The Elegant Geometry of Hardanger

Hi everyone

This post focuses on the beautiful and elegant form of Norwegian Whitework called Hardanger.

The home of this embroidery technique is the Hardanger Fjiord in South West Norway – you can see where it’s located on a Google map here. It looks like a beautiful place:

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History

Up until recently the historical thinking had been that Hardanger had its origins in Persian designs and came to Norway via Italian techniques such as Reticella and Venetian Lace in the Middle Ages. Earlier silks with Persian patterns were thought to have been part of the loot gathered in Viking raids in England and Europe.

However there’s been recent research done by Associate Professor Marianne Vedeler at the University of Oslo that’s shedding new light on the history of Hardanger. Her research suggests that the silk trade in the Viking era was much more extensive than previously assumed and that they traded regularly with the Persian and Byzantine empires.

One of the most important sources of Viking era silks is the Oseberg ship – a well preserved Viking ship found in a burial mound at Oseberg farm near Tonsberg in Norway. The treasures found on this ship include silk from 15 different textiles, embroideries and tablet woven silk and wool bands. The silk textiles include Persian patterns. You can read more about Professor Vedeler’s research here

Hardanger Technique

Hardanger is Whitework that’s based on a counted thread technique combined with drawn threadwork and needleweaving. The patterns and motifs are geometric but the angular quality of the designs is softened by the cutting and needleweaving which create a lacy effect. It’s stitched on even weave fabric usually 22 count.

It’s thought that the relative isolation of the Hardanger Fjiord is the main reason this very distinctive style evolved. Traditionally it was (and continues to be) stitched as white on white and was used in the folkloric costumes or bunards of the region as well as to decorate homewares.

It became known worldwide when an apron with Hardanger embroidery won an award at the Paris Exposition in 1900. The needlewoman was Brita Skalveit of Aga in the Hardanger district.

Contemporary Hardanger includes colourwork and you can see examples of both the Whitework and Colourwork styles on our Hardanger Gallery.

Now to some Eye Candy……

The Guild has developed a collection of samples of different embroidery techniques stitched by members with expertise in the particular style. Here’s the Hardanger sample stitched by Bonnie Crawford who is a master of this technique:

Guild Hardanger Sample stitched by Bonnie Crawford

Mat with Hardanger Motif by Marjorie Gilby 

Marjorie needs no introduction to regular readers of this blog – this is just another example of her exquisite stitching and generosity in sharing her work. Stewart Bath has taken some wonderful close-ups of the motif.

Pink Hardanger Mat by Marjorie Gilby

Hardanger Motif on Pink Mat stitched by Marjorie Gilby

Close up 2 from Pink Hardanger Mat stitched by Marjorie Gilby

Close up of Hardanger Motif by Marjorie Gilby

Detail of Edging on Pink Hardanger Mat stitched by Marjorie Gilby

Three Pieces by Levona Lea 

Levona is one of the quiet and gentle achievers of our Guild. She’s also one of the first to offer to help – in this case with three examples of Hardanger for display on a Guild stall at a recent craft show.

I really liked the art deco feel of this first piece with the green motifs:

Hardanger Square with Green Diamonds stitched by Levona Lea

Corner of Hardanger Square with Green Diamonds stitched by Levona Lea

The second piece is Whitework with an interesting cross pattern:

White Hardanger Square stitched by Levona Lea

Detail of Central Motif in White Hardanger Square by Levona Lea

While the third is in delicate shades of pink, aqua and mauve:

Pink and Acqua Hardanger Square by Levona Lea

Detail of motif on Pink and Acqua Hardanger Square by Levona Lea

Detail from Pink and Acqua Hardanger Square by Levona Lea

Detail 3 of Acqua and Mauve Hardanger Square stitched by Levona Lea

Detail 4 of Acqua and Pink Hardanger Square stitched by Levona Lea

Jillian Bath’s Needle Roll 

The final piece is Jillian’s small and highly decorated needle roll. Again Stewart Bath has taken some awesome shots of the detail which really allow us to share this special piece with you.

