Greenhills 3

Well, it’s been a while but it’s time to catch up with the rest of the photos from our annual stitching weekend at Greenhills Conference Centre.

Greenhills cockies 1Greenhills cockies 2

 

 

Greenhills magpie

More wildlife at Greenhills 2015.  The sulphur-crested cockies were on the lookout for seeds left out by the kitchen staff.  The magpie felt left out, but was not brave enough to take on the cockies.

 

Jeanette at Greenhills 2015

 

 

Jeanette was happy for me take this photo of her wearing her lanyard made at Stitching on the Lake, a class with Fiona Horden and SylviaFrazer.

 

 

 

 

There was plenty of cross stitch happening, with a confession or two that that there are UFO’s that may have spent some time languishing in cupboards between episodes of activity.

Cherry Blossom Waterfall, counted cross stitch by Margaret Kelemen

Cherry Blossom Waterfall, counted cross stitch by Margaret Kelemen

Counted x stitch by Polly Templeton

Thea Governeur counted cross stitch kit by Polly Templeton

Counted x stitch by Tracey Kent

Great Dixter, Northiam, East Sussex counted cross stitch kit by Tracey Kent

Counted x stitch horse 1 by Anne Hazell

Country Horses, Anchor counted cross stitch kit by Anne Hazell

Counted x stitch horse 2 by Anne Hazell

Counted cross stitch by Anne Hazell

Counted x stitch Xmas card panels by Tina Korda

Tina Korda was working on counted cross stitch panels for Christmas cards

 

As a change from embroidery, there was some crochet and knitting going on.

Crochet squares by Ellen Tynan

Crochet squares by Ellen Tynan

Knitted tea cosy1 by Diana Churchill

Cleckheaton pattern for pineapple tea cosy

Knitted tea cosy2 by Diana Churchill

Pineapple tea cosy by Diana Churchill

 

Diana has told me that this will be for the teapot used for peaceful cups of tea at a special place in her garden.

 

 

Pam Hynd was working on this exquisite Jacobean Embroidery work, threadpainting using DMC threads, from Sarah’s Hand Embroidery Tutorials.

Jacobean work 1 by Pam Hynd Jacobean work 2 by Pam Hynd Jacobean work 3 by Pam Hynd Jacobean work 4 by Pam Hynd Jacobean work 5 by Pam Hynd

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Polly Templeton also worked on this Japanese Beading project, from a class by Margaret Lee.

Japanese beadwork 2 by Polly TempletonJapanese beadwork 1 by Polly Templeton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sarah Kimmorley was working on this Crewel piece that came from a class by Carolyn Pearce.

Crewel work 3 by Sarah KimmorleyCrewel work 1 by Sarah KimmorleyCrewel work 2 by Sarah Kimmorley

 

 

 

 

This floral drawstring bag, designed by Sylvia Fraser, was being worked on by Rhonda Howlett.

Floral drawstring bag 1 by Rhonda Howlett Floral drawstring bag 2 by Rhonda Howlett

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jenny Balderson was working on her Bayeux Tapestry panel.

Bayeux Tapestry panel1 by Jenny Balderson Bayeux Tapestry panel2 by Jenny Balderson Bayeux Tapestry panel3 by Jenny Balderson

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have had a previous blog about the Bayeux Tapestry, which you can find here.

 

Claire Westley worked on her Portugese Whitework, and some Canvaswork which came out of a NSW Embroiderers’ Guild class on basic embroidery techniques.

Canvas work by Claire Westley Porugese whitework by Claire Westley

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pincushion panel by Di Ballantyne

A sweet little panel for a pincushion by Di Ballantyne.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Even more creativity with this applique panel, pattern entitled Cairo Rug Makers, by Kate Ross.

Cairo rug makers applique panel by Kate Ross

 

And coasters created by Susan Douds, painted with acrylic paints and sealed.

Coasters by Susan Douds

 

This panel was being prepared by Libby Williams, to be embellished with Goldwork.

Panel ready for embellishment byBerry Quilting Exhibition

 

 

Libby’s panel of an embellished Angel has been used in the advertising for this year’s Berry Quilting Exhibition.

 

 

 

 

Well, that’s the end of my notes from Greenhills 2015, I hope you enjoyed the creativity and variety, and a big thank you to Brenda Phillips for her great job in organising another fun stitching get-together.  If I’ve missed anyone, I apologise, but at least no-one can say that we sat around just eating and talking!  Look out for Greenhills again next year – members and friends, both old and new, are always welcome for a day, or the whole weekend.

