Sunday, February 27, 2011


We are going on a fishing trip with Wayne's family in march. I can't get in our boat because of my back so I am taking some craft gear to work on while they are out in the boat all day. I have started the hexagon wallhanging for the exhibition and will have a few beading patterns as well . I have started some knitting last night. I had knitted this wool up but didn't like it so I unravelled the whole thing. This was harder than I thought because I had knitted the cardigan in entrelac   in one piece and it didn't unravel as easy as normal knitting dose. So now its all ready to re knit, I have decided to knit a top down style jacket thing. Last year at a knitting retreat I brought a book called button up your top down and I am now knitting a jacket with a nice collar from this book.  
I don't think I have enough yarn with just the pink/ grey yarn so I am going to add the dark grey. I really don't like strips but I don't have a lot of choice. At least but doing this from the top down I can space the strips out evenly over the whole jacket.  

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Beaded star

Instead of making more triangles I decided to make a star . It was a bit confusing because I had made to many rounds on each piece and then it would not zip up . 

Friday, February 25, 2011

Beaded triangle

I have mastered the beaded triangle.
 now all I have to do is make some more !

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Exhibition Quilt

I have worked out what I plan to entering in the port Augusta quilters guild exhibition this year. I am president of the guild and really need to enter something . I have had this book of wall hangings made from hexagons for a while and had not really looked at the size used but decided the one on the front cover was what I wanted to make. There are only just over 700 hexagons and they are appliquéd onto a background fabric. The first problem was the pattern used 1/4 inch hexagons ( too small !) I am using 1/2 inch ones and as you can see next to my thimble they are still small. The size is measured along the strait edges not across the middle. I have cut out all the fabric and tacked a few onto the papers yesterday at craft in Quorn. We are going on a fishing / boating holiday in early march. Wayne needs a break, because I can't get into our boat I will stay at the home we have rented. Wayne's brother's and there wife's and his parents are all coming  to Cowell. I will get a lot of this wall hanging completed while we are away . I was going to take my crocheting but its to bit big already to cart around and I don't want it damaged.

leaf bag panel

This pattern can be used for all sorts of things use you imagination

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Bead magazine

I have just brought the special bead and button magazine The Beader's handbook 2
In the free charts there is a flying bird chart to make a cuff bracelet. I loved to effect so here is my attempt at a repeat type pattern


Baltimore Style Stitchery. The quilters guild gets requests for donations on quilts for 
different charity to raffle. The above is my block for a quilt we are making , to give to  local woman who is teaching in Africa.Each block is slightly different, the heart is in the middle of them all. only four colour of embroidery thread are used. We make a few quilts each year for different groups , We all work together and get some lovely quilts.

Monday, February 21, 2011

My First Table cloth

This was my first crocheted table cloth. I made it out of D.M.C cebelia crochet cotton #20.
I only used it for Christmas and special  occasions but now we have it on the table quite often. It was this cloth that my aunt saw and asked it I could make one for her table but she needs a bigger one. 

Table cloth Again

These photos were taken last week, I have finished 6, 50 gram  D.M.C cotton so far.
The bottom photo is how it fits the table now its so far around, I can't get more than a couple of round ever couple of hours. But as you know I only do my craft work , Wayne looks after everything else. I have a problem with my sciatic nerve this week as well as my normal back problem. My herniated disc's are pressing on the nerve , it will get better I just have to put up with it at the moment. I have found that my crocheting take's my mind off the pain. 

Sunday, February 20, 2011


The trees were covered in sulphur Crested cockatoo. They are stripping all the trees. There were hundred of them in the creek bed and the noise was deafening .

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Free pattern

I have not tried this pattern. I was playing with Bead tool 4 and this is what I designed 
I thought it would make a great bag or used as a panel for a book cover.

Sun Set

Sun set taken over our back fence. The day was very hot and the whole sky was red.