Hardanger Needle Roll stitched by Jillian Bath

Top end of Hardanger Needle Roll stitched by Jillian Bath

hardanger Needle Roll rolled out stitched by Jillian Bath

Detail 1 of Hardanger Needle Roll stitched by Jillian Bath

Detail 2 of Hardanger Needle Roll stitched by Jillian Bath

Detail 3 of Hardanger Needle Roll stitched by Jillian Bath

Detail 4 of Hardanger Needle Roll stitched by Jillian Bath

Detail 6 from Hardanger Needle Roll stitched by Jillian Bath

Enjoy!

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 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.

photo 22

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

 

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

Looking Over Shoulders 5

 

Hello again everyone

I’ve been busy with my iPad over the last couple of weeks taking pics as I look over people’s shoulders at the Monday morning and evening meetings.

To the members of the Guild thanks so much for sharing your work and being so patient with me as I whisk away your work to take a pic.

This post comes with its own warning – it’s a mega post just in case you need to get a cup of coffee or tea…….

Here goes……

Irene Burton is incredibly fast at finishing work – look what she’s done in the last couple of weeks:

Granny Square

Granny Square crocheted by Irene Burton

Blue Crochet Bag by Irene Burton

Ballroom Dancers x-stitched by Irene Burton

I love the sparkly bits on the dancer’s dress – they add something special. What do you think?

We had two special visitors on Monday

Margaret Kilby from Ottawa is working on this lovely field of red poppies:

Red Poppy in Progress x-stitched by Margaret Kilby

and Dee Glenn from the USA on this elegant quilt:

Quilt in Progress by Dee Glenn

While we’re talking about quilts here’s where Dorothy Rudland is up to with her butterfly quilt:

Butterfly Quilt in Progress by Dorothy Rudland

Detail of Butterfly Quilt in Progress by Dorothy Rudling

and Lee Scott  is finishing the crazy quilt block she started on her recent stitching cruise around New Zealand:

Crazy Quilt Block by Lee Scott

You’ve seen this crazy quilt block that Fran Novitski has been working on in previous posts so here it is finished and very cleverly turned into a folder cover:

Crazy Quilt Folder by Fran Novitski

Julie Knight who is just the most creative person across a range of media was showing us the pieces she’d entered into the Canberra Show last month. Just look at this awesome baby doll – don’t you just want to pick her up and give her a big cuddle?

Baby Doll by Julie Knight

Her other pieces were this baby’s outfit

Baby Dress by Julie Knight

and this silk ribbon embroidery

Ribbon Embroidery in frame by Julie Knight

Shona Phillips has also been adding some ribbon embroidery to this retro design:

Lady with Roses Silk Flowers in Progress by Shona Phillips

while Pat Bootland is stitching away on a new piece inspired by a Sydney Long painting in the National Gallery of Australia.

Woman Piper by Pat Bootland

Floriana Basilisco finished this embroidery for a cushion

Surface Embroidery in progress by Floriana Basilisco

This piece is a bit deceptive because the painted green background suggests you’re looking at appliqué when in fact it’s surface stitching.

Floriana’s now started on this filet inspired by similar pieces she saw on her last trip back to Italy

Filet in Progress by Floriana Basilisco

Near her Catharina Koopman was working on this cross stitch

Sogno in Progress x-stitched by Catharina Koopman

Gail Haidon was working away at this stunning piece of wool embroidery that you’ve seen in an earlier post

Wool Embroidery by Gail Haidon

and Lesley Fusinato has started another block of her super cute French mouse Monet quilt

Monet Mouse Quilt Block by Lesley Fusinato

Jan Senti has finished her too cute bear stitched with mingled threads to give a ‘tweed’ effect

Teddy Bear x-stitched by Jan Senti

and now she’s onto Sashiko

Sashiko in Progress by Jan Senti

On Monday night Sarah Kimmorley was painstakingly counting threads for the tassels on a baby blanket

Preparing Tassels by Sarah Kimmorley

While Jenny Balderson was adding the finishing touches to her Stitch of the Month book cover

Stitch of the Month Sampler in Progress by Jenny Balderson

Now if you love Hardanger and drawn thread work here’s some eye candy for you that various members are working on

Lesley Jemeson

Hardanger in Progress by Lesley Jemesen

Germaine Esther

Hardanger in Progress by Germaine Esther

Nan Horne’s Ukrainian work

Ukrainian Embroidery in Progress by Nan Horne

Here’s a corner of a large Hardanger tablecloth that Brenda Phillips is making as a raffle prize for a special birthday of the Yass Country Women’s Association – we all want to win it!

