News Update

Hello again

This is a quick news update:

New photos uploaded to Members Gallery in:



Contemporary Creative

Crewel & Surface Stitchery

Fabric Postcards

Landscapes & Scenes

Stumpwork and Textured Stitching


Young Stitchers

The new photos are at the top of each gallery so that you can see what’s new easily.

Awesome Win for Young Stitcher Lara at Actew/AGL Canberra Show

One of our Young Stitchers Lara is 8 and she entered some of her beautiful embroidery in the Canberra Show.

And ta-da look what she won:

Elephant with Canberra Show Prize Ribbon by Lara Espeland

And a closer look….

Elephant by Lara Espeland

But there’s more – she won Student Champion!!!!

Vase of Flowers with Canberra Show Prize Ribbon by Lara Espeland

Vase of Flowers by Lara Espeland

How awesome is Lara’s stitching?!!! Those grub roses are just so cool!

2014 Exhibition

Just a head’s up about two of the wonderful special features of our 2014 Exhibition which will be held from 18-21 September at the Albert Hall.

If you’re a fan of Sharon Boggon’s Pintangle blog then you’ll know all about her Love of Stitching Band Sampler.


This sampler is many things:

– an amazing and beloved piece of embroidery and creativity that’s over 32 metres or 29 yards long x 6 inches wide

– a stitched journal of her life

– an important teaching tool


And Y-E-S it’s going to be an awesome part of our 2014 Exhibition!! Yay! \0/

Another delightful work on show will be Doreen McGregor’s Dollhouse for Stitchers (seen here) and visitors will have the chance to look in the windows and see all those exquisite, tiny contents up close! Yay! \0/

Crafty Tadpole Dollhouse 6 by Doreen McGregor

And top of this there’ll be the curated exhibition of the postcards in the Stitching Love and Hope Challenge – Can’t wait!!

New Website & Facebook page of Qld Embroiderers’ Guild

The Queensland Guild has a bright new website with a real pop of colour here and a new Facebook page here. So go have a look and if you’re on Facebook then you might want to ‘like’ their site – it’s really important to support our fellow Guilds.




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It’s going to be 39C here today so if you’re looking to escape the heat (or the cold in the Northern Hemisphere) by staying inside here’s some eye candy from the evening meeting of the Guild last Monday:

Jenny Balderson was working on a large crewel design:

Crewel work in progress by Jenny Baldessin

At another table Prue Deacon was adding a border to one of her striking canvaswork designs:

Canvaswork in progress by Prue Deacon

While Jan Senti was cross-stitching a teddy bear in an interesting way – she was mixing the thread to create a ‘tweed’ effect:

Tweed style Teddy bear x-stitched by Jan Senti

And Margaret Callinan was also doing cross stitch – a very atmospheric scene of a waterfall and cherry blossom:

Cherry Blossom and Waterfall in progress x-stitched by Margaret Callinan

Sarah Kimmorley was stitching this footstool cover for her dollhouse – my eyes were protesting just looking at the tiny size of the stitches!

Miniature Footstool cover stitched by Sarah Kimmorley

At the next table Lee Scott was knitting this gorgeous green lace:

Green Knitted Lace Shawl 2 by Lee Scott

and a closer look:

Green Lace Knitted Shawl by Lee Scott

Sitting nearby was this crocheted bag that Lee was about to start blocking:

Crocheted Bag with Pearls by Lee Scott

Across the way Anne Eccleston was bringing another vintage Semco piece to life:

Semco Vintage Strawberry Cushion and Pattern x-stitched by Anne Eccleston

Semco Vintage Strawberry Cushion x-stitched by Anne Eccleston

It’s a cross stitch cushion with strawberries and matches the tablecloth she had in last year’s exhibition which you can see here.

Jillian Farrer was also into vintage and embroidering this softly delicate piece:

Vintage Embroidery with Blue Flowers stitched by Jillian Farrer

On a totally different note Monica Andrew was working on this contemporary textured piece:

Contemporary Textured Embroidery on Marrone fabric stitched by Monica Andrew

Next to her Jill Travis was adding stitches to her Stitch of the Month book cover:

Stitch of Month Bookcover by Jill Travis

While Mary Bowron was chatting to her and knitting this bright piece for one of her family:

Blue Knitted Childs Dress by Mary Bowron

Lel Whitbread was very excited about stitching these blackwork flowers from a new book which gives this traditional technique a modern twist:

