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Blog > Back in Cape Town ....

      *`•.¸(¯`•♥•´¯) ☆ º ` `•.¸.•´ ╭♥╯     Hello from Cape Town!     I hope you are well and happy…   I am back from Koala Conventions in Brisbane, and what an impressive convention it was. So well organised – everything worked like clockwork.     Meeting up with friendly embroiderers and talented teachers was good for my soul and I really enjoyed teaching ribbon embroidery to gentle, kind and enthusiastic stitchers from Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Malaysia and surrounding countries.     Australia is a land of vast distances and it was interesting to meet embroiderers all the way from Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, Hobart and many other towns and cities – they travel far to enjoy this convention which takes place in Brisbane once a year.     Click on images to enlarge                     There were so many workshops to choose from, so many talented teachers … I think that the participants had a hard time choosing their workshops!   For those of you who chose to do silk ribbon embroidery: I do hope that they enjoyed learning how to create with silk ribbon — I certainly enjoyed every minute teaching you!                             The apartments we stayed at were marvellous, with everything that opens and shuts:   Dishwasher, microwave, stove, washing machine, tumble dryer … and this made life very easy after a long day of teaching.                     Thank you to Wendy and Andy Wilson and the Koala team for making this possible for all of us and a big thank you to all the embroiderers who attended the classes – it was great fun and I hope to see you in 2013 – same place, same time!   I will start working on four new beautiful projects ….feeling very creative and inspired after seeing all the wonderful work at Koala.             If you need any of my ribbons or printed panels, or any of the kits that from the workshops, you are welcome to order them from Koala on the website: www.australianneedlearts.com.au     My new Roses book was launched in Brisbane                           and I am not sure how many books I signed, but my hand felt it, that’s for sure! There has been such a positive response to this book and I thank every one of you who took the trouble to write to me ...one is always nervous about a new book and I am happy to say that everyone seems to be pleased with it :)                       After the convention, Hazel and I left for Cairns and saw parts of the Great Barrier Reef which stretches for 2,600 kilometres or 1600 miles off the coast of Queensland and how beautiful it was!                                                                 The cableway that runs over the rainforest to Kuranda was most enjoyable.                     The little station at Kuranda is picture-perfect and the Kuranda Scenic Train that we travelled on our return to Cairns was most interesting.                     I just loved this little hut in Kuranda – it looked like it needed a hug :))                     Had the most delicious Australian steak that night and really enjoyed the small break that we had before returning to Sydney and then the l-o-o-o-o-o-ng flight home to Cape Town via Johannesburg.   The four-leggeds and family were very happy that I was home at last…                       Till next time, happy stitching and hope you enjoy the Roses book!   Love   Di     
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