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With the help of my friends, I co-ordinate "The Craft Group" which is a place for women to gather and do craft! We share a whole range of things, from craft to the small things that matter to us right up to understanding the whole meaning of life! I learn so much from everyone, I thought a blog would be the perfect way to record the memories! The "Plus..." is all about extra bits 'n pieces that I have found and would love to show you. Welcome to our Craft Group. Please feel free to say hi, leave a comment or become a follower! Enjoy!

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

A finished quilt by Dianne

One thing I love about The Craft Group is how we bounce ideas off each other and spur one other on to finish things and accomplish craft greatness :) 
(Sorry, that was 2 things... and there are more things than that I must say.)

Dianne B started a quilt for her baby grand daughter to lay on when on the floor.
But the quilt went into hiding at the back of a cupboard.

Enter Elaine.

With encouragement and help, Elaine and Dianne saw the quilt exit the cupboard and enter the light of day. That little grand daughter will LOVE this quilt.

Perfect for a six year old girl  ;) 

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Ida's Amazing Quilt

How can such a beautiful quilt be captured in a photo? 
Well, firstly, recruit some capable chair climbers.

Set up, move them to another position for better light and then set up again, 3 times.  (Sorry girls!)

Try and coax Ida into the photo...

Ta da!

Ida lovingly made this quilt and is thinking of sending it to her sister in Europe... IF she likes it!?!
Posting it from Australia across all that water is a bit scary but I'm sure it will be OK. 
The alternative of course is that she sends me to hand deliver it! 

Here are some close up peeks:

It is machine pieced with hand stitched applique and then she had it professionally machine quilted.

Well, my photos don't capture it's real beauty. 
You just have to believe me.
Great job Ida!

Sunday, 29 January 2017

Shibori love!

People who know me know I am a lover of Blue and White.
I try not to be! But I am always drawn to the calming effects of a good blue.
Maybe it's my Dutch background. 
Or maybe I stress too much and need calming colours!
Maybe I associate blue with Summer which I also love.

I have dabbled in the past with tie dying.
But over these holidays I have been having a bit of fun with Shibori dying with Indigo dye and I am in LOVE.  Here are 4 cushion covers I dyed.

For the people coming along this year to The Craft Group, we will have a little play with some of the techniques. For our cyber followers, I will add some of my favourite techniques here for you to be inspired by! More info to follow :) 

Happy New Year everyone!

Sunday, 25 December 2016

Happy Christmas and a Blessed 2017!

Wishing you a very happy Christmas 
and a terrific, crafty and blessed new year!

From me and my friends at The Craft Group!

This nativity scene has a story. It has 2 stories actually.
The first story is the real story it depicts. That one of God becoming man. The story of Jesus being born in a humble stable to live a perfect life only to be killed by those who hated Him. But His death was a payment for the things we do wrong and He came alive again to show that He is strong enough to do anything. He is God so if He can overcome death, He can surely forgive our sins and make us right with God. We just need to accept Him. Now THAT is a gift!

The second story is about the making of this nativity scene. At The Craft Group we have a "Swap Shop" where people donate things from their craft cupboard at home that they know they will never make. Any optimistic crafter from the group can take items for free if it they think they will make it. I took a felt nativity scene kit from the Swap Shop. It had everything in it and had quite an expensive price tag on it from its original purchase! 

My daughter has moved to the Himalayas to a place where no one celebrates Christmas. When Mark and I visited her in October this year I took the kit with me. We opened it and there were numbers and codes and keys and graphs and coloured threads and printed felt all over the place. I persevered during our visit to make the stable. I would have quit many times had I been at home but with the promise that she would make all the characters, I pressed on. Well, the stable was finished just in time and bit by bit the little characters have come alive in the hands of my once not-so-crafty daughter. 

The really lovely part is that, while she was making each piece during her breaks at school, everyone wanted to see what she made next and wanted to know the story behind the characters.  What a great story to share! (The first story that is :)

Have a lovely Christmas celebrating The Story! It's more than just a story and it's truth really is something to celebrate!

Thursday, 17 November 2016

Child directed rug!

When a friend of mine makes a quilt for one of her grandchildren, she takes them along to pick out the fabrics they would like. Even if she is not keen on their choices, she works with it and the results are gorgeous and personal.

Today at The Craft Group, Bev I had a knitted rug for "Show and Tell".

Her 6 year old grandson was quite specific about what he wanted...

It had to have some white patches in it.

And because he sometimes gets hot feet, it has to have openings for his feet!

How crazy cute is that!

A Grandchild creating something innovative together with his grandma.
I love it!

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Christmas Table Runner

Ida is inspiring us with the table runners she made.
Christmas is just over 5 weeks away!
A good time to start making some decorations that are good enough to keep for years.

Thursday, 27 October 2016

Where have I been?

In the past...
I have been to Europe.
I have been to Canada.
I have seen some of Australia.
I have never really had the desire to go to any Asian destination for more than a stop over.
Then, our daughter decided she wanted to live and teach in Southern Asia.
So... after 9 months of her moving there, my husband and I went for 3 weeks to visit her in the Himalayas.
What a fascinating experience!
We are back.
She is still there.  
I am very thankful for modern forms of communication.

There are so many stories to tell but seeing as you are all my craft friends, I will share some crafty photos...

There was folk art on every single building. A newly built apartment block was being built near our daughters place. We loved watching the men perched on the bamboo scaffolding painting all the amazing designs for weeks on end.

 We went to a paper making factory. 

We watched women weaving scarves.

We saw hand woven yak wool textiles.

And of course we made things too. Here are the first of her Christmas decorations. 
(More details about the crocheted stars soon!)

I have also been quilting like a mad woman over the last 10 weeks to make a quilt for our daughter's birthday. It was finished, admittedly, at the very last minute. It was packed up and came in our hand luggage!
I will tell you all about it soon, I promise!

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