Well Crafted Threats with Tamara Maynes – Drop The Ball Wonder Woman

by Jenny Butler
Wednesday 18th May 2011

Of all of the ‘Well Craft Threats’ that Tamara has brought us so far – this one speaks to me the loudest! Remember to leave a comment before 10.00pm to be in the draw to win a Well Crafted Threats Cross Stitch Starter Kit!  Thanks Tamara! – Jenny x

Recently I had reason to conclude that I am not Wonder Woman. Each morning I thought I had been dressing myself in a red and gold bustier, fabulous star encrusted bikini bottoms and red knee high boots. Turns out it was merely my old jeans and a tshirt! It was also at this point that SK, my #1 main squeeze threatened me to DROP THE BALL!

With this new threat now pinned to my wall I pondered it by listing all my projects – of which there were far too many. When was I planning to sleep or eat? As I entertained the idea of rest and nourishment the consequences of this threat weighed heavily and I found myself dropping the ball… forever ending my superhero delusions!

A big ask but this warning has stuck… so far!  Stitch your very own threat using a Crafted Threats Starter Kit from The Six Week Boutique.

One project on my list considered un-droppable was the four workshops I recently ran for the Powerhouse Museum’s inaugural Craft Punk weekend. My now unfettered self enjoyed focusing wholeheartedly on teaching eighty eager participants how to embroider words onto vintage doilies.

If you would like to experience my new-found calm at future workshops subscribe to my workshop mail out. I have some regular beauties coming as part of Megan Morton’s cool new venture The School and a spin-off series associated with an exciting project I am working on with Inside Out Magazine. I will be the one not wearing red knee high boots!

* UPDATE – thank you for all your entries!  Congratulations to comment #5 – Kathleen!  Don’t forget, Tamara is giving away a kit each day so you still have 2 more chances to win! Thanks again Tamara!

A work in progress, transferring artwork to doily on a lightbox at Craft Punk.

My Craft Punk workshops at the Powerhouse Museum consisted of amazing vintage doilies, archival Letraset fonts and the imaginative words of each participant. Subscribe to my workshop mail out for future dates!

Participants hone their skills gathered around huge tables strewn with materials.

Jane Latief and co who run the contemporary programs at the Powerhouse Museum sourced an amazing collection of over eighty vintage doilies for participants to stitch onto.

Tamara x

by Jenny Butler
Wednesday 18th May 2011


  • di 5 years ago

    so hoping that tomorrow’s will read – ‘AT YOUR OWN PERIL’… di

  • handmaderomance 5 years ago

    lovin’ these threats! the workshops look and sound wonderful too. so glad you wont be dropping these : )

  • Niccola 5 years ago

    All our assembled “Wonder women” at work just gushed over today’s cross stitch! This has to be one of the wisest sentiments ever expressed!

  • Katie 5 years ago

    Cross stitch – how delicious!

  • Kathleen 5 years ago

    All the pretty colours in those doilies – INSPIRED!

  • Agnes 5 years ago

    oh wow these are gorgeous :) yay for the comeback of cross-stitch!

  • Angela 5 years ago

    what ball … ?

  • Penelope 5 years ago

    Love it!

  • Amanda 5 years ago

    If at first you don’t succeed…

  • Dyani 5 years ago

    Haha, I love this threat, it’s perfect. My man would happily stitch it onto my forehead, and I would happily pin it to my mother’s! ;)

  • Mary 5 years ago

    Love the cross stitch and the threat.

  • meg 5 years ago

    Tamara,totally love the idea of stiching my own threat – mine would probably read and please pardon my reference to bad language – Bugger “Should” – because I always feel I “should” be doing something. I saw this embroidered at a market once and always regretted not purchasing it at the time so maybe it is time to get embroidering and make my own!

  • Frances 5 years ago

    what a ripper! i think i will show my mum this! like all mums, she’s one of those wonder women. sometimes she does need to drop the ball and do something for herself. perhaps this will give her the incentive…

  • Bev 5 years ago

    Today’s cross stitch is great. Love the idea of my own threat.

  • Lauren Seeman 5 years ago

    Love it and your workshop sounds amazing!

  • megan 5 years ago

    oh TM you are a wonder super star! i cant wait for you to spread your loveliness over at The School.com.au
    loving the blog, loving the punk work in progress. loving you. mmx

  • Nichola 5 years ago

    Inspired to do some more embroidery!

  • Laura 5 years ago

    The doilies are great – craft with a twist – I really want to get a light box now….Thanks for sharing your creativity

  • Lorraine 5 years ago

    I loved the PHM session…

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