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Bears, Possums And Flowers.

Posted on | May 11, 2016 | 14 Comments

This really is gong to be an all sorts post for today.  It has been an enjoyably busy time time with several workshops and  little travel  squeezed in as well.

We spent a few days in the Bendigo and Maldon region last week. We managed to dodge the windy days and had several delightful sunny days. Both are lovely places with a rich gold mining history. A visit was made to Bendigo Woollen Mills which resulted in yarn for me and bags of combed fleece for hubby to spin.

In Maldon we walked some old mine sites before I spent a little time in The Village Patch. What a delightful store that is. And they keep all their fabric between $15 and $17 – quite an achievement here in Aus! Yes, I bought some!

The day after returning home I went to a bear class to finish the one I have been working on.

Sunburnt Quilts - 2016 (3) Nicholas Bear

I have been attending a bear circle at Bear Essence to get help with the patterns I want to make. I finally finished this one – Nicholas. He needs some buttons and a Christmas hat, but all the bear sewing is done. Nicholas is a pattern designed by Josey and she is the instructor in this class.

More knitting has been on the needles and the result is this fun scarf – a possum.

Sunburnt Quilts - 2016 (5) Possum Scarf


Just a fun one to knit up quickly. It is a Patons pattern from the book (no. 1317 ) called Hand Knits For Modern Kids.

I have also been able to attend a wonderful workshop with Wendy Williams. She makes amazing quilts appliqued with felt. I thoroughly enjoyed her class and loved all the techniques she shared with us.

This is her book and some of the work we did.

Sunburnt Quilts - 2016 (7) Wendy Williams

My flowers are in several stages of completion.

Sunburnt Quilts - 2016 (1)

This is one of the times where yo need to see her work to appreciate the detail.

It is a great way to combine working with felt, embroidery and quilting. If you have time, click on this link to see her work.


We are having crazy strong winds here so it is the perfect time to stay inside where it is warm and be cosy. We even turned on the heating last night for the first time this year. I think that has to be the latest for a very long time.

I hope your week is going wonderfully well.

Cheers, Karen








14 Responses to Bears, Possums And Flowers.

  • Heidi says:

    You always amaze me with your talents! I about squealed when I saw the possum scarf – it is sooo cute! And that bear is amazing too! I had not seen Wendy’s work before, thanks for the intro and the link!

  • Lesley says:

    Oh my goodness, you are so talented! Your bear is simply adorable! And the scarf is so cute! Your felt flowers are wonderful. Love seeing all these treasures!

  • Frances Arnold says:

    Your bear looks cuddly and fun!!! I love the felt flowers and really like her ideas. I have never done felt work but might give it a try…..I can always start with a table runner!!!

  • Wow! You have been busy. That bear is just perfect! So many things to see and learn, aren’t there?

  • What a colourful post…xox

  • Bev says:

    Hello Karen,

    How lovely to get out and about so much, I am sure you had a great time at the Mill choosing wool, there wool is so lovely. Have fun with your projects, the felt flowers look amazing.

    Happy days.

  • Fiona says:

    sounds like lots of busy fun for you… I love the possum scarf! and have watched Wendy’s work for ages – so lovely…

  • Marina says:

    Love your teddy, so cute! As is your possum scarf.
    Your felt project looks amazing, great how some embellishment makes them really pop and look so great
    Enjoy your new project!

  • Mary says:

    The moment I saw the red body on your bear, I thought Christmas! Oh, add scarf to match the hat! The possum scarf is fun and funny. Someone is going to enjoy that piece. My favs are your interesting flowers! Your detailed embroidery really makes them work. I can’t wait to see what you do with them. You have lots going on but they are all fun and so pretty.

  • sunny says:

    Lots of fun stuff happening with you! THe bear is adorable, as is the scarf.

  • Joan says:

    Wow, your have been a busy girl. Fun times! Love all your projects…but then when don’t I? LOL! Your little holiday teddy bear is going to be the center of attention this year!

  • Anita says:

    You really have lots of different things happening there girl!!!! I love it all!!! Those flowers are adorable, very different. The possum scarf is a little rippa!!!! I would love to get to Bendigo one day…let me at that yarn. I hope those winds don’t do too much damaged, I don’t like them. Glad you’re having fun, stay happy.

  • Suz says:

    Your Christmas teddy bear is adorable Karen!! His face is so expressive, so cute! You are one clever lady. I am going to a Wendy Williams workshop in July! I can hardly wait, now that I see your lovely work! Are you going big and making a quilt, or something smaller?

  • Shez says:

    Hi my lovely friend,oh you have been busy,i do love Nicholas ,he is very handsome and how cute is the scarf,lol.
    I have that book too and love it,your flowers are coming along beautifully ,well done Karen xx


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