Happy New Year!

Hi everyone

Wishing you all a Happy New Year.

As a treat for the start of the New Year here’s an update of the following galleries for you.

Blackwork

Canvaswork

Contemporary Creative Embroidery

Crewel & Surface Stitchery

Cross Stitch

Fibre & Yarn

Hardanger

Samplers

Seasonal

Enjoy!

Carmen

Celebrating World Embroidery Day 2014

Hi everyone

Today’s World Embroidery Day – what are you doing to celebrate?

The concept of World Embroidery Day came from the Skane Branch of the Swedish Embroidery Guild (Broderiakademin). You can read more about them here

The Swedish Guild also wrote this inspiring Manifesto to go with World Embroidery Day

embroidery_manifesto_-english

Our Guild’s Celebrations

We emailed the Swedish Guild to find out how they celebrate World Embroidery Day and they wrote back saying that they go to cafes and stitch. So hey that’s what we did too!

Here are some of us at the retro and funky Bite to Eat cafe at Chifley this morning.

World Embroidery Day Balloons 2014

World Embroidery Day at Bite to Eat Chifley 2014

Here’s a peek at some of the stitchy goodness going on with all the chat and coffee.

Sandra Pollard was stitching this vintage piece

Detail of Vintage Embroidery stitched by Sandra Pollard

Leonie Hunt was also working on a vintage piece

Vintage Embroidery stitched by Leonie Hunt

and Jillian Farrer was chain stitching this piece with a real pop of colour

Chain Stitch Embroidery stitched by Jillian Farrer

We’re hoping to post some photos from the group who met at the Arboretum cafe on Facebook soon.

One of our members Tracey Kent couldn’t join us for the cafe fun but celebrated the day at her school – how awesome is that!

More Stitchy Goodness 

Now as a bonus to celebrate World Embroidery Day here are some lovely embellished and stitched surfaces.

Monica Andrew has just finished this creative and contemporary cushion featuring entrapped objects and an embellished surface

Entrapped objects cushion by Monica Andrew

Detail 1 of Entrapped Cushion by Monica Andrew

Detail 2 of  Entrapped objects Cushion by Monica Andrew

Detail 3 of Entrapped Objects Cushion by Monica Andrew

For a different kind of embellished embroidery here’s a delicate and too cute elephant softie stitched by Barbara Adams

Elephant Softie stitched by Barbara Adams

Detail 1 of Elephant Softie stitched by Barbara Adams

detail 2 of Elephant Softie stitched by Barbara Adams

Detail 3 of Elephant Softie stitched by Barbara Adams

Detail 4 of Elephant Softie stitched by Barbara Adams

If you’re a fan of Gary Clarke designs you’ll love this elegant entrapped organza piece stitched by Agnes Sciberras

Encased Organza Tulip stitched by Agnes Sciberras

Detail 1 of Encased Organza Tulip stitched by Agnes Sciberras

Detail 2 of Encased Organza Tulip stitched by Agnes Sciberras

Detail 3 of Encased Organza Tulip stitched by Agnes Sciberras

Agnes has also embellished this lovely painted canvas

Embellished Lady stitched by Agnes Sciberras

Detail1 of Embellished Lady stitched by Agnes Sciberras

Detail 2 of Embellished Lady stitched by Agnes Sciberras

Enjoy!

Carmen

Crewel Treat

Hi again

Guild members usually get together on a Monday but it’s not on today because of the Easter Monday holiday. So for those of you who are hanging out for an embroidery fix here’s another blog post as an Easter treat.

One of our members Barbara Adams is an accomplished stitcher and sewer. She can turn her hand to anything and her grub roses are to die for. About a year ago she was browsing in the library when she came across a book of crewel patterns. It was love at first sight.

Here are some pics of her latest work – it’s an Elsa Williams kit called A Jacobean Panel:

Jacobean Crewel Tree with Flowers stitched by Barbara Adams

Detail 1 of Jacobean Tree with Flowers stitched by Barbara Adams

Detail 2 of Jacobean Crewel Tree with Flowers stitched by Barbara Adams

Detail 3 of Jacobean Crewel Tree with Flowers stitched by Barbara Adams

Now for those of you who like to see the stitching close up – here are some flower details…..

Flower 1 Detail of Jacobean Crewel Tree with Flowers stitched by Barbara Adams

Flower Detail 2 from Jacobean Crewel Tree with Flowers stitched by Barbara Adams

Flower Detail 3 from Jacobean Crewel Tree with Flowers stitched by Barbara Adams

Flower Detail 4 of Jacobean Crewel Tree wth Flowers stitched by Barbara Adams

 

Just lovely Barbara and thank you so much for sharing your embroidery with us.

Bye for now. We’re off to join family at the National Museum of Australia to see the exhibition of bark paintings from Arnhem land.

Carmen