Gail

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Bird Cage

Hi everyone

I’ve just been looking through the awesome program of workshops & classes for the Embroiderers’ Guild of America’s Seminar 2015. It’ll take place from 28 October to 1 November in San Antonio, Texas.

One of the classes that caught my eye was a Bird Cage by Australian designer Gary Clarke. In the class notes it’s described as a needle accessory disguised as a grand Victorian 3D bird cage.

As it’s Australia Day later this month it’s great to be able to feature an Australian designer. We can do this because the super talented Jillian Bath has stitched this piece and her husband Stewart has taken some fantastic photos. There are some great close-ups of the needlework for those of you who love a really good look at the detail.

So here’s the eye candy

Bird Cage stitched by Jillian Bath

Detail 1 of Bird Cage stitched by Jillian Bath

Detail 2 of Bird Cage stitched by Jillian Bath

Detail 3 of Bird cage stitched by Jillian Bath

Detail 4 of Bird Cage stitched by Jillian Bath

Deatil 5 of Bird cage stitched by Jillian Bath

Detail 6 of Bird Cage stitched by Jillian Bath

Detail 7 of bird Cage stitched by Jillian Bath

Detail 8 of Bird Cage stitched by Jillian Bath

Exquisite isn’t it? Thank you Jillian & Stewart for sharing the beauty of this design with us.

If you’d like to read more about the EGA’s Seminar 2015 then go to their website here.

Take care

Carmen

Weekend Wonderfuls 8

Hi everyone

This post is all about the wonderful Young Stitchers who got together again last Sunday afternoon.

It was awesome – there was lots of energy, giggling, spontaneous Christmas Carol singing and as always A-M-A-Z-I-N-G stitching. Even better lots of the Mums and Dads stayed to join in the fun.

First up we had the very important task of finding a new tail for Christine H‘s too cute felt mouse.

Felt Mouse by Christine H

Then Christine started on her Christmas Ball ornament and almost had it finished by the end of the session

Xmas Ball Ornament in progress by Christine H

Here’s a peek at all the other stitchy and Christmassy goodness.

Adele H‘s Christmas Bird Ornament

White Xmas Bird Ornament by Adele H

Asha S‘s Huckabuck Sampler

Huckabuck Sampler by Asha S

Angela C‘s crazy cat stitchery in progress

Stitchery in progress by Angela C

and Claire H‘s which is a bit further along

Cat Stitchery in progress by Claire H

Maggie M‘s appliqué owl at the start of the session

Applique Owl in progress by Maggie M

and finished

Owl Applique stitched by Maggie M

Kathryn A was working away at a cross stitch grevillea and doing a beautiful job

Australian Native Flower x-stitch in progress by Kathryn A

Chevonne‘s cool Christmas card

Xmas Card by Chevonne

Freia H‘s bright Christmas Stocking ornament

Green Xmas Stocking Ornament by Freia H

Zara H‘s purple pop of colour Christmas Stocking ornament

Purple Xmas Stocking Ornament by Zara H

Lila E was just starting her Christmas Stocking Ornament

White Xmas Stocking in progress by Lila E

Angela R‘s super Christmas Tree ornament

Xmas Tree Ornament by Angela R

and Anna M‘s lovely Christmas Bird ornament

Yellow Xmas Bird Ornament by Anna M

The other highlight of the afternoon was a fantastic afternoon tea that covered three tables! I snuck in some photos before the cakes were cut but the pics don’t do it justice!

YS -afternoon tea 1

YS Afternoon tea 2

YS Afternoon Tea 3

Elvi’s choc cake with festive decorations was a huge hit!

YS - Elvis Xmas Choc Cake

Enjoy!

Carmen

Embellished Cross Stitch

Hi everyone

I hope all your Christmas preparations are going well. I think I’m in denial about how much I still have to do!

Given that this is the season for lots of glitz I’m going to share an exquisite and complex cross stitched piece that includes some lovely embellishment. It’s called Autumn Lady and has been stitched by Sharon Burrell. It’s a Mirabilia design by Nora Corbett.

Here’s some great eye candy for you to enjoy:

Detail 1 of Autumn Queen x-stitched by Sharon Burrell

Detail 2 of Autumn Queen x-stitched by Sharon Burrell

Detail 3 of Autumn Queen x-stitched by Sharon Burrell

Detail 4 of Autumn Queen x-stitched by Sharon Burrell

Detail 5 of Autumn Queen x-stitched by Sharon Burrell

and here’s a detail that’s just so cool:

Detail 6 of Autumn Queen x-stitched by Sharon Burrell

I’m in awe of the consistency, precision and control in Sharon’s stitching.

