Encore for My City Lives by Caroll Pichelmann

Hi everyone

Last year on 28 September I wrote about our 2013 Annual Exhibition here. I included some photos of Caroll Pichelmann’s My City Lives – a major piece of textile art in the Retrospective of her work that was part of the exhibition.

Those photos were taken at the Exhibition in not very good light. There’s been quite a bit of interest in this work and so Stewart Bath has re-photographed it in detail. We also have some images of the whole work by Andrew Sikorski of Art Atelier.

 If you haven’t had a chance to read the earlier post then the important thing to know is that this an imaginary city composed of bits and pieces from various Australian cities.

So here we go with an encore of My City Lives.

These first two photos are by Andrew Sikorski. It was fascinating to watch Andrew at work. The first photo presents the work as a textile – you can see the folds and creases in the fabric:

ART_1The second presents it in a more ‘art work’ way with less dimensionality and texture:

ART_2

Both approaches are accepted ways of showing textile art and I wanted to share them with you. Which do you prefer?

A more detailed look… 

Caroll says that this next section is inspired by The Rocks area of Sydney and I’ve included a selection of photos to give you some close-ups of the layers, texture and stitching:

Detail 7 of My City Lives by Caroll Pichelmann

 

Detail 8 of My City Lives by Caroll Pichelmann

 

Detail 4 of My City lives by Caroll Pichelmann

 

Detail 5 of My City Lives by Caroll Pichelmann

 

Detail 9 from My City Lives by Caroll Pichelmann

 

Detail 11 of My City Lives by Caroll Pichelmann

Now this next section is a bit of a mystery – Caroll doesn’t have any notes on which city this is from so if you recognise the buildings please let us know.

Detail 1 of My City Lives by Caroll Pichelmann

 

Detail 3 of My City Lives by Caroll Pichelmann

 

Detail 2 of My City Lives by Caroll Pichelmann

 

Detail 10 of My City Lives by Caroll Pichelmann

 

Detail 6 of My City Lives by Caroll Pichelmann

This work is also special because Caroll is very committed to upcycling materials and it incorporates many re-used fabrics, yarn and thread.

Enjoy and take care

Carmen

Weekend Wonderfuls 5

Hi everyone

Here’s a quick update of what the Creative and Paper Arts Groups explored when they got together again on 1 March.

Button Magic

The Creative Group focussed on buttons and the interplay with different stitches and techniques to alter surfaces and create layers. It was also really interesting to see how everyone approached the geometry of button holes to shape stitch forms and embellish fabric.

Here’s Pat Bootland‘s finished sample – the use of needlelace to layer is really cool:

Button Fun by Pat Bootland

Robyn Duncan combined a felted surface, thread and buttons to create this vibrant and striking abstract textile that highlights  colour and form:

Buttons on Felted Fabric by Robyn Duncan

Debbie Argue‘s vintage piece brings together the old and the new:

Doiley with Buttons by Debbie Argue

And Annette Horvath‘s panel is seriously cute:

Annette Horvath Buttons

Suzanne Clarke uses knots to embellish and compose a set of buttons:

Buttons by Suzanne Clarke

While Dorothy Rudland’s juxtaposes colourful threads, buttons and intense stitching with a highly textured surface:

Buttons by Dorothy Rudland

For a real pop of colour have a look at Margaret Lamond‘s work:

Buttons by Margaret Lamond

and I can’t get over how Annette Dziedzic can get so many design possibilities out of  button holes:

Buttons by Annette Dziedzic

Ditto with Lili Bradley:

Buttons by Lili Bradley

Dimity Manton was working on this delicate composition – my apologies for the quality of the photo:

Three Buttons by Dimity Manton

These embellished buttons by Hilary Rowell are just the business:

Buttons by Hilary Rowell

And the needlelace on Shona Phillips‘ large button really plays well with its texture:

Buttons by Shona Phillips

Cecilia Skene:

Buttons by Cecilia Skene

and Pearl Moyseyenko had just started their pieces and I’m really looking forward to seeing the finished pieces:

Buttons by Pearl Moyseyenko

While Rosalie Wells was further along with this vivid study:

Buttons by Rosalie Wells

And Glenda Hudson was working away at this charming and intriguing piece – is it a Christmas tree?

