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

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

Detail 1 of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Sarah  Kimmorley -

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

 

Stitchy Gardens


Hi again

I hope you’re having a great weekend. Here are two lovely flower embroideries just in case you’re needing some stitchy eye candy.

Thanks to Stewart Bath for the awesome photos of the stitching.

The first is another diary cover by Marjorie Gilby filled with an elegant and traditional flower garden….

Flower Garden Diary Cover stitched by Marjorie Gilby

Detail 1 of Flower Garden Diary Cover by Marjorie Gilby

Detail 2 of Flower Garden Diary Cover by Marjorie Gilby

Detail 3 of Flower Garden Diary Cover by Marjorie Gilby

Detail 4 of Flower Garden Diary Cover by Marjorie Gilby

Detail 5 0f Flower Garden Diary Cover by Marjorie Gilby

Detail 6 of Flower Garden Diary Cover by Marjorie Gilby

Detail 7 of Flower Garden Diary Cover by Marjorie Gilby

Detail 8 of Flower Garden Diary Cover by Marjorie Gilby

The second is a lovely flower garden needle case stitched by Yvonne Kingsley…..

Flower Garden Needlecase stitched by Yvonne Kingsley

Back of Flower Garden Needlecase stitched by Yvonne Kingsley

Opened out Flower Garden Needlecase by Yvonne Kingsley

Detail 1 of Flower Garden Needlecase stitched by Yvonne Kingsley

Detail 2 of Flower Garden Needlecase stitched by Yvonne Kingsley

Detail 3 of Flower Garden Needlecase stitched by Yvonne Kingsley

Detail 4 of Flower Garden Needlecase stitched by Yvonne Kingsley

Detail 5 of Flower Garden Needlecase by Yvonne Kingsley

Detail 6 of Flower Garden Needlecase stitched by Yvonne Kingsley

Detail 7 of Flower Garden Needecase stitched by Yvonne Kingsley

Detail 8 of Flower Garden Needlecase stitched by Yvonne Kingsley

Hope you get to enjoy your  garden this weekend.  Spring is starting to arrive here and the camellias, hellebores and jonquils are out in our garden – Yay!!!!

Take care

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

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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

News Update

Hi everyone

A quick note to say I’ve updated the following Members Galleries:

Bags & Purses 

Beadwork  

Canvaswork  

Crewel & Surface Stitchery

Cross Stitch

Hardanger

Japanese Techniques

Silk Ribbon

Stumpwork & Textured Stitching

Here’s a tiny taster of the photos I’ve added.

Detail of Dragonfly Needlecase stitched by Marjorie Gilby

Embroidered Bag

Detail 4 of Embroidered Cream Bag stitched by Marjorie Gilb

Hardanger

Hardanger Table Runner stitched by Meryl Fellows

Stumpwork

Guild’s Stumpwork Sample

cushion

Detail from Canvaswork Cushion with Blue Hen stitched by Bill Thorn

Detail of Bargello Cushion  stitched by Bill Thorn

Detail of Bargello Cushion stitched by Bill Thorn

Detail 5 of Camel Rug stitched by Yvonne Kingsley

Crewel embroidery stool

Detail of Crewel Stool stitched by Marjorie Gilby

Hope you enjoy the pics and have a great weekend!

Carmen

News Update

Hi everyone

Just a quick heads up that I’ve updated the following Members Galleries:

Canvaswork 

Crewel & Surface Stitchery 

Cross Stitch 

Fabric Postcards

Fibre & Yarn

Needlelace

Quilts & Wallhangings

Stumpwork & Textured Stitching

Whitework

Here are some tasters of the photos uploaded:

Stumpwork embroidery

Squirrel Needlebook stitched by Marjorie Gilby

Trapunto Tree with birds by Pat Bootland

Crewelwork

Detail 1 of Bag with Crewel Embroidery designed by Marjorie Gilby

Now sharing some quick notes on embroidery that has caught my eye recently:

The Great Tapestry of Scotland

This is a tapestry in the tradition of the Bayeux Tapestry – an epic account of Scottish history, wonderful design by artist Andrew Crummy and just awesome stitching.

