Once I left teaching I worked as a sewing machine demonstrator for Elna in Myers.
One of the main crafts at that time was fabric painting and I got into it in a big way.
Especially when it came to painting Christmas T-shirts for grandchildren and more recently great grandchildren.
I even went to a week long workshop organised by Plaid. At the end of the week I bought in some of my own designs and the boss of Allcrafts who was the distributor for Plaid in Queensland at the time saw my work and asked me if I would consider demonstrating for them at Myers craft week and the Stitches and Craft shows. I was in hook, line and sinker.
Here is some of my later works.
Organising inhouse classes for the new products was part of my job. Below is some customers at the warehouse for a day of craft activities. I organised to show them how to use the new products, and put a display of ideas for them to get the idea of the variety of products they could use.
Below is a Silk Painting class I organised for some craft shops owners. I included myself in the class as I had always wanted to have a go at silk painting.
While living at Cedar Creek I decided to repaint the house. I designed and cut a stencil of gum nuts, flowers and gum leave and used it on the walls to decorate. This is a picture of me and my mottly crew a few years ago and as you can see, the stenciled walls. It was Chris's (centre) 18 birthday.
This warehouse was at the back and imported needlwork from all over the world. I loved this job so much as I got to see what was new before anyone else. I organised the warehouse stock, invoice customers and packed orders and organised all the demonstration materials for the reps all over Australia.
Below is Victoria House. A 100 year old heritage listed building, and every room had some form of needlecraft on display. There were a lot of finished works framed on the walls for customers to get the full picture of how these kits would look when finished. The shop was open 7 days a week and was constantly visited by tourist buses.
Working here was one of the best times of my life. The staff were so much fun and the boss is still a friend to this day. I am so grateful for her wonderful attitude and her help and training in this business.
I designed and produced some ,thimble sized ceramic half pots that you could used for ribbon embroidery.
Below is one stand we had at a Craft show in Brisbane.
Scrapbooking is another interest I could not resist. I even went to a phot editing class to learn to repair old photos that are damaged. It has been a very useful tool. I will add pictures once I get some albums back from those I gave them to, and will scan some pages to add here.
Below is a Christmas Card I designed & taught the group to make. Extremely easy using coloured acertate and stickers.
Below are some gift tags I designed and taught how to make.
My husband Dave had to give up panel beating because of a bad back. The back operation did not work and I have become his carer. So I am fairly limited to working from home these days
These ones I sent to Africa, and these pictures were sent back to me. I love to make people smile and feel loved.
Napkin Art is another craft I am enjoying lately. I learned about it at the Stitches and Craft Show a couple of years ago. I started with the basics but decided to step it up a notch. Below is a Little Stool I made for my Great Grandaughter Kolbie.
This is a Canvas I did from one paper napkin.
I like to mix my crafts together. So have started doing cards with doodling on them.
A friend of mine who owns Klema Bunker Punch Embroidery saw some of my Creative Doodle Designs and decided to turn them into Bunker Punch Embroidery.
This is one original design & the finished Bunker Embroidery.
I just learned about painting metal jewelery pieces. That is fun. Why stick to boring gold, silver or copper when you can have metalic purple, green, blue etc.
As you have probably realised I am only limited by my imagination and the next craft fad. There are so many other crafts that I have tried and enjoyed but do not have the pictures to show. Creativity is so rewarding and fun. I encourage you all to enjoy every opportunity to try something new and enjoy the creative process.