Posted by: maureenc | January 22, 2017

Where did Christmas go?

Twenty-seventeen is twenty two days old, and it’s the first time I have opened KenMaursCorner to add new content!

Christmas passed very quietly, as except for my daughter and myself the rest of the family were holidaying in Fiji; Colleen was only four days post-op after major surgery, so our celebrations were very low key. Thankfully she has recovered well and will return to work early in February……….I wonder how her fur-babies will react to not having her company  24/7.

My belated New Year’s Resolutions were to embark on the “Year in Stitches” challenge  instigated by Susan Robin Sorrell

I didn’t commence stitching until January 5 and progress has been very slow……I certainly have not put needle and thread to fabric every day as other members of a year in stitches apparently do.

If I  do need an excuse, I guess that the lure of reading a page or three of whatever book I am currently reading is valid. Also , Australia is now “enjoying” Summer. I use the term enjoying very loosely, as most of the eastern states have been sweltering in heat wave conditions, and as I am not a fan of AC except in extreme conditions, my sweaty hands don’t go well with fabric and thread.

A year of stitches

A year of stitches:

The first steps were to divide a twelve inch square of dress-maker’s calico into a two inch grid. A chenille thread was couched down to the fabric to form the trunk of a palm tree, then fly stitches formed the palm fronds. Blanket stitch was added to represent the sandy island.

1-scanI have used chain stitch plus straight stitches to represent the sea.

The stacked stem stitch in blue rayon in the lower left hand corner is a WIP–hopefully an example of Morning Glory blossom.


  1. Good luck to you and your family this year. I like summer, but I feel sorry for others who are not fans of the heat. It can be hard. Stay cool and hopefully you can get more stitching done soon 🙂

  2. So you stitch a square each month? I don’t want to wish the year away but do look forward to seeing your progress.

  3. As is usual for me Gilly, I rarely follow protocols suggested. I marked the two inch grid mainly in an attempt to “keep things tidy”. I still havent worked out whether one is meant to stitch each day: that doesn’t work for me as I find myself too easily distracted by other diversions (mainly reading) The work the other participants are doing is mind blowing. I just tonk along at my own pace when the spirit moves me.

  4. Thank you for your good wishes Mabel. I find Summer bearable when it is a dry heat, but Brisbane always has a relatively high humidity in Summer and I tend to hibernate ……Of course if I used the AC!!!! But I prefer an open, “breathing” house to one which has al windows closed.

  5. I actually prefer a humid heat as a dry heat makes my body feels like it’s on fire. We are having a dry summer heat here in Melbourne, and maybe you would prefer that over to your kind of heat up there!!! I too prefer an open house sans AC – fresh air is the best.

  6. Have a happy New Year! love seeing your projects.. I did a little hand work, but for my hands better to do most on the machine. Hugs. v

  7. Maureen, I love all the stitching you’ve done. The whole palm tree, sand and water are enticing enough to want to be on the little island.
    All the best to Collen for a healthy recovery and future.


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