Bye for now!

Carmen

 

Some Stitchy Insect Goodness

Hi everyone

Hope you’re having a fun weekend with some time for stitching. Here’s some eye candy for you to enjoy with a cuppa or a glass of your favourite drink.

Pat’s Reverse Applique

In August the Creative Group had a session on reverse appliqué and Pat Bootland had fun creating this piece:

Reverse Applique with Ants by Pat Bootland

Here’s a closer look at the insect embellishments……

Detail 1 of Reverse Applique with Ants by Pat Bootland

Detail 2 of Reverse Applique with Ants by Pat Bootland

Detail 5 of Reverse Applique with Ants by Pat Bootland

Detail 4 of Reverse Applique with Ants by Pat Bootland

Detail 3 of Reverse Applique with Ants by Pat Bootland

Cool aren’t they?

Jennifer’s Elizabethan Panel

Now I’m taking a chance in sharing  this next piece with you.

I’m currently in North Queensland visiting family and I’ve been very lucky to enjoy a wonderful Elizabethan Panel designed and stitched by my sister-in-law Jennifer. It’s done in silk threads on silk and  measures 1.55m by 0.6m so it’s an amazing work. The central design revolves around 14 birds in padded needlelace.

This embroidery is a tour de force and is embellished with an awesome selection of antique beads and gemstones.

I hesitated to show it to you because it’s not yet blocked and stretched and because the photos are taken with my point and shoot camera – so there’s a lot of finessing still to do.

But it’s very doubtful that I’ll ever be able to show you this piece framed and photographed by Stewart Bath as it’s a long way from the Atherton Tableland to Canberra. So I’ve decided to jump in and share some small design elements.

Here’s a small section of the whole:

Section of Elizabethan Panel by Jennifer Zanetti

and here are some stitchy critters and flowers:

Detail 1 of Elizabethan Panel by Jennifer Zanetti

Detail 2 of Elizabethan Panel by Jennifer Zanetti

Detail 5 of Elizabethan Panel by Jennifer Zanetti

Detail 3 of Elizabethan Panel by Jennifer Zanetti

Detail 6 of Elizabethan Panel by Jennifer Zanetti

Detail 7 of Elizabethan Panel by Jennifer Zanetti

Detail 8 of Elizabethan Panel by Jennifer Zanetti

Detail 9 of Elizabethan Panel by Jennifer Zanetti

Detail 10 of Elizabethan Panel by Jennifer Zanetti

Detail 11 from Elizabethan Panel by Jennifer Zanetti

Cross fingers, toes and everything else that we might be able to share the whole piece sometime in the future!

Take care

Carmen

Some More Awesome ‘Stitching Love & Hope’ Postcards

Hi everyone

Here’s some more stitchy goodness from our 2014 Creative Challenge where members of the Guild re-interpreted WW1 Silks (postcards).

Meryl Fellows

You’ve already seen Meryl Fellows’ beautiful stump work postcard here but the awesomeness doesn’t stop there. Meryl made four postcards and here are the other three:

The first has a tranquil, welcoming country scene…..

2014 Creative Challenge Postcard 2 by Meryl Fellows

Detail 1 of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard 2 by Meryl Fellows

and here’s the heartsease close up…..

Detail 2 of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard 2 by Meryl Fellows

This next lovely postcard also evokes ‘home’ but the colours and style give it an oriental feel …..

2014 Creative Challenge Postcard 3 by Meryl Fellows

Detail 1 of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard 3 by Meryl Fellows

and Meryl’s fourth postcard is very Australian – an elegant beaded sprig of wattle…..

2014 Creative Challenge Postcard 4 by Meryl Fellows

Detail 1 of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard 4 by Meryl Fellows

Alice Kerley

Alice has designed a seriously cool and modern postcard in cross stitch

2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Alice Kerley

Detail 1 of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Alice KerleyI really like the use of metallic threads and the hearts to give a pop of colour.

Evelyn Foster

Evelyn has stitched a lovely postcard with a very vintage and delicate feel…..

2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Evelyn Foster

Detail 1 of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Evelyn Foster

Detail 2 of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Evelyn Foster

This postcard evokes the warmth and cosiness of a home full of love – I just want to walk through the garden and go in the front door and sit in front of the fire.

