Tuesday, July 20, 2021



Earlier this year I received a notification from Feed Burner informing me that from July this year, they would be fazing out the service. When I checked, I was surprised to find that there are 1,038 people who subscribe to this blog via email. 

Although I have seldom posted anything here since I broke my hand over three years ago, I have been working on other projects apart from tapestry weaving. 

Currently I am involved in an American Tapestry Alliance postcard exchange. So there will be some weaving posts coming soon.

I will post a tutorial as to how I finish off my postcards for postage.

So if you are wondering what I am working on in the future, please drop by every now and then. 

Thank you all for your interest, and support for my work and ramblings here on my blog over the past fourteen years.

Stay safe in these strange times, wherever you are.

Debbie xxx 

Wednesday, June 30, 2021


Here we are at the end of June, already halfway through 2021. Life seems to be still on hold and while I write this almost half of Australia is in lockdown due to Covid19. It has been a strange time. My state of Victoria has been through four lockdowns since the outbreak here in Australia in 2020. In May last year I was to fly to London, a trip planned the year before to visit the UK and Ireland. My Great Grandparents on my Mother’s side immigrated from Edinburgh Scotland and Limerick in Ireland in 1854. They met in Australia and originally lived in Emerald Hill, where my Grandmother was born. Very close to the Australian Tapestry Workshop. Even though I am a third generation Australian, my DNA on all sides of my family is deeply rooted in England, Ireland and Scotland. Unlike many who migrated to Australia after the Second World War, I have no connection or knowledge of family left behind, or any real cultural connections. I was to stay in Galway Ireland during an International Tapestry Symposium, so I am disappointed that I did not get the opportunity to meet up with the artists in person. Rather than over the unreality of the internet. It does seem strange to look back over the past year and count on a few fingers the amount of times that I have visited a gallery. I have no real reason to complain as my Shire has only had around 5 cases on the virus. But in a way I think that we are all suffering a slight bit of lockdown fatigue. The photo is of a linen apron embroidered with shamrocks and a brooch with shamrocks. The only things that I have, that belonged to my Irish Great Grandmother. What did I do in the past year? My physiotherapy after I broke my hand was to teach myself to knit two handed Fair Isle. Eight Jumpers a few hats, cowls and shawls kept me busy!
Wherever you are in these strange times, I hope that you are safe and well.

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Here and (T)Here: ATA’s 2019 Postcard Exchange

Vicki Aspenberg "The Seasons March On'  7" X 5" tapestry postcard.

Tapestry weaving is what I would describe as a 'solitary process' distractions are unwelcome and often of great annoyance to the weaver. Well to this one they are. Building an image from the bottom to the top requires concentration, tenacity, often mixed with feelings of frustration and self doubt.

The American Tapestry Alliance organized a postcard exchange during this year based around the theme ' Here and (T)Here' A random draw of participants was held and each were notified as to who their partner in the exchange was to be.
The exchange began with emails between partners, often getting to know a complete stranger and the parts of their lives that they chose to share.

It has been very interesting, getting to know someone who lives on the other side of the world and exchange life stories and a part of our year with each other. It has been wonderful to talk about our backgrounds in tapestry weaving and the sometimes frustrating elements of the medium that we all seem to share. Vicki and I posted our tapestries on the same day and surprisingly we both received them the same day.
It has been a joy, and if you ever get the opportunity to participate in an exchange you will find it a rewarding experience. 

The exhibition of the postcard tapestries has been uploaded today and you can view them all here.

Monday, June 3, 2019


Have you ever had a favorite piece of knitwear, one that makes you feel warm and cozy and never want to take off?
I bought this jumper at my local St Vinnies charity shop for $2.00. I was surprised at the time that someone would pass on such a new jumper knitted in the most beautiful soft wool.
I had worn it so often that I became concerned that if I wore it out, I would not have another one to replace it.
For years I searched my local charity shops for knitting patterns, hoping that I could find the pattern that this jumper was knitted from.
Three years ago while looking through a large donations of new pattern books, there is was!
Better Homes and and Gardens free knitting supplement April 1994
The jumper is called 'Yellow Cables' and to my surprise it is a jumper for a child. I counted the stitches on the band and made a sample of the cable. Yes it is my jumper.
I decided that each year I would knit a new jumper from the pattern. This one is knitted in Patons Totem, colour Raspberry.
This one was finished just in time to wear at Easter last year. Knitted in Bendigo Woolen Mills Dark Plum.
May last year I had my son's German Shepherd on a lead, but the lead wrapped around my hand and ring finger. The dog bolted as she heard strangers in her house, needless to say I came off second best. Broken bones and failed plastic surgery left me wearing a splint for three months. I could not drive my car, or even eat with a knife and fork. Knitting was out of the question. Even without the splint I had no ability to grip anything.
Life has improved and I was to have my hand re broken in June, but I have cancelled the surgery.
I have no wish to re live last Winter.
After six months of intense physio, I discovered that I could knit if I used a circular knitting needle, as you don't have to grip all the knitting.
I worked on this jumper over the terrible heat wave that we had this summer past.With great enthusiasm after competing miles of knitting I somehow began sewing the sleeve to the jumper right side to wrong side. Unpicking back stitch can be challenging and instead of cutting the sewing, I managed to cut a hole in my knitting. In the front of course! I searched YouTube for a solution and found this tutorial that is the best I have found for repairing holes in knitting.     
The repair is difficult to find even if you know it is there, So I am happy to have this one to wear this winter. Knitted in Bendigo Woolen Mills Cherry Red.

As for my original cream jumper, it is showing signs of wear and tear. Long jumpers often wear out on the bottom band from the abrasion of sitting on them. Last year I could not wear any of my new jumpers as the splint on my hand has several bands of Velcro fastenings that caught on everything. I do confess that I did wear my cream jumper which has now been mended and washed ready for anther winter. Next year will be the year to knit a new cream one to replace it.

Whoever the knitter of the original jumper is, or the person who donated the pattern, I will never know. But I am grateful that they chose to recycle at the charity shops, rather than sending unwanted goods to landfill.
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