Gallery Updates

There have been a few updates to the Members Galleries, and here is just a small taste.

Glenda Hudson has shared a quilt she made.  In her own words:

“I made this quilt in memory of my mother.  Some of the threads were from her workbox.  Quite without thought, I finished it on her birthday.”

Quilt by Glenda Hudson

Quilt by Glenda Hudson

 

 

Thanks, Glenda.  I’m sure many of us sometimes like to incorporate both tangible items and memories of loved ones into our work.

 

 

 

 

Pat Bootland has stitched this lovely piece:

Girl with doves by Pat Bootland

Girl with doves by Pat Bootland

And another postcard from our 2014 Exhibition Challenge, “Stitching Love and Hope”, inspired by WW1 silk postcards, and created by Carmen Zanetti.

2014 Creative Challenge postcard by Carmen Zanetti

2014 Creative Challenge postcard by Carmen Zanetti

 

This was entitled “Lark Ascending”, and Carmen tells us it was inspired by her grandfather, Narciso Zanetti, who was an artillery officer in WW1.  He used to speak about hearing the skylarks singing during the lulls in the fighting and the hope they gave him.

 

 

 

 

For details of new additions, see the updated galleries here, and enjoy!

Quilts @ Wallhangings

Crewel and Surface Stitchery

Dolls and Softies

Challenges

 

Gail

Aussie Postcards


Hi everyone

In this post we’re going to share some more postcards from the 2014 Creative Challenge to re-interpret WW1 silk postcards. These all have an Australian theme which makes them very special.

The first one is by Jenny Clayton and features wonderful kangaroos made from bullion knots. It’s called Lest We Forget:

2014 Creative Challenge Postcard 2 by Jenny Clayton

Detail 1 of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard 2 by Jenny Clayton

Detail 2 of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard 2 by Jenny Clayton

The next two are by Gail Haidon and feature Australian flora. The first has the poignant title of Mother Dear and is a beautiful study of eucalyptus flowers:

2014 Creative Challenge Postcard 2 by Gail Haidon

Detail 1 of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard 2 by Gail Haidon

The second is Birthday Wishes and showcases the lovely Kangaroo Paw;

2014 Creative Challenge Postcard 3 by Gail Haidon

Detail 1 of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard 3 by Gail Haidon

Detail 2 of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard 3 by Gail Haidon

Here are Gail’s notes for the background to these two postcards:

Inspired by watercolours painted by WA artist Rosetta Kelly (1864-1963) in memory of her son, Cyril, and the final card that he sent home, written on his 20th birthday.

And the next awesome postcard by Jan Hure also explores the themes of peace, hope and reunion through eucalyptus flowers. It’s called We’ll Meet Again:

2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Jan Hure

Detail 1 of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Jan Hure

Detail 2 of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Jan Hure

Jan describes her starting point for this design as follows:

Designed to reflect Australian themes in similar fashion to early ones depicting the nations the soldiers came from

Val Woodward has created this next postcard to evoke the very human emotion of hope for peace in the face of war and to celebrate the Australian Lighthorse:

2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Val Woodward

Detail 1 of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Val Woodward

Detail 2 of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Val Woodward

Val is a horse lover and this card was inspired by a family memento:

Finding a postcard from Egypt, dated Jan 1916, written by my husband’s great-uncle to his sister reminded me of those serving in the Egyptian campaign, particularly the Australian Lighthorse. Horses are not often mentioned in the remembrance of WWI

This next postcard by Kathy Pascoe has a very Art Nouveau and emblematic feel to it. It’s great example of ‘less is more’ and is called Australia is Home.

2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Kathy Pascoe

Detail 1 of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Kathy Pascoe

Kathy’s creative inspiration came from both traditional and personal sources:

The idea came from silk cards on the Australian War Memorial website. I thought it was an opportunity to use one of the buttons I inherited.

Hope you enjoy these very meaningful and beautiful postcards.