Blackwork stitched by Lel Whitbread

Just then Catherine Fetherston arrived and pulled out these two works in progress – a striking Hardanger motif:

Hardanger on Red Fabric in Progress stitched by Catherine Fetherstone

and some contemporary Casalguidi which is a UFO she’s trying to finish:

Contemporary Calasguidi in Progress by Catherine Fetherstone

Speaking of Casalguidi Yvonne Kingsley had this lovely needlecase sitting on the table next to her embroidery stand:

Casalguidi Needlecase by Yvonne Kingsley

She had this date palm in her hoop:

Date Palm on Wool blanket stitched by Yvonne Kingsley

It’s part of a large wool blanket – here’s a camel that’s also in progress:

Camel in progress from Wool Blanket being stitched by Yvonne KingsleyIf you’re curious about the white material around the camel – it’s soluble interfacing onto which Yvonne has traced the design. A cool way to get a design onto a dark fabric.

Well that’s it for now – I’m off to get a mega dose of high wattage energy – the Young Stitchers have their first meeting of the year this afternoon!


Janet’s Beautiful Blackwork Wedding Sampler

Hi again

Today I thought I’d show you a beautiful blackwork Wedding Sampler that Janet Pearce designed as a ring cushion for her daughter’s wedding in London.

It turns out that making ring cushions for her children’s weddings is something of a tradition in the Pearce family. Here are two early ones she made – the photos have been scanned from photocopies so please excuse the quality.

Jane’s Wedding Cushion

The first one was done in 2000 for her daughter Jane’s wedding and features delicate blackwork with some exquisite needle lace inserts:

Blackwork Ring Cushion

Janet Pearce Blackwork Ring Cushion

Michael’s Wedding Cushion

The second cushion was done for her son Michael’s wedding in London in 2011. He had a special request – he wanted the church incorporated into the design. So Janet designed and stitched this detail into the cushion:

Janet Pearce - Hedge End Wedding Sampler

Kathryn’s Wedding Cushion

The third cushion was stitched for her daughter Kathryn’s wedding in London in 2012 – and this was a biiiiig design challenge. The brief from her daughter was for a cushion that incorporated the London skyline (Kathryn nominated the buildings she wanted included) and some cats!

This cushion was in two parts – one side was a traditional heart design:

Janet Pearce - Wedding sampler with 4 hearts

Here it is in more detail:

Janet Pearce - Top half of wedding sampler

Janet Pearce - KLP Corner of Wedding Sampler

Janet Pearce - TJT Corner of Weddng Sampler

Janet Pearce - bottom left hand corner of Wedding sampler

Janet Pearce - Bottom right hand corner of Wedding Sampler


London Skyline

The other side features the names of the bride and groom and the London skyline design. Janet says that this turned out to be a huge challenge because she couldn’t find any patterns or designs available commercially. She spent days on the internet looking for ideas and possible suppliers – with no luck.

So she asked her architect husband if he could  draw a London skyline that included the buildings their daughter wanted. He rolled up his sleeves and came up with some architectural drawings that Janet then had to interpret into stitch. She also had to somehow include some cats into these buildings.

Look what she came up with:

Janet Pearce - London skyline with cats

Isn’t it just beyond awesome and clever!!! It just makes you smile!………and there are some delightful details in the design that create both a story and a piece of embroidery to be treasured:

Janet Pearce - Big Ben detail of Wedding Sampler

Big Ben shows the time that the wedding service started.

Janet Pearce - Tomkats in the London Eye

The bridegroom’s name was Tom and the bride’s Kat so Janet took her inspiration for this very fun and quirky element of the design from vintage storybooks and cartoons that show ‘tomcats’ on the night skyline. Just too cute.

She also decided to finish the design with running stitch along the bottom to suggest the river Thames and this gives the picture an extra dimensionality.

A quick tip

The London skyline design element had to fit into 80 x 30 threads on 25 count Lugano. It was stitched over one thread. Janet found that even a single strand of DMC cotton was too thick for certain parts of the design such as the dome of St Paul’s and the small circles on the London Eye. She then tried silk threads but these also had problems. In the end she used sewing machine thread and found this did the job.

Here’s a last tiny detail:

Janet Pearce - Flower detail of Wedding Sampler

After the wedding the cushion was converted into a sampler and framed and it’s just beautiful. It’s a wonderful example of how embroidery can create wonderful memories and a treasured heirloom but also have such verve and flair.

Janet this is so clever and technically skilled – well done

Back soon!