Delightful Diary Covers

Hi everyone

The early Spring flowers are starting to appear here in Canberra so I wanted to share with you some delightful diary covers stitched by Marjorie Gilby. They feature some lovely flowers.

If you’re a fan of crewel and the thread painting of flowers you’ll love the stitching.

Here’s the first which showcases a geranium…

Geranium Diary Cover by Marjorie Gilby

Detail 1 of Geranium Cover by Marjorie Gilby

Detail 2 of Geranium Diary Cover by Marjorie Gilby

Now the second diary cover with its two violas that have a real pop of colour….

Two Violas Diary Cover by Marjorie Gilby

Detail 1 of Two Violas Diary Cover by Marjorie Gilby

Detail 2 of Two Violas Diary Cover by Marjorie Gilby

and here’s the third cover and it’s very striking…..

Red Flower with Beetles Diary Cover by Marjorie Gilby

Detail 1 of Red Flower with 2 Beetles Diary Cover by Marjorie Gilby

Detail 2 of Red Flower with 2 Beetles by Marjorie Gilby

Detail 3 of Red Flower and 2 Beetles Diary Cover by Marjorie Gilby

 

Again thanks heaps Marjorie for sharing your awesome embroidery with us.

Hope you have a great weekend!

Carmen

Deerfield Embroidery

Hi everyone

This post is going to focus on Deerfield Embroidery. The inspiration is a table mat stitched by Marjorie Gilby that Stewart Bath has photographed.

Where is Deerfield?

Deerfield embroidery is based on Crewel Work. It evolved in a small town in Massachusetts which you can see on a map here.

It’s a very picturesque New England town

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What’s the story of Deerfield embroidery? 

In 1898 two women Margaret Christine Whiting and Ellen Miller founded the Deerfield Society of Blue and White Needlework.

They had found some very moth-eaten and threadbare pieces of 18th century Jacobean embroidery that had been stitched locally in New England. They wanted to replicate them so that the history and beauty of these pieces wouldn’t be lost.

At the time Crewel work was out of fashion so they had to research the materials and stitches needed to reproduce these earlier pieces. The development of Deerfield embroidery was influenced by the following practical realities:

  • the 18th century Crewel work designs had already been adapted by New England needlewomen so that they used less thread and materials.
  • the aniline dyes that were in general use after the Civil War proved to be unsuitable for dyeing embroidery thread. Most of the colours were too harsh and faded quickly when exposed to the sun
  • moth attack on textiles was a reality of daily life and therefore wool threads and materials could not be used. This forced a move to flax and linen.

As a result the earliest  embroideries produced by the Society were stitched with blue and white linen threads and the occasional brown shades. The blue colours were based on hand dyeing with indigo and the browns from dyeing with local tree barks.

For most people Deerfield embroidery is synonymous with blue and white embroidery.  But in fact over the life of the Society from 1898 to 1930 a whole range of colours was gradually introduced based on natural plant dyes – madder (reds and pinks), fustic (yellow) etc.

Stitches used in Deerfield

The stitches are those typical of Crewel work – Outline and Stem Stitch, Herringbone Stitch, Chain Stitch,Feather Stitch, Fly Stitch, Coral Stitch (called Snail Trail), Buttonhole and Blanket Stitch (called Spike Stitch), Satin Stitch, Seed Stitch, Lattice Stitch etc.

There were also some local variants of stitches:

  • New England Laid Stitch (both open and closed forms) which is essentially Roumanian Stitch;
  • Honeycombe Stitch which is very similar to interlocking Buttonhole Stitch but with virtually no thread carried through to the back of the fabric (one of the thread thrifty variations of classic stitches) and
  • Crows Feet Stitch which is essentially three straight stitches in the pattern \|/

Marjorie’s Deerfield Table Mat

Now for the eye candy. Here are the photos of Marjorie’s mat:

