For Fans of Diana Lampe

Hi everyone

In this post I’m going to share a lovely Diana Lampe floral garden design stitched by Sue Scorgie one of our very talented members.

Diana Lampe is a very special and well known embroidery designer. She also happens to live in Canberra. These days her creativity is channelled into food writing and vegetarian recipes. You can follow her food journal here

This piece is a very longstanding UFO (unfinished object) of Sue’s. She actually began it in a class with Diana Lampe a long, long time ago and just finished it recently. We’ve had glimpses of it in Looking over Shoulders posts but here’s the finished beauty:

Floral Garden stitched by Sue Scorgie

Detail 1 of Floral Garden stitched by Sue Scorgie

Now for some close up eye candy……

look at this cool Wisteria Arch in French Knots….. and the delightful cat….

Detail 2 of Floral Garden stitched by Sue Scorgie

Detail 4 of Floral Garden stitched by Sue Scorgie

and this elegant Magnolia tree…..

Deail 3 of Floral Garden stitched by Sue Scorgie

This is a very effective use of a simple stitch like Lazy Daisy (Detached Chain Stitch). The same again with the daffodils in this next photo….

Detail 5 of Floral Garden stitched by Sue Scorgie

…..a few more peeks at the garden detail……

Detail 6 of Floral Garden stitched by Sue Scorgie

Detail 7 of Floral Garden stitched by Sue Scorgie

Just a fantastic design and achieved with a palette of basic stitches skilfully executed  by Sue.

Thanks heaps Sue for sharing your beautiful piece with us and Stewart (Bath) for the photos.

Diana Lampe Inspiration on an Italian Blog

If you follow us on Facebook you know that we recently featured the exquisite embroidery of Elisabetta ricami a mano ( = Elisabeth hand embroideries). Elisa lives in San Bonifacio in the Italian province of Verona and showcases her stunning work on her blog which you can find here.

She also teaches embroidery locally including children’s classes. One of Elisa’s passions is embroidering alphabets (or cifre in Italian) and she recently got her young students to design some letters using Diana Lampe’s books as inspiration. Here are some examples of their work….

04.Petra

01.Ester

Amazing aren’t they? You can see more of these letters or cifre here.

By the way our Facebook page is a public page so you don’t need to join Facebook to follow it. You do need to be a member of Facebook to ‘like’ our page and/or posts and to comment on a post.

When I was researching this post I came across a 2010 interview with Diana Lampe on the ABC and you can find it here

Ciao Ciao

Carmen

Bluebirds of Happiness

Hello again

The 2014 Creative Challenge Stitching Love & Hope where members were asked to re-interpret WW1 silk postcards has given me a lot of stitchy food for thought over the last week. There were 45 postcards entered in the Challenge and so far we’ve shared 14 of them with you on the blog.

The postcards have been stitched in wide range of designs and techniques. I’m still thinking about how to showcase them so as to show their awesomeness to the max.

The three I’m going to share with you in this post are based on traditional silk postcards or Silks and they feature bluebirds.

Bluebirds as Symbols of Love, Hope, Happiness etc

Bluebirds are an ancient archetype associated with the sun and sky. They are found in Native American mythology and were symbols of fertility, love, hope and happiness.

Bluebirds are a species found in North America and the more ‘modern’ phrase ‘bluebirds of happiness’ comes from the popular American song of the same name that became a hit in 1934.

Three Creative Challenge Postcards

Here are three lovely and delicate postcards with a very vintage feel in their design but with a pop of contemporary colours.

The first postcard I’m going to show you has been stitched by Susan Coates:

2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Susan Coates

Detail 1 from 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Susan Coates

Detail 2 of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Susan Coates

This next one is by Lel Whitbread:

2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Lel Whitbread

Detail 1 of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Lel Whitbread

Detail 2 of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Lel Whitbread

Detail 4 of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Lel Whitbread

and the third one is by Dorothy Rudling:

2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Dorothy Rudling

Detail 1 of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Dorothy Rudling

Detail 2 of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Dorothy Rudling

Detail 3 of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Dorothy Rudling

Detail 4 of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Dorothy Rudling

All three of these designs have a poignant message in the context of war but they also have a certain brio and they left me smiling :))))

I hope you enjoy them too.

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

If You Love Threadpainting……….

Hi everyone

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

First up I’m going to share two birds exquisitely embroidered by Sharon Burrell.

Here’s an awesome Eastern Bluebird from a needle painting workshop with Tanja Berlin that Sharon took at the 2013 Koala Conventions (this is an event held in Brisbane & showcasing a range of embroidery workshops – you can find the 2015 Program here).

