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Saturday, January 27, 2018

Commemorating the Beginning of Our Wonderful Nation.


 First fleet of 11 convict ships from Great Britain arrived in Sydney Cove.
  

Australia Day is celebrated on January 26th each year. It is the commemoration of the time that the Union Jack was first raised on the shores of Sydney Cove. This is where European settlement began, to bring us to the wonderful, accepting , multi cultural, nation, that we are today.  Sydney was settled as a penal colony back in the 18th Century, with the declaration of British sovereignty. At that time in human history the way of the world  operated very differently.  In that period of history, those who were the local indigenous inhabitants of this beautiful land, along with those other wretched souls, the convicts, times were indeed very cruel and despicable.

 The painting above , is by  an English artist Algernon Talmage 1872-1939. it was painted in 1937 and is held by the Mitchel Library, the state Library of New South Wales. One would assume it is held in perpetuity for  ALL the people of Australia, with accompanying information for the world to read. See below.


  • Copying Conditions
Out of copyright: Artist died before 1955
Please acknowledge: : Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales
  • General note
This work was offered for sale in 1999 by Hordern House, Sydney in their Rare Books, Manuscripts, Paintings & Prints catalogue, item no. 35. It had previously been in the possession of the late Douglas Hope Johnston. In 1937 Hope Johnston issued a printed version (ML ref. V1/1788/3). Another version was also published in 1937 by the Medici Society, London (ML ref. XV1/1788/3, 3a).
The Hordern House catalogue notes that: 'The selection of the artist and the responsibility for the historical accuracy of the picture were borne by Douglas Hope Johnston, the great-grandson of Lieut.-Col. George Johnston ... Hope Johnston was the founder of the Australasian Pioneers' Club and a keen student of Australian history.'
There are two finished versions of the painting, for which this is the preliminary oil sketch: In the Tate Gallery, London, dated 1938 and measuring eight by ten feet, presented as a Coronation Year gift to Great Britain by Mr M.F. (Frank) Albert of Sydney. It was loaned to the Australian Government for the 1938 Sesqui-Centenary Celebrations; the second large version, dated 1938, hangs in Parliament House, Sydney (colour transparency at ML ref. FM2/1803).
A tapestry based on the version of this work held by the Tate Gallery, London was unveiled in 1996 at the Royal Military Museum (Old Wardroom), Eastney Barracks, Portsmouth. The tapestry was woven by the Victorian Tapestry Workshop. (Information from Mr R.O. Albert, January 2001.)
Digital order no:a128112
  • Signatures / Inscriptions
Signed, dated and inscribed in black brushpoint lower left by the artist 'A. Talmage 1937 Sketch for Founding of Australia'.
Frame label lower edge centre with title and identification of (left to right): '1st Lieut. Newton Powell (i.e. Fowell)'; Lieut P.G. King R.N. H.M.S. Sirius'; Lieut George Johnston A.D.C.'; Capt. Arthur Phillip R.N.; 'Capt. David Collins Judge Advocate'; 'Commdr. H.L. Ball R.N. H.M.S. Supply'.
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Australia has  become one of the most desired countries  for folk wanting to change their allegiance  and start a new life.  Australians are known for their friendliness, generosity and openness.  We welcome those who wish to share our culture and way of life, our fabulous country with exquisite scenery and our remarkable Fauna and Flora.

I am forever grateful for those folk be they aboriginal or, convicts who were transported to this far away land, and even those who were the custodians of that time. I am grateful, dare I say, for the cruelty, sacrifices,  for their collective hard work,  brave spirits and amazing ingenuity, which is instilled in most of us as part of the "Australians" we are today.


Our beautiful Australian flag, is an apt reminder of where we are in the world. The fabulous colour of our skies and oceans, the beautiful stars of the Southern cross, the Federation star to mark our unification as one land, along with the Union Jack to remind us forever, of our harsh and cruel beginnings for both  18th century Indigenous and European folk'
Flag of Australia. Vector.


Sunday, January 21, 2018

Nothing like Blue & White in Most Treasures.




I found this photograph in my emails this morning, from the Quilt Jane website.
It brought to mind someone, who I think, likes chocolate very much. So the only thing to do was to encourage her with this picture. Enjoy, Marilyn & all those who  think chocolate is one of the major food groups. Not me, I prefer savoury items.:):) Fabulous dish 'tho. K.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

My Beloved- Song of Songs.


I managed to complete this piece  last week. It is my first cross stitch completion, for  2018. It was a relatively quick finish, although it was started 6 yeas ago
. I enjoyed stitching it and using the lovely hand dyed threads from Crescent Colours, known now as Classic Clourworks, Weeks Dye Works, along with Gentle Arts Sampler Threads and a DMC white.

Classic Colourworks were, Dandelion Stem and Blue Beadboard, which I substituted for GAST Morning Glory.
Weeks Dye Works, Kadzu.
Gentle Arts Sampler Threads,  Cidermill Brown.

The fabric is  28 ct, Country French Latte from Wichelt Imports.
Enjoy.


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Friday, January 5, 2018

A Christmas item from the 2018 "to do' List.

This is one of the three, Just Nan items, from my current Stitching 2018 Goals.
I hope to get it started later in the week.  It is not the  Christmas item I planned to stitch  first.  It is the one to hand for now and it has been waiting for attention for some many years.
I thought it might be too much however, on reflection, it is made up of small parts so not too daunting.
Kay.