Kate Davies has done a series of blog posts on this tapestry with great photos of the stitching here

Contemporary Australian Textile Artist – Meredith Woolnough

Meredith’s work is technically and aesthetically breathtaking – she combines embroidery, resin and other materials to create multi-layered and sculptural textile works. She’s having an exhibition from 5-31 July in the Pop Up Gallery at the Milk Factory, 33 Station St (rear), Bowral.

You can see examples of her work on her blog here

Bye for now

Carmen

 

Looking over Shoulders 8

Hi everyone

Here I am back in Canberra which is amazingly mild for this time of the year.

The trip to Central Australia was a blast but I did feel a twinge at missing the Greenhills stitching weekend. By all accounts it was fantastic fun – lots of stitching, friendship, laughter, chat and good food.

Our wonderful Jillian Bath took lots of great photos for you……..if you want a closer look just click on the photo

Ruth was working on this bright appliqué

Ruth Applique

and Kathy Pascoe on this Canvaswork

Kathy Pascoe Canvas work

Pat Bootland was making progress on this Alison Cole Goldwork design

Goldwork by Pay Bootland

Tina Korda worked on her stitchery

Stitchery by Tina Korda

Stitchery 2 by Tina Korda

She also made this wool flower brooch in the special workshop

Wool Flower Brroch by Tina Korda

This delicate Brazilian embroidery was in Mercia Needham’s hoop

Brazilian Embroidery by Mercia Needham

and this one in Kay Reid’s hoop

Brazilian Embroidery by Kay Reid

Kay also found time to work on this stitchery

Stitchery by Kay Reid

Hazel Hunt was also working on a lovely piece of surface stitching

Hazel Hunt tablecloth

Hazel Hunt tablecloth 2

Gail Haidon is almost there with her wool embroidery project

Wool Embroidery by Gail Haidon

Anne Dowling had a couple of projects on the go – this Canvaswork with a real pop of colour

Canvaswork by Anne Dowling

Close up of Canvaswork by Anne Dowling

and this cute Christmas appliqué

Anne Dowling Applique

Diana Churchill was also working on a Christmas hanging

Diana Churchill Xmas hanging

A couple of people were stitching away on Crewel work – Pam Hynd on this softly coloured but complex pattern

Crewel work by Pam Hynd

and Claire Westley on this detailed design

Crewel work by Claire Westley

Antoinette Stojadinovic had her feet up knitting a scarf – look at those cool red shoes!

Antoinette knitting scarfand this funky cat being stitched by Lel Whitbread

Lel Whitbreads Cat

Liz Bell was cross stitching this elegant alphabet

Cross Stitch by Liz Bellwhile Margaret O’Beirne was working on this super cute owl and friends

Cross Stitch by Margaret OBeirne

Sarah Kimmorley was making progress on her postcard

Stitchery by Sarah Kimmorley

This retro Blackwork project of Susan Coates is very striking

Susan Blackwork

as is this quilt that Lynn Burgess was working on

Lynn Burgess Quilt

A traditional Deerfield design was emerging from Fran Novitski’s hoop

Deerfield by Fran Novitski

While Sue McLean was tatting

Tatting by Sue McLean

and Lesley Jemesen was doing Hardanger

Hardanger by Lesley Jemesen

as was Rosemary Daniels

Hardanger 2 by Rosemary Daniels

A mystery person had finished this pile of crochet squares – if someone can let me know a name I’ll add it to this post

Crochet squares

Workshop on Paper Folding

As well as doing an awesome job of organising this stitching weekend Brenda Phillips also taught a Paper Folding workshop. Here’s a quick peek

paper folding 3

 

paper folding 2

Paper folding 1

Paper folding 4

A big thanks to Brenda and Jillian for all their hard work.

Enjoy!

Carmen

Looking Over Shoulders 7

Hi everyone

This time it’s the turn of the morning group. These photos were taken with my iPad at the last couple of meetings at Gorman House.

