Textiles in Canberra

After my Stitching Delights in Melbourne blog post, I thought “what about all the stitching delights in and around Canberra?”  Some people know that I spend a bit of time at the Australian War Memorial, where there are numerous examples of textiles and embroidery, such as:

Tapestry @ AWM Based on oil painting by Imants Tillers

Tapestry @ AWM
Based on oil painting by Imants Tillers

 

This tapestry, entitled Avenue of Remembrance, was commissioned by the AWM from the Australian Tapestry Workshop, and completed in 2015.

It is based on an oil painting by Imants Tillers, and took master weavers over 2,380 hours to complete. The poetic landscape is reminiscent of wartime roads on the Western Front, and the many Avenues of Remembrance planted around Australia after the end of the First World War.

Tapestry @ AWM Based on oil painting by Imants Tillers

Tapestry @ AWM
Based on oil painting by Imants Tillers

 

 

 

If you would like to find out more about the making of this beautiful work of art, click here, where you can see the full scale and detail of the work.

 

 

 

 

Have you heard of The Digger’s Dress?  It was made by three double amputees while they were in hospital in London during the First World War, and presented to Mrs Minnie Rattigan, one of the founders of the “ANZAC Buffet”, which provided free meals and entertainment to Australian servicemen.

The Digger's Dress  @ AWM

The Digger’s Dress @ AWM

The tabard features hand embroidery, and the skirt has appliqued unit colour patches. More detail can be found here.

That’s just a very small taste, so here’s a challenge – visit the Australian War Memorial, and look for some of my favourites:  patriotic crocheted milk jug cover; Rising Sun flag hand embroidered by veteran in hospital; woollen army blanket covered with embroidery by WW2 prisoner of war;  and much, much more on display.  Warning: might entail more than one visit!

And while I’m talking about the AWM, and it’s school holidays, there are some Drop-in Craft sessions, where children can enjoy making their own colour patch, bookmark, or poppy to take home.

Women employees of the Australian Glass Manufacturing Company inspecting their knitting, part of their donation to the Woollies for Britain Appeal. 1944 (141750)

Women employees of the Australian Glass Manufacturing Company inspecting their knitting, part of their donation to the Woollies for Britain Appeal. 1944 (141750)

And not bragging or anything, but our own Guild has participated in a number of Projects of National Significance.  Which reminds me, we must add Princess Charlotte’s Blanket to the list.

Enjoy!

Gail

Pat’s Solvy Landscape

Hi everyone

Today we’re going to share a landscape that Pat Bootland stitched on Solvy water soluble backing. This is the so cool embroidery that emerged when she dissolved the Solvy.

Trees in Landscape by Pat Bootland

Detail 1 of Trees in Landscape by Pat Bootland

I love to watch Pat as she works on these dense, free form areas of stitch such as the tree canopy and the undergrowth. It’s random purposefulness!

Here are some close-ups…..

Detail 2 of Trees in Landscape by Pat Bootland

Detail 3 of Trees in Landscape by Pat Bootland

Detail 4 of Trees in Landscape by Pat Bootland

 

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

 

More Beautiful Pieces from our 2014 Annual Exhibition

Hi again everyone

I’m back with another post to celebrate our Exhibition. Today was another fantastic day – the incredibly positive feedback on the ‘wow’ factor of  the show has been very special and meant a great deal to us.

Here are two more postcards from the Creative Challenge Stitching Love and Hope where members have re-interpreted WW1 silk postcards.

The first is a classically elegant stumpwork with a simple but heartfelt message by Meryl Fellows:

2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Meryl Fellows

The second has a fresh, very Aussie theme but at the same time conveys deep emotion. It is by Christine Bailey:

2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Christine Bailey

and here’s a closer look at that too cool kangaroo with loads of personality…

Detail 1 of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Christine Bailey

Exquisite Contemporary Coastal Seascape 

In the general part of the Exhibition this seascape stitched by Agnes Sciberras is just stunning with beautiful stitching and embellishment. The quality of the work and Stewart Bath’s photography make my life easy – the embroidery doesn’t need any extra words from me:

Coastal Seascape stitched by Agnes Sciberras

Detail 1 of Coastal Seascape stitched by Agnes Sciberras

Detail 2 of Coastal Seascape stitched by Agnes Sciberras

Detail 3 of Coastal Seascape stitched by Agnes Sciberras

 

Enjoy!

Carmen

News Update

Hi everyone

A very quick post to say that I’ve updated the following galleries:

Contemporary Creative Embroidery

In this gallery it’s wonderful to see how different people have interpreted Glenys Leske’s Path to the Beach so that each work is quite individual even though the basic elements are the same.

