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

Irene’s Exquisite Hardanger Flower Girl

Hi everyone

The last two posts have featured Irene Burton’s awesome Japanese embroidery. In this one I’m going to share something very different – a lovely Hardanger Flower Girl.

Now while the technique might be completely different all the hallmarks of Irene’s approach to stitching are here – the extraordinary attention to detail, the exquisite sewing and the creative flair. Can you tell that she’s a perfectionist?

Now to the eye candy…..

Hardanger Fower Girl by Irene Burton

Detail 1 of Hardanger Flower Girl by Irene Burton

Detail 2 of Hardanger Flower Girl by Irene Burton

Detail 5 of Hardanger Flower Girl by Irene Burton

Detail 6 of Hardanger Flower Girl by Irene Burton

As well as making the Hardanger pinafore and satin dress Irene also made these accessories for her Flower Girl…..

…..shoes

Detail 3 of Hardanger Flower Girl by Irene Burton

and a too cute hairband……

Detail 4 of Hardanger Flower Girl by Irene Burton

Enjoy!

Carmen

 

 

Irene’s Awesome Mile High ShoChikuBai

Hi again everyone

In this post I’m going to share another of Irene Burton’s awesome embroideries. You’re in luck because Stewart Bath was also intrigued by this work and took lots of detailed photos of the stitching.

Technique

The technique is traditional Japanese embroidery and it’s stitched with silk threads on silk fabric. Irene worked under the tuition of accredited Japanese embroidery teachers to create this piece.

Sho Chiku Bai

I was curious about the word ‘shochikubai’ so I googled it to see what came up.

Well if you use it as a whole word then it’s the brand of a famous Japanese sake. Nothing wrong with a good sake but the inspiration for an embroidery design?……mmmm maybe not.

But if you spell it Sho Chiku Bai then it means Pine, Bamboo and Plum which are the legendary ‘friends of winter’ in both Chinese and Japanese art.

The embroidery design that Irene has stitched comes from the Japanese Design Centre and incorporates these three symbols.

Mile High Shochikubai stitched by Irene Burton

Detail 1 from Mile High Shochikubai stitched by Irene Burton

Detail 2 Mile High Shochikubai stitched by Irene Burton

I just love the delicacy and gentle beauty of this horizontal element of sky and cloud which balances the verticality of the botanical design…..definitely a cool example of ‘less is more’…..

Detail 3 of Mile High Shochikubai stitched by Irene Burton

The next photo shows a vignette of the three symbols.

Detail 4 of Mile High Shochikubai stitched by Irene Burton

The pine/Sho is evergreen through Winter and is the symbol of  inner strength, resilience and permanence.

While the bamboo/Chiku is the symbol of longevity.

The plum blossom/Bai symbolises beauty and optimism in the face of adversity.

Here’s some more eye candy for you….

Detail 5 of Mile High Shochikubai stitched by Irene Burton

Detail 6 of Mile High Shochikubai stitched by Irene Burton

Detail 7 of Mile High Shochikubai stitched by Irene Burton

Detail 8 of Mile High Shochikubai stitched by Irene Burton

Detail 9 of Mile High Shochikubai stitched by Irene Burton

Detail 10 of Mile High Shochikubai stitched by Irene Burton

Detail 11 of Mile High Shochikubai stitched by Irene Burton

Detail 12 of Mile High Shochikubai stitched by Irene Burton

 

 

Enjoy!

Carmen

Irene’s Stunning Bouquet from the Heart of Japan

Hello everyone

I’ve got a real treat for you in this post – an absolutely stunning piece of traditional Japanese embroidery stitched by Irene Burton.

Here’s a first look at this awesome work in its frame:

Bouquet from the Heart of Japan stitched by Irene Burton

The design comes from the Japanese Embroidery Centre and is stitched in the traditional way of silk floss on silk. Irene has been learning this technique from an accredited Japanese embroidery teacher.

We’ve missed Irene at the last few meetings but it turns out she was at home working away on this exquisite bouquet so that it’d be ready for the Guild’s Annual Exhibition in September. If you want to see it in real life you’ll have to come to the Exhibition!

The combination of Irene’s stitchy talent and Stewart Bath’s wonderful photos let the work speak for itself.

Detail 1 from Bouquet from the Heart of Japan stitched by Irene Burton

Detail 2 of Bouquet from the Heart of Japan stitched by Irene Burton

Detail 3 from Bouquet from the Heart of Japan stitched by Irene Burton

Detail 4 from Bouquet from the Heart of Japan stitched by Irene Burton

Detail 5 from Bouquet from the Heart of Japan stitched by Irene Burton

Detail 6 from Bouquet from the Heart of Japan stitched by Irene Burton

Detail 7 from Bouquet from the Heart of Japan stitched by Irene Burton

Detail 8 from Bouquet from the Heart of Japan stitched by Irene Burton

Detail 9 from Bouquet from the Heart of Japan stitched by Irene Burton

Detail 10 from Bouquet from the Heart of Japan stitched by Irene Burton

What do you think? Doesn’t it just leave you grabbing for superlatives? Do you have a favourite element?

Irene and Stewart a heartfelt thanks for capturing and sharing such beauty!

Enjoy!

Carmen