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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Greenhills 2

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

 

 

 

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

Matthew’s Rug

Hi everyone

In this post we’re going to share a rug made by one of the delightful members of our guild Glenda Hudson. It has a really cool story.

Glenda made this rug for her son Matthew and it’s a combination of knitting and embroidery. The squares are joined by crochet while the backing is joined with a blanket stitch edging and held with ties. Some of the squares come from a pattern book put out by the Ku-ring-gai branch of the Knitters Guild NSW and the too cute buttons from Nikki Tervo Designs.

In her artist’s statement Glenda says:

My son Matthew has a great love of the Australian bush and its flora, fauna & birdlife. He works for Parks Australia as an environmental scientist. I made this rug to represent various aspects of his life.

Here’s the rug which is full of vivid Australian icons

Matthews Rug by Glenda Hudsonand here are the individual blocks. This first block show Matthew’s love of his pets and cricket. His dog Cherie was a very good fielder of the ball.

Detail 1 of Matthews Rug by Glenda Hudson

This next one has a cute koala

Detail 2 of Matthews Rug by Glenda Hudsonand this map of Australia shows the parks that he’s worked in. Glenda’s included a funnel web spider because her son had a close encounter with one.

Detail 3 of Matthews Rug by Glenda HudsonLook at this awesome block of Uluru

Detail 4 of Matthews Rug by Glenda Hudson

and these next lovely blocks of Australian nature

Detail 5 of Matthews Rug by Glenda Hudson

Detail 6 of Matthews Rug by Glenda Hudson

Detail 7 of Matthews Rug by Glenda Hudson

Detail 8 of Matthews Rug by Glenda Hudson

Detail 9 of Matthews Rug by Glenda Hudson

Detail 10 of Matthews Rug by Glenda Hudson

The windmill on this square really evokes the outback

Detail 11 of Matthews Rug by Glenda HudsonSome more fantastic Aussie designs

Detail 12 of Matthews Rug by Glenda Hudson

Detail 13 of Matthews Rug by Glenda Hudson

Detail 14 of Matthews Rug by Glenda Hudson

Detail 15 of Matthews Rug by Glenda Hudson

Detail 16 of Matthews Rug by Glenda Hudson

Detail 17 of Matthews Rug by Glenda Hudson

Detail 18 of Matthews Rug by Glenda Hudsonand a special tribute to Mathew’s beloved footy club St George/Illawarra

Detail 19 of Matthews Rug by Glenda Hudson

Isn’t it wonderful – it just makes me smile!

Hope you enjoy it too!

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

Postcards with a Difference

Hi everyone

For the start of the week I’m sharing four postcards from our 2014 Creative Challenge to re-interpret WW1 postcards.

The first two feature ribbon embroidery.

Robyn Duncan has created an elegant and understated postcard with a lovely message:

2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Robyn Duncan

Detail 1 of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Robyn Duncan

Diana Churchill has also used ribbon embroidery to create a delicate and evocative heart with a simple but poignant sentiment:

2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Diana Churchill

Detail1 of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Diana Churchill

Detail 2 of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Diana Churchill

The next two postcards use Whitework to create a subtle, delicate and beautiful message.

Annette Horvath’s postcard combines Cutwork with a charm to evoke the period:

2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Annette Horvath

Detail 1 of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Annette Horvath

Ros Stanford also uses Whitework to create this refined symbol of a heart (love) that incorporates an anchor (symbol of hope). She’s added a sprig of rosemary for Remembrance.

2014 Creative Challenge Postacrd by Ros Stanford

Detail 1 of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Ros Stanford

Detail 2 of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Ros Stanford

These postcards are all profound in their own way with the common thread of elegant embroidery techniques to create powerful symbols of love and hope that resonate deeply.

Have a good week!

Carmen

Sashiko Sampler Quilt

Hi everyone

This post is specially for those of you who love Sashiko.

