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The Debate Continues….

I’m glad I didn’t make any New Year resolutions for 2018 – especially not ‘Make more art!’

On reflection though, I have been drawing designs, selecting ‘supports’, composing,  coordinating colours, improvising, turning mistakes into happy accidents – so making a different kind of art – or is it craft? 😀



For the record

Just for the record – I was very creative in December but produced no art 😦

I dislike the commercialism of Christmas but love spending time with family and friends during the ‘silly’ season and like to give gifts – so I make many of them. Sometimes I supplement a hand made item with a complementary purchased one.

I was a proud Mumma when son Leo declared it was much easier to buy a gift than make one – it means he realises the value of a unique, handmade present and the effort, skill and attention behind it.

This collage captures some of the things I made in the final month or two of 2017.

No Art in December 2017

I think I should make a resolution for 2018 – “Make more art!”



Silver Lining

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!

Chook Napkins 

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.




Have A Butchers At This!

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




Yin Yang, Pitch and Roll

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.

Daly Waters to Mount Isa

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