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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Greenhills kangaroos

As promised, here is the second instalment on the fun and creativity at our annual stitching weekend.  The mother kangaroo and her joey were spotted on the lawns while we were outside at afternoon tea.

 

Blackwork by Christine Bailey

Blackwork by Christine Bailey

 Deceptively simple, Christine Bailey says small blackwork samplers are quick and easy to do.

 Susan Douds brought her Blue Wren, designed by Lesley Turpin-Delport, which Susan had started in a workshop at Beating Around the Bush in Adelaide.  In these photos Susan had just finished the ribbon embroidery and had started inserting some real “whispy” feathers.

Blue wren 1 by Susan Douds

Blue wren 1 by Susan Douds

 

Blue wren 2 by Susan Douds

Blue wren 2 by Susan Douds

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And here is the finished result, a spectacular example of mixed-media, dimensional embroidery.

Blue Wren worked by Susan Douds

Blue Wren worked by Susan Douds

 

Sadly I didn’t manage to get a photo of the real blue wren (also known here as fairy wren) family that was playing in the bushes outside, so here is a picture from the CSIRO.  The girl is the dull brown, and the boy gets the fancy plumage!

blue wrens

Jillian Bath had brought in another Lesley Turpin-Delport design, Nesting Weaver.  If you’d like to find out more about this designer and her designs, click here.

Nesting Weaver 1 by Jillian Bath

Nesting Weaver 1 by Jillian Bath

Nesting Weaver 2 by Jillian Bath

Nesting Weaver 2 by Jillian Bath

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jillian always seems to have a selection of lovely accessories with her whenever I see her.   Just how many do you have, Jillian?  Never mind, don’t confess anything…

Jillian Bath accessories 1Jillian Bath accessories 2

 

 

 

 


 

Smocking by Liz Bell

Smocking by Liz Bell

 

 

Liz Bell had moved on to some smocking

 

 

 

 

 

Robin by Libby Williams

Robin by Libby Williams

 

 

 

And Libby Williams was working on this Nicola Jarvis Studio design, a Morris-inspired crewel work

 

 

 

Towel with roses by Alice Keeley

Towel with roses by Alice Keeley

 

 

Then Alice Keeley was busy working on small towels to become Christmas gifts.  Isn’t it lovely that ready-made rosettes combined with simple stitches create something so effective?

 

 

 

There was also plenty of Hardanger happening around the tables…

Lel Whitbread and Susan Coates were working on a project from Hardanger for the Horrified (great name!) by Jane Greenoff

Hardanger by Lel Whitbread

Hardanger by Lel Whitbread

Hardanger by Susan Coates

Hardanger by Susan Coates

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hardanger by Lesley Jenesen

Hardanger by Lesley Jenesen

Hardanger by Tina Korda

Hardanger by Tina Korda

 

And some more Hardanger by Lesley Jenesen, Tina Korda, and Brenda Phillips

 

 

 

 

 

Hardanger cloth by Brenda Phillips

Hardanger cloth by Brenda Phillips

 

Margaret O’Beirne was working on a canvaswork kit Tuscan Midnight by Kathy Rees of Needlelights Originals.

Canvaswork 1 by Margaret OBeirne

Canvaswork by Margaret O”Beirne

Canvaswork by Margaret O"Beirne

Canvaswork by Margaret O”Beirne

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kay Reid had brought in a canvaswork begun on her latest cruise.

Canvaswork by Kay Reid

Canvaswork by Kay Reid

There was just so much going on at Greenhills, I think I’ll have to go on to a third blog, but finally for this one, just another taste of Ruth Ellis‘s fabric baskets.

Basket by Ruth Ellis

Basket by Ruth Ellis

Basket by Ruth Ellis

Basket by Ruth Ellis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have a great stitching weekend.