Hardanger Tablecloth Corner by Brenda Phillips

Mmm I have to apologise to the owner of this Hardanger piece in progress as I can’t read my scrawled notes – so if you recognise it please let me know and I’ll add your name

Blue and Cream Hardanger by

For something completely different check out the progress that Sharon Boggon has made on her contemporary piece

Contemporary Embroidery in Progress by Sharon Boggon

and Agnes Sciberras on her very evocative seascape

Contemporary Seascape by Agnes Scibberas

Margaret Roberts is almost finished her Australian landscape and is looking for feedback and ideas on whether she should put something at the foot of the tree – so your comments would be very welcome…

Landscape in Progress by Jenny

For the history buffs among you here’s the Millennium Sampler being worked on by Jan Prowse

The Milennium Sampler in Progress by Jan Prowse

Detail of Milennium Sampler by

while Patricia has started this panel of the Bayeux Tapestry and was showing me her Bayeux Stitch

Edward the Confessor Panel from Bayeux Tapestry by

Detail 2 of Bayeux Tapestry Panel in Progress by

If you’re a fan of Diana Lampe’s designs then you’re in luck because two members are working away on very similar pieces. In the morning group Janice Brennan was finishing this design

Diana Lampe Embroidery in Progress by Janice Brennan

and in the evening group Rosie Collis is just about finished this

Diana Lampe Embroidery in Progress by Rosie Collis

There’s also lots of cross stitch going on

Ruth Jackson

Geometric Square x-stitched by Ruth Jackson

Delma Burgdorf

Coffee Cups x-stitched by Delma Burgdorf

Barbara Bailey 

Cottage in progress x-stitched by Barbara Bailey

Anne Small 

X-stitch in progress by Anne Small

and Samantha Benda

Bouquet of Flowers x-stitched by Samantha Benda

Threadpainting always generates a lot of interest at our annual exhibition and on the Members Gallery so here’s a lovely violet by Ros Stanford

Violet Threadpainting by Rosa Stanford

There’s the same kind of delicacy but a very different technique in these Stumpwork elements that Margaret Cooper is working on

Stumpwork in Progress by Margaret Cooper

Evelyn Foster is working on this winsome Trish Burr miniature

Trish Burr Miniature in rogress by Evelyn Foster

While Mary Doherty is almost finished a block for our Sunbonnet Sue quilt

Sunbonnet Sue Quilt Block by Mary Donohue

For a pop of colour have a look at these pieces by Jan Hure

by Jan Hure

Polly Templeton 

Canvaswork in Progress by Polly Templeton

and Diana Churchill

Surface Embroidery in Progress by Diana Churchill

Surface Embroidery in Progress 2 by Diana Churchill

We’re going to end on a Christmassy note with this stocking being stitched by Carol Van Gelder

Xmas Stocking in Progress by

and Glenda Hudson’s fun button Christmas Tree from the Creative Group workshop

Button Xmas Tree by Glenda Hudson

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

 

Looking Over Shoulders 4

It’s going to be 39C here today so if you’re looking to escape the heat (or the cold in the Northern Hemisphere) by staying inside here’s some eye candy from the evening meeting of the Guild last Monday:

Jenny Balderson was working on a large crewel design:

Crewel work in progress by Jenny Baldessin

At another table Prue Deacon was adding a border to one of her striking canvaswork designs:

Canvaswork in progress by Prue Deacon

While Jan Senti was cross-stitching a teddy bear in an interesting way – she was mixing the thread to create a ‘tweed’ effect:

Tweed style Teddy bear x-stitched by Jan Senti

And Margaret Callinan was also doing cross stitch – a very atmospheric scene of a waterfall and cherry blossom:

Cherry Blossom and Waterfall in progress x-stitched by Margaret Callinan

Sarah Kimmorley was stitching this footstool cover for her dollhouse – my eyes were protesting just looking at the tiny size of the stitches!

