Saturday, January 21, 2012

Aussie Travellers' Blanket & France Tour


I have been hand stitching another Travellers' Blanket whilst watching the tennis ( after watching Tomic play so well last night a thought passed through my head that maybe I should call this blanket the A-Tomic travellers' Blanket because surely he will travel far!). The colours are much more subdued than  my other travellers' blankets and much more Australian. I am also trying something different in the background to suggest creeks and water as the rounds remind me of little micro-climates or water holes.Also whilst there is an underlying grid on the fabric I am making up the embroideries as fancy and colour take me- I am enjoying the process!

And on that note that will be another on-line Travellers Blanket Class commencing on 17 February,here is the information;

Creating a Traveller’s Blanket On-Line Class
Cost $50 AUS
This class explores hand stitching and creating fragments of memory. It is inspired by the idea of the silk road and the great travellers ,like Marco Polo who travelled the road in order to source silk, eastern spices and other treasure. If you travelled that road and you could not write but wanted to keep memories of the  fabrics and silks you encountered, and wanted to remember the patterns and stitches and wanted to keep warm at the same time- what better way then, to sew fragments onto a blanket- a visual aide de memoire. The texture is created with simple running stitch and the embroidery on the fragments of fabric likewise employ simple stitches. This piece is about the rhythm of the stitching and to create decorative effects yet keeping things easy.
Any kind of stories can be incorporated- you may wish to use scraps of fabric that belong to family, you may use fabrics that have been given to you, you may use findings from the beach and create stitching around that, you may choose a favourite motif. You can use square shapes or round shapes or any other shape  that you feel drawn to. You can use the motif in the appliquéd fabric to inspire your embroidery. You will find the blanket starts to dictate the story to you and that is part of the fun of the process.
Email me if you are interested

Also I shall be guiding a tour to France commencing on 11 April 2012.It will be a fabulous trips with lots of highlights. This is the itinerary:

Wed 11 APRIL MELBOURNE / PARIS
Day 1 Depart Melbourne with Emirates Airlines to Paris via Dubai.
Thu 12 APRIL PARIS / VILLEFRANCHE-SUR-SAONE
Day 2 Upon arrival into Paris you will be meet and assisted to the Paris CDG train station with in the
airport. 2nd Class train from Paris CDG airport to Lyon is 462 kms and takes about 2.00 hrs. Upon
your arrival into Lyon train station you will be meet and assisted to the coach for your transfer to
Villefranche sur Saone. 32 kms / 0.30 hrs.
Villefranche-sur-Saone Overnight Best Western Plaisance (B)
Fri 13 APRIL VILLEFRANCHE-SUR-SAONE
Day 3 Continental buffet breakfast served in your hotel. After breakfast, you will be meet and transferred
to the Quilt Expo Beaujolais. Includes entrance fee. Remainder of day free.
Villefranche-sur-Saone Overnight Best Western Plaisance (B)
Sat 14 APRIL VILLEFRANCHE-SUR-SAONE
Day 4 Continental buffet breakfast served in your hotel. After breakfast, you will be meet and transferred
to the Quilt Expo Beaujolais. Includes entrance fee. Remainder of day free.
Villefranche-sur-Saone Overnight Best Western Plaisance (B)
Sun 15 APRIL VILLEFRANCHE-SUR-SAONE / LYON
Day 5 Continental buffet breakfast served in your hotel. After checking out of your hotel you will be
transfer by private coach to Lyon. Transfer from Villefranche to Lyon. 32 kms / 0.30 hrs. Remainder
of day free in Lyon.
Lyon Overnight Mercure Lyon Charpennes (B)
Mon 16 APRIL LYON
Day 6 Continental buffet breakfast served in your hotel. This morning includes a morning visit to the Lyon
Silk Museum. Entrance to Musee des Tissus et des Arts Decoratifs de Lyon. Afternoon free in Lyon.
Lyon Overnight Mercure Lyon Charpennes (B)
Tue 17 APRIL LYON / PARIS
Day 7 Continental buffet breakfast served in your hotel. After check out you will be transferred by coach
to Lyon train station. 2nd class TGV Train from Lyon to Paris. 462 kms / 2.00 hrs. Upon arrival into
Paris you will be met and transferred by private coach to your hotel. 5 kms / 0.30 hrs.
Paris Overnight Duminy Vendome (B)
Wed 18 APRIL PARIS
Day 8 Continental buffet breakfast served in your hotel. Full day sightseeing using Paris Pass. Issue of
6-day Paris Pass. Morning Seine River Cruise. View the main sights of the city from the River Seine.
Afternoon Visit to the Centre Pompidou. Some time for shopping in the local area.
Paris Overnight Duminy Vendome (B)
Thu 19 APRIL PARIS
Day 9 Continental buffet breakfast served in the hotel. Enjoy a full day excursion to Versailles. Use of
6-day Paris Pass. Using RER train. Includes entrance to Versailles Palace and Gardens.
Paris Overnight Duminy Vendome (B)
Fri 20 APRIL PARIS
Day 10 Continental buffet breakfast served in the hotel. Full day Visiting museums using Paris Pass. Use of
6-day Paris Pass. Includes entrance to the Louvre, the Musee D'Orsay and the Dali Museum.
Paris Overnight Duminy Vendome (B)
Sat 21 APRIL PARIS
Day 11 Continental buffet breakfast served in the hotel. Full day sightseeing in Paris using Paris Pass. Use
of 6-day Paris Pass. Morning visit to Galleries Lafayette. Entrance and free gift to Galeries
Lafayette.
Depart: Wednesday 11 April 2012
Sat 21 APRIL PARIS….Continue
Afternoon wine tasting at 'O' Chateau. Includes entrance to the Wine Cellar and tasting session.
(3 French wines).
Paris Overnight Duminy Vendome (B)
Sun 22 APRIL PARIS
Day 12 Continental buffet breakfast served in the hotel. Full day sightseeing in Paris using Paris Pass. Use
of 6-day Paris Pass. Tickets aboard the Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour. Morning Visit to the Paris Fashion
and Textiles Museum. Includes entrance to the Fashion and Textiles Museum. Remainder of day
free for shopping/exploring etc.
Paris Overnight Duminy Vendome (B)
Mon 23 APRIL PARIS
Day 13 Continental buffet breakfast served in the hotel. Full-day sightseeing in Paris using Paris Pass. Use
of 6-day Paris Pass. Tickets aboard the Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour. Includes entrance to the top of
the Arc de Triomphe for a panoramic view of Paris. Afternoon visit to Notre Dame including
entrance to the Towers of Notre Dame. Remainder of the day free for shopping/exploring etc.
Paris Overnight Duminy Vendome (B)
Tue 24 APRIL PARIS / ROUEN
Day 14 Continental buffet breakfast served in the hotel. After checking out we meet our guide and travel to
Giverny. 77 kms / 1.20 hrs. Includes entrance to Monet's House and Gardens. We then travel to
Jumieges. 84 kms /1.20 hrs. Visit to the Jumieges Abbey and includes entrance fee. Continue onto
to Rouen 27 kms /0.30 hrs to meet our local guide for a half day walking tour. View the main sights
of the city.
Rouen Overnight Mercure Rouen Champ de Mars (B)
Wed 25 APRIL ROUEN / BAYEUX
Day 15 Continental buffet breakfast served in the hotel. After checking out we meet our guide and travel to
Caen. 126 kms / 2.00 hrs. On arrival we meet our local guide for full-day Landing Beaches tour and
view the main sights of the city. Next we travel to Bayeux. 30 kms / 0.30 hrs. Tour of the Landing
Beaches and see the Bayeux Tapestry. Continue onto Arromanches. 9 kms / 0.10 hrs. to view the
landing beach at Arromanches including the Mulberry harbour blocks. Onwards to Longues-sur-Mer.
6 kms / 0.10 hrs. to view the German Gun Battery before proceeding to Colleville-sur-Mer. 12 kms /
0.15 hrs to see the American Cemetery. We then complete our tour with our trip to Bayeux. 22
kms / 0.20 hrs. for our overnight accommodation.
Bayeux Overnight Novotel Bayeux (B)
Thu 26 APRIL BAYEUX / TOURS
Day 16 Continental buffet breakfast served in the hotel. After checking out we meet our guide and travel to
Mont St. Michel. 115 kms / 1.30 hrs. Includes entrance to Mont St. Michel site and abbey. After the
tour we continue onto Tours. 280 kms / 4.00 hrs. for our accommodation.
Tours Overnight Mercure Tours Centre (B)
Fri 27 APRIL TOURS
Day 17 Continental buffet breakfast served in the hotel. Full day touring the chateaux of the area. Tours to
Blois. 65 kms / 1.00 hrs to see the Chateau de Blois. Includes entrance to the Chateau de Blois.
Next to Chambord 16 kms / 0.15 hrs. Includes entrance to the Chateau de Chambord. We then
continue to d to Chenonceau 60 kms / 1.00 hrs. Includes entrance to the Chateau de Chenonceau.
Return back to our hotel. 45 kms / 0.45 hrs. Tonight we enjoy a gourmet dinner at a quant rural
and rustic French restaurant just outside of town.
Tours Overnight Mercure Tours Centre (B/D)
Sat 28 APRIL TOURS / PARIS / MELBOURNE
Day 18 Continental buffet breakfast served in the hotel. After checking out we will be transferred to Paris
CDG airport to board our Emirates Airlines flight to Melbourne. 262 kms / 4.00 hrs. (B)
Sun 29 APRIL IN TRANSIT
Day 19
Mon 30 APRIL ARRIVE MELBOURNE

There is a land fare only available for those not in Australia. Again if you are interested please contact me and I will send you the full details



16 comments:

ann vanherle said...

De kleuren passen echt wel bij wat ik me kan voorstellen over Australie.Ik vind het prachtig.Je reis naar Frankrijk ziet er veel belovend uit.

Karen said...

Oh what an absolutely beautiful blanket, i really love the stitching and looking forward to seeing it finish. It is Gorgeous :)
cheers karen xo

super hot milfs said...

very good post! need to say you did a great job and i really appreciate it!

Annette said...

Love the colours on this blanket, am still busyily stitching away on my white one..
hugs

Shirley Goodwin said...

This is gorgeous, Dijanne!

Emmy said...

so beautiful

MulticoloredPieces said...

Hi, Dijanne. I do just love looking at your Traveler's Blankets--the stitching and colors and designs are so beautiful. Also found your khadi book stitching quite intriguing.
best, nadia

Dijanne Cevaal said...

Thanks everyone- stitching is progressing, but today I have to go out to my brothers farm and cook for shearers.

Jeann of Melton said...

That looks great, Dijanne!I can see the story. And it so different to your others. It is fabulous and inspiring to see how you can take one idea and give it so many personalities.
My blanket has come to a standstill with the warmer weather.

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Donyale said...

I'm so pleased I stumbled on your blog via a Slow Cloth link.....I have been working away this weekend on my Travellers Blanket (blogging about it on my blog if you want to follow my progress.)

Thanks for sharing a lovely thought process.

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This class explores hand stitching and creating fragments of memory. It is inspired by the idea of the silk road and the great travellers ,like Marco Polo who travelled the road in order to source silk, eastern spices and other treasure

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