Enjoy!

Carmen

Exquisite Ethereal Mermaid + Two more Postcards

Hi everyone

In this post I’m going to share an exquisite and beautiful Mermaid stitched by Agnes Sciberras.

It’s a lovely Gary Clarke design and the ethereal quality of the work is created by the layers of objects, embroidered organza and embellishment.

The quality of the design, stitching and photography mean that this Mermaid needs no words from me.

Mermaid stitched by Agnes SciberrasDetail 1 of Mermaid stitched by Agnes SciberrasDetail 2 of Mermaid stitched by Agnes Sciberras

Detail 3 of Mermaid stitched by Agnes Sciberras

Detail 4 of Mermaid stitched by Agnes SciberrasThank you so much Agnes for sharing this work and Stewart (Bath) for the great sequence of photos. We’re so lucky to have such talent in the Guild and to be able to showcase the design of an awesome Australian designer.

Two more Postcards from the 2014 Creative Challenge

We’re going to progressively share with you the rest of the 45 fantastic postcards made for the Challenge – Stitching Love and Hope.

Here’s the delicate postcard full of symbols of hope and love stitched by Agnes Sciberras:

2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Agnes Sieberras

and a closer view of the lovely bluebird:

Detail of Bluebird from 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Agnes Sieberras

Lorna Loveland’s very evocative postcard draws on time-honoured motifs for remembrance:

2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Lorna Loveland

and here’s a closer look at the gorgeous goldwork:

Detail of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Lorna Loveland

Enjoy!

Carmen

News Update

Hi everyone

Just a heads up to let you know that I’ve updated the following galleries:

Canvaswork

Contemporary Creative Embroidery

Crazy Quilting

Cross Stitch

Landscapes and Scenes

Needlelace

Silk Ribbon Embroidery

Stumpwork & Textured Stitching

Young Stitchers

The new additions are at the top of each gallery page.

And here’s a preview of a small sample of the photos uploaded:

Octagonal Box Lid with Needlelace & Goldwork

Detail 3 of Octagonal Box Lid with Needlelace and Goldwork stitched by Marjorie Gilby

Stumpwork Butterfly stitched by Jillian Bath

Embroidered landscape

Spring in the Forest stitched by Betty Matthews

Embroidered box

Side 2 of Oriental Box by Marjorie Gilby

Ribbon embroidery flowers

Detail of Ribbon Embroidery Flowers by Mary Bowron

Historical Embroidery Books

In a couple of recent posts Mary Corbett in her Needle ‘N Thread blog listed a number of great historical embroidery books that are available online and are in the public domain. You can find them here and here. The latter post includes a great Hardanger book.

Bye for now

Carmen

 

Irene’s Stunning Bouquet from the Heart of Japan

Hello everyone

I’ve got a real treat for you in this post – an absolutely stunning piece of traditional Japanese embroidery stitched by Irene Burton.

Here’s a first look at this awesome work in its frame:

Bouquet from the Heart of Japan stitched by Irene Burton

The design comes from the Japanese Embroidery Centre and is stitched in the traditional way of silk floss on silk. Irene has been learning this technique from an accredited Japanese embroidery teacher.

We’ve missed Irene at the last few meetings but it turns out she was at home working away on this exquisite bouquet so that it’d be ready for the Guild’s Annual Exhibition in September. If you want to see it in real life you’ll have to come to the Exhibition!

The combination of Irene’s stitchy talent and Stewart Bath’s wonderful photos let the work speak for itself.

Detail 1 from Bouquet from the Heart of Japan stitched by Irene Burton

Detail 2 of Bouquet from the Heart of Japan stitched by Irene Burton

Detail 3 from Bouquet from the Heart of Japan stitched by Irene Burton

Detail 4 from Bouquet from the Heart of Japan stitched by Irene Burton

Detail 5 from Bouquet from the Heart of Japan stitched by Irene Burton

Detail 6 from Bouquet from the Heart of Japan stitched by Irene Burton

Detail 7 from Bouquet from the Heart of Japan stitched by Irene Burton

Detail 8 from Bouquet from the Heart of Japan stitched by Irene Burton

Detail 9 from Bouquet from the Heart of Japan stitched by Irene Burton

Detail 10 from Bouquet from the Heart of Japan stitched by Irene Burton

What do you think? Doesn’t it just leave you grabbing for superlatives? Do you have a favourite element?

Irene and Stewart a heartfelt thanks for capturing and sharing such beauty!

Enjoy!

Carmen