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A Wonderful Girls' Day Out in Melbourne...

This weekend, I was invited to attend a great stitch in, organised by Libby Richardson of Artsmart Craft Cottage and Jo Miller of Sew Jo Designs. And what a wonderful day it was...

Kilsyth Memorial Hall was filled to overflowing with stitching goodness...

Everyone received a bag filled with patterns and fabric. This lovely little bear created by Jo was one of the designs included.
Don't you just adore the "furry" applique? This little bear can be used in a variety of ways. I love the garland of blossom... so sweet.

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The girls also received printed fabric for this lovely stitchery (shown on the right), designed by Libby, and the pattern for a lovely new Christmas design (on the left).

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Most took up the opportunity to learn fabric painting with Libby, and were surprised at just how easy it is.
The extra colour brings a lovely depth of design to a stitchery... a wonderful way to enhance your projects.

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There were sneak peeks to be had... of Jo's new block of the month and Libby's new Christmas projects.

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Now I didn't get any photos of the delicious scones, or the heavenly lasagna or the delightful cupcakes topped with a piped tower of icing and edible glitter.
All that stitching, resulted in these gastronomic treats being gobbled up too quickly for me to record "on film". But you can imagine...

Libby and Jo also invited Embellish A Little and The Patchwork Teahouse to attend.
What's a girls' day out without a little retail therapy.

Embellish A Little had a wonderful array of ceramic, porcelain and their new wooden buttons for us to enjoy. Pop the kettle on and take a minute to visit the website to see the full range.

Embellish A Little logo
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Marilyn brought along loads of fabric and thread treasure from The Patchwork Teahouse,
including beautiful new fabrics from Danish firm "Stoff" and
the gorgeous range "Scandinavian Christmas" by Lynette Anderson. 

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Marilyn also had the full range of "One Day In May" projects on display and a full stock of patterns.
I was able to sit at a few tables and demonstrate how to create the layers of the waterlily, which was lots of fun.
I also had the pleasure of being able to meet some of my "blog readers" and facebook "followers" face to face. Really, really loved that!

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Everyone seemed to have a great day... especially the winners of the many donated fabric packs, kits, pattern and button sets.
Jo's Mum also made some gorgeous pin-cushions (45 in all!!!) as a special giveaway for some very lucky stitchers. Here's Libby (on the right) drawing the winning tickets!

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All in all, it was a great way to spend a Saturday... 

Until next time,

Melissa  x 

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