Crewel & Surface Stitchery

Quite a bit of new eye candy here

Cross Stitch

Some delightful new work here too

Samplers

Two examples of the notebook covers from last year’s Stitch a Month classes

Here’s a taster of the photos uploaded….

Embroidered Seascape

Close up of Path to the Beach stitched by Christine Bailey

Embroidered Seascape

Detail 3 of Path to the Beach stitched by Agnes Sciberras

Cross Stitch

Cute Mice Biscornu cross stitched by Helen Nastopoulos

embroidered tray cover

Detail 3 of I had a little nut tree stitched by Marjorie Gilby

Embroidered Diary Cover

Detail 2 of Pink Lotus Diary Cover stitched by Marjorie Gilby

Last Minute Inspiration on WW1 Silk Postcards

If anyone’s still looking for some last minute inspiration for your WW1 silk postcard here are some lovely ones that belong to Guild member Helen Hardie

WW1 Silk Postcard 5 belonging to Helen Hardie

WW1 Silk Postcard 4 belonging to Helen Hardie

WW1 Silk Postcard 3 belonging to Helen Hardie

Underneath of WW1 Silk Postcard 3 belonging to Helen Hardie

WW1 Silk Postcard 2 belonging to Helen Hardie

WW1 Silk Postcard 1 belonging to Helen Hardie

Enjoy and hope you’ve having a great weekend!

Carmen

 

Looking over Shoulders 9

Hello everyone

I’ve been at again – looking at members’ work in progress and taking photos. I’m very grateful that people are so patient and understanding and let me share their stitching.

Let’s start with some Hardanger stitched by the very talented

Levona Lea

Blue and White Hardanger by Levona Lea

Detail of Blue and White Hardanger in Progress by Levona Lea

Avis Gesling

Hardanger in Progress by Avis Gesling

Detail of Hardanger in Progress by Avis Gesling

and Shirley Eaton

Hardanger in Progress by Shirley Eaton

Detail 2 of Hardanger in progress by Shirley Eaton

Detail 1 of Hardanger in progress by Shirley EatonMeanwhile Evelyn Foster was showing us the pieces she’s working on from an on line class with Sharon Boggon called Sumptuous Surface Embroidery – she’s loved doing the course

Contemporary Needlework stitched by Evelyn Foster

Green Contemporary Needlewok in Progress stitched by Evelyn Foster

She’s also been working on this Canvaswork leaf

Leaf Canvaswork in Progress stitched by Evelyn Foster

Agnes Sciberras has made a lot of progress with her stunning coastal seascape

Coastal Seascape in Progress stitched by Agnes Sciberras

Detail 1 of Coastal Seascape in progress stitched by Agnes Sciberras

For something very different Jan Hure was working on this complex Hapsburg Lace design

Hapsburg Lace in Progress stitched by Jan Hure

Detail 1 of Hapsburg Lace in Progress stitched by Jan Hure

Detail 2 from Hapsburg Lace in Progress stitched by Jan Hure

While Floriana Basilisco had just finished this piece of Filet lace

Filet Lace stitched by Floriana Basilisco

Detail 1 of Filet Lace stitched by Floriana Basilisco

Andrea Moore was bubbling over about the ribbon embroidery techniques she’d learned on the Guild’s classes taught by Lesley Edwards. Here are the pieces she’d stitched in the class

Pink Ribbon Embroidery stitched by Andrea Moore

Vase of Flowers Ribbon Embroidery stitched by Andrea MooreThere was also some yarn goodness going on with Janice Brennan working on this crochet

Crochet in progress by Janice Brennan

and this scarf

Woollen Scarf knitted by Janice Brennan

while Jenny Clayton was knitting this jumper with a wonderful pop of colour

Jumper in Progress by Jenny Clayton

and just down the corridor Glenda Hudson was really powering on this with this retro jumper design

Jumper in Progress by Glenda Hudson

We also had two special visitors working on these too cute loom bracelets

Tahlya 

Tahlyas Box

and Xanthe

Xanthes Treasure Chest

Enjoy!

Carmen

A Path to the Beach

Hi everyone

This post has some awesome eye candy.

From 31 May to 1 June the Guild ran a workshop led by the wonderful Glenys Leske from South Australia.

The aim was to create this delicate and lovely scene called Path to the Beach. It’s a richly layered and textured design.

Path-to-Beach-300x233

Over the coming weeks we hope to share some of the finished projects with you. The participants in the workshop have all added their own touch to the design.

