At least lying down low in Alice Springs due to flu gave me the opportunity to sew another napkin inspired by thoughts of home and our chooks.
4 down, 4 to go! The aim is to reduce our use of paper napkins but I need to get over my reluctance to dirty these!
Without all the luxuries of home on board I traced my sketches, used a needle to punch holes in the tracing, placed the tracing on the fabric and went over it with an erasable pen. Just enough of the pen got through the holes for me to then complete the drawing freehand.
Thankfully we’re now both improved enough to head to Curtin Springs tomorrow.
This time I embroidered an ear bud case for our beautiful niece in PNG colours – wishing her a life of balance.
Yin Yang Ear Bud Case #3
I transformed a bit of butchers apron cloth into an embroidered piece for a zippered pouch whilst travelling by road to Cairns.
I worked from left to right, making up the design as I went along. I find it relaxing to sew this way. I’m pleased with the result and beginning to like my wonky style!
BTW Have a butchers is cockney rhyming slang for look – look rhymes with butchers hook.
Butchers Apron Transformation
Twin Yin Yang Ear Bud Cases – by Helen Lock
The ancient Yin Yang symbol reminds us that life is a balancing act and most fulfilling when we learn to accept its dualities: the ups and downs, the good times and bad, joys and challenges.
It was quite fitting then that I embroidered these ear bud cases whilst travelling outback Queensland roads – enduring the uncomfortable rides and enjoying the views.
It was also a balancing act to embroider them to both appeal (hopefully) to my twin adult sons and suit their differences.
It was a long drive (1019kms) on a poorly maintained and designed Stuart Highway and then we turned into Barkly Highway we battled head winds and cross winds. We did stop overnight at Three Ways.
There was plenty of time for stitching on the road even though I drove some of the time.
This small pouch for ear buds was embroidered with Paisley patterns in mind – more freeform!
Paisley Ear Bud Pouch – Helen Lock
No prissy flowers for G – Barramundi, water snake and water lily leaves instead!
Inspired by paintings by Jacqui Cahill and John Dewar I embroidered (Freeform while travelling) a small case to protect his hearing aids when not being worn while we explore Australia.
Barramundi and WaterLilies – Inspired by Jacqui Cahill
Water snake and Water Lily Leaves – Inspired by John Dewar
Glasses case – by Helen Lock
Pocket tissue case front – by Helen Lock
Fusion of Aboriginal colours and white fellas embroidery whilst exploring Kakadu seemed like a good idea. Embroidery designs were made up as I went along. I blame the wonkiness on bumpy roads. 😉
Pocket Tissue Case Back – by Helen Lock