Tuesday, December 15, 2009

I wish you a Happy Holiday Season and a warm, loving time shared with family and friends.Thank you for your support during the year and I hope you have had great pleasure from your purchases.

Some Important News for Our Australian Customers -Laraine's on Capri is transferring to a wholly Online Business and we are closing our store at the Isle of Capri on Christmas Eve.

I am looking forward to the New Year with exciting new designs and concepts and I hope you will follow my journey.
Warmly yours,

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Just arrived in from Yuwa Japan, four beautiful textured linens printed with a collage of roses, stripes and spots or large and small rose bouquets. My favourite is the antique sewing tool print which I think would make great pin cushions, needle cases and sewing bags. See Fabric for more printed linens at www.larainesoncapri.com.au

Monday, August 17, 2009

Sunday, July 26, 2009

I have been looking through the Monogram book by Susan O'Connor and some of the
reproduction Alphabet books by Sajou and felt inspired to work some of the designs.

I haven't worked in Cross Stitch for a long time but these little Lavender pouches were too
hard to resist as the braids and rick rack matched the linen beautifully.
There's nothing nicer or more pleasing than working with linen.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Some lovely comments from customers and other shop owners this month.
I am mentioned in Vintage Vogue's latest newsletter from America. They are very keen on Crazy Patchwork and love my projects in the Creative Cross Stitch and Embroidery Magazine.

I received these happy letters this morning from Judy in Pennsylvania - USA and one from Yvonne in Bega NSW

"Dear Laraine,
The parcel arrived in ONE WEEK! It was unbelievable when the postman came to the door with this parcel from Australia. Then, when I opened it up, there it was; wrapped carefully in tissue paper and tied with a lovely bow. Well, I couldn't open it for two days - I just savored it, knowing that I had it. I know, I know, I am weird! When I did open it carefully, I was awestruck. All of the materials were more gorgeous then even shown on the website. I am afraid to start it for fear that I will mess it up somehow. Tomorrow I shall carry on and start. Will be ordering more trim (just because it's pretty) on Wednesday or Thursday, the 17th or 18th.
Thanks a Million for your lovely web site,Judy Boyer "

Comments: I have just received my parcel. The kits and contents look fabulous, I only hope I can do them justice. Many thanks,
Yvonne Flood
It's wonderful to have a parcel arrive in the mail that lives up to your expectations. I'm glad to have such positive feedback.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Divine Pear

Designing blues - I had a great idea! Wouldn't velvet pears with embroidery be just gorgeous - so I set to and drew up a pattern. I didn't really visualise the size it would be and it turned out to be jumbo sized! Back to the drawing board.
The second attempt was just right and I was really excited. I was so please with the results I decided to take my pieces to Brisbane with me on the train to show my daughters.
Settling into my seat, with the train pulling away from the station - Oh! No! The bag with my embroidery is still on the seat at the station. What can I do? Do I go back? This pear is jinxed.
At the next station I jumped out and knocked on the train driver's door and asked if they could find my parcel.
Two stops later the driver came through to tell me they had found my work. What service - I almost cried!
The pear will be ready as a kit in a few days so all is well.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Fleur Romantique

The April edition of Creative Embroidery and Cross Stitch featured my latest Crazy Patchwork project on the front cover.
I had great enjoyment stitching this bag and especially working the hand dyed silk velvet into dimensional flowers. The jewel colours in the velvet set the tone for the shades used in the silk embroidery threads and ruched ribbon.
Tucked into the ribbon folds are blue picot edged ribbon flowers and tiny glass hearts.
Sprigs of Silk Chenille roses and leaves add an interesting texture to the background.
The kits are available with instructions or without if you have the pattern in the magazine. The unusual bag handle with chain is included in either kit or you can buy a bag handle only in your choice of style.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Ribbons with sparkle

There is something gentle and refined about soft pastel colours that gives you a sense of well being. This is how these little picot edged ribbons made me feel. They are a pretty coloured thread woven over a gold or silver metallic thread which softens the colour to a creamy antique tone. The little gold or silver picots along the edge makes them a sparkle. Imagine them nestling into your ribbon work and crazy patchwork.

I made the little samples for my website to demonstrate how pretty the ribbons were. They sat on the counter for sometime needing to be displayed. Inspiration struck and I added some stitched words below the posy and made them into a string of hearts using Hanah silk ribbon for the larger flower and the metallic ribbon for the little gathered flowers and leaves.
I will hang them from my favourite cupboard door.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

First Post!

Welcome to my first blog!
I've been trying out my new camera and I'm really happy with this photo of the Lavender Puffs. They are a simple little design but they make you feel happy and special with their hand dyed silk velvet flowers and beads. An added bonus is they smell good too! Many of my designs are made of rich fabrics that are wonderful to feel and easy to sew. Do you have someone needing a special treat? Why not make them a Puff from my kits. I'm sure they will be a great hit.