Buttons by Glenda Hudson

Meanwhile our President Fran Novitski showed the crazy quilting block she’d finished from the previous workshop of the Creative Group:

Finished Crazy Quilt Panel by Fran Novitski

Great Tutorial

Before leaving the Creative Group and their buttons here’s a really great tutorial from Kate Davies on how to stitch a covered button.

Paper Arts Group

Unfortunately I wasn’t able to stay for their session but I can share the fantastic piece that Dorothy Rudland created from the previous workshop:

Paper and Stitched Hearts by Dorothy Rudland

Detail 1 of Paper  Stitched Hearts by Dorothy Rudland

Detail 2 of Paper and Stitched Hearts by Dorothy Rudland

and the elegant project that Patricia Flower and Suzanne Clarke had prepared for this workshop:

Project for Paper Arts Group on 1 March 2014

 

Enjoy!

Carmen

News Update

Hi everyone

Well about an hour ago I managed to erase the whole Cross Stitch Gallery and it’s taken me all this time to figure out how to restore it! WordPress is seriously scary at times….Anyway it’s back & updated to boot.

Here’s the list of all the galleries that have been updated:

Blackwork

Canvaswork

Contemporary Creative

Crewel & Surface Stitching

Cross Stitch

Goldwork

Hardanger

Landscapes & Scenes

Stumpwork & Textured Stitching

Whitework

All the new photos are at the top of the galleries.

Facebook

We’re on Facebook and you can find us here. Yay! \0/

Enjoy!

Carmen

 

Weekend Wonderfuls 4

Hi everyone

Yesterday I called in to the Guild to catch up with the activities of the Creative and Paper Arts Groups. These two groups have decided to hold their activities on the same day with Creative in the morning and Paper Arts in the afternoon. They’re also co-ordinating the theme for the day and yesterday it was hearts.

You may want to get a long cool drink or a cuppa because this post is a bit of a marathon – there was so much going on. And even with all these photos I still only managed to get about 40 percent of the activity! What I didn’t capture was the laughter, chat, heads together playing with stitches and beads, comparing notes…….these two groups have really worked out how to mix serious technical learning and practice with fun company, lots of conversation and shared experience.

Beaded Stitches

The technique explored by the Creative Group was beaded stitches and the idea was to learn about the technique and then create a beaded heart or use it to embellish some other piece of stitching. By way of background members were encouraged to look at the beaded stitches that Sharon Boggon is featuring on her Pintangle blog.

Annette Dziedzic led the session and shared her knowledge about beaded stitches and had a wide range of books from the library spread out on tables as reference material. Some of the new books were getting people excited about the creative possibilities.

Sharon Boggon added lots of really useful tips and showed the various kinds of tools that were available including some tiny needles.

Then the fun part – looking at what everyone was doing – here’s a selection of photos taken with my iPad. Don’t forget to click on the photos if you want to get a more detailed look.

Sharon Boggon was working on this contemporary piece featuring a textured surface:

 Contemporary Embroidery in Progress by Sharon Boggon

Here’s a closer look:

Closer View of Contemporary Embroidery by Sharon Boggon

I also took a sneak peek at some other pieces that she had on the table:

Crazy Patchwork by Sharon Boggon

….and again a closer look:

Close up of Crazy Patchwork by Sharon Boggon

and look what else was hiding under some fabric – this exquisite contemporary whitework:

Embellished Contemporary Whitework by Sharon Boggon

Dorothy Rudling was stitching away with her usual flair. There were these vibrant beaded  flowers:

Dorothy Rudling Beaded Flowers

and this heart was in progress:

Dorothy Rudling Beaded Flowers with stitched Heart in progress

Christine Bailey was experimenting with stitches and beads on this crazy quilt block:

Crazy Patchwork Square in Progress by Christine Bailey

I thought these panels of flowers in different styles were very effective – what do you think?