Miniature Footstool cover stitched by Sarah Kimmorley

At the next table Lee Scott was knitting this gorgeous green lace:

Green Knitted Lace Shawl 2 by Lee Scott

and a closer look:

Green Lace Knitted Shawl by Lee Scott

Sitting nearby was this crocheted bag that Lee was about to start blocking:

Crocheted Bag with Pearls by Lee Scott

Across the way Anne Eccleston was bringing another vintage Semco piece to life:

Semco Vintage Strawberry Cushion and Pattern x-stitched by Anne Eccleston

Semco Vintage Strawberry Cushion x-stitched by Anne Eccleston

It’s a cross stitch cushion with strawberries and matches the tablecloth she had in last year’s exhibition which you can see here.

Jillian Farrer was also into vintage and embroidering this softly delicate piece:

Vintage Embroidery with Blue Flowers stitched by Jillian Farrer

On a totally different note Monica Andrew was working on this contemporary textured piece:

Contemporary Textured Embroidery on Marrone fabric stitched by Monica Andrew

Next to her Jill Travis was adding stitches to her Stitch of the Month book cover:

Stitch of Month Bookcover by Jill Travis

While Mary Bowron was chatting to her and knitting this bright piece for one of her family:

Blue Knitted Childs Dress by Mary Bowron

Lel Whitbread was very excited about stitching these blackwork flowers from a new book which gives this traditional technique a modern twist:

Blackwork stitched by Lel Whitbread

Just then Catherine Fetherston arrived and pulled out these two works in progress – a striking Hardanger motif:

Hardanger on Red Fabric in Progress stitched by Catherine Fetherstone

and some contemporary Casalguidi which is a UFO she’s trying to finish:

Contemporary Calasguidi in Progress by Catherine Fetherstone

Speaking of Casalguidi Yvonne Kingsley had this lovely needlecase sitting on the table next to her embroidery stand:

Casalguidi Needlecase by Yvonne Kingsley

She had this date palm in her hoop:

Date Palm on Wool blanket stitched by Yvonne Kingsley

It’s part of a large wool blanket – here’s a camel that’s also in progress:

Camel in progress from Wool Blanket being stitched by Yvonne KingsleyIf you’re curious about the white material around the camel – it’s soluble interfacing onto which Yvonne has traced the design. A cool way to get a design onto a dark fabric.

Well that’s it for now – I’m off to get a mega dose of high wattage energy – the Young Stitchers have their first meeting of the year this afternoon!

bye!

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!

 

Janet’s Beautiful Blackwork Wedding Sampler

Hi again

Today I thought I’d show you a beautiful blackwork Wedding Sampler that Janet Pearce designed as a ring cushion for her daughter’s wedding in London.

It turns out that making ring cushions for her children’s weddings is something of a tradition in the Pearce family. Here are two early ones she made – the photos have been scanned from photocopies so please excuse the quality.

Jane’s Wedding Cushion

The first one was done in 2000 for her daughter Jane’s wedding and features delicate blackwork with some exquisite needle lace inserts:

Blackwork Ring Cushion

Janet Pearce Blackwork Ring Cushion

Michael’s Wedding Cushion

The second cushion was done for her son Michael’s wedding in London in 2011. He had a special request – he wanted the church incorporated into the design. So Janet designed and stitched this detail into the cushion:

Janet Pearce - Hedge End Wedding Sampler

Kathryn’s Wedding Cushion

The third cushion was stitched for her daughter Kathryn’s wedding in London in 2012 – and this was a biiiiig design challenge. The brief from her daughter was for a cushion that incorporated the London skyline (Kathryn nominated the buildings she wanted included) and some cats!

