Thursday, July 4, 2013

A day in the city..

Yesterday I had the opportunity to spend the whole day in the city. Surprisingly, I found some unexpected stitching moments.

My first stop was the National Gallery of Victoria  to see one of their current exhibitions; Monet's Garden from The Musee Marmottan Monet, Paris.

This wall image was at the end of the exhibition and signed for taking photos to share.

Before entering the exhibition I took a couple more photos.

This shallow pond is near the entrance to the building. Porcelain bowls move with currents in the water and as they move against each other the "clinking" sounds they create vary with the sizes of the bowls. Although it is quite random, the sounds are mesmerising and relaxing. A little about the artist and her installation can be found here.

There were lots of pots of phalaenopsis orchids near the entrance to the exhibition. That column in the background is actually covered with wallpaper!

At Australia on Collins I found yarn bombing!!

The Block Arcade is further along Collins st.

More phalaenopsis orchids and some of the intricate mosiac floor tiles.

On a quilty note the designs in the Block Arcade inspired a beautiful quilt by Michele Hill. (image here in Michele's profile...the 2nd quilt, "My Walk in Melbourne")

Not only are the floors beautifully decorated, but these images are of the ceiling in one of the shops.

This beautiful mural was commisioned in 1907 by the Singer Sewing Company! There is some more great information (and much better photos) about this ceiling here. (since that post was written Chelsea has moved and the shop is now occupied by Crabtree and Evelyn)

Lastly, a little visit to L'uccello to recitfy my lack of spots and stripes in my stash!

My next post will have lots of stitching! :)  Back soon!!


  1. What a beautiful way to spend the day. Thanks for sharing your pics and your yummy fabrics.

  2. Sounds like a fun excursion! Those ceilings are fantastic--thanks for sharing!

  3. I thought how funny that looks very French, what's it doing in Australia.
    Mystery solved , thank you for a lovely tour of the city , it's alway nice to see other places in the world.
    Nice spots!!!!

  4. isn't it fun to find yarn bomb?
    I love those polka dots.
    what a fun day in the city!
    thanks for sharing it with us

  5. Very nice post Miriam. I can just imagine the lovely sound of the porcelain clinking. I think I saw someone putting that yarn on the railing in a blog post! Fun day and I too like your fabrics.

  6. An enjoyable day and something that I should make the time to do sometime soon.

  7. L'uccello? Wednesday? I wonder if we brushed past each other?

  8. I love the idea of the porcelain musical pond. I bet it sounded beautiful.