Eastern Bluebird stitched by Sharon Burrell

Detail 1 of Eastern Bluebird stitched by Sharon Burrell

Detail 2 of Eastern Bluebird stitched by Sharon Burrell

Doesn’t Sharon just rock this design?

The next piece is called Summer Jewel and is technically a crewel kit from Elsa Williams but it’s all done in long and short stitch so I’ve included it here.

Summer Jewel stitched by Sharon Burrell

Detail 1 of Summer Jewel stitched by Sharon Burrell

Detail 2 of Summer Jewel stitched by Sharon Burrell

Thank you so much Sharon for sharing your beautiful work & Stewart (Bath) for the great photos.

2014 Stitching Love and Hope Postcard by Marjorie Gilby

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while you’ll be familiar with Marjorie’s stitching as we’ve featured it a number of times. For the 2014 Creative Challenge she has created a postcard using the thread painting technique.

It’s a breathtaking dog rose in the most glorious shades of red……

2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Marjorie Gilby

Detail 1 of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Gilby Marjorie

Detail 2 of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Marjorie Gilby

 

Enjoy!

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

 

Wonderful Viewers’ Choice Awards from the 2014 Annual Exhibition

Hello again

I hope you’re having a good week. This is a quick post to share some photos from the Viewers’ Choice Awards at the Exhibition.

Stitching Love & Hope Creative Challenge – Viewers’ Choice

The Viewers’ Choice for the Stitching Love and Hope Creative Challenge was won by this lovely and evocative postcard of a field of poppies by Monica Andrew….

2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Monica Andrew

It really brought back memories of seeing fields of Flanders poppies in France.

Here’s a delighted Monica receiving her prize from our President Fran Novitski…

Monica Andrews receiving Viewers Choice Award for her 2014 Challenge postcard

Congratulations Monica!

General Exhibition – Viewers’ Choice Award

The Viewers’ Choice in the General Exhibition was the stunning Japanese Embroidery Bouquet from the Heart of Japan stitched by Irene Burton which was blogged here

Bouquet from the Heart of Japan stitched by Irene Burton

and here’s Irene with Fran Novitski and Sarah Kimmorley (our awesome and super calm Exhibition organiser) receiving her prize

Irene Burton receiving 2014 Viewers Choice Award

Congratulations Irene!

Given that we’ve previously featured Irene’s winning entry in a blog post I thought we’d share another exquisite entry from her – a Marie Antoinette doll.

Irene’s Marie Antoinette Doll

This doll has to be seen in real life to appreciate the extraordinary detail and flair of this costume, hat, hair, shoes, bling etc…

Marie Antoinette Doll by Irene Burton

and here’s the back…

Back of Marie Antoinette Doll by Irene Burton

Irene also showed us the layers under the outer dress…

Layer 1

Layer 1 of Marie Antoinette Doll by Irene Burton

Layer 2

Layer 2 of Marie Antoinette Doll by Irene Burton

and here’s what Irene has to say about making this doll…

Everything is crocheted -the pantaloons, the underskirt, the dress and the hat. The satin bodice is
not part of the costume. I made it so that she wasn’t photographed topless in her pantaloons and underskirt! The pattern is a reproduction of a 1775 French Court Dress, designed in miniature by Sandra Peach of Paradise Dolls. Sandra even includes instructions for the hairstyle. It took many, many months for me to find all the embellishments – on the internet, at craft shows and op shops, and from friends’ stashes. As you can imagine, there is more to the costume than just crochet. You need to be hairdresser, jewellery maker, dressmaker, embroiderer and improviser. I have already started crocheting the next Crochet Collector Costume by Sandra Peach. I think her designs are top class.”

I don’t know about you but I’m in awe of Irene’s level of talent and I can’t wait to see the next costumed doll she produces!

Don’t forget if you want to enlarge the photos of the doll just click on them and then click on the zoom icon that comes up

Bye for now!

Carmen

Sublime Needlework

Hi again

I’ve previously used the adjective sublime to describe the stumpwork of Lorna Loveland here. It’s not a word to be used lightly but it absolutely also applies to this exquisite piece of needlework stitched by Marjorie Gilby.

Waratah Tray Cloth stitched by Marjorie Gilby

History

This piece has a really interesting history. It’s a reproduction (with some variations) of a piece of Mountmellick designed and embroidered by Miss S. Docker around 1912-1913.

Marjorie got this design from the book Australian Heritage Needlework Wildflowers edited by Jennifer Sanders which includes a range of wonderful colonial and early twentieth century designs.

This particular design is The Waratah Tray Cloth and it was contributed by Ann – Marie Bakewell. For those readers who don’t live in Australia a Waratah is a spectacular native flower and the floral emblem of New South Wales.