I’m sharing a Sashiko Sampler Quilt designed and stitched by Jennifer Zanetti. It’s a large quilt that would easily fit a Queen size bed and is an absolute tour de force. Here it is hanging to give you an idea of the size:

Sashiko Sampler Quilt by Jennifer Zanetti

It’s full of detail and in real life the visual effect is that the Sashiko Samplers seem to ‘float’ on the surface of the quilt.

Sashiko

The word Sashiko means little stabs or little stitches.It is a traditional form of Japanese needlework that evolved in the Edo period (1603-1867).  In this period there were sumptuary laws that delineated class lines by defining what people could wear. Only the nobility could wear silk, bright colours and large patterns. Commoners (merchant and peasant classes) could only wear homespun fabrics dyed with indigo.

Cotton was imported and beyond the means of ordinary people. So they spun cloth from hemp, wisteria and paper mulberry. It’s thought that the original fabrics had a loose weave and the warp and the weft provided linear patterns for the running stitch. At this time cloth was a precious commodity because it was time-consuming to produce so it was imperative to find ways to conserve scraps of old clothes and re-purpose them.

So the origins of Sashiko are utilitarian and developed out of necessity. It was used to strengthen cloth, quilt layers together to create warmth and to mend and recycle worn out clothes. The indigo dye was durable and thought to repel insects and snakes.

The Sashiko patterns also had a spiritual significance e.g. where the threads of stitches cross over is called the me which in Japanese means ‘the eye’. These ‘eyes’ protected the wearer and in the museum examples of the garments worn by fishermen and farmers you can see that they are densely stitched with Sashiko patterns and hundreds of ‘eyes’.

If you want to read more about the history of Sashiko there’s an interesting essay here by Michele Walker who has worked with the last generation of women to practise Sashiko in Japan.

You’ll find a really useful set of tips on Sashiko plus a great listing of other resources here.

Sashiko Samplers

Now for a closer look at those  Sashiko Samplers and some awesome eye candy. Here’s a striking combination that deploys the Asa no ha pattern between two fans:

Detail 1 of Sashiko Sampler Quilt by Jennifer Zanetti

and closer

Detail 2 of Sashiko Sampler Quilt by Jennifer Zanetti

This next one is a variant of the Schippo tsunagi pattern

Detail 3 of Sashiko Sampler Quilt by Jennifer Zanetti

While the next block is a more complex variation of the same pattern:

Detail 4 of Sashiko Sampler Quilt by Jennifer Zanetti

and this is for all of you who love to look at the stitching in detail:

Detail 5 of Sashiko Sampler Quilt by Jennifer Zanetti

The last in the indigo series of Sashiko blocks is this Maru-Bisha-Mon:

Detail 11 of Sashiko Sampler Quilt by Jennifer Zanetti

The variation in the blue is due to the light sources in the room. On the quilt block it’s a uniform colour.

The indigo blocks are balanced in the quilt by a series of Sashiko Samplers in white with an added decorative theme. Jennifer has added a stitched bird to all of these white blocks.

We’re starting with  the  Hana-bishi pattern:

Detail 6 of Sashiko Sampler Quilt by Jennifer Zanetti

and then on to the Nowaki pattern:

Detail 7 of Sashiko Sampler Quilt by Jennifer Zanetti

and then the Hana zashi pattern

Detail 9 of Sashiko Sampler Quilt by Jennifer Zanetti

and this pattern which I haven’t been able to identify:

Detail 10 of Sashiko Sampler Quilt by Jennifer Zanetti

The final white block has the Seikai-ha pattern with a quilted panel as contrast:

Detail 12 of Sashiko Sampler Quilt by Jennifer ZanettiThere are also Sashiko quilting elements in the design which create a visual and textural effect:

Detail 14 from Sashiko Sampler Quilt by Jennifer Zanetti

Detail 15 of Sashiko Sampler Quilt by Jennifer Zanetti

I really haven’t done this quilt justice as the overall design is incredibly intricate and complex. Jennifer’s choice of fabrics complements and in some cases echoes the Sashiko samplers. The geometry and spatial configuration of the blocks alone deserve a blog post.