Deerfield Embroidery Napkin stitched by Marjorie Gilby

detail 1 of Deerfield Embroidery stitched by Marjorie Gilby

Detail 2 of Deerfield Embroidery stitched by Marjorie Gilby

Detail 3 of Deerfield Embroidery stitched by Marjorie Gilby

Detail 4 of Deerfield Embroidery stitched by Marjorie Gilby

Detail 5 of Deerfield Embroidery stitched by Marjorie Gilby

Detail 6 of Deerfield Embroidery stitched by Marjorie Gilby

Detail 7 of Deerfield Embroidery stitched by Marjorie Gilby

Detail 8 of Deerfield Embroidery stitched by Marjorie Gilby

Detail 9 of Deerfield Embroidery stitched by Marjorie Gilby

Other Examples of Deerfield

There’s also this example of Deerfield stitched by Margaret Kelemen in our Crewel and Surface Stitchery Gallery:

Deerfield embroidery

Deerfield embroidery stitched by Margaret Kelemen

and another piece stitched for the Guild’s collection of samples of different types of embroidery. This sample was stitched by Cecilia Skene:

Deerfield Embroidery Sample from the Guilds Collecton

 Deborah Love’s Wonderful Website

If you’d like to see some more exquisitely stitched Deerfield then head over to Deborah Love’s website and admire her awesome pieces of Deerfield Embroidery. Deborah is the President of the Queensland Guild.

Other Resources

If you want to read more of the history of this embroidery style then Deerfield Embroidery: Traditional Patterns from Colonial Massachusetts by Marjery Burnham Howe is a great read. The author was a neighbour of Margaret Whiting in the 1930s and she really evokes the social and cultural context of the Deerfield Society of Blue and White Needlework. By the way they used ‘Needlework’ and not ‘Crewel work’ because they used linen rather than wool materials and threads.

Marjorie a big thanks once again for sharing your work with us.

bye for now

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

Crewel Treat 3

Hello again everyone

Earlier this year in April you enjoyed two cushions in the Aran style by Audrey Schultz in this blog post.

Now here are two lovely crewel cushions stitched by Audrey with the same flair, talent and technical skill.

They don’t need any words from me:

Cushion 1

Crewel Cushion 1 stitched by Audrey Schultz

Detail 1 of Crewel Cushion 1 stitched by Audrey Schultz

Detail 2 of Crewel Cushion 1 stitched by Audrey Schultz

Detail 3 of Crewel Cushion 1 stitched by Audrey Schultz

Detail 4 of Crewel Cushion 1 stitched by Audrey Schultz

Detail 5 of Crewel Cushion 1 stitched by Audrey Schultz

Detail 6 from Crewel Cushion 1 by Audrey Schultz

Cushion 2 

crewel Cushion 2 stitched by Audrey Schultz

Detail 1 of Cushion 2 stitched by Audrey Schultz

Detail 2 of Crewel Cushion 2 stitched by Audrey Schultz

Detail 3 of Crewel Cushion 2 stitched by Audrey Schultz

Detail 4 from Crewel Cushion 2 stitched by Audrey Schultz

Detail 5 from Crewel Cushion 2 stitched by Audrey Schultz

Detail 6 of Crewel Cushion 2 stitched by Audrey Schultz

Detail 7 from Crewel Cushion 2 stitched by Audrey Schultz

Thank you so much Audrey for sharing these beauties with us.

Bye for now!

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 6

Hello everyone

Just in case some of you are feeling withdrawal symptoms because there are no Guild meetings this week here’s a ‘looking over shoulders’ post. These are photos I took with my iPad at the last couple of evening meetings.

Monica Andrew had us all laughing as she declared that she loved to torture fabric aka this biscornu in progress – it’s been needlefelted, embellished and machine embroidered

Red Biscornu in progress by Monica Andrew   Lili Bradley really caught everyone’s attention with this barbed wire made out of twine. She gave it a modern twist  when she arranged it with the crochet hearts she was making ….

Barbed wire  crochet hearts by Lili Bradley

Janet Pearce was also doing crochet – a baby’s shawl

Crochet in progress by Janet Pearce

Elvi McCann was racing to finish this Hardanger music box cover – she’s making it for one of her grandsons to give to his Mum for Mother’s Day.

