I've actually got a good post to start off with as yesterday I visited the Sydney Royal Easter show.
I could have spent all day in the art and craft pavilion, but unfortunately my poor obliging family was with me and were getting sore feet. I hadn't even noticed that my own feet were starting to ache as I stared through case after case of astounding workmanship.
By the time I found the embroidery and stitching section my daughter was starting to fret that her dad and brother had wandered off somewhere, so I didn't get as long as I'd have liked there. The conversation went something like this.
me: 'OK I guess we'd better find your dad and James'
Anna: 'But I bet you'll just find something else to distract you'.
And she wasn't wrong. Not long after I said that, I finally found the cross stitches I'd been looking for.
First place in the 16 to 18 count linen or aida.
Third place in the 16 or 18 count aida or linen.
I was actually surprised by the small number of the entries. I know that cross stitch has waned in popularity in Australia, but I was still quite disapointed there were under ten entries in this category.
Cross stitches did pop up in other categories too though, and this lovely example in the stumpwork, or raised embroidery section caught my eye.
And the winner of the blackwork category.
So, if you are an Australian reading this (especially from NSW), lets put in a big effort to enter more pieces into the Sydney Royal Easter show for 2012. I'll endeavour to give you a heads up closer to the dates.
I hope you've enjoyed the first instalment of my blog and I'd enjoy comments, feedback and followers.
See you next time