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The Blog is Back! April 2020
Due to time and volunteer pressures, our Blog has been idle for quite a while. However, while in the current circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 virus we are unable to meet in person, we have decided to share some of our members’ recent work here.
Show and Tell 25 May 2020
It’s a little quiet on the members’ photo front this week, although I’m sure that there is plenty of craft work of all kinds going on. Sarah K’s comment prompts me to remember how great it is when the picture starts to “appear” when doing counted cross stitch.
However I have heard on the grapevine that some members are still contemplating what to do about this year’s “Members’ Challenge” project, and I confess I’m one – will my idea work out? Who knows, but I’m pressing on.
Show and Tell 18 May 2020
Show and Tell 11 May 2020
Members are continuing to keep busy, and here is some of their latest work.
See the captions for details. I’m particularly enjoying members’ comments about their work, and Anne D, I’m with you on both the trials of beading, and the “need” for online shopping!
Show and Tell 4 May 2020
We don’t usually have general meetings on an ACT Public Holiday (last Monday for ANZAC Day), however this week, Show and Tell is back. Lesley F is making progress on her piece, and Tracey K has a great sense of satisfaction in having finished some things.
Show and Tell 20 April 2020
Here are some more creations, old and new, from members. And you can’t stop members from finding a way to share knowledge. Sarah K says: “Now I am off to spend the day video conferencing with my 25 year old niece who wanted to learn how to embroider. She was going to come down from Sydney for a visit, but we have had to find a different way. I sent her a package of goodies and we are starting on a canvas work bookmark today. It will be interesting to teach via video conference, but I am sure we will work it out somehow.”
Julie’s mystery project
Members will know that Julie K is just brimming with creativity, and we never know what she will come up with next. Sometimes Julie likes to tease her friends with something crafty, and recently she had a little “competition” asking for guesses as to what her latest project was going to turn out to be.
Here are her comments, complete with some “fun facts”!:
OK so this is ‘Lady Covid Bug’. She certainly is a crowning glory bug. You can see she is not tiny, the 50c piece gives her scale.
Fun Facts: There are over 5,000 species globally An adult can live from 1 to 3 years Main predators are frogs, wasps and spiders They have 6 short legs They have a top speed 24km/h They secrete an oily, yukky, yellow fluid from joints in their legs. Diet – mostly carnivores In its lifespan a single ladybird can gobble up more than 5,000 aphids The most common ladybird has seven spots Maximum length 1cm Some people may be allergic to their bites and may develop a rash In many cultures they are considered GOOD LUCK (you got it)
Show and Tell – 13 April 2020
Feedback from members indicates that many of us have decided to continue our regular Monday Guild meeting embroidery. Liz C has said “The first Monday in “lockdown” I pretended to go to the Embroiderer’s Guild. Got my bag, said Goodbye to my husband and headed out one door and in another. Of course we started with a cuppa!” So members, settle down with your beverage, keep on stitching your Monday projects, and don’t forget to send in some photos (works in progress, as well as finished items are welcome) – our member newsletter told you how and where to send them.
A very quick catch up to let you know the Guild has had the most wonderful news – we’ve been selected to embroider the wool blanket that’s part of the gift from the Australian Government to the new baby Princess Charlotte of Cambridge!!! Woo ho0 we’re all over the moon!
Sorry for the break in posts but we’re in transition to a new arrangement at the moment. I’ve been writing the Guild’s blog for the last 18 months or so and it’s time to hand over to someone else – in this case to one of the Guild’s very talented members Gail Haidon.
Doing this requires a lot of training in WordPress, prepping images for the web etc for Gail but she’s just about ready to get going with her take on the blog. Gail’s going to do the next post and then I’ll do a final one before handing over completely to her.
I’ve had a blast doing the blog and it’s inspired me to start my own writing about my stitchy and other adventures. You can find my blog at stitchrobin.com – hope to see you all there!
Today I’m going to share a wonderful piece from the Guild’s Collection. It’s a bag decorated with a Jacobean embroidery design. It was stitched by one of our most accomplished members Margaret Thompson.
It’s a lovely object and without further ado here’s the eye candy:
Where has the last week gone??!! I can’t believe it’s over a week since the previous post.
In this post we’re going to feature an exquisite Canvaswork piece called Reflections of Silk stitched by Kay Reid. It’s a French sampler by Stella Sampler. Here it is:
Stewart Bath was clearly intrigued by this lovely piece because he’s photographed close-ups of every motif. I’m going to show a selection only in this post as there are 31 motifs and to include them all would make this an ultra marathon post! The whole collection is on the Canvaswork Gallery here.
Now here’s the selection of motifs:
Awesome use of colour, pattern and geometry don’t you think?
It’s a while since we’ve shared some Hardanger so here’s an elegant table runner stitched by Meryl Fellows.
Meryl’s very talented on a whole range of embroidery techniques and it’s awesome to watch her working on a Hardanger piece – she’s just so fast! We have to be very quick to get photos because her work is usually a gift for someone in her family and needs to be posted somewhere! It’s also so cool watching her with the Young Stitchers……
On 8 February the Young Stitchers had their first meeting of the year and we’re going to share what they’ve been up to.
There was all the same stitchy energy, chat and enthusiasm. It was great to see the progress being made. The older participants are now tackling more challenging embroidery patterns and some are collecting serious gear……..what’s not to love about the sewing baskets??!
In this post we’re going to share a rug made by one of the delightful members of our guild Glenda Hudson. It has a really cool story.
Glenda made this rug for her son Matthew and it’s a combination of knitting and embroidery. The squares are joined by crochet while the backing is joined with a blanket stitch edging and held with ties. Some of the squares come from a pattern book put out by the Ku-ring-gai branch of the Knitters Guild NSW and the too cute buttons from Nikki Tervo Designs.
In her artist’s statement Glenda says:
My son Matthew has a great love of the Australian bush and its flora, fauna & birdlife. He works for Parks Australia as an environmental scientist. I made this rug to represent various aspects of his life.
Here’s the rug which is full of vivid Australian icons
and here are the individual blocks. This first block show Matthew’s love of his pets and cricket. His dog Cherie was a very good fielder of the ball.
This next one has a cute koala
and this map of Australia shows the parks that he’s worked in. Glenda’s included a funnel web spider because her son had a close encounter with one.
Look at this awesome block of Uluru
and these next lovely blocks of Australian nature
The windmill on this square really evokes the outback
Some more fantastic Aussie designs
and a special tribute to Mathew’s beloved footy club St George/Illawarra