Brazilian Beauty

Hello again

I hope you’re having a relaxing weekend and finding time to do some stitching.

This post features a beautiful piece of Brazilian embroidery stitched by Sharon Burrell. The design is by Delma Moore for Blackberry Lane and is called Shades of Autumn.

Brazilian Embroidery

This technique is characterised by the use of rayon threads which have a sheen and a special z twist to them.

While the motifs are usually flowers the stitches used create a very textured and dimensional surface. If you love doing Bullion Knots, French Knots, Cast-on Stitch and Drizzle Stitch then you’ll love doing Brazilian embroidery. I can’t say that Bullion Knots are my favourite stitch but I do find them easier to do with rayon threads – somehow they’re more forgiving and it’s easier to control the tension and shape the knot after you’ve pulled the needle through.

The backgrounds which are flatter use stitches like Stem Stitch, Fly Stitch, Fishbone Stitch etc.

If you’d like to watch videos of how to do these stitches then head over here to Mary Corbet’s website.

Sharon’s Shades of Autumn

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

Shades of Autumn Brazilian Embroidery by Sharon Burrell

Detail 1 of Shades of Autumn Brazilian Embroidery stitched by Sharon Burrell

Detail 2 of Shades of Autumn Brazilian Embroidery stitched by Sharon Burrell

Detail 3 of Shades of Autumn Brazilian Embroidery stitched by Sharon Burrell

Detail 4 of Shades of Autumn Brazilian Embroidery stitched by Sharon Burrell

Detail 5 of Shades of Autumn Brazilian Embroidery stitched by Sharon Burrell

A big thank you Sharon for sharing this beauty and to Stewart (Bath) for the great photos.

NSW Embroiderers Guild – Exhibition

If you’re in Sydney next weekend you might like to head over to this exhibition:

Surprise Exhibition copy

Bye for now!

Carmen

Super Cute Teddy Bear Pyjama Case

Hi everyone

Here’s a lovely piece to round out the weekend. It was stitched by Marjorie Gilby.

Marjorie has been a powerhouse of activity and support for our Guild over the years. She managed the Library for many years, has taught classes in a range of techniques and has a wonderful oeuvre of embroidery work.

She’s an incredibly generous person who’s always willing to share her knowledge and help you come to grips with a stitch or technique. I’m a relative newcomer to the Guild and I learnt long and short stitch from Marjorie.

We’re in the process of documenting and photographing her work and you’ll be seeing much more of it over the coming weeks – Crewel work, Canvaswork, Blackwork and Pulled Thread Work.

Now to the eye candy of this piece including some awesome close-ups of the stitching.

Embroidered Teddy Bear Pyjama Case by Marjorie Gilby Detail 1 of Embroidered Teddy Bear Pyjama Case by Marjorie Gilby Detail 2 of Embroidered Teddy Bear Pyjama Case by Marjorie Gilby Detail 3 of Embroidered Teddy Bear Pyjama Case by Marjorie Gilby Detail 4 of Embroidered Teddy Bear Pyjama Case by Marjorie Gilby Detail 5 of Embroidered Teddy Bear Pyjama Case by Marjorie Gilby Detail 6 of Embroidered Teddt Bear Pyjama Case by Marjorie Gilby Detail 7 of Embroidered Teddy Bear Pyjama Case by Marjorie Gilby Detail 8 of Embroiderered Teddy Bear Pyjama Case by Marjorie Gilby Detail 9 of Embroidered Teddy Bear Pyjama Case by Marjorie Gilby

Marjorie says the design is by Nanette Jurd and appeared in Embroidery and Cross Stitch Volume 5 No.6. She’s made four of these bears and advises that she found getting the head shape right is the biggest challenge.

This piece now belongs to Lorna Loveland – so Lorna thank you for sharing this delightful work by Marjorie with us.

Enjoy!

Carmen