Friday, February 18, 2011


Last year I got the inspiration to make some bears I had made some a few years ago but when a girl friend offered me her bear fabric I could not resist cutting it up. All my bear are hand stitched so take a while to make and are not children's toys.The two little ones were given to my cousin for her twin's  

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Wall hanging

This Japanese wall hanging was what I entered in our last exhibition , two year ago in June
you can't see it on the photo but the background fabric has spirals on it, I beaded each one with size 11 beads . Its fun to see when people realize and then they have to touch it. This photo was taken before the binding was put on. It hangs in the entry was so is the first thing you see when you enter our home.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Appliquéd Quilt

This angle quilt was given to my daughter-in-law as a lap quilt she loves cats and uses this quilt tosnuggling up under while watching football on TV

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Table Cloth

Here are the first few round's of the table cloth I am making for an order I am making good progress I know my aunt will love it.


St Petersburg chain made into a lanyard. This is my second lanyard of this type the other one I sold to a friend, she wears it like a tie and it looks great on her.


This pair of sock will eventually get finished. I carry them in my hand bag so while I am waiting at one of my end-lest doctor's visits I can knit instead of read old magazines. Because they live in my bag I don't use my knit pick needles , they are to pointy and go through there zip lock plastic bag.

Monday, February 14, 2011

wedding quilt

This is a very special quilt . I made it for my eldest son and his new wife for there wedding. It took months. the hexagons are 2 inch big there are thousands of them. the blue colour was Nicole's choice. I graphed the pattern up before starting trying to get and original design.

Bargello Cuff

I hope you all have a go at today's free pattern. It can be made to go over a form or as a bracelet. 
I have not beaded it my self yet but will soon.
I have been very busy Quilting because we have our exhibition this June over three day's.
 As I am President of our guild I need to enter something amazing , I just need to find the inspiration for this amazing thing..!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sunday, February 13, 2011


This little guy was sunning himself in the vegie patch, I could not get to close or he would have run away.If you zoom in you should get a better view. 

Have a look Here

I found this site a few months ago now and think its well worth a look for every one into crafts of all types.

Knitting Beads again

I posted the above bead knitting a while ago but had trouble with the way I strung on the beads. Okay I made mistakes! I have just spent the last day and night restringing the whole thing again. Wayne thinks I am mad spending all this time on it but I know the end product will be worth it.The Pattern will be sort of circle's. 

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Hexagon Purse

This free patterns was inspired by my hexagon quilt.


This necklace was very hard to photograph because the beads are so shiny. I made this from the the book netting all the way by - Netting All The Way  by Varvara  Barsky. If you can find this book its well worth getting for net type necklaces. the instructions are very easy to understand. My necklace has green and silver 11s and Crystals ( not Swarovski Crystals but cheaper ones )

Friday, February 11, 2011

Bead Bracelet

I beaded this bracelet yesterday. I used a pattern from the bead and button magazine issue 96 April 2010.
I just love this magazine because the charts are so easy to follow.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Peanut Playing Father Christmas movie

I have posted this video of Peanut on the 25th Dec 2010
She was waiting for Christmas Lunch


This pattern only has three colour's and it fits the needle cases available from
this is an Australia web site but she has a very fast shipping service.


 The above plait is what I am planning on spinning next
Here is the plait unravelled  ready to spin, now all I need is the inspiration to get started.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Beaded Tea pot

I have found the Bead and button magazine that had this Tea pot pattern it's December 2008. For all who have asked me were I got the pattern from I hope thats a help.

Thursday, February 3, 2011


Starry Night Quilt
I stated this quilt last year and then got bored with it and put it in the maybe finish cupboard. Well I needed something to do at quilting that was hand work so I fished it out. I had to even up the sides and now I can work on one edge and make it long enough to us as a bed quilt . I am using the English paper piecing  method. I am now happy with how its turning out. I may put it into the quilt exhibition or guild is having in  June. I am the president of the Port Augusta  guild and I should put at least one quilt in. My quilts are not as good at quilting as some of the ladies are but I try.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011


 The Cactus is finally flowering , its taken months to appear and it was a bit of a let down.   
 As you can see its very tall now and I am a bit worried that the plan will die when its finished flowering .
unfortunately it blends in with the gum trees behind 

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

February free Pattern

Divine Flower February Pattern 
 Amulet bag Divine Flower 
click on above link for pattern

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