We’re going to start today with Pat Bootland’s finished piece. Pat has very generously allowed her work to be photographed before it was framed – you can see the basting around the edges that hold the silk organza to the background  fabrics. This meant that Stewart Bath could photograph the work in all its detail.

Pat’s piece is full of exquisite stitching to create the features of this beachscape.  I love them all but I was especially taken by the simple but effective use of the frayed edges of fabric to evoke the spray of waves as they hit the beach.

Here’s the eye candy:

Walk to the Beach stitched by Pat Bootland

Detail 1 of Walk to the Beach stitched by Pat Bootland

Detail 2 of Walk to the Beach stitched by Pat Bootland

detail 3 of Walk to the Beach stitched by Pat Bootland

Detail 4 of Walk to the beach stitched by Pat Bootland

Detail 5 of Walk to the Beach stitched by Pat Bootland

Detail 6 of Walk to the Beach stitched by Pat Bootland

 

Enjoy!

Carmen

For Downton Abbey Fans

Hello everyone

Hope you’re having a lovely weekend. Those of you who are fans of Downton Abbey will know that the location used for the series is Highclere Castle in Newbury, West Berkshire.

This historic house also has famous gardens with spectacular beds of perennials and walled gardens. You can see some of the garden’s glory in the gallery on the Highclere Castle website here.

Pat Bootland visited Highclere Castle a few years ago and created a walled garden scene from a composite of two photos. Like all her original pieces it uses an amazing array of stitches densely layered on the fabric to create a sense of profusion and texture. There are also her signature ferns created with needleweaving.

We’ll start with the work in its frame

Walled Garden from Highclere Castle by Pat Bootland

now closer up

Unframed Walled Garden from Highclere Castle by Pat Bootland

The view through the arch – the lawn was created by using very small straight stitches. Pat laid down the straight stitches in one colour green and then repeated the process in four other greens until the whole lawn area was covered and blended.

Archway with Cat from Clereview Castle by Pat Bootland

the wonderful espaliered plum tree with its bullion leaves and padded stem stitch branches. The brickwork of the wall has been created using canvaswork stitches in a range of colours.

Espaliered Fruit Tree from Walled Garden at Clereview Castle by Pat Bootland

and here’s the beading which is so totally cool

Close up of espaliered fruit tree from Walled Garden at Highclere House by Pat Bootland

then there’s this adorable puss

Cat from Walled Garden at Highclere Castle by Pat Bootland

He was based on her daughter’s cat. Pat wanted to show its dark striped coat so that it had definition and presence but without being overpowering. The plant next to it was embroidered by first doing very long straight stitches and then wrapping them in blended threads.

Finally these cute hedgehogs and delicately woven ferns

Hedgehog detail from Walled Garden with Cat by Pat Bootland

Watching Pat at work is an amazing experience. She usually has a rough drawing of what she wants to do but no detailed plan. She starts and decides how she’ll do a particular bit. Then when that’s finished she’ll work out the colours and stitches for the next section and so on. It’s a very open and fluid creative process……and fast, very fast. She flies through pieces while chatting away and telling very funny stories.

We’re trying to persuade her that doing some You Tube videos on her needlewoven ferns would be an awesome idea.

Take care

Carmen

 

 

 

A Sense of Place

Hi again

In this post I’m going to share another work by Caroll Pichelmann. Caroll is a longstanding member of the Guild and a gifted textile artist. I’ve had some long conversations with her recently while arranging for her work to be photographed for the Members Gallery.

Lyn’s Postcard

This story starts with a postcard that Lyn Baldwin (another member of the Guild) stitched and sent to Caroll. Lyn draws with thread and fabric and her postcard featured some sandpipers. Here’s a fragment of it

Sandpipers on Blue Book Cover by Caroll Pichelmann

Caroll is highly creative and very focussed on the potential of materials for making art. Textile art isn’t static for her and she can see future stories and purpose in anything she makes. She constantly recycles pieces and they evolve over time.

She also has a very strong sense of place and how it can be evoked in fibre and yarn.

So when she received Lyn’s postcard she didn’t put it away or on a wall or somewhere safe. She sent it on a journey.

Textured Seascape

In the postcard’s next life the sand pipers have found a context and a sense of place in this textured seascape that was in the Guild’s 2013 Annual  Exhibition.

Contemporary Textured Seascape

Contemporary Textured Seascape by Carroll Pichelmann

Detail of Textured Seascape

Detail of Textured Seascape by Carroll Pichelmann

Diary Cover

Then Caroll decided to look more closely at these shorebirds and their habitat along the shoreline – especially the inter-tidal zone where they feed.