Carmen

Badge of Honour

Hi everyone

Well after the last post which was super long here’s a very quick one.

In this post we’re sharing a wonderful postcard from the 2014 Creative Challenge Stitching Love and Hope to re-interpret WW1 Silk Postcards.

This postcard was stitched by Dorothy Brann and honours her grandfather.

2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Dorothy Brann

The central emblem of the postcard is the cap badge of his regiment – the Sherwood Foresters Regiment (1881-1970)

Detail 1 of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Dorothy Brann

The symbolic elements on the badge include the Maltese Cross, an oak wreath and a white hart (large male deer).

Detail 2 of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Dorothy Brann

This postcard is deeply personal, evocative and very moving.

Enjoy!

Carmen

Postcards in Blue

Hi everyone

Hope you’re ready to see some more postcards from our 2014 Creative Challenge Stitching Love & Hope where members were asked to re-interpret WW1 silk postcards.

The four postcards featured in this post all have a common theme of blue flowers.

We’re going to start with a cool postcard of blue violets beautifully cross stitched by Janice Brennan:

2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Janice Brennan

Detail 1 of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Janice Brennan

Detail 2 of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Janice Brennan

Now to Elvi McCann’s elegant postcard which features forget-me-nots in Brazilian embroidery. She’s adapted the design from Delma Moore’s The Book of Sunshine Treasures.

Elvi describes her inspiration as follows:

I was inspired by the story of how the forget-me-not flowers were named. It reminded me of mortally wounded soldiers in the battle field thinking of their loved ones, hoping they would not be forgotten.

On that very poignant note here are some photos of Elvi’s postcard:

2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Elvi McCann

Detail 1 of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Elvi McCann

Detail 2 of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Elvi McCann

The next lovely postcard by Sarah Kimmorley features a charming basket design. Sarah’s postcard has a story as it’s based on a card sent from the front by one of her husband’s ancestors:

2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Sarah  Kimmorley

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Our fourth postcard is Gail Haidon’s delicate design which also features a basket of blue flowers. Gail’s background note on the postcard is:

Inspired by watercolours painted by WA artist Rosetta Kelly (1864-1963) in memory of her son, Cyril, and the final card that he sent home, written on his 20th birthday.

2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Gail Haidon

Detail 1 of 2014 Creative Challenge by Gail Haidon

Detail 2 of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Gail Haidon

Aren’t these cards just awesome?

Enjoy!

Carmen

 

‘Tis the Season to be Jolly

Hi everyone

In this post I’m sharing some lovely Christmas stitching.

Santa Stocking

First up here is a too cute felt Santa Stocking stitched by Jillian Bath for one of her grandchildren. It’s from a Bucilla kit.

Santa Stocking stitched by Jillian Bath

Detail 1 of Santa Stocking stitched by Jillian Bath

Detail 2 of Santa Stocking stitched by Jillian Bath

Detail 3 of Santa Stocking stitched by Jillian Bath

Detail 4 of Santa Stocking stitched by Jillian Bath

Detail 5 of Santa Stocking stitched by Jillian Bath

Isn’t the detail just wonderful?

2014 Creative Challenge Postcard

As you know our 2014 Creative Challenge was Stitching Love and Hope and involved re-interpreting WW1 silk postcards. Many of these postcards were of course Christmas cards sent to loved ones back home.

Lesley Jemesen’s elegant and beautiful postcard is called Remembering with Love and has a Christmas theme stitched mostly in metallic thread:

2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Lesley Jemesen

Detail 1 of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Lesley Jemesen

Detail 2 of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Lesley Jemesen

 

Enjoy!

Carmen

Counting Threads

Hi everyone

I hope you’re having a great weekend. In this post I’m going to share two works that use different counted thread techniques.

Blackwork

The first uses Blackwork which is an embroidery technique that dates back to at least the 16th century. It’s also called Spanish Blackwork because it’s thought that it was first brought to England by Catherine of Aragon. It became very popular during the reigns of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I as a decorative element on clothing but gradually lost ground in the 17th century.

