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I went to see the movie ‘Julia and Julie’ and it gave me a push that I have neglected my Blog this year!  I am very sorry but life seems to have overtaken me.  But enough of that!  Sewing Blogs are not for complaints but for fun.  I loved the ‘Julia and Julie’ movie and it strikes me that writing a cooking blog must be so much easier as the results are much faster cooking that sewing!  However, I did like the idea of a bit of a challenge.

I have to have some samples for Mandeni Needlework for classes at the end of February - I must have some lavender samples and a pear tree.  Let’s see  if I can do it!!

I have started the pear tree.  My inspiration was a 350-year old piece I photographed at Williamsburg two years ago. 


I have started my research on making the pears.  The historical piece used little turned wooden pears (I know I can buy wooden apple beads but not pear shapes!) and Jane Nicholas made “Fimo” pears for her design in “Stumpwork Embroidery Designs and Projects” but I thought that I would try felt pears.

I decided to research and develop with a slightly larger sized pear and then to work my way down in size.  I also tried some new hand-dyed thread by Pam at ‘Cottage Garden Threads’ which I loved.  I am also using her thread for the trunk of the tree.  I think the results look great!


Then I go smaller and I am still happy!




The I got to thinking that not everyone wants to needle lace. It makes some students cry!  So maybe a thread painted version is also a good idea?


6 Comments so far

  1. Lisa on January 12th, 2010

    Hi Jan

    Love the pears, and its good to see you have finally found the time to do some R&D and be creative with some new designs, I know you were looking forward to it.
    Take care and see you in Feb
    Lisa x

  2. Rachel on January 12th, 2010

    Jan, I have to tell you I am so very happy to see you back at your blog! Also happy to tell you I am a very few hours away from finishing my Bunnies in the Berry Patch blanket from Saga two years ago! Love it!!! Oh, and one more thing….loved Julie and Julia as well! We miss you on this side of the pond…….love and hugs!

  3. monique on January 13th, 2010

    Hi Jan,
    I think these pears are just gorgeous, needle laced and thread painted.Keep up the good work!!!!
    lots of love

  4. Cat on January 14th, 2010

    What darling pears! I love them. I especially love all the colours used in the thread painted vesion. Needlelace hasn’t made me cry yet…but then I’ve only done the 2d kind.

  5. Maria on July 20th, 2011

    Hello Jan, thank you for keeping such wonderful and inspiring crafts alive and sharing your wonderful gift with others. Your blog and website is beautiful, very beautiful, I’ve only just discovered it!! Thank you.

  6. Miriam Perkins on July 21st, 2011

    Hi Jan,
    just found your blog, how slow am I!!! really enjoyed you class at Koala again and all up here have oohed and aahed over my mushroom and acorn. Still working on Mushroom but finished leaves.
    Thanks again, love and hugs,