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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.

Robyn D has been diving into her stash and found this lovely lavender bag that hadn’t been made up, so she finished it up ready for the gift shop.

Sarah K: “I have finished making up my challenge piece and am making good progress on my cross stitch, so I am feeling quite self satisfied at the moment. Progress picture on the cross stitch is attached. At last I have started the horse!
I have just spent another afternoon with my niece on video doing some surface stitching this time. We are really getting into the swing of it now! I think that she has already decided that she prefers the canvas work. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.”

Show and Tell 18 May 2020

Jan H has once again been busy producing Pippa the Pygmy Hippopotamus. (Gotta love those ankles!)
An original design.

From Gloria S, here are some of the cards she has been cross stitching. Gloria says she really enjoys seeing what others are making.

From Sarah K: “My niece finished her very first embroidery, a canvas work bookmark that I showed her how to make over video conferencing. A very good first effort and hopefully I have helped her find a new interest.”


Sarah K: “[Spool hoops] are available at Fox Collection and on ebay and I now couldn’t imagine stitching with a hoop without them.”

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!

The final projects looking lovely in Agnes’s hallway

Anne D has completed ‘Daisy Meadow’ which is the final project she did in Jenny Adin-Christie’s whitework class during a tour of the UK
Anne D has also finished ‘Paisley Garden’ from Simplee Designs, which is a UFO finally completed after putting off the beading for quite a while. From Anne: “I did not enjoy the beading and am now over beading for life. Chasing tiny beads around a container, putting them onto a needle and trying desperately to get them to look right on the fabric is not my scene.
I have just about finished the preparation for the Trapunto kit from Annie London that I bought from the Great Australian Craft Show on line a few weeks ago. I definitely didn’t need it but what has need got to do with anything.”

Genevieve T says “The Fox is entirely appropriate for the year I think! It is a pattern from Spruce Craft Co” https://www.sprucecraftco.com/collections/unique-cross-stitch-patterns/products/foxy-pair

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.


Tracey K has a contribution for the Guild gift shop

Tracey K says that this Sashiko panel was a birthday present and was a pleasure to stitch – Dragonflies and irises by HM textiles. Stitched with DMC perle 8 – 92.

Tracey K says that this last one is a piece of sashiko that her mum started and she finished and made it into a purse for her mum’s birthday. The pattern in Shippo tsunagi stitched in Olympus thread Variegated Blue – color #72

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.”

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Monica A says:
This is a piece I did soon after I joined the guild, so probably between 1996 and 1998. The guild had a scented sachet challenge as part of the Christmas party and I decided to make a eucalyptus scented sachet. It’s made entirely out of hand-painted silk. I had painted the silk and made the leaves, and the wonderful Margaret Roberts, who convened the creative group at that time, suggested I add the flowers – and showed me how to do them. The flowers really lifted the piece.

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Agnes S describes her work:
Well it’s an original and it’s on organza. It is 3D and I made up the picture using photos from internet.

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Diana C has been able to finish her stunning Black Cockatoo.

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Gail H says:
My counted cross stitch band is now ready to attach to a hand towel, for the Guild gift shop. The design is from a DMC Creative World booklet – Ideas for Embroidery.

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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.

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Sarah K says:
I have actually started putting needle and thread together on my creative challenge piece, and it is starting to come together. Also it gave me a chance to get out my Kumihimo Disk and make some cord to use on it. Lots of fun and very meditative once I got into the flow. I am also trying to spend my Mondays doing the embroidery that I would usually take the guild. As my travelling piece, it wouldn’t otherwise get much done on it at the moment. It is a design by Paula Dengel which was included in one of the Nordic Needle annual competitions.

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Meryl F has been enjoying the company of her regular visiting magpies. She doesn’t have anything ready to show this week, but says:
Have my head in my current embroidery piece……trying to remember the method for lacy wrap…..almost about to stamp my feet!!!!! Does that sound crazy enough?

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Lesley J has finished her “travelling sampler”, that went with her on a tour of Europe (mentioned in a previous Monday Facebook post), and is now wondering what to do with it!

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Lesley J hopes that there will be many more angels like this. The pattern is from Burda Hardanger E862

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Lesley J has been busy! This dogwood, from Candamar Design, is waiting to be washed and blocked. This pattern came from the Guild recycle table.

