I cannot believe that a whole year has gone by…..

Dearie me,

The older I get the faster the time goes by! Anyone else notice that?? I cannot believe that’s its been a whole year since I last wrote a post. So much has happened!

My grand-daughter who turned three in my last post is now four years old and will be starting school at the beginning of the year 2016. Here is what my grand-children look like now. How they have grown! Ben has the green shirt on. he is nine years old now! Jack – 3 years – (blue shirt)and Daisy- 1 year -(red dress – which I made) are brother and sister and are the children of my son. And Ben-9-, Henry -7-(grey shirt) and Casey -almost 4 – (blue and white dress- which I also made) are my oldest daughter’s children. And lastly is Ruben -14- at the back in the white shirt – is my youngest daughters stepson – my lovely oldest grandson. I’m so proud of them all. Christmas

But if you’re reading this to just find out about Embird then I will disappoint you once again because, even though there have been updates to Embird and small additions and alterations, none of the eagerly anticipated BIG changes have yet taken place. We are still waiting for Mac integration. But all good things take time and I’m sure that the Embird “boys” are working very hard on making the Mac thing happen. Just like those eagerly anticipated presents at Christmas, we’ll just have to wait. But knowing my past predictions, I’ll only have to say this and lo and behold in a few days the new versions will most likely be released. Just when we weren’t expecting it. That’ll be my luck! But rest assure we haven’t even had a beta version to test yet so I don’t think my theory will hold much water. 🙂 I think it will be a while longer before we get out hands on a Mac version!

However if you are an Embird Cross Stitch user I can tell you that there is currently a glitch in the Program which will be fixed in the next update. Cross Stitch is currently not allowing you to open your saved Cross Stitch designs – ECF – in the program to make any changes. Ladislav is aware of this and will fix the issue.

Here’s a little sewing/embroidery project that I completed before Christmas for my last grandchild – Daisy. I have made Santa bags for all my grandchildren and as Daisy wasn’t yet born the previous Christmas I had to make her Santa Sack for this Christmas. I used Embird to create the DAISY applique. Using Embird to create the applique makes it so much easier. there are two options – if you have a Silhouette Cameo you can create the lettering in Embird and then send the design to the Cameo to cut the fabric – or you can use the manual method and create the applique in Embird Studio and then use the stitch, trim and stitch method that we’ve used for years. For those new to the Silhouette Cameo and Embird Studio I do have a step by step lesson which is available at Secrets of Embroidery FullSizeRender

The rest of the design was a Christmas panel that I used Vlisofix on the back of, trimmed and ironed onto the red fabric. ThenI used my Bernina to do a manual applique stitch around the tree, Santa, reindeer and presents. The bag is lined in white satin with a white fur around the top. Its very cute and fits loads of presents. It would probably even fit a small sewing machine! Now isn’t that an idea?

On the sewing/embroidery front I have taken up teaching ladies how to sew. I have wanted to teach sewing for years and even thought about going back to Teachers training college just so that I could get a degree to teach. But I figured that I was too old for that lark – attending lectures when all I want to do is teach sewing – and having to learn amongst school leavers. And most people seemed to be of the opinion that I wouldn’t enjoy the teaching of school students much anyway as most don’t really want to learn.  I wanted to teach people who WANT to learn to sew. Anyway, I did come across some younger women with children who wanted to learn to sew – so that they could make garments and accessories for their children. Fun stuff!

I told these ladies that I was happy to help them-  and so my little group was born. The ladies now come to me twice a week for their sewing sessions. It’s so much fun. They are so adventurous. They just turn up with a picture of what they want to sew and we go from there. They learn how to draft their patterns or adjust existing ones and “off they go”. Nothing is daunting to them. They’ll have a go at anything. I am amazed.  Here’s a Ballet and Ballet shoe bag that one of the ladies completed in an evening

Jodis daughter 2

And here is a little jumpsuit that one of the ladies completed in another session. Pin tucking in an inset yoke. Beautifully sewn.

Jodis daughter

It’s so much fun hanging around with people in the 20’s and 30’s who actually want to sew. If you know me, then you’ll know that I LOVE to sew and I really enjoy passing on some of what I have learnt over the many years that I have been sewing..

Now – on a slightly different note – Casey, my grand-daughter decided at Christmas time that she would like to sew on Gran’s machines. I thought “why not” and set up my Pfaff machine for her.


I had to lower the chair right down so that she could reach the foot pedal.  She had a ball of a time. Hopefully she will continue to want to sew. if she does then I’ll be there!


Well, I think that’s enough from me at the moment. I have yabbered on enough! Next time I should tell you about my trip to Europe last year and about our cycle ride down the Danube – with some photos!

Take care