You have Julie Knight to thank for the fact that I’ve done these two recent Looking over Shoulders posts. She was wearing this very striking necklace and I asked her about it….

Necklace 1 by Julie Knight

Turns out she was so inspired by the Kim Thittichai Workshop (held at the Guild at the end of March) that she was experimenting with using Kim’s technique to bond embellished Vliesofix to leather and this necklace was the result. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! So I had to share it with you…

I would never in a million years have guessed that this surface was Vliesofix – it looks like a hard plastic or resin. Kim has written an account of the workshops at our Guild here.

Julie is incredibly creative and productive and had made not one but three necklaces. Here are the other two:

Necklace 2 by Julie Knight

Necklace 3 by Julie Knight

When she wasn’t being asked to show her necklaces to people she was stitching the ladybug embroidery on this sweet baby dress

Pink Baby Dress with Ladybug stitched by Julie Knight

Irene Burton was putting the finishing touches to this doll dressed in very pretty Hardanger:

Hardanger Doll by Irene Burton

Like Julie she’s also incredibly productive and had these three crocheted bags sitting on the table beside her sewing kit:

Crocheted Bag2 by Irene Burton

Crocheted Bag 1 by Irene Burton

Crocheted Bag 3 by Irene Burton

Dimity Manton was also into crochet working away at this granny square:

Granny Square in Progress by Dimity Manton

Nearby Evelyn Foster was making up these Christmas squares that Helen Nastopoulus had stitched:

Xmas Squares stitched by Helen Nastopoulus

She was using this dainty needlecase machine stitched by her cousin.

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Kay Reid came back from her recent embroidery cruise all enthusiastic about Brazilian embroidery:

Brazilian Embroidery in progress stitched by Kay Reid

I couldn’t resist taking another photo of this lovely wool embroidery that Gail Haidon is working on:

Wool Embroidery of Hydrangeas stitched by Gail Haidon

Ann Lond was tatting this lace border for a vintage tablecloth to replace one that’s become too frayed:

Tatting by Ann Lond

She also had with her a large Chicken Scratch tablecloth that she’s embroidered for the Canberra branch of the Country Women’s Association. It was way too large to photograph so I focussed on these couple of elements:

Chicken Scratch Triangle by Ann Lond

Chicken Scratch Border by Ann Lond

At the other end of this table Louise Willey was stitching this celtic design in Canvaswork:

Celtic Design Canvaswork in progress by Louise Willey

Trish Hyland was chatting away to her and progressing this delicate Hardanger diamond:

Hardanger Diamond in Progress stitched by Trish Hyland

While Meryl Fellows was also stitching away at another one of her wonderful Hardanger pieces:

Hardanger in hoop stitched by Meryl Fellows

Jenny Clayton’s cute bullion scoops of ice cream on a baby’s onsie made me smile:

Bullion Ice cream on babygro stitched by Jenny Clayton

Beside her Janice Brennan was stitching the elements of another Diana Lampe design:

Diana Lampe design with Wattle stitched by Janice

The wattle tree really adds a pop of colour:

Wattle detail from Diana Lampe design stitched by Janice

And now for some cross stitch:

The big lazing cat that Joyce Lynch is embroidering is coming to life:

Cat x stitch in progress by Joyce Lynch

As is Doreen McGregor‘s butler:

Butler x stitch by Doreen McGregorMeanwhile Gwyneth Peddey was working on this imposing view of Harlech Castle.

Harlech Castle X stitch by Gwyneth Peddey

Enjoy!

Carmen

 

A Summer Parterre

Hi everyone

Hope you all had a great weekend.

Before we look at some wonderful stitching here are a couple of photos of our big move last Thursday:

Hackett Community Centre

Through that glass door is the Guild’s new home at Hackett Community Centre

Leaders truck arriving

Here’s the first truckload arriving

Christine in cupboard

Look who we found in one of the cupboards!

At the moment our new home at Hackett is just a sea of boxes, furniture etc and it’s going to take a huge effort to get everything sorted. So to help the settling in process go smoothly the morning and evening meetings that would have happened today have been cancelled – they start again next Monday 12 May.

