Winter Colours

We needed to go to Invercargill this afternoon so I could return some library books. Cold, grey, wet day. We didn’t have anything else planned so I suggested to Nigel we visit a homeware / home furnishings shop to check what they stock. The best thing about the visit was being confronted with lots of bright colours …

Invercargill, Southland, New Zealand

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I’m showing these in the opposite order to that which I saw them (these rolls of plastic tablecover were the last things photographed).


Coloured buttercream icing and ‘edible color spray’ πŸ˜€


Embroidery cottons


Quilting fabrics (2 photos)



Sewing thread


Nigel called me over to see the zips


My colour-joy had initially started when I saw these ribbons (2 photos)



–photos taken at Spotlight, Invercargill

Text and photos by Liz; Exploring Colour (2020)

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    1. Thank you Francesca! I’m currently working on a ‘Yellow’ post as I have time, the plan is to publish today or tomorrow. It’ll have photos and poems and lots of yellow, I hope you get to see it πŸ™‚

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  1. Just what you need to bring you joy on a winter day! I feel as if I could happily dive into the wonderful colours of the quilting fabrics. πŸ™‚

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    1. I love big displays of quilting fabrics! Dunedin *used* to have a craft shop with a wonderful display of such materials all arranged neatly like books in carefully colour-sorted arrays. They sourced beautiful and fun designs that were amazing to browse through. I think the shop had been there for years but soon after the mall changed and shops closed. Just my luck!

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      1. There’s a lovely little shop that sells quilting fabrics and yarn in the village just a couple of miles away…it can be dangerous to go in there! (We actually have a little textile group based in that village, started by a couple of friends and myself. We were about to celebrate the group’s 10th birthday when Covid struck – we’ll have our party eventually!)

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  2. Now here’s a real rollicking rainbow of relief from the dismal doldrums of dim, dreary, drizzly days! I’d like to commission a small cross-stitch of a black cat nestled among flowers made with the 2nd row down, 10th from left; 3rd row down, 5th from right; and 2nd row up, 3rd from right, please.

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      1. A little over 3 years since I started my blog and I’m still hooked on exploring colour.. there’s always more to be found and more to learn πŸ™‚


  3. Wow. What a veritable rainbow of bright colors in that store, Liz. I know all too well how dull and desaturated the world becomes during the winter and a burst of color often helps to lift the spirits. This may sound like a random question, but do you know if the embroidery cotton that you showed is the DMC brand? It is perhaps a story for another time, but I used to do a lot of counted cross-stitch at a certain time in my life and the packaging of what we call “embroidery floss” in your photo looks very similar to the DMC brand that I always preferred. Do you do any kind of embroidery work, Liz?

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    1. I did a tiny amount of embroidery a very long time ago but it’s the colours of the threads that fascinates me most rather than the handwork! I have a very beautiful example worked by a friend and given to me of a NZ iconic cartoon dog – it’s in my hallway and I might photo that some time and put it up for you to see Mike. I nearly checked the brand and resisted the urge – should’ve gone with my gut feeling. I’ll look at their website and get back to you if I find an answer. The photo is just a cellphone pic and doesn’t hold the detail necessary to read a brand. I’m fascinated to learn that you did counted cross-stitch, thanks for sharing!


      1. I did a quick count and I think that I have nine framed cross-stitch pieces hanging on my walls. I might be a little tricky photographing them because they are under glass, but it might be fun to do a little posting sometime about cross-stitch. Two show tigers and one has giraffes, so there is a tenuous connection to wildlife. πŸ™‚

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        1. Love the wildlife connection! It’d be amazing to see photos of your work Mike and for me personally it would be a wonderful distraction from the grey winter that’s suddenly descended with a vengeance!


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