Fran Novitski was also adding to her crazy quilt blocks:

Crazy Patchwork Block 1 by Fran Novitski

Crazy Patchwork Block 2 by Fran Novitski

Ditto Pat Bootland:

Crazy Quilt Block 2 by Pat Bootland

Crazy Quilt Block 1 by Pat Bootland

The compositional elements of crazy quilting are quite fascinating and it’s really interesting to see how different individuals balance and emphasise colour, shape and embellishment.

Not far away Jillian Bath was using Beaded Shell Chain Stitch which she’d researched on TAST 97 and 98 the night before. She was using bugle beads and varying the length of stitches to see what effect it had:

Beaded Shell Chain Stitch by Jillian Bath

Beside her Pearl Moysenko was starting these delicate beaded flowers:

Beaded embroidery flowers by Pearl Moysenko

Meanwhile Louise Willey was developing the foundation stitching for a wallhanging that’s going to include heirloom pieces from her family.

Louise Willey - stitched lines foundation for Wallhanging

And Helen Hardie was stitching beaded flowers on sequin waste:

Sequin Waste with Beaded Flowers

Jan Hure was adding a section of embroidery to her piece from a 2013 Creative Group session on entrapment:

Embedded Object Embroidery by Jan Hure

Working out all the objects entrapped between the layers of fabric is quite a challenge!

Jan had brought along some examples of beaded work she’d done to share with everyone. There was this elegant scissorskeep:

Beaded Scissorkeep by Jan Hure

Do you remember that here in October last year there was a post full of eye candy from an etui that Pat Bootland had designed and created? Well Jan has created one too. If you haven’t seen the earlier post an etui is a small ornamental box for holding embroidery tools like needles, thimbles etc.

Here it is all folded up:

Etui by Jan Hure

Here are the four sides:

Side 1 of Etui by Jan Hure

Side 2 of Etui by Jan Hure

Side 3 of Etui by Jan Hure

Side 4 of Etui by Jan Hure

Ande here’s the etui opened out:

Folded out Etui by Jan Hure

Awesome non?

Now to share the love on this very special and beautiful crazy quilt stitched by Annette Dziedzic to celebrate six generations of women in her family:

Family History Photo Quilt in Crazy Patchwork by Annette Dziedzic

Here’s her daughter Anna who has embroidered some of the detail on this block:

Crazy Quilt Block 1 by Annette Dziedzic

This is our Annette at 18:

Crazy Quilt Block 2 by Annette Dziedzic

Annette’s Mum – part of this block is a piece of vintage enbroidery stitched by Olive:

Crazy Quilt Block 3 by Annette Dziedzic

And these are the three older generations of the family – the baby in this photo is Annette’s Mum:

Crazy Quilt Block 5 by Annette Dziedzic

Crazy Quilt Block 4 by Annette Dziedzic

Crazy Quilt Block 6 by Annette Dziedzic

Very moving and a really engaging way to show family history and tell a story.

I could have run away with these two notebooks. This one is a design by Joyce Weeks:

Notebook Cover by Joyce Weeks

and this purple cutie belongs to Pearl Moyseyenko:

Purple Notebook with Beaded Flowers

Paper Arts Group

I stayed just for the beginning of this session when Suzanne Clarke and Patricia Flower were demonstrating how to use scrumbled tissue to create a heart. They’ve also recommended that everyone keep a journal over the year to record their experiences in this group.

Here are a couple of journal pages Suzanne had prepared:

Suzanne Clarke - page from Journal 1

Isn’t that sumptuous beadwork just the business?

Suzanne Clarke - Journal Page 2

And here is Patricia’s colourful start to her journal – it gives a real sense of energy and sparkiness:

Patricia Fowler Journal 1

Patricia Fowler Journal 2

Journal 3 by Patricia Fowler

Journal 4 by Pat Fowler

Enjoy!

