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A Bird A Day: My Week of Embroidery

Posted on February 28th, 2014

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Happy Friday! I’ve managed to achieve quite a lot this week.  I’ve applied for a heap of jobs, done lots of baking, and stitched five bird brooches. The first brooch was inspired by a trip out to Pukaha, an awesome wildlife conservation centre.  We had a coffee in the cafe there, which overlooks the takahe […]

In Flight: II

Posted on February 27th, 2014

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I’ve finished the second lino block of my ‘In Flight’ series.  This one features the tui, an iconic endemic New Zealand bird.  Tui are a black bird with a prominent white tuft at their chin and an incredible sheen to their feathers, something that I can’t really show in a black and white print.  I’ll […]

My Baby Loves Voodoo

Posted on February 24th, 2014

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You might not know this about me, but one of my great loves in life is going out to listen to live music.  For me, there’s nothing more thrilling than seeing awesome music being performed right in front of me, and feeling the rhythm vibrating through my whole body! We have an awesome venue in […]

Print + Embroidery project

Posted on February 23rd, 2014

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After a bit of mucking around, I’ve come back to that waterlily embroidery piece I posted a little while ago.  I think it’s finally finished! My satin stitching technique isn’t great – the tension isn’t very consistent and it’s looser in some parts than others.  I need to read that chapter in my new book […]

In Flight: I

Posted on February 21st, 2014

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The first of my ‘In Flight’ series is just about finished and ready to print.  I thought I’d take you through the process I go through in designing and carving a linocut. I always start with a drawing, usually sketched from a photo.  In this case, my original drawing went off the page of my […]