Showing posts from January, 2015

Inspiration from Vienna

I have always admitted that travel was a passion second only to my needlepoint and that, over the years, many, many of my designs are inspired by traditional designs, colours, architecture, all things that I have been fortunate to see on my various travels. Private Tea Room With Group Vienna, where I went shortly before Christmas was no exception; it was my first visit and I was lucky enough to be with a small group that were particularly art/architecture orientated.   While it was only four days we had an excellent guide and packed in masses – including coffee and Sacher-Torte at the famous CafĂ© Sacher! Sacher Torte Packing delights in, we went straight from the airport to the Museum Hundertwasser, probably the most exciting and unique ‘village’ I have ever seen.   Friedensreich Hundertwasser (1928 - 2000) was an artist architect and here is a cross section of examples of his ecological commitment.   The floor tiles undulate as though there has just been volcanic a


I almost called this blog 'Christmas Presents' however I thought you would believe I had made a typo and won't bother to read it!  However with strong memories of the panic of finding suitable presents for friends and family I truly believe that getting organised early is both sensible and practical. Believe or not, tomorrow I have a small group who are starting on Christmas tree ornaments. So often, far too late in the day, the idea of making our own greetings card from one of my designs, presents itself; why oh why don't I do something about it in late summer? A popular New Year's resolution is to use up some of the ever growing stash of threads, couple this with stitching small projects, spec cases, needle cases, Kindle  and iPad covers, lavender bags - the list is endless.   These designs have two pluses, one each item can have the recipient's initial(s)  to make them extra special and second they are small enough to keep in your bag for the odd stitch