First Stitching for 2018

This year I have decided to have a goal plan for my stitching projects. I have a few  projects that  have been started & filed in the "to do" folder. Maybe that should read the "to Complete " file.
A collection below for both files.

First & foremost I have a large quilt to be hand quilted.
Two, a small sampler see below. started years ago.
Three, a large Moira Blackburn Sampler,  fabric gridded only, threads organized.
Four, a Just Nan, Halloween,  3D piece, not started.
Five,  a Just Nan, Halloween, 3D piece, started 10 years ago, 30% completed.
Six,  a Just Nan, Christmas 3D piece , not  started.
2 small Halloween ornaments yet to be chosen for exchanges.
2 small Christmas ornaments, yet to be chosen,for exchanges.

 It seems like an ambitious list,  so  nothing better than a challenge to see how one travels.




This is 'My Beloved' from Country Cottage Needleworks. It has been waiting for completion for some years. Why it was abandoned way back then, I can no longer remember.   As I work on it,  I am thinking it is a quick stitch. I hope to have this one completed and removed from my "to complete" list  by the end of the weekend. Enjoy, Kay.

Monday, January 1, 2018

First Day of The New Year, 2018.

This is the day to reveal one's efforts for the ODW Challenge for December, 2017.  It was once again my choice for the theme. I chose a Christmas theme, for others who maybe don't celebrate Christmas, whatever December theme appealed.
This is my stitched piece for December. A Shepherds' Bush Christmas stocking. Yet to have trinkets & beads attached, then made up into an actual stocking. I was keen to get this posted, so it was not  pressed before the photograph.


This is the final of the ODW Challenges, for me.  It has been an interesting time, sharing
 alternative months with another stitcher. It is now time for us both to move onto other challenges for 2018.  Enjoy.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Christmas Ornaments Received.


I've neglected to post the photos of my Christmas ornaments, from my exchange partner for this years' exchange.

I was blessed for 12 or so years to belong to this exchange, luckily I was  the organizers' partner for this year.
Sadly she has decided, that 14 years of organizing this event, has been enough for her. Thank you Sue & well done. You have brought many folk together, encouraged us to exchange our work with others around the world & brought the Christmas Spirit to me, at an early stage for longer enjoyment. Your efforts are well & truly appreciated. Thankfully someone else has picked up the mantle, so, it will continue.  Here are mine  from Sue, for this year. Two beautiful ornaments to adorn my ornament tree.



Thursday, December 7, 2017

Warm Summer Days.

We have been experiencing very hot and humid days over the last couple of weeks.  The best part, for me is,  that there are cool breezes during the bright sunshine, along with cooler nights, perfect for sleep. The city is very dry & I heard this morning we are into the emergency water supply.
Hopefully rain will deliver us from further restrictions.

I've managed to complete three partially done TSS blocks in the last week. My hand quilting schedule is not happening.

This one is block #12, titled Checkerboard I'm not sure if I will use it as it is or, do another take on this design.



 The second one is Block #56 "At home Anywhere" this is my own design & interpretation for this pattern. You can tell where I feel at home.



The third one is #40 Flights of Friendship. Enjoy.



Friday, December 1, 2017

ODW November Challenge.


The theme for this month was travel.  A great theme for ones' imagination  to run riot.
 I chose a method of travel. It is certainly nothing conventional for 2017, also something I have never tried. This piece was completed very early in the month & photographed without being pressed. It does need to be made into an item, yet to be decided. Enjoy.


Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Re-doing a Couple of Splendid Sampler Blocks.


I had been contemplating a different fabric choices for a couple of blocks I completed some time ago. Each time I looked at the blocks I knew I was not happy with the way they looked. I've now redone the parts I wasn't happy with and
also made a different applique piece  for the clover block, as I couldn't find the original one. When I find the original one, I'll have two different versions of that block, when the quilt goes together.

So firstly, from this as it was, with a special stripe from some fabric of my late Mothers' that was not cotton, I know she would understand,



to this cotton ticking stripe of sturdier fabric.


 The second block, from this



                                                             
                                                                             to this.         


The second clover block, this one is applique, while the original is a pieced block.

Enjoy. 
Kay.



October ODW and other October Stitching.


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The theme for the month of October was Halloween or, anything that you can relate to, for October in the Southern or Northern Hemisphere. Spring for us in the Southern hemisphere while Autumn is at play in the Northern Hemisphere.

After much ado with the camera I've only one of the photos of  two pieces I specifically stitched for the ODW for this month.


This is the second

I did manage to stitch duplicates, for my own collection, of my Halloween exchange pieces. A different colourway for the 'chic witch' stitching, I was not concentrating and had done a few letters before I realized I was using the wrong colour.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Halloween Ornaments Arrived to My Partner.

             These are the two ornaments I stitched for Theresa, for the 2017 Halloween exchange, and here is what Theresa said.


Guess what came today...  Some lovely ornaments and adorable buttons from my friend Kay.

I love them.  I had to look twice to see what you were talking about.  .

How in the world did you do those labels though makes me remember I probably didn't even sign mine. --oops.

Thanks again!

Theresa


                            The first is a freebie from La Comtesse and La Point De Croix on 32ct,  Linen           with DMC Threads.


 
                        The second is a freebie from Loretta Oliver - Stitching the Night Away, on hand dyed Opalescent 32 Belfast Linen with DMC Threads.

So I'm all done for both exchanges this year. As always, great exchanges and  loads of fun participating.  Thank you to those who do the organizing, I admire your dedication.
Back to my stitching "to do" list, which is one of each of those for me. Kay.