My pumpkins are doing their own thing by themselves, not like Paula who needed to give hers a helping hand – I have about 20 pumpkins of these two varieties on vines covering a huge area in and beyond, the vegetable patch. I think the green ones could be Jap pumpkins, and the others are Gold Nuggets – never having grown pumpkins before, I’m impatient to try them, however I shall have to wait a while until the first frosts kill the vines.
I have been working on my next page for the Round Robin, this time the theme is Romantic and I have reached a point where I must stop until I receive the other pages and information that are coming from Queensland. I know they are in the mail and hopefully they will arrive this week so I can finish it and post a photo. I’ve used some new products for the first time – Walnut Ink, and another called Moon Glow Starburst, both are ink sprays used for colouring paper or fabric as an alternative to dye or paint. Interesting results, but not impressed that one of the plastic spray bottles was cracked and unusable when I opened the packet.
There has been a little bit of stiching going on too – this piece, made using every conceivable piece of wool, silk, yarn, and fabric scraps to demonstrate the possibilities of machine needle felting at an Embroider’s Guild meeting a week or so ago, ended up being a quite useful needlecase, with four bits of doctor’s flannel inside for the needles.
The final photo demonstrates how restrained I was when I went to the Stitches and Craft Show during the week – just some needles, threads and a little piece of linen.
The show was held at a new venue, the Royal Melbourne Showgrounds in a huge hall and surrounding buildings. I think there may be new organisers as it was a bit different, perhaps a little smaller, with more room to move, and some new vendors. Most interesting was a small selection that they called “Incubator” with (mostly young) people selling their own screen printed fabrics, felts, soft toys and other creations – supposedly a showcase for the best of Australian contemporary craft and design from emerging and established artisans. I also loved the fabrics sold by Kelani from Diamond Creek, and may look at these another time when the coffers are more full.