Gail

 

 

 

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Greenhills 2015 panorama

Greenhills 2015 panorama

The Guild’s annual stitching weekend was on again in May at the Greenhills Conference Centre, where members and friends got together for fun with stitching (actually, anything “crafty”!) from Friday evening until Sunday afternoon.  It was a great success, with stitching, conversation, food, stitching, conversation, food, stitching, conversation, food….  you get the idea.  And yes, that is frost on the grass first thing in the morning, but most of us were tucked up nice and warm, apart from the intrepid people who managed to fit in a jog or two in the beautiful bushland surroundings.

Friday evening, and some people were all set up and raring to go, fortified by a glass of some bubbly stuff, and  Liz Bell was easing herself into things with some knitting.  My lips are sealed regarding the identity of the person who arrived having left behind her bag of clothing, but at least she brought the most important thing, her needlework!

Fri night2 GreenhillsLiz Bell GeenhillsFri night3 Greenhills

 

But in case you thought that it was all eating, drinking (seriously, it was mostly tea, coffee or water), and making merry, here is a glimpse (in no particular order) of what some people worked on over the weekend.

Petit point dragon 1 by Anne Stewart

Anne Stewart was working on this petit point project, which will become a dragon entitled “Woodland Guardian’, from Heaven and Earth Designs.

 

 

 

 


Away in a manger 1 by Kathy Pascoe

Kathy Pascoe began with this “Away in a Manger” stitchery kit from Button Bliss.  Wooden nativity figure buttons will be added, and Kathy plans to add a Christmas themed border and make into a wall hanging.

Pink chairs 1 by Kathy PascoeOnce she had gone as far as she could with the stitching on her first project, Kathy moved on to this sweet project incorporating stem stitch, french knots and backstitch.


Counted cross stitch Diana Churchill

Diana Churchill began the weekend continuing on a counted cross stitch for her grandson, who just loves border collies.

… and here is the completed work.  The puppy’s name is “Shadow”.  Counted x stitch 2 by Diana Churchill


There’s more than one lucky grandchild who will receive a beautiful gift.  Prue Deacon was working on her original canvaswork design for her grandson, who loves all things relating to the beach.  This has a seaside theme incorporating elements from family photos and seaside pictures.

Canvaswork 2 by Prue DeaconCanvaswork 1 by Prue Deacon


Baskets 1 by Ruth Ellis

Ruth Ellis came equipped with her sewing machine to make more of her fabulous fabric bowls.

 

Baskets 7 by Ruth Ellis

 

Ruth says it takes about 40 metres of fabric-covered cord to make each bowl.  Apparently wrapping cord with fabric is a great TV-watching activity!

 

 

I’m going to make you wait for another post to see some of Ruth’s finished work, and much more.  There’s plenty more stitching activity to show from Greenhills!  I tried to take detailed notes, but if I’ve inadvertently left out acknowledgements, I’m sorry, the talking, stitching and eating were very distracting!

Gail

Classes and Creativity

Pat Bootland‘s recent class, Box Construction, was popular for members looking for a way to display small pieces of embroidery.  Of course, Pat came prepared to give us plenty of inspiration in the form of her own sample boxes, plus books and magazines that the Library helpers had kindly found for the class:

PatPootland Box Class

Box 1 Pat Bootland Box 2 Pat Bootland

 

 

 

 

Box 4 Pat Bootland Box 3 Pat Bootland

 

 

 

 

Box 6 Pat BootlandBox 7 Pat Bootland

 

 

 

 

 

 

Box 8 Pat Bootland

 

Class members (especially me) appreciated that in week 2 Pat helped us to sort out any “technical difficulties” we had found since week 1!

 

 

 

 

Not all boxes were finished by the end of the second class, so here are just a couple:

Box 1 by Dorothy Brann

 

Dorothy Brann used her lovely Hardanger sample

 

Box 2 by Dorothy Brann

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Box 1 by Sarah Kimmorley

 

 

Here is the first of Sarah Kimmorley‘s Canvaswork samples to create Christmas box gifts.

Box 2 by Sarah KimmorleyAnd who wouldn’t want to receive such a lovely gift?