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Gail H was working on a counted cross stitch, eventually to go onto a hand towel for the Guild gift shop. She said:
I remembered that the pedal thingy was in the garage, so now I can multitask!

Show and Tell – 6 April 2020

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Jillian B is obviously getting an early start for Christmas, and has sent in this photo of her craft table

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Our member Loic J has recently been studying Chinese embroidery in Adelaide with Margaret Lee. Here is what he is currently working on while back home in Canberra. He says it’s not finished yet(!), and adds: I’m pretty happy with myself, the second layer of the fur cat face is done and can go back to the fur body. I have some colour arrangements to do with the white but will do that during the 3rd layer.

#australia #canberra #embroideryisart #embroidery #handmadeembroidery #handembroidery #chineseembroidery #chinese #cat #threadpainting #silk #peinturealaiguille #broderiedart #broderiechinoise #broderie #broderiemain #chat #soie

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Baby Blanket for Princess Charlotte

Hi everyone

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!

You can read more about it here on the ABC site.

Carmen

A Head’s Up on What’s Happening Here

Hi everyone

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!

Carmen

Jacobean Jewel

Hi everyone

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:

Jacobean Bag by Margaret Thompson

Detail 1 of Jacobean Bag by Margaret Thompson

Detail 2 of Jacobean Bag by Margaret Thompson

Detail 3-Jacobean-Embroidery-on-bag-in-Collection-150x150

Enjoy!

Carmen

Kay’s Exquisite ‘Reflections of Silk’

Hi everyone

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:

Reflections of Silk stitched by Kay Reid

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:

Detail 2 of Reflections of Silk by Kay Reid

Detail 3 from Reflections of Silk stitched by Kay Reid

Detail 4 of Reflections of Silk stitched by Kay Reid

Detail 18 of Reflections of Silk stitched by Kay Reid

Detail 20 of Reflections of Silk stitched by Kay Reid

Detail 22 of Reflections of Silk stitched by Kay Reid

Detail 23 of Reflections of Silk stitched by Kay Reid

Detail 26 of Reflections of Silk stitched by Kay Reid

Awesome use of colour, pattern and geometry don’t you think?

Enjoy!

Carmen

Meryl’s Exquisite Hardanger Runner

Hi everyone

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……

Now to the eye candy….

Hardanger Table Runner stitched by Meryl Fellows

Detail 1 of Hardanger Table Runner stitched by Meryl Fellows

Detail 2 of Hardanger Table Runner stitched by Meryl Fellows

Detail 3 of Hardanger Table Runner stitched by Meryl Fellows

Detail 4 of Hardanger Table Runner stitched by Meryl Fellows

Detail 5 of Hardanger Table Runner stitched by Meryl Fellows

Enjoy!

Carmen

Diana’s Story Box

Hi again

As promised here’s the second box stitched by Diana Churchill. It’s quite a large box and covered in delightful detail.

Here’s the first side…

Side 1 of Large Embroidered Box stitched by Diana Churchill

and again from a different angle….

Detail 1 of Side 1 of Large Embroidered Box stitched by Diana Churchill

Now to side 2……

Side 2 of Large Embroidered Box sticthed by Diana Churchill

Side 3….

Side 3 of Large Embroidered Box stitched by Diana Churchill

and side 4

Side 4 of Large Embroidered Box stitched by Diana Churchill

And for those of you who love to look close up at the stitching and motifs here are some cute details…..

Detail 1 of Large Embroidered Box stitched by Diana Churchill

Detail 2 of Large Embroidered Box  stitched by Diana Churchill

Detail 3 of Large Embroidered Box stitched by Diana Churchill

Detail 4 of Large Embroidered Box stitched by Diana Churchill

and last but not least here’s the lid…

Lid of Large Embroidered Box stitched by Diana Churchill

Doesn’t it just make you smile and want to be a little kid again??!

Thank you Diana for sharing your awesome boxes and also Stewart (Bath) for the great photos.

Enjoy!

Carmen

Diana’s Flower Box

Hi everyone

This is a quick post to show you a small elegant box beautifully embroidered by Diana Churchill.

It’s also a taster for a larger and more elaborate box stitched by Diana that I’m going to show you in the next post.

