene of the crime, lol!) I had been meaning to organise my calico/work in progress forever... the laundrey basket was a throwaway as the original calico... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2013 at The Hemming Way
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I have mentioned previously that my maternal grandmother (yiayia) had a weaving loom. One of my fondest memories of her was seeing her setting it up. She gave me quite a few woven pieces. This one covered the door to her living/bedroom, which was the only heated room in winter.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2013 at The Hemming Way
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I am feeling very pleased with myself as I have finally settled on my bead design for the burgundy lurex embroidered cushion. As I have been actually finishing pieces lately (!!!) I got a bee in my bonnet to resolve and complete it. Sometimes I have to leave things lying... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2013 at The Hemming Way
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Spotting this gorgeous lace trim in ALL of my cousin Litsa's kitchen cabinets, prompted me to ask the question, "Can you please show me the rest of your work?" Well, here goes! It just kept coming out... Soon there was a massive pile of embroideries! A close up Luscious colours... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2013 at The Hemming Way
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Another step of finishing off this pair of cushions has been completed... it took a while to get there, but I'm quite pleased with result. Just to refresh your memory, here is my final selection. I wanted to make continuous binding having finally decided to use this small square of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2013 at The Hemming Way
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My friend Naomi gave me this gorgeous linen a while ago. I am embroidering it with white DMC coton perle 8. The pattern is one of a collection that I bought on our honeymoon in Salzburg in 1989. It is the first time I have used one of these, and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2013 at The Hemming Way
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The inner-child in my 19 yo daughter Marita has always been bessoted with all things medieval, as well as dragon folklore, etc. To help her transition from living at home to moving out to go to Uni, I made her this large velour cushion with knights and dragons on it.... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2013 at The Hemming Way
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At last! The completion of another one of the multitudinous projects that are cluttering my workroom. This cushion was embroidered by my dear friend Naomi, who came to me seeking a "finishing" solution. The piping was a twisted viscose cord with a stitching tape attached. We pinned the piping from... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2013 at The Hemming Way
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It's been a while, dear readers, since I have posted...busy with work, lots of treatment for shoulder and wrist injuries, and life in general...I have no idea where the time goes! However, I have still been very occupied with all my WIPS (works in progress) old and new. As well... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2012 at The Hemming Way
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More decisions... bronze or red - WHICH ONE??!! Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2012 at The Hemming Way
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I finished this knitted shawl off last night...finally! I had started it last year in the hope that it would be ready to take to Greece for Xmas, but as John Lennon said, life is what happens to you when you are busy making other plans. Anyway, there is still... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2012 at The Hemming Way
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My apologies, dear readers. It's been a while. I have been out of action with - in no particular order! - a sore wrist, assessments at uni, kids and basically, with the onset of our southern hemisphere winter, a general lethargy... BUT NO LONGER!! I have finally been able to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2012 at The Hemming Way
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I have a very dear friend, Michelle, who has family in Nauru. Although I have never been there, it is a destination point for me - one day! I have been to many of their community functions, and the things that spring to mind when I think of Nauru is... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2012 at The Hemming Way
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I am always encouraging my uni students to do as much design development as they can for their folios. It doesn't have to be the most detailed/finished artwork, just enough to see the possibilities. It is so frustrating when - in wk 6 of 1st semester - we are only... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2012 at The Hemming Way
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Another day, another bag. I made this one a while ago, but I rushed to finish and didnt fuse the body. (Use an iron-on interfacing to stiffen and strengthen the body to avoid collapsing.) Unfortunately, I didn't take a photo of the bag before I worked on it, but this... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2012 at The Hemming Way
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I have finally completed the dark gold. Now for the 2nd colour. Silver, here we go!! Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2012 at The Hemming Way
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Occasionally I come across nice samples/remnants of furnishing fabric. In this case it was only about 60 x 65cm - too small to cut up and make a conventional cushion. So I had to had to think outside the square...forgive the pun! I also had the added problem of trying... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2012 at The Hemming Way
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I allowed myself to start this gold and beaded runner when I completed the Lady and the Unicorn (which is still to be framed). It was another purchase from my recent trip to Greece. The main reason I am working on this and not my burgundy lurex cushion, is that... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2012 at The Hemming Way
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Although my wardrobe consists of black, black and more black, I absolutely adore colour. You can't imagine my childlike glee when I spotted these fluro faux fur fabrics in Spotlight a while back......I JUST HAD TO HAVE SOME!! My reasoning at the time was that I could justify the purchase... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2012 at The Hemming Way
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Having embroidered this pair of cushions in 2005, I thought it may be time to 'finish' them. I went through my treasure trove and found some possibilities. I then narrowed it down to these 3 choices. And now separately. Too pink? Too green? Too orange? Ahh... I will have to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2012 at The Hemming Way
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One of the best tips on the art of cushion-making I can pass on is the following: trim all the corners by about .6cm. Taper this sliver down to nothing over 10cm. (Gotta love my gridded table top!) This helps reduce the corners from being too long and pointy. (Gotta... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2012 at The Hemming Way
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Having successfully inserted the zip, it is now time to work on the piped edge. I have accurately measured the circumference of the cushion on the 1cm SA stitch-line precisely. I then cut my piping cord to this measurement, allowing 1.5cm overlap. This allows me to hand sew my 2... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2012 at The Hemming Way
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In my newbies sewing classes, I teach my students how to make cushions. As it is a great beginners project, I thought it would be interesting to post a 3 part tutorial on a piped cushion. I have perfected my zip insertion during the 40+ yrs that I have been... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2012 at The Hemming Way