Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | November 8, 2013

The William Johnston Collection

Last December my daughters and myself had been invited to create items for the Johnston Collection Christmas Tales exhibition which began on the 7th November.
Tours of works, created by the Mornington Peninsula Artists, Guilds, and our family group  will continue to the 28th February 2014.

William Johnston was a collector of fine arts and beautiful objects and traveled around the world for items which appealed to him.  Our work is focused upon his travels through Northern Africa, Egypt and India.

The room selected for us was the Green Room.

The link has a slide show of the room decorated by previous groups. There are further links under the Header for more information about William Johnston and his collection.

We were asked to take inspiration from items in the collection, using any medium.

DD1 designed a panel from various  watercolors  of carriages, bearers, dancers etc., Some of us embroidered figures which were added to cushions and a long bolster.

Christmas Tales flyerOur work was a team effort.

DD 1 and 3 created porcelain angels, Magi and hand made lamp-work beads. DD2 worked her magic for putting together creatively, anything needing to be completed with her sewing machine.

For the Christmas tree we made Tassels, Beaded decorations, paper-clay pipes, boots, postcards, dough snowflakes and wet-felted and embellished Christmas baubles.

Anyone who visits a Johnston exhibition would never be disappointed.  There are several exhibitions each year.

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The finished bolster.  Mostly stitched with a single DMC or similar thread.

Close up .


Some of our Christmas decorations

Paper clay pipes

Beaded decorations.  This is the reverse side.  Our hand made lampwork beads were strung to hold the decorations.

The decorations were made on a loom and approximately 5,000 beads were needed for each.

Various fronts of the decorations.

Gold painted Dough decorations

Hand made stamps inspired from items in the Johnston Collection.  The stamps were impressed into the dough.

And postcards from India, Egypt and Japan.Postcard group

The large postcard is of William Johnston in his garden.



  1. Incredible! You did so much work this year – and only devoted one post to the results. Tut, tut! I would have loved to have seen process photos and work in progress – but I’m sure that wasn’t allowed…. Oh, well, you can get on with other projects now. Perhaps you will be inspired from so much concentration on these designs from the other side of the globe. I especially love the woven bead designs and the stitched designs on the bolster are divine as well. Great work! Thanks for finally sharing all these delights.

  2. Thanks Diane for the compliments. You are correct that I can’t blog too much, when I would love to share.

  3. Maureen, you and the girls are ao such incredible artisans in each of your chosen fields as I looked at the different photos my admiration of you and girls continued to grow, like Diane I so wish you had been able to show more, but realise the restrictions placed upon you all. Maureen your exhibits are absolutely beautiful. How long will this exibition remain open. What happens to your exhibits after this opening finishes???

    • Thanks Belinda, I’ll pass along your compliments… the dates for the exhibition are listed at the top.

  4. Maureen, what a lot of wonderful things you and your DD’s have made, you are all so clever and they are absolutely gorgeous. I’m going to have a look at the web link now the Johnston collection. 🙂

    • Thank you Barbara.

  5. how beautiful your work is, and how talented you all are! it is really an inspiration to me . maureen, wish i was as talented as you!

    • Thank you Ktj.

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