Here’s the eye candy…

Small Box with Flowers stitched by Diana Churchill

Detail 1 of Small Box with flowers stitched by Diana Churchill

Detail 2 of Small Box with Flowers by Diana Churchill

Detail 3 of Small Box with Flowers stitched by Diana Churchill

Detail 4 of Small Box with Flowers stitched by Diana Churchill

Don’t you just love the palette of variegated colours that Diana’s used? I do!

Take care

Carmen

Weekend Wonderfuls 9

Hi everyone

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??!

Here’s the eye candy….

Lara’s Rowandean kit called Rutland Water

Lara Rowandean Kit 1 Feb 2015

Lara Rowandean Kit 3 Feb 2015

Lara Rowandean Kit 2 Feb 2015

Ella’s Project that includes smocking

Ella Stitching 3 Feb 2015

Ellas Stitching 1 Feb 2015

Ella Stitching 2 Feb 2015

Sophie’s Longstitch project

Sophie Longstitch Feb 2015Georgia’s Owl

Georgias Owl 1 Feb 2015

Georgias Owl 2 Feb 2015

Claire’s embroidery

Claire Stitching Feb 2015

Koki starting her new piece

Koki Stitching Feb 2015

Madeline’s Crazy Cat

Madelines Crazy Cat Feb 2015

Angela’s Crazy Cat

Angelas Crazy Cat Feb 2015

Kimberley’s heart

Kimberleys Heart Feb 2015

Ella’s Owl

Ella Owl Feb 2015

Zara’s Bird

Zara Bird Feb 2015

Elanor’s Panda

Elanor Panda Feb 2015

Elanor Panda 2 Feb 2015Emma’s penguin

Emma Penguin Feb 2015

Cecilia’s projects

Cecilias racoon Feb 2015

Cecilias Stitching Feb 2015

Isn’t it all A-W-E-S-O-M-E?

Enjoy!

Carmen

Pat’s Solvy Landscape

Hi everyone

Today we’re going to share a landscape that Pat Bootland stitched on Solvy water soluble backing. This is the so cool embroidery that emerged when she dissolved the Solvy.

Trees in Landscape by Pat Bootland

Detail 1 of Trees in Landscape by Pat Bootland

I love to watch Pat as she works on these dense, free form areas of stitch such as the tree canopy and the undergrowth. It’s random purposefulness!

Here are some close-ups…..

Detail 2 of Trees in Landscape by Pat Bootland

Detail 3 of Trees in Landscape by Pat Bootland

Detail 4 of Trees in Landscape by Pat Bootland

 

Enjoy!

Carmen

Matthew’s Rug

Hi everyone

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

Matthews Rug by Glenda Hudsonand 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.

Detail 1 of Matthews Rug by Glenda Hudson

This next one has a cute koala

Detail 2 of Matthews Rug by Glenda Hudsonand 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.

Detail 3 of Matthews Rug by Glenda HudsonLook at this awesome block of Uluru

Detail 4 of Matthews Rug by Glenda Hudson

and these next lovely blocks of Australian nature

Detail 5 of Matthews Rug by Glenda Hudson

Detail 6 of Matthews Rug by Glenda Hudson

Detail 7 of Matthews Rug by Glenda Hudson

Detail 8 of Matthews Rug by Glenda Hudson

Detail 9 of Matthews Rug by Glenda Hudson

Detail 10 of Matthews Rug by Glenda Hudson

The windmill on this square really evokes the outback

Detail 11 of Matthews Rug by Glenda HudsonSome more fantastic Aussie designs

Detail 12 of Matthews Rug by Glenda Hudson

Detail 13 of Matthews Rug by Glenda Hudson

Detail 14 of Matthews Rug by Glenda Hudson

Detail 15 of Matthews Rug by Glenda Hudson

Detail 16 of Matthews Rug by Glenda Hudson

Detail 17 of Matthews Rug by Glenda Hudson

Detail 18 of Matthews Rug by Glenda Hudsonand a special tribute to Mathew’s beloved footy club St George/Illawarra

Detail 19 of Matthews Rug by Glenda Hudson

Isn’t it wonderful – it just makes me smile!

Hope you enjoy it too!

Carmen