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Mountmellick

Mountmellick is a type of Whitework embroidery with floral motifs that developed in the Irish town of Mountmellick around 1825. It uses predominantly knotted and padded stitches to create a richly textured surface. Traditionally it’s worked in a white matt thread on white cotton satin jean fabric.

Mountmellick was popular in Australia at the turn of the century for those household items that needed frequent washing. Whitework generally was also fashionable and the motifs used were often nationalistic and featured designs based on local wildflowers.

Marjorie’s Waratah Tray Cloth

This design has adapted the original design to surface embroidery using linen fabric and coton a broder.

Let’s have a closer look….

Waratah Tray Cloth 2 stitched by Marjorie Gilby

and closer again…….

Detail 1 of Waratah Tray Cloth stitched by Marjorie Gilby

Detail 2 of Waratah Tray Cloth stitched by Marjorie Gilby

Detail 7 of Waratah Tray Cloth stitched by Marjorie Gilby

Detail 8 of Waratah Tray Cloth stitched by Marjorie Gilby

If you look at the main Waratah flower the central area is embroidered in Padded Satin Stitch. The petals are outlined in Stem Stitch and filled with needlelace in Sixteenth Lace Stitch.

Ann – Marie Bakewell notes that in researching the original embroidery by Miss Docker she found this stitch in the Encyclopedia of Needlework by Therese de Dillmont. This was one of the few embroidery reference books available in Australia when this piece would have been stitched.

What do you think of Sixteenth Lace Stitch? I’m just blown away by it and can’t wait to learn it.

Now to the Waratah bud….

Detail 3 of Waratah Tray Cloth stitched by Marjorie Gilby

Again the central element is Padded Satin Stitch slanted at various angles. The petals are outlined in Stem Stitch and then filled with Laced Herringbone Stitch.

The centre spine of the leaf on the right is worked in Feather Stitch and the outline of the leaf in Crossed Buttonhole Stitch at right angles to the edge.

detail 5 of Waratah Tray Cloth stitched by Marjorie Gilby

In the large leaf above the long centre line is stitched in Slanted Buttonhole Stitch and surrounded with Seed Stitch. The outline is Indented Buttonhole Stitch.

The smaller leaf to the right in the above photo has Feather Stitch down the centre and Crossed Buttonhole Stitch along the outer edges.

detail 6 of Waratah Tray Cloth stitched by Marjorie Gilby

I was intrigued by these two leaves and the use of Oyster Chain Stitch (also called Knotted Cable Chain Stitch) to define the centre line of the top one – just awesome. The Sawtooth Buttonhole Stitch along the outline of this leaf is also incredibly effective.

Both these leaves have very clever placement of closed and open spaces to create shape and directional change.

The French Knots provide a delicate decorative effect.

Marjorie thank you so much for sharing this stunning needlework with us.

As you can tell I just adore this piece – hope you enjoy it too!

Have a great week!

Carmen

Awesome Modern Take on Casalguidi Stitch

Hi again

The last couple of weeks have been super busy and I haven’t had as much time to post. So hopefully over the next week I’ll get a few extra posts written.

This one is few words and some wonderful embroidery for you.

When I was researching the Casalguidi post I talked to Pat Bootland about her teaching sample and the use of casalguidi stitch. Not long after she brought in a bag and said ‘I’ve got another example of casalguidi stitch to show you.’………and pulled out this beauty….

Casalguidi Garden Avenue in frame by Pat Bootland

It’s an absolutely exquisite piece of textured embroidery and all her own design. If you’d like a closer look just click on the photo to enlarge it.

The pergola is all worked in casalguidi stitch:

Garden Avenue without frame by Pat Bootland

The climbing rose in the foreground has needlelace flowers and needleweaving for the leaves:

Needlelace Flowers by Pat Bootland

The climber behind (is it wisteria?) is all bullions and french knots:

Bullions and French Knots by Pat Bootland

….and then there are the ferns around the base of the pillars:

Needleweaving by Pat Bootland

…..and look at how she’s created the paving stones – it’s padded satin stitch surrounded by french knots. So simple and yet so effective!

Paving stones Pat Bootland

I’m never sure how much detail you’d like about the embroideries so I really really need your input:

Would you like to know what threads Pat used for the various elements in the design?

How she achieved the three dimensional effect in the design?

How to draw the design right from the beginning?

Would some tutorials on creating plants and greenery using needleweaving be useful?

What about a tutorial on stitching the paving stones?

I’d really love to hear what you think if you’ve got the time to leave a comment.

Thanks