If you’ve read The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer you might recall that he describes the clothing of the miller’s wife in this way:

“Of white, too, was the dainty smock she wore, embroidered at the collar all about with coal-black silk, alike within and out.”

The stitches that are characteristic of this geometric technique are Double Running Stitch (also called Holbein Stitch) and Back Stitch. It’s usually stitched on an evenweave fabric.

Flight of a Butterfly

Flight of a Butterfly  is a beautiful Blackwork and Goldwork design stitched by Sharon Burrell. Sharon began this piece as part of a class with Tanja Berlin at the 2013 Koala Conventions. She says that it was the first time she’d done any Blackwork and she absolutely loved the experience because Tanja was such a fantastic teacher. Sharon also found Tanja’s class notes really helpful for finishing the embroidery after the class.

Here’s some awesome eye candy of Sharon’s lovely stitching:

Flight of a Butterfly stitched by Sharon Burrell

Detail 1 of Flight of a Butterfly stitched by Sharon Burrell

Detail 2 of Flight of a Butterfly stitched by Sharon Burrell

Exquisite!

Now to the  second counted thread technique……

Wessex Stitching 

When I first came across this technique I thought it looked a bit medieval and assumed it must be very old. The ‘Wessex’ name also adds to the aura of history because during the Anglo Saxon period it was a centre for embroidery and illuminating.

But no it’s actually a more recent style that was created by Mrs Margaret Foster (1843-1936) who lived in Bath, England. Very little is known about her life but her technique, Wessex Stitching, has endured because after her death her sister donated all her notes and the 300 pieces she developed for an exhibition to Gawthorpe Hall.

Gawthorpe Hall has an awesome collection of lace, embroidery and other textiles. It is absolutely on my bucket list. You can read more here.

Wessex Stitching combines a limited number of stitches in a wide variety of patterns and colours to create a decorative effect. It’s also usually stitched on evenweave fabric.

The Broken Window

We’ve been progressively sharing with you the postcards made for 2014 Creative Challenge  Stitching Love and Hope. The postcard we’re sharing in the post is a wonderful modern re-interpretation of the WW1 Silks.

It was created by Catherine Fetherston and is called  The Broken Window. It was inspired by photos of church ruins in France in WW1. The embroidery technique used is Wessex Stitching.

I find this postcard very moving and profound in its understated elegance. The colours and design Catherine has chosen are very evocative of a stained glass window fragmented and yet still splendid in its beauty.

Here are some photos:

2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Catherine Fetherston

Detail 1 of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Catherine Fetherston

Detail 2 of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Catherine Fetherston

What do you think?

Enjoy!

Carmen

Bluebirds of Happiness

Hello again

The 2014 Creative Challenge Stitching Love & Hope where members were asked to re-interpret WW1 silk postcards has given me a lot of stitchy food for thought over the last week. There were 45 postcards entered in the Challenge and so far we’ve shared 14 of them with you on the blog.

The postcards have been stitched in wide range of designs and techniques. I’m still thinking about how to showcase them so as to show their awesomeness to the max.

The three I’m going to share with you in this post are based on traditional silk postcards or Silks and they feature bluebirds.

Bluebirds as Symbols of Love, Hope, Happiness etc

Bluebirds are an ancient archetype associated with the sun and sky. They are found in Native American mythology and were symbols of fertility, love, hope and happiness.

Bluebirds are a species found in North America and the more ‘modern’ phrase ‘bluebirds of happiness’ comes from the popular American song of the same name that became a hit in 1934.

Three Creative Challenge Postcards

Here are three lovely and delicate postcards with a very vintage feel in their design but with a pop of contemporary colours.