This cushion was in two parts – one side was a traditional heart design:

Janet Pearce - Wedding sampler with 4 hearts

Here it is in more detail:

Janet Pearce - Top half of wedding sampler

Janet Pearce - KLP Corner of Wedding Sampler

Janet Pearce - TJT Corner of Weddng Sampler

Janet Pearce - bottom left hand corner of Wedding sampler

Janet Pearce - Bottom right hand corner of Wedding Sampler

 

London Skyline

The other side features the names of the bride and groom and the London skyline design. Janet says that this turned out to be a huge challenge because she couldn’t find any patterns or designs available commercially. She spent days on the internet looking for ideas and possible suppliers – with no luck.

So she asked her architect husband if he could  draw a London skyline that included the buildings their daughter wanted. He rolled up his sleeves and came up with some architectural drawings that Janet then had to interpret into stitch. She also had to somehow include some cats into these buildings.

Look what she came up with:

Janet Pearce - London skyline with cats

Isn’t it just beyond awesome and clever!!! It just makes you smile!………and there are some delightful details in the design that create both a story and a piece of embroidery to be treasured:

Janet Pearce - Big Ben detail of Wedding Sampler

Big Ben shows the time that the wedding service started.

Janet Pearce - Tomkats in the London Eye

The bridegroom’s name was Tom and the bride’s Kat so Janet took her inspiration for this very fun and quirky element of the design from vintage storybooks and cartoons that show ‘tomcats’ on the night skyline. Just too cute.

She also decided to finish the design with running stitch along the bottom to suggest the river Thames and this gives the picture an extra dimensionality.

A quick tip

The London skyline design element had to fit into 80 x 30 threads on 25 count Lugano. It was stitched over one thread. Janet found that even a single strand of DMC cotton was too thick for certain parts of the design such as the dome of St Paul’s and the small circles on the London Eye. She then tried silk threads but these also had problems. In the end she used sewing machine thread and found this did the job.

Here’s a last tiny detail:

Janet Pearce - Flower detail of Wedding Sampler

After the wedding the cushion was converted into a sampler and framed and it’s just beautiful. It’s a wonderful example of how embroidery can create wonderful memories and a treasured heirloom but also have such verve and flair.

Janet this is so clever and technically skilled – well done

Back soon!

News Flash

Hi everyone

We have some news updates!

Butterfly Detail from Lorna’s Wren Stumpwork

After the last post there were a few requests for a closer view of the butterfly in Lorna’s Wren stumpwork. We aim to please so here’s the butterfly:

Lorna Loveland - Stumpwork Butterfly

New Galleries 

As you probably noticed the Members Gallery grew and grew and became unwieldy so Sharon B has created a whole series of new sub-galleries.

This presents a different challenge – how do you know if new photos have been uploaded without having to check every gallery? Well for the moment we’re going to list the new additions in special posts.

Some work includes a range of techniques and is shown in more than one gallery. Where this happens we’ll try to remember to flag it in our listing.

So here we go:

Beadwork – work by Glenda Hudson, Lesley Fusinato & Jenny Naughton

Crewel & Surface Stitchery – work by Diana Churchill, Anne Eccleston, Lesley Fusinato & Elvi McCann

Cross Stitch – work by Trish Hyland, Jenny Naughton & Luba Tomaska

Dolls & Softies – work by Irene Burton

Goldwork – work by Jenny Naughton

Hardanger – work by Marion Hendy & Elvi McCann

Quilts & Wallhangings – work by Lesley Fusinato

Seasonal Items – work by Glenda Hudson (same piece as in Beadwork gallery) & Lesley Fusinato

Stumpwork & Textured Stitching – work by Lesley Fusinato (same piece as in Beadwork gallery)

Vintage – work by Tina Korda

Hope this helps! If you have any ideas for how to handle this a different way just leave a comment – we’d love to hear from you.

2014 Challenge

Every second year the Guild holds a stitching Challenge.

Next year the commemorations of WWI begin and go through to 2018. The theme for the 2014 Challenge is Stitching Love and Hope.

How’s that for a teaser? Members will know more detail as soon as they purchase their envelopes……..and there’ll be an update in a blog post as soon as we know more!!!

Hope you’re having a great weekend!