Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Stitch Meditations

 SM 319
Stripes and Patches
SM 320
A bit of Africa
 SM 321
Sue chose these fabrics at Guild GTG
SM 322
These fabric colours went together
 SM 323
A bit of Blue and White with Red thrown in.
 SM 324
Upholstery Swatch
 SM 325
Simple Linens and Silk
 SM 326
Oriental Mood
SM 327
I liked these fabrics together
 SM 328
 Watched the movie Space Cowboys
SM 329
Chiffon Scarf fabrics on Linen
SM 330
Orange and Grey

Week 8 - Book Binding

We finished off our Case Bound book.
 After covering the cover board, added the case bound book with the front and back paper plates.

 Finished book.
 I have never had a "little black book" before, first time for everything.
 Another little Coptic Bound book for a gift.
Handmade paper, raspberry tea bag paper with free motion stitched leaves.
Inside papers using a sheet I bought in Kuala Lumpur.
Homework for next week is a practice Running Daisy bind.

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Cruden Farm

Today, Cruden Farm Open Day, home of the late Dame Elisabeth Murdoch.  

In 1928 journalist and newspaper executive Keith Murdoch gave his 19-year-old bride, Elisabeth Greene, a small farm as a wedding present. Elisabeth loved the property at first sight, but Murdoch, a perfectionist, soon engaged leading design professionals to revitalise the modest weatherboard cottage and old-fashioned garden into a weekend retreat that was suitable for his family and for entertaining.

In 1930, Sir Keith appointed Edna Walling to devise plans for new gardens; including a Walled Garden. In 1944, a potentially devastating bush fire tore through Cruden Farm almost engulfing the house and destroying hundreds of plants and trees in its path. Miraculously the fire stopped just short of the house but not before it had killed many of the wondrous lemon scented gum trees, planted by Sir Keith and Dame Elisabeth as per Wallings’ plans, that created the iconic driveway from the main entry up to the house.

Percy Meldrum designed the stables, which were built during the Depression by local men, who had no other work at the time. Sir Keith had over-extended the budget but went ahead with the construction of the Stables in order to provide the men with much needed incomes.

Beyond the formal gardens, lies the ‘outer garden’ and the stunning lake that Dame Elisabeth created in 1987. Behind the lake are numerous Oaks, some of which were planted by Dame Elisabeth’s daughters and grand-daughters in the late 1980’s. Many of which were planted on each of her birthday's.

Michael Morrison, head gardener took us on the tour and explained the beautiful gardens. He has been in the job for 48 years, jokingly told us that he was the 2nd in charge, first in charge was Dame Elisabeth who he fondly referred to as "the boss".

 There were 3 ginkgo trees, this one was planted in honour of the grand-daughter's 21st birthday, she is now in her 50's.

 Even a stately home has it's compost heap.

The cottage garden by the swimming pool. For several months of the year, Dame Elisabeth would be up at 6am every morning for her swim.
Upon instructions from "the boss" these areas were not to be mowed as they are planted with bulbs. When they die down then the task will be done.

Saturday, November 24, 2018

"Between the Weave"

Caught the train/tram to the Collingwood Gallery to view the exhibition of the Basketmakers of Victoria. 
17 - 29 November 2018. Free entry.
Basket making is regarded as one of the oldest crafts and pieces can be made from practically anything. Fibre artists have a wide variety of natural resources for basket making  living here in the garden state of Victoria.
The group exhibition showcases dynamic traditional, sculptural and contemporary pieces highlighting the diversity and artistry of talented local fibre artists. A selection of pieces I enjoyed.
Chatting to the ladies, they told me that they don't see the pieces that are on show till they are delivered to the Gallery. They were thrilled at the diversity of all the pieces.

 Beautiful feathers adorned this pot.

 The edging of this basket are dried fronds from a Brazilian tree that is growing at the Geelong Botanical Gardens. They must fall to the ground to ensure that they are dry and can't be pulled of the trunk. They retain their natural orange colour.
A traditional bowl.
The group meet at The Cottage, Wattle Park, Riversdale Road, Burwood.

Friday, November 23, 2018

Maynard Exhibition

My friend and I visited the Old Treasury Building in Spring Street, once home to the Treasury Department of the Government of Victoria and now a museum of Melbourne history.
On display is "Christmas at the Old Treasury".
In the 1920's, John Maynard and his wife Emma lived in 5 rooms with their 8 eight children. Officialdom upstairs, family life downstairs. John was superintendent of the Old Treasury building, in charge of security maintenance and the cleaning staff.
Downstairs the narrow corridors were dank and dark, despite the solid and thick walls, it would have been very cold in winter. 
Mrs Maynard spent many hours beside the dining room's warm fire making and mending clothes for the family on the treadle machine. From here she could look out into the courtyard towards the stables, bungalows and wash-house where her children would play.
The Maynard Quilt with the names of the eight children.
Several lady friends would visit on occasions in the evenings, the piano would be played and they would sing Mrs Maynard's favourite song "Mighty Like A Rose".
By the 1920's quite sophisticated Christmas decorations were for sale in shops, but most people could not afford them. Homemade paper decorations adorned the homes instead. Newspapers of the time printed designs and patterns which could be made at home using readily available materials.

 Christmas cards.

 Beautifully bound books adorn the bookshelves.
An interesting exhibition of a time gone by.