The Creative Group meeting in May was playing with Dorset Buttons with a Difference.  Once again, Library volunteers had produced some books and magazines, Pat Bootland and Fran Novitski had organised supplies and samples, and there was plenty of work in progress:

Dorset buttons with a difference 1

Dorset buttons with a difference 2 Dorset buttons with a difference 3

Dorset buttons with a difference 4Dorset buttons with a difference 5


Last but not least, our School Holiday Program was once again full of fun and stitching activity.  Felties were not the only projects on offer, but I managed to photograph these:

Feltie budgie by Ada Feltie frog by Sam Feltie penguin by Maddy


Sweet budgie was made by Ada, frog with bling by Sam, and stylish penguin by Maddy.  It’s hard to believe, but the next school holidays will be upon us soon, and Lel Whitbread as usual has planning under control.

Don’t forget, you don’t have to be a Guild member to join our classes, although there are Member and Non-member class fees.  You can check for any of our upcoming classes/workshops here, and Special Interest Groups here.  Or check our What’s on at a glance page any time, visitors are always welcome.

Happy, and creative, stitching.

Gail

Kay’s Exquisite ‘Reflections of Silk’

Hi everyone

Where has the last week gone??!! I can’t believe it’s over a week since the previous post.

In this post we’re going to feature an exquisite Canvaswork piece called Reflections of Silk stitched by Kay Reid. It’s a French sampler by Stella Sampler. Here it is:

Reflections of Silk stitched by Kay Reid

Stewart Bath was clearly intrigued by this lovely piece because he’s photographed close-ups of every motif. I’m going to show a selection only in this post as there are 31 motifs and to include them all would make this an ultra marathon post! The whole collection is on the Canvaswork Gallery here.

Now here’s the selection of motifs:

Detail 2 of Reflections of Silk by Kay Reid

Detail 3 from Reflections of Silk stitched by Kay Reid

Detail 4 of Reflections of Silk stitched by Kay Reid

Detail 18 of Reflections of Silk stitched by Kay Reid

Detail 20 of Reflections of Silk stitched by Kay Reid

Detail 22 of Reflections of Silk stitched by Kay Reid

Detail 23 of Reflections of Silk stitched by Kay Reid

Detail 26 of Reflections of Silk stitched by Kay Reid

Awesome use of colour, pattern and geometry don’t you think?

Enjoy!

Carmen

Aussie Floral Emblems

Hi everyone

We’re enjoying the Australia Day long weekend here in Canberra.

To celebrate we’re going to share some lovely work featuring Aussie themes.

In this post we’re showing you a lovely piece of Canvaswork stitched by Kay Reid. The design showcases Australian floral emblems.

Here’s the whole design:

State Floral Emblems stitched by Kay Reid

and now for some close-ups…..

Golden Wattle – Floral Emblem of Australia

Goolden Wattle stitched by Kay Reid

Kangaroo Paw – State Floral Emblem of Western Australia

Kangaroo Paw stitched by Kay Reid

Cooktown Orchid – State Floral Emblem of Queensland

Cooktown Orchid stitched by Kay Reid

Waratah – State Floral Emblem of NSW

Waratah stitched by Kay Reid

Close up of Waratah stitched by Kay Reid

Sturt’s Desert Rose – Floral Emblem of the Northern Territory 

Sturts Desert Rose stitched by Kay Reid

Common Heath – State Floral Emblem of Victoria

Common Heath stitched by Kay Reid

 Tasmanian Blue Gum – State Floral Emblem of Tasmania

Tasmanian Blue Gum stitched by Kay Reid

Royal Blue Bell – Floral Emblem of the ACT……. and very special to our Guild

Royal Blue Bell stitched by Kay Reidand Sturt’s Desert Pea – State Floral Emblem of South Australia 

Sturtand s Desert Pea stitched by Kay Reid

Thank you for sharing this awesome embroidery Kay and also Stewart (Bath) for the great photos.