Hardanger Music Box Lid in progress by Elvi McCann

Next to her Sharon Burrell was stitching this Hardanger angel

Finished Hardanger Angel by Sharon Burrell

When Sharon finished the angel she picked up her cross stitch panel showing a retro day at the races. The panel’s too big to capture in one photo so here it is in segments:

Races x stitch 5 by Sharon BurrellRaces x stitch 4 by Sharon BurrellRaces x stitch 3 by Sharon BurrellRace x stitch 2 by Sharon BurrellRaces X stitch panel 1 by Sharon Burrell

On another table Cathy Fetherston had two pieces on the go……

this Hardanger and Blackwork combo

Hardanger and Blackwork in progress by Cathy Fetherston

and this Blackwork piece

Blackwork in progress by Cathy Fetherston

I was tempted to run away with Cathy’s biscornu pincushion

Blackwork Biscornu stitched by Catherine Fetherston

Meanwhile Kerry Neale was stitching this blackwork leaf….

Blackwork Leaf in progress by Kerry Neale

While next to her Eleni Holloway was creating a cute sheep in the same technique…

Blackwork Sheep in progress by Eleni Holloway

In contrast Susan Douds was embroidering this stitchery with a real pop of colour

Surface stitchery by Suzanne

You’ve seen Pat Bootland’s piper in an earlier Looking over Shoulders so here’s another peep at the progress she’s making

Piper in progress by Pat Bootland

Ditto Jenny Balderson’s crewel work…….here’s the design element she was working on last time

Crewel work in progess 2 by Jenny Balderson

and here’s the bit she’s working on now

crewel work in progress by Jenny Balderson

Robyn Duncan was busy developing a knot garden design for the more advanced Young Stitchers to do

Knot garden in progress by Robyn Duncan

and Hazel Hunt was working away at this lovely surface stitching

Surface stitch in progress by Hazel Hunt

Beside her Jillian Farrer was also stitching a burst of colour

Surface Stitching in progress by Jillian Farrer

Leonie Hunt’s delicate Australian wildflower cross stitch is emerging from her hoop

Wildflower x stitch in progress by Leonie Hunt

Susan Lelbach is learning blackwork and was practising Holbein (or Double Running Stitch) – one of the foundation stitches for Blackwork.

Blackwork in progress by Susan Lelbach

Not too far away Susan Coates was also doing Blackwork

Blackwork in progress by Susan Coates

and so was Sarah Kimmorley

Blackwork Heart in progress by Sarah Kimmorley

After patiently working away at the Diana Lampe design that her Mum had started Rosie Collis was just adding the last couple of stitches!

Diane Lampe design in progress by Rosie

Enjoy!

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

Crewel Treat

Hi again

Guild members usually get together on a Monday but it’s not on today because of the Easter Monday holiday. So for those of you who are hanging out for an embroidery fix here’s another blog post as an Easter treat.

One of our members Barbara Adams is an accomplished stitcher and sewer. She can turn her hand to anything and her grub roses are to die for. About a year ago she was browsing in the library when she came across a book of crewel patterns. It was love at first sight.

Here are some pics of her latest work – it’s an Elsa Williams kit called A Jacobean Panel:

Jacobean Crewel Tree with Flowers stitched by Barbara Adams

Detail 1 of Jacobean Tree with Flowers stitched by Barbara Adams

Detail 2 of Jacobean Crewel Tree with Flowers stitched by Barbara Adams

Detail 3 of Jacobean Crewel Tree with Flowers stitched by Barbara Adams

Now for those of you who like to see the stitching close up – here are some flower details…..

Flower 1 Detail of Jacobean Crewel Tree with Flowers stitched by Barbara Adams

Flower Detail 2 from Jacobean Crewel Tree with Flowers stitched by Barbara Adams

Flower Detail 3 from Jacobean Crewel Tree with Flowers stitched by Barbara Adams

Flower Detail 4 of Jacobean Crewel Tree wth Flowers stitched by Barbara Adams

 

Just lovely Barbara and thank you so much for sharing your embroidery with us.

Bye for now. We’re off to join family at the National Museum of Australia to see the exhibition of bark paintings from Arnhem land.

Carmen