So she deconstructed the seascape and out of this morphed a diary cover that evokes all the rich detail of life in that zone.

It’s worked in wool in many forms and with a relatively restrained palette of stitches – darning, couching, Tunisian crochet, french knots, chain stitch, fly stitch, buttonhole stitch, back stitch, some needleweaving. But the main story is the wool – the variety of yarns, fibres, colours all put to awesome use in freeform stitching.

Here’s the diary opened out

Blue Diary Cover 3 by Caroll Pichelmann

And here are the covers and then detailed close-ups of the surface textile. I’ll leave you to enjoy the richness of the detail

Blue Diary Cover 1 by Caroll Pichelmann

Blue Diary Cover 4 by Caroll Pichelmann

Blue Diary Cover 2 by Caroll Pichelmann

Blue Diary Cover 8 by Caroll Pichelmann

Blue Diary Cover 9 by Caroll Pichelmann

Blue Diary Cover 10 by Caroll Pichelmann

Blue Diary Cover 15 by Caroll Pichelmann

Blue Diary Cover 7 by Carroll Pichelmann

Blue Diary Cover 16 by Caroll Pichelmann

Blue Diary Cover 17 by Caroll Pichelmann

Blue Diary Cover 18 by Caroll Pichelmann

Blue Diary Cover 11 by Caroll Pichelmann

Blue Diary Cover 12 by Caroll Pichelmann

Blue Diary Cover 13 by Caroll Pichelmann

Blue Diary Cover 14 by Caroll Pichelmann

Blue Diary Cover 21 by Caroll Pichelmann

Blue Diary Cover 20 by Caroll Pichelmann

Blue Diary Cover 6 by Caroll Pichelmann

Blue Diary Cover 5 by Caroll Pichelmann

I feel like I’ve been looking into rock pools and under rocks and beach combing along the shoreline when I explore this piece.

Did I mention that Caroll is also the most generous of people? So where are the sandpipers now? Back with Lyn of course and on the cover of her annual diary.

Caroll’s creative process where all the textiles are forming and reforming into new stories and surfaces reminds me of Jude Hill. You can see her work on her Spirit Cloth blog here

Have a great weekend

Carmen

Looking Over Shoulders 5

 

Hello again everyone

I’ve been busy with my iPad over the last couple of weeks taking pics as I look over people’s shoulders at the Monday morning and evening meetings.

To the members of the Guild thanks so much for sharing your work and being so patient with me as I whisk away your work to take a pic.

This post comes with its own warning – it’s a mega post just in case you need to get a cup of coffee or tea…….

Here goes……

Irene Burton is incredibly fast at finishing work – look what she’s done in the last couple of weeks:

Granny Square

Granny Square crocheted by Irene Burton

Blue Crochet Bag by Irene Burton

Ballroom Dancers x-stitched by Irene Burton

I love the sparkly bits on the dancer’s dress – they add something special. What do you think?

We had two special visitors on Monday

Margaret Kilby from Ottawa is working on this lovely field of red poppies:

Red Poppy in Progress x-stitched by Margaret Kilby

and Dee Glenn from the USA on this elegant quilt:

Quilt in Progress by Dee Glenn

While we’re talking about quilts here’s where Dorothy Rudland is up to with her butterfly quilt:

Butterfly Quilt in Progress by Dorothy Rudland

Detail of Butterfly Quilt in Progress by Dorothy Rudling

and Lee Scott  is finishing the crazy quilt block she started on her recent stitching cruise around New Zealand:

Crazy Quilt Block by Lee Scott

You’ve seen this crazy quilt block that Fran Novitski has been working on in previous posts so here it is finished and very cleverly turned into a folder cover:

Crazy Quilt Folder by Fran Novitski

Julie Knight who is just the most creative person across a range of media was showing us the pieces she’d entered into the Canberra Show last month. Just look at this awesome baby doll – don’t you just want to pick her up and give her a big cuddle?

Baby Doll by Julie Knight

Her other pieces were this baby’s outfit

Baby Dress by Julie Knight

and this silk ribbon embroidery

Ribbon Embroidery in frame by Julie Knight

Shona Phillips has also been adding some ribbon embroidery to this retro design:

Lady with Roses Silk Flowers in Progress by Shona Phillips

while Pat Bootland is stitching away on a new piece inspired by a Sydney Long painting in the National Gallery of Australia.

Woman Piper by Pat Bootland

Floriana Basilisco finished this embroidery for a cushion

Surface Embroidery in progress by Floriana Basilisco

This piece is a bit deceptive because the painted green background suggests you’re looking at appliqué when in fact it’s surface stitching.

