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Julia Camilleri © 2005

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Sewing has been my life. I have been sewing since I was 11 years old.

Only in the last four years, I have been fortunate to be living my dream of teaching SRE and have a few of my projects published in the Australian Embroidery and Cross Stitch magazine.

I belong to two CQ groups on the Internet, one in Australia and one in the USA

I have been doing CQ for just over two years now.

I had been doing traditional patchwork and SRE at the time, when I came across dyes to dye laces to add to my ribbon embroideries.

It was the progression of combining my love of these crafts that led me to my passion for CQ.

I had been toying with the idea of a CQ lampshade for some time, and when the “If you can imagine it, CQ it” challenge came up, it was the perfect inspiration I needed to spur me on to make one.

My lampshade is all pieced in shades of creams and gold, silk and jacquard fabrics, lined with the same jacquard fabric.

Each panel has a different ivory lace motif, which I have embellished with pearl seed beads and SRE.

To achieve the Victorian look that I love, I embellished all the panels’ predominately in little spider web roses and tiny rose buds in three different shades of pinks and mauves.

Each panel also has a little gold charm: cherub, butterfly, and gold basket filled with tiny roses and of course a gold spider for good luck

To finish off my Victorian lampshade I beaded the two-inch fringe in crystal and ivory drop beads.

My journey into CQ has been a wonderful experience, meeting new people and making some wonderful treasured friends has been the best part.

Happy stitching

Julia Camilleri Australia

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