Take care!

Carmen

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

Kay’s Elegant Colour Study in Canvaswork

Hi everyone

I’m really enjoying the tropical colours of North Queensland especially the warm greens which all tend to be at the yellow end of the spectrum. There are none of the cool greens of cooler climates.

So today when I received the latest CD of photos from Stewart Bath I was immediately taken with a very elegant Colour Study in Canvaswork stitched by another of our very talented members Kay Reid.

Canvaswork

As the name suggests this is a technique stitched on canvas or similar foundation material rather than on  fabric. It’s counted thread work and its hallmarks are geometric patterns and precision stitching. The most familiar forms of Canvaswork are Tapestry/Needlepoint, Petit Point, Bargello etc.

You can use various kinds of thread and tapestry needles which have blunt ends. The bluntness of the needles stops the thread catching and splitting as you stitch in and out of the canvas.

Kay’s Colour Study

Kay’s piece features colours in warm greens and aqua tones. It’s a long, narrow work and Stewart Bath’s photos really highlight the beauty of the stitches and the pattern:

Canvaswork Colour Study stitched by Kay Reid

Detail 1 of Canvaswork Colour Study stitched by Kay Reid

and here are some close-ups

Detail 2 from Canvaswork Colour Study stitched by Kay Reid

Detail 3 of Camvaswork Colour Study stitched by Kay Reid

Detail 4 of Canvaswork Colour Study stitched by Kay Reid

Detail 5 of Canvaswork Colour Study stitched by Kay Reid

Detail 6 of Canvaswork Colour Study stitched by Kay Reid

Detail 7 of Canvaswork Colour Study stitched by Kay Reid

Thank you Kay and Stewart for sharing your awesome work with us.

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

 

Looking over Shoulders 10

Hi everyone

You may remember this blog post on an Alison Cole Goldwork class held at the Guild in 2013. Here’s the design the class worked on:

Standing Tall goldwork

Standing Tall Goldwork Embroidery completed by Dorothy Brann

Well Pat Bootland has got out her UFO from this class and started stitching again. In her very creative way she’s decided to change the fabric element at the base of the design into a dragon.

And not just any dragon but a gorgeous medieval dragon.

Goldwork in Progress by Pat Bootland

Dragon Detail from Goldwork in Progress by Pat Bootland

Jenny Balderson was stitching away at another element of her large crewel design

Crewel Flower stitched by Jenny Balderson

While Monica Andrew was creating some crazy quilting from her niece’s wedding dress

Crazy Patchwork by Monica Andrew

Detail 1 of Crazy Patchwork stitched by Monica Andrew

Jacinta Nelligan was back in Canberra visiting us – Yay!!!

……and she was working on this striking piece from a class at Central St Martins in London.

Contemporary Embroidery by Jacinta NelliganWhile Sarah Kimmorley was persevering with this Winnie the Pooh cross stitch…….

Winnie the Pooh cross stitched by Sarah Kimmorley

she can’t wait to finish all the white stitching around the outline!

Elvi McCann was appliquéing these too cute hippos

Applique stitched by Elvi McCann

and Yvonne Kingsley was working on this delightful Jenny McWhinney design

Rabbit Stitchery by Yvonne Kingsley

For something quite different Lel Whitbread was smocking some purple stitchy goodness

Smocking by Lel Whitbread

Tracey Kent had just started this delicate iris

Iris Embroidery stitched by Tracey Kent

While Samantha Benda was cross stitching this elegant piece as a wedding present for some friends

Wedding Hands cross stitched by Samantha Benda

You’ve seen this lazy big cat design being stitched by Joyce Lynch in earlier Looking over Shoulders posts. This is where Margaret Kelemen is up to

lazy Cat cross stitched by Margaret Kellemen

And now for some Canvaswork – here’s the piece just finished by Judy Barton Browne

Canvaswork stitched by Judy Barton Browne

Enjoy! and have a great weekend!

Carmen