Tuesday, April 15, 2014

It's official

We went to an event last night. While waiting in the foyer, I was watching the people around me. They came from all over the world - the only place not obviously represented, was central and southern Africa. Isn't it amazing just how small the world has become? We travel and meet and connect with each other across borders like never before.

The other thing that caught my eye was how differently they all dressed. This was an official event, not necessarily super formal but rather important all the same. The attendees were dressed in anything from suits and evening dresses to neat casual. One or two people made me smile as they had truly adopted the Australian national dress code consisting of t-shirt, shorts and thongs (known also as 'flip-flops' in most other parts of the world - I fortunately have no idea of what anyone's underwear looked like!)
That last observation is important because the event was a citizenship ceremony. I was there to finalise my Australian citizenship - yep, I am finally an officially an Aussie.

Apart from a few years in Denmark in the later 90s, I have lived here for more than 20 years, so you could say it was about time. (I did meet a chap by the name of Clive last night who has been here since '76)
Other than the fact I really, really, really don't like filling out forms and paperwork, it wasn't because I didn't want to take up citizenship that it took me so long - I have been wanting to do so for quite a long time. What I was waiting and hoping for was for Denmark to allow dual citizenship - they still don't, but a girl can only wait for so long you know. It is not because I anticipate heading back there to live but it is after all where I was born and grew up. The idea of no longer being regarded as a citizen in your country of birth, takes a lot longer to get used to than it does adopting a new place to call home. It did for me anyway.

So, here I am - happy to be Aussie number 36 253 118ish (loosely based on a statistic quoting approximately 36,25 million Australians mid-March 2014 + a few thousand since + 119 of us last night and I was second to last)

Next step is to get a passport so that I can leave the country - rather ironic really. Not for good of course. I am heading to Bangkok to teach (very exciting) then Copenhagen in August-September and still working on a possible 'dash' to the UK while I am in the neighbourhood.

...but right this minute, I think I better get back to more urgent things, such as patterns and kit and stitching... I might have finished my Brother Rabbit before Easter but I did promise I would also try and get the kits ready. I am very close to finishing the instructions, but unfortunately it doesn't look as if I will get all the threads I ordered this side of the Easter break - most disappointing!
Never the less I shall keep at it and you will be the first to know when it is all ready.

Have a fabulous week,
Anna x

Monday, April 14, 2014

Not here today

There is no stitching or writing today because, today I'm have gone blog visiting over here

Thank you to Christine for inviting me to be part of their monthly 'In the Hoop' feature. It was great fun to write for another space and I am so excited to be part of it.

Tomorrow on the other hand - I will have a bit of news to share with you.

Until then,
Anna x

Friday, April 11, 2014

Happy Easter Brother Rabbit

It is a few days since I finished Brother Rabbit...

...I think it has come pretty close to how I pictured it in my head. 
One of the best parts about this type of work is putting it all together at the end. After hours of fine stitching, attaching the various bits and pieces always seem rather quick and all of a sudden what didn't look like much is a finished piece. 
What I have enjoyed the most about this project was the many different raised embroidery techniques I ended up using. It wasn't on purpose, I simply chose what I felt would work best as I went along. 

There are picots and loops, wired shapes and needlelace shapes, padded shapes and beaded shapes. No risk of getting bored with repetition on this one!
If you have never made wrapped bead berries you should give it a go. It is super easy - you can see how to do it HERE.

The one thing I was most unsure about right to the very end was the colours I had used for the wired leaves. I was not sure that the golden coloured one would look right. Now that they are in place amongst everything else I think the colour works to soften contrast between the blues and the golden coloured flowers.

If you want have a second look at how this piece came together you check out the posts here:

1. More than a year ago...
2. Stitching one year later
3. Surface embroidery complete
4. Detached leaves
5. Embroidering the rabbit
6. Finishing the rabbit

With Easter only a week away I will be very busy preparing the instructions next week. The threads are all ordered, so I'd better get a wriggle on.

I hope you will enjoy your weekend,
Anna X