Looking Over Shoulders 3


Hi there again

The Guild started up for 2014 on Monday. Lots of people still on holidays so numbers were well down but there was some wonderful work in progress. Here’s a sample of what was happening:

Agnes Sciberras was working on this stunning contemporary seascape:

Agnes Sciberras - Contemporary Seascape in Hoop

The scene is from a photo she took down the South Coast of NSW around Narooma. If you want to look in more detail just click on the photo.

And here’s a closer look at the beautiful materials and stitching…

Agnes Sciberras - close-up of South Coast Seascape in Progress

 Ann Lond was meticulously stitching a Hardanger runner in a soft sage colour:

Anne Lond - Green Hardanger Runner in Progress

Here are the edges she was finishing:

Anne Lond - Green Hardanger Runner Edges in Hoop

And here are a couple of the ones she’s already done:

Anne Lond - Finished Edges on Green Hardanger in Progress

Barbara Adams fingers were flying as she progressed these Candlewicking blocks for a quilt:

Barbara Adams - Candlewick Rooster in Progress

Barbara Adams - Candlewick Dog

Barbara Adams - Candlewick Rabbit in Progress

Aren’t they cute?

On the other side of the table Val Woodward was creating this lovely Canvaswork piece in blue and turquoise:

Val Woodward - Blue and Turquoise Canvaswork in Progress

Next to her Pat Bootland was developing the latest of her inspiring Or Nue designs:

Pat Bootland - Or Nue of Man at Window in Progress

Pat is so skilled that she makes it look straightforward – just awesome!

And in her usual spot at the end of this table Ann Small was expertly cross stitching this challenging design:

Anne Small - Country Store x stitch on hoop

At the next table Kathy Pascoe was adding more roses to her vibrant tablecloth:

Kathy Pascoe Purple Tablecloth with Yellow Rose

While Margaret Cooper was creating these delicate Stumpwork elements:

Margaret Cooper  Stumpwork leaves etc in hoop

Meanwhile on the other side of the table the precise geometry of this Canvaswork was emerging from the expert stitching of Margaret O’Beirne:

Margaret OBeirne  Purple Canvaswork in Hoop

Across the way Evelyn Foster was showing us the Contemporary Whitework she’d just finished as part of her online course with Karen Ruane:

Contemporary Whitework by Evelyn Foster

And here’s the other side:

Reverse side of Contemporary Whitework by Evelyn Foster

This is Evelyn’s own design and is just wonderful!

She’d also stitched this needlecase for one of her friends on the table:

Evelyn Foster - Friends by Choice

Not far away a handsome cat was emerging from Joyce Lynch’s cross stitch:

Joyce Lynch - back of x stitch cat

And Helen Nastopoulos was stitching these cool mice:

Glenda Hudson - mice x-stitch

Sitting next to her Ruth Jackson showed us this endearing koala:

Ruth Jackson - x-stitch koala softie

Don’t you think he’s got great personality?

She’d also finished this cheeky cross stitch:

Ruth Jackson - Women and Men Communication x-stitch

and was working on this:

Ruth Jackson - X stitch Alphabet

A bit further around Gail Haidon was embroidering this colourful and softly delicate design:

Gail Haidon Blue and White Wool Embroidery in Progress

Here are these gorgeous blues in more detail:

Gail Haidon - Blue Wool Embroidery close up

Not far away Margaret Lamond was adding flowers to this brilliant piece:

Margaret Lamond - Gold embroidery in progress

At the next table Lesley Fusinato was creating another of her super cute mice – this time a little French mouse:

Lesley Fusinato - French mouse in hoop

Chatting quietly to Lesley was Margaret Roberts who was busy choosing colours for the next section of her contemporary landscape:

Margaret Roberts - Contemporary Landscape

I love the way she’s evoked the sense of part of the scene in sunlight and the rest in shadow – it adds realism to a striking design.