But I have picked out one of the many decorative blocks in the quilt to share with you as the end note for this post:

Detail 13 of Sashiko Sampler Quilt by Jennifer Zanetti

Enjoy!

Carmen

Brazilian Beauty

Hello again

I hope you’re having a relaxing weekend and finding time to do some stitching.

This post features a beautiful piece of Brazilian embroidery stitched by Sharon Burrell. The design is by Delma Moore for Blackberry Lane and is called Shades of Autumn.

Brazilian Embroidery

This technique is characterised by the use of rayon threads which have a sheen and a special z twist to them.

While the motifs are usually flowers the stitches used create a very textured and dimensional surface. If you love doing Bullion Knots, French Knots, Cast-on Stitch and Drizzle Stitch then you’ll love doing Brazilian embroidery. I can’t say that Bullion Knots are my favourite stitch but I do find them easier to do with rayon threads – somehow they’re more forgiving and it’s easier to control the tension and shape the knot after you’ve pulled the needle through.

The backgrounds which are flatter use stitches like Stem Stitch, Fly Stitch, Fishbone Stitch etc.

If you’d like to watch videos of how to do these stitches then head over here to Mary Corbet’s website.

Sharon’s Shades of Autumn

Here’s some awesome eye candy for you to enjoy:

Shades of Autumn Brazilian Embroidery by Sharon Burrell

Detail 1 of Shades of Autumn Brazilian Embroidery stitched by Sharon Burrell

Detail 2 of Shades of Autumn Brazilian Embroidery stitched by Sharon Burrell

Detail 3 of Shades of Autumn Brazilian Embroidery stitched by Sharon Burrell

Detail 4 of Shades of Autumn Brazilian Embroidery stitched by Sharon Burrell

Detail 5 of Shades of Autumn Brazilian Embroidery stitched by Sharon Burrell

A big thank you Sharon for sharing this beauty and to Stewart (Bath) for the great photos.

NSW Embroiderers Guild – Exhibition

If you’re in Sydney next weekend you might like to head over to this exhibition:

Surprise Exhibition copy

Bye for now!

Carmen

Some More Awesome ‘Stitching Love & Hope’ Postcards

Hi everyone

Here’s some more stitchy goodness from our 2014 Creative Challenge where members of the Guild re-interpreted WW1 Silks (postcards).

Meryl Fellows

You’ve already seen Meryl Fellows’ beautiful stump work postcard here but the awesomeness doesn’t stop there. Meryl made four postcards and here are the other three:

The first has a tranquil, welcoming country scene…..

2014 Creative Challenge Postcard 2 by Meryl Fellows

Detail 1 of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard 2 by Meryl Fellows

and here’s the heartsease close up…..

Detail 2 of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard 2 by Meryl Fellows

This next lovely postcard also evokes ‘home’ but the colours and style give it an oriental feel …..

2014 Creative Challenge Postcard 3 by Meryl Fellows

Detail 1 of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard 3 by Meryl Fellows

and Meryl’s fourth postcard is very Australian – an elegant beaded sprig of wattle…..

2014 Creative Challenge Postcard 4 by Meryl Fellows

Detail 1 of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard 4 by Meryl Fellows

Alice Kerley

Alice has designed a seriously cool and modern postcard in cross stitch

2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Alice Kerley

Detail 1 of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Alice KerleyI really like the use of metallic threads and the hearts to give a pop of colour.

Evelyn Foster

Evelyn has stitched a lovely postcard with a very vintage and delicate feel…..

2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Evelyn Foster

Detail 1 of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Evelyn Foster

Detail 2 of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Evelyn Foster

This postcard evokes the warmth and cosiness of a home full of love – I just want to walk through the garden and go in the front door and sit in front of the fire.

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