Summer will be a sizzler

After a 33′ degree yesterday and 31′ one today it looks like summer in Sydney is going to be hot!   Apparently 2014 is likely to be the warmest year since records began in 1880. We had wild thunderstorms across the country yesterday.

The Melbourne sky looked amazing. (Sorry I don’t have a credit for this image). You can see more images at lightning

Thankfully Sydney got off lightly in comparison.

Flowering shrubs love this weather though and their bursts of colour and perfume are everywhere in the streets.image


A Site to See 5: Linda Miller

Self Portrait, Linda Miller

Self Portrait, Linda Miller

I often feel that the world needs more fun and whimsy.  I know that I do, which is why I find the work of embroiderer Linda Miller so appealing.  Her naive and humourous embroideries are always filled with smiling people or happy animals or events.

Linda Miller Dog


Just looking at them lifts my spirits and makes me smile.

Linda Miller SeasideLinda lives and works in Hampshire in the UK. She creates her work on an industrial Bernina 950 sewing machine and sells framed and unframed works through her site.

Linda Miller - BookShe is also the author of the book Creative Machine Embroidery

If you like machine embroidery, or just need a smile, go take a look at her work.Linda Miller Cat and Seagull





Textiles The Whole Story

Textiles The Whole StoryTextiles The Whole Story by Beverly Gordon is another addition to my collection of textile books this year.

This is a book to be read, and re-read, and also one which dazzles with illustrations of paintings and photographs of historic and contemporary textiles which are being created, exhibited and worn today. You can see some of these in a slide show on Gordon’s website.

The sub-tile of Uses, Meaning and Significance  encapsulates the depth of this book in which Gordon reminds us of the significance of textiles throughout human history.

With six chapters:

  1. The Very fabric of Existence
  2. Living on the earth
  3. The Ties That Bind
  4. Cloth and Temporal Power
  5. Cloth as Communication
  6. Textiles and the Spirit

and over 380 illustrations and a very comprehensive list of Further Reading and Resources and Citations, this is a book that any textile enthusiast should have on their bookshelf. Combining perspectives from art, craft, history and anthropology Gordon reminds us that many of our experiences of cloth take place in a social context, and for me, that is their real joy.  Unlike many other art forms, I can always “connect” to textiles regardless of their purpose or origin.  As the preface says, this book reminds us “why textiles matter“.

I have been reading it by dipping in and out and I sometimes pick it up just to marvel at the stunning creations that it contains.

I’d better get stitching

I found out this week that three more work colleagues are pregnant. I started gifting baby quilts last year, not realizing that there must be something in the water! K's bub

This is one happy recent recipient on her Hip To Be Square quilt.

All the babies are due around March/April, plus one colleague is retiring, another has been promised a house warming gift and Christmas is looming!  My quilting group is also doing another group charity quilt  and I need to do 6 blocks by early December.

I’ll be going to QuiltCon in February which means that all gifts need to be finished by end of December or early January. YIKES!

I’ve enlisted some help from another quilting colleague for the retirement quilt and one baby quilt, but the rest is up to me.  Seems like a detailed plan is needed!