As I was walking out of the room I caught sight of Sue Scorgie with this Diana Lampe design in her hoop so I grabbed my Ipad and took these pics:

Sue Scorgie - Diana Lampe Design in Hoop

I wanted a closer look at the wisteria she was stitching so you get one too:

Sue Scorgie - Close up of Diana Lampe design in hoop

Enjoy!

Exhibition of Miss Fisher’s Costumes

For the fans of the sumptuous costumes in the Australian TV series Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries there’s great news. They’ll be on show at Old Government House Parramatta from 1 March to 1 June 2014 – here’s the link to the National Trust’s website. Thanks to Sarah Kimmorley from our evening group for the head’s up.

Bye!

 

2013 Exhibition 1

 

The Guild’s 2013 Exhibition is on right now.

On Thursday it went from this:

Setting up 2013 Exhibition

to this…….

Exhibition 2013

in the space of a few hours. Amazing!

Young Stitchers

One of the first things that visitors see when they walk in is the table with the work of the Young Stitchers:

Young Stitchers table at Exhibition 2013

Haven’t they done some awesome stitching?

Caroll Pichelmann Retrospective

A special feature of this year’s Exhibition is a retrospective of the work of Caroll Pichelmann. Carol came to Australia from Austria in 1960 and has had a lifelong love of all things creative in embroidery.

She’s always encouraging other members to think outside the square when it comes to embroidery. She’s an artist with both the technical expertise and imaginative flair to pull off ambitious contemporary textile works like this one:

Cityscape by Carol Pichelman

This work My City Lives is large, three dimensional and with a strong architecture. It’s intensely worked and detailed and there’s a surface richness that’s hard to capture in a photo.

The city itself is a composite of favourite places in cities around Australia that Caroll has visited. Here are some details that I picked out from the foreground…..

Rocks and plants…

Detail Rocks and Plants from Cityscape by Carol Pichelman

The rock garden up close – you can see how the stitches create a landscape effect…

Detail rock garden cityscape by Carol Pichelman

Gates……

Gate detail from Cityscape by Carol Pichelman

and a mossy tree…..Detail Cityscape stitched by Caroll Pichelman

It’s an inspiring and powerful work and it’s been a hit with visitors to the show. What do you think?

Some other Sumptuous Surfaces from Caroll

Caroll uses many techniques to create the complex, layered and interesting surfaces to her textiles. Here’s a sample of other work:

gum leaves…..

Detail gum leaves by Carol Pichelman

lid of a small chest…….

Chest lid in gold green and purple by Carol Pichelman

a piece created with Tunisian crochet…

Tunisian crochet flowers by Carol Pichelman

I’ll be sharing more of Caroll’s work in later posts on the Exhibition.

Other work

And here’s a quick impression of some other work on show….

In earlier  Looking Over Shoulders posts you saw Fran’s A Siennese Treasure in progress. Here’s the finished lid of her box: 

Siennese Treasure Lid by Fran Novitski

Hazel has stitched an intricate  goldwork butterfly:

Goldwork Butterfly by Hazel Frances

 

While Sarah K has made her Perugino embroidery into an elegant pencil case…

Detail Perugino Pencil case stitched by Sarah Kimmorley

Doreen G has done a colourful sampler of stitches on canvas:

Sampler of stitches by Pat Bootland

and Anne E has given her special touch to another vintage embroidery:

Detail Strawberries stitched by Anne Eccelston

Alison K has used machine embroidery and beading to give a contemporary twist to her leaves. Here’s a close-up:

Detail Just a pile of Leaves by Alison Kennedy

and Margaret J has made a decorative cushion with a cool blue cross stitch:

Blue Jars x-stitched by Margaret Joy

Tomorrow’s the last day of the Exhibition and if you’re in Canberra then make sure you don’t miss out on this chance to see some great stitching….

And when you need a break there’s the cafe’s excellent coffee and the retail therapy of The  Gift Shop and the Recycle Table.

Bye!