Floriana’s now started on this filet inspired by similar pieces she saw on her last trip back to Italy

Filet in Progress by Floriana Basilisco

Near her Catharina Koopman was working on this cross stitch

Sogno in Progress x-stitched by Catharina Koopman

Gail Haidon was working away at this stunning piece of wool embroidery that you’ve seen in an earlier post

Wool Embroidery by Gail Haidon

and Lesley Fusinato has started another block of her super cute French mouse Monet quilt

Monet Mouse Quilt Block by Lesley Fusinato

Jan Senti has finished her too cute bear stitched with mingled threads to give a ‘tweed’ effect

Teddy Bear x-stitched by Jan Senti

and now she’s onto Sashiko

Sashiko in Progress by Jan Senti

On Monday night Sarah Kimmorley was painstakingly counting threads for the tassels on a baby blanket

Preparing Tassels by Sarah Kimmorley

While Jenny Balderson was adding the finishing touches to her Stitch of the Month book cover

Stitch of the Month Sampler in Progress by Jenny Balderson

Now if you love Hardanger and drawn thread work here’s some eye candy for you that various members are working on

Lesley Jemeson

Hardanger in Progress by Lesley Jemesen

Germaine Esther

Hardanger in Progress by Germaine Esther

Nan Horne’s Ukrainian work

Ukrainian Embroidery in Progress by Nan Horne

Here’s a corner of a large Hardanger tablecloth that Brenda Phillips is making as a raffle prize for a special birthday of the Yass Country Women’s Association – we all want to win it!

Hardanger Tablecloth Corner by Brenda Phillips

Mmm I have to apologise to the owner of this Hardanger piece in progress as I can’t read my scrawled notes – so if you recognise it please let me know and I’ll add your name

Blue and Cream Hardanger by

For something completely different check out the progress that Sharon Boggon has made on her contemporary piece

Contemporary Embroidery in Progress by Sharon Boggon

and Agnes Sciberras on her very evocative seascape

Contemporary Seascape by Agnes Scibberas

Margaret Roberts is almost finished her Australian landscape and is looking for feedback and ideas on whether she should put something at the foot of the tree – so your comments would be very welcome…

Landscape in Progress by Jenny

For the history buffs among you here’s the Millennium Sampler being worked on by Jan Prowse

The Milennium Sampler in Progress by Jan Prowse

Detail of Milennium Sampler by

while Patricia has started this panel of the Bayeux Tapestry and was showing me her Bayeux Stitch

Edward the Confessor Panel from Bayeux Tapestry by

Detail 2 of Bayeux Tapestry Panel in Progress by

If you’re a fan of Diana Lampe’s designs then you’re in luck because two members are working away on very similar pieces. In the morning group Janice Brennan was finishing this design

Diana Lampe Embroidery in Progress by Janice Brennan

and in the evening group Rosie Collis is just about finished this

Diana Lampe Embroidery in Progress by Rosie Collis

There’s also lots of cross stitch going on

Ruth Jackson

Geometric Square x-stitched by Ruth Jackson

Delma Burgdorf

Coffee Cups x-stitched by Delma Burgdorf

Barbara Bailey 

Cottage in progress x-stitched by Barbara Bailey

Anne Small 

X-stitch in progress by Anne Small

and Samantha Benda

Bouquet of Flowers x-stitched by Samantha Benda

Threadpainting always generates a lot of interest at our annual exhibition and on the Members Gallery so here’s a lovely violet by Ros Stanford

Violet Threadpainting by Rosa Stanford

There’s the same kind of delicacy but a very different technique in these Stumpwork elements that Margaret Cooper is working on

Stumpwork in Progress by Margaret Cooper

Evelyn Foster is working on this winsome Trish Burr miniature

Trish Burr Miniature in rogress by Evelyn Foster

While Mary Doherty is almost finished a block for our Sunbonnet Sue quilt

Sunbonnet Sue Quilt Block by Mary Donohue

For a pop of colour have a look at these pieces by Jan Hure

by Jan Hure

Polly Templeton 

Canvaswork in Progress by Polly Templeton

and Diana Churchill

Surface Embroidery in Progress by Diana Churchill

Surface Embroidery in Progress 2 by Diana Churchill

We’re going to end on a Christmassy note with this stocking being stitched by Carol Van Gelder

Xmas Stocking in Progress by

and Glenda Hudson’s fun button Christmas Tree from the Creative Group workshop

Button Xmas Tree by Glenda Hudson

Enjoy!

Carmen