The first postcard I’m going to show you has been stitched by Susan Coates:

2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Susan Coates

Detail 1 from 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Susan Coates

Detail 2 of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Susan Coates

This next one is by Lel Whitbread:

2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Lel Whitbread

Detail 1 of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Lel Whitbread

Detail 2 of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Lel Whitbread

Detail 4 of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Lel Whitbread

and the third one is by Dorothy Rudling:

2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Dorothy Rudling

Detail 1 of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Dorothy Rudling

Detail 2 of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Dorothy Rudling

Detail 3 of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Dorothy Rudling

Detail 4 of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Dorothy Rudling

All three of these designs have a poignant message in the context of war but they also have a certain brio and they left me smiling :))))

I hope you enjoy them too.

Carmen

A Gentle Bear

Hi everyone

This is a quick post to show you a very gentle candlewicked teddy bear stitched by Jillian Bath.

There’s something about the simplicity of this bear that makes it very endearing to small children and this particular one has had a lot of cuddles!

Candlewick Teddy Bear stitched by Jillian Bath

The pattern comes from Candlewicking Book by Tonia Todman 1993. She describes him as ” an easy bear to make because his head and body are all in one. Limbs are all sewn in rather than jointed. You can allow your creative spirit free rein when embroidering – all sorts of candlewicking embellishment will be suitable. I suggest that it would be almost impossible to embroider him too much !! “

Here’s some eye candy of how Jillian has embroidered him…

Detail 1 of Candlewick Teddy Bear stitched by Jillian Bath

Detail 2 of Candlewick Teddy Bear stitched by Jillian Bath

Detail 3 of Candlewick bear stitched by Jillian Bath

Detail 4 of Candlewick Teddy Bear stitched by Jillian Bath

Detail 5 of Candlewick Teddy Bear stitched by Jillian Bath

Just too cute!

I’m also going to share the postcard that Jillian created for our 2014 Creative Challenge Stitching Love and Hope. It evokes in a very delicate way the poppy fields of Flanders which are one of the most powerful symbols of WW1.

2014 Creative Challenge Postcard stitched by Jillian Bath

Detail of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard stitched by Jillian Bath

Hope you have a fun weekend with lots of stitching!

Carmen

Some Mid Century Modern at our Annual Exhibition

Hi everyone

A quick post to share some of the awesomeness that was the opening of our Annual Exhibition last night plus a couple of pieces of stitchy goodness.

Opening of the Exhibition

The Exhibition was opened by Dr Brendan Nelson AO, Director of the Australian War Memorial and he gave a fantastic speech that gave the evening a real buzz.

Here’s a photo of the special Creative Challenge Stitching Love and Hope where members were asked to re-interpret WW1 Silk Postcards

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and one of our President Fran Novitski and Dr Nelson at this display

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Here’s one of the postcards – an exquisite Flanders Poppy stitched by Glenda Hudson in honour of a family member. Very poignant and beautiful.

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One of the other special displays was Sharon Boggon’s Band Sampler. I love this photo of Sharon and Jerry with the Sampler

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Mid Century Modern Quilt

One of the pieces in the general exhibition is this wonderful quilt stitched by Susan Coates

The Sewing Circle Quilt stitched by Susan Coates

The blocks are from a Block of the Month series called The Sewing Circle by Robyn Allen-Waters.

Susan made the quilt with 1950s reproduction fabrics. These and the blocks give this quilt a real mid century modern feel.

Here’s some wonderful eye candy of a selection of the blocks….

Block1 from The Sewing Circle Quilt stitched by Susan Coates

Those wall ducks are so cool and so ‘in’ at the moment.

Block 2 from The Sewing Circle Quilt stiched by Susan Coates

Block 3 from The Sewing Circle Quilt stitched by Susan Coates

Block 4 from The Sewing Circle Quilt stitched by Susan Coates

Block 5 from The Sewing Circle Quilt stitched by Susan Coates

Block 6 from The Sewing Circle Quilt stitched by Susan Coates

The retro vibe of these stitcheries is really fun and the colours are so 50s.

Enjoy and have a great weekend!

Carmen