Exquisite Ethereal Mermaid + Two more Postcards

Hi everyone

In this post I’m going to share an exquisite and beautiful Mermaid stitched by Agnes Sciberras.

It’s a lovely Gary Clarke design and the ethereal quality of the work is created by the layers of objects, embroidered organza and embellishment.

The quality of the design, stitching and photography mean that this Mermaid needs no words from me.

Mermaid stitched by Agnes SciberrasDetail 1 of Mermaid stitched by Agnes SciberrasDetail 2 of Mermaid stitched by Agnes Sciberras

Detail 3 of Mermaid stitched by Agnes Sciberras

Detail 4 of Mermaid stitched by Agnes SciberrasThank you so much Agnes for sharing this work and Stewart (Bath) for the great sequence of photos. We’re so lucky to have such talent in the Guild and to be able to showcase the design of an awesome Australian designer.

Two more Postcards from the 2014 Creative Challenge

We’re going to progressively share with you the rest of the 45 fantastic postcards made for the Challenge – Stitching Love and Hope.

Here’s the delicate postcard full of symbols of hope and love stitched by Agnes Sciberras:

2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Agnes Sieberras

and a closer view of the lovely bluebird:

Detail of Bluebird from 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Agnes Sieberras

Lorna Loveland’s very evocative postcard draws on time-honoured motifs for remembrance:

2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Lorna Loveland

and here’s a closer look at the gorgeous goldwork:

Detail of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Lorna Loveland

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

Some Mid Century Modern at our Annual Exhibition

Hi everyone

A quick post to share some of the awesomeness that was the opening of our Annual Exhibition last night plus a couple of pieces of stitchy goodness.

Opening of the Exhibition

The Exhibition was opened by Dr Brendan Nelson AO, Director of the Australian War Memorial and he gave a fantastic speech that gave the evening a real buzz.

Here’s a photo of the special Creative Challenge Stitching Love and Hope where members were asked to re-interpret WW1 Silk Postcards

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and one of our President Fran Novitski and Dr Nelson at this display

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Here’s one of the postcards – an exquisite Flanders Poppy stitched by Glenda Hudson in honour of a family member. Very poignant and beautiful.

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One of the other special displays was Sharon Boggon’s Band Sampler. I love this photo of Sharon and Jerry with the Sampler

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Mid Century Modern Quilt

One of the pieces in the general exhibition is this wonderful quilt stitched by Susan Coates

The Sewing Circle Quilt stitched by Susan Coates

The blocks are from a Block of the Month series called The Sewing Circle by Robyn Allen-Waters.

Susan made the quilt with 1950s reproduction fabrics. These and the blocks give this quilt a real mid century modern feel.

Here’s some wonderful eye candy of a selection of the blocks….

Block1 from The Sewing Circle Quilt stitched by Susan Coates

Those wall ducks are so cool and so ‘in’ at the moment.

Block 2 from The Sewing Circle Quilt stiched by Susan Coates

Block 3 from The Sewing Circle Quilt stitched by Susan Coates

Block 4 from The Sewing Circle Quilt stitched by Susan Coates

Block 5 from The Sewing Circle Quilt stitched by Susan Coates

Block 6 from The Sewing Circle Quilt stitched by Susan Coates

The retro vibe of these stitcheries is really fun and the colours are so 50s.

Enjoy and have a great weekend!

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 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

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

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.

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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

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