The May meetings for Hardanger, Creative and Paper Arts and Young Stitchers have also been cancelled – we’re really sorry about this and looking forward to things getting back to normal in June.

A Summer Parterre

This is another exquisite piece from Marjorie Gilby. She created the design for a class with Pamela Watts in a technique called ‘scribble canvas’ in 1998. Just click on the photos if you want to look more closely.

Here’s the finished work framed

Canvaswork Summer Parterre by Marjorie Gilby

and some closer views

Unframed Canvaswork Summer Parterre Marjorie Gilby

Central Square of Summer Parterre by  Marjorie Gilby

This is specially for those of you who like to look closely at the stitching

Detail 4 from Summer Parterre by Marjorie Gilby

The green plant in the pot is done in needlelace. The pot is constructed of two metal rings each of which has been sewn over with Buttonhole stitch. These two rings were then laid on top of each other and stitched together.

The grey/beige ‘pebbles’ around the pot are French knots while the terracotta pavement is Cushion Stitch.

Detail of Summer Parterre by Marjorie Gilby

The flat blue and pink flowers are Rice Stitch. To create the waterlillies in the bottom left hand corner Marjorie first made needlelace leaves and then she used Cup Stitch to give dimensionality to the lily flowers.

Now you might remember Velvet Stitch (also called Turkey Stitch or Ghiordes Knot) from the blog post about Audrey’s extraordinary Aran style Canvaswork pillow here. It’s used to create a plush pile and here Marjorie has stitched it in green wool to create a box hedge for the parterre.

Tip

Here’s a tip that Pamela Watts passed on to Marjorie for creating a thick and even pile – use an eyebrow brush to shape and fluff up the pile after you’ve cut off the top of the loops.

Detail 3 of Summer Parterre by Marjorie Gilby

The other feature flower that’s repeated in the geometric design of this piece is made with Bullions and then set off with needlelace leaves. The surrounding triangle in mauves and pinks is done in Algerian eyelets. The small mauve and yellow ground cover flowers within the box hedges are French Knots.

Detail 2 from Summer Parterre by Marjorie Gilby

To create the shaped Cumquat trees Marjorie first made pompoms and then clipped them into a ball shape and added beads for fruit.

The texture, geometry and dimensionality created by all these different stitches is just awesome. My favourite feature is the terracotta pot and plant in the centre of the piece. Do you have a favourite feature?

Marjorie – a heartfelt thanks again for sharing your wonderful pieces with us.

Take care

Carmen

 

News Update

Hi everyone

A quick newsy post.

We’re Moving on 1 May

Mega news – on 1 May we’re moving from Gorman House to 100 Maitland St in Hackett. There’ll be no Monday morning or evening meetings on 5 May because we’ll still be unpacking. Our first meeting at the new premises will be on 12 May.

As you can imagine this issue has been taking up a huge amount of the Committee’s time and energy for the last nine months. We’ll all breathe a huge sigh of relief when the move happens. Here’s crossing fingers, toes and everything else that it all goes smoothly.

Threads for sale

We’ve been contacted by Belinda Jessup a local textile artist to say that she has some threads for sale on her blog here. Belinda says that all these threads were bought before 1996.

Update of Members Gallery

The following galleries have been updated. The newest photos are at the top of each gallery.

Bags & Purses

Beadwork

Challenges

Contemporary Creative

Crewel & Surface Stitchery

Cross Stitch

Stumpwork & Textured Stitching

Whitework

Here’s a trailer of a scissors keep stitched by Marjorie Gilby that’s now on the Crewel and Surface Stitchery Gallery

Bee scissorskeep

Bee Scissorskeep stitched by Marjorie Gilby

Scissorskeeper

Bee Detail from Scissorskeeper stitched by Marjorie Gilby

Free Canvaswork Design

If you love doing Canvaswork you might want to have a look at this free Boxed Heart pattern

boxedheart

which you can download here

Take care

Carmen