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

 

 

 

Bird Cage

Hi everyone

I’ve just been looking through the awesome program of workshops & classes for the Embroiderers’ Guild of America’s Seminar 2015. It’ll take place from 28 October to 1 November in San Antonio, Texas.

One of the classes that caught my eye was a Bird Cage by Australian designer Gary Clarke. In the class notes it’s described as a needle accessory disguised as a grand Victorian 3D bird cage.

As it’s Australia Day later this month it’s great to be able to feature an Australian designer. We can do this because the super talented Jillian Bath has stitched this piece and her husband Stewart has taken some fantastic photos. There are some great close-ups of the needlework for those of you who love a really good look at the detail.

So here’s the eye candy

Bird Cage stitched by Jillian Bath

Detail 1 of Bird Cage stitched by Jillian Bath

Detail 2 of Bird Cage stitched by Jillian Bath

Detail 3 of Bird cage stitched by Jillian Bath

Detail 4 of Bird Cage stitched by Jillian Bath

Deatil 5 of Bird cage stitched by Jillian Bath

Detail 6 of Bird Cage stitched by Jillian Bath

Detail 7 of bird Cage stitched by Jillian Bath

Detail 8 of Bird Cage stitched by Jillian Bath

Exquisite isn’t it? Thank you Jillian & Stewart for sharing the beauty of this design with us.

If you’d like to read more about the EGA’s Seminar 2015 then go to their website here.

Take care

Carmen

Jillian’s Retro Nativity Scene

Hi everyone

Christmas is soooo close!

Here’s a very special retro Nativity Scene stitched by Jillian Bath. It’s a wallhanging and the colours and design are very evocative of the 1970s…..

Retro Nativity Scene stitched by Jillian Bath  copy

Detail 1 of Retro Nativity Scene stitched by Jillian Bath

Detail 2 of Nativity Scene stitched by Jillian Bath

Detail 3 of Retro Nativity Scene stitched by Jillian Bath

Detail 4 of Retro Nativity Scene stitched by Jillian Bath

Detail 5 of Retro Nativity Scene stitched by Jillian Bath

Detail 6 of Retro Nativity Scene stitched by Jillian Bath Wishing you all a joyous Christmas and a sparkling 2015!

Carmen

‘Tis the Season to be Jolly

Hi everyone

In this post I’m sharing some lovely Christmas stitching.

Santa Stocking

First up here is a too cute felt Santa Stocking stitched by Jillian Bath for one of her grandchildren. It’s from a Bucilla kit.

Santa Stocking stitched by Jillian Bath

Detail 1 of Santa Stocking stitched by Jillian Bath

Detail 2 of Santa Stocking stitched by Jillian Bath

Detail 3 of Santa Stocking stitched by Jillian Bath

Detail 4 of Santa Stocking stitched by Jillian Bath

Detail 5 of Santa Stocking stitched by Jillian Bath

Isn’t the detail just wonderful?

2014 Creative Challenge Postcard

As you know our 2014 Creative Challenge was Stitching Love and Hope and involved re-interpreting WW1 silk postcards. Many of these postcards were of course Christmas cards sent to loved ones back home.

Lesley Jemesen’s elegant and beautiful postcard is called Remembering with Love and has a Christmas theme stitched mostly in metallic thread:

2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Lesley Jemesen

Detail 1 of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Lesley Jemesen

Detail 2 of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Lesley Jemesen

 

Enjoy!

Carmen

A Gentle Bear

Hi everyone

This is a quick post to show you a very gentle candlewicked teddy bear stitched by Jillian Bath.

There’s something about the simplicity of this bear that makes it very endearing to small children and this particular one has had a lot of cuddles!

Candlewick Teddy Bear stitched by Jillian Bath

The pattern comes from Candlewicking Book by Tonia Todman 1993. She describes him as ” an easy bear to make because his head and body are all in one. Limbs are all sewn in rather than jointed. You can allow your creative spirit free rein when embroidering – all sorts of candlewicking embellishment will be suitable. I suggest that it would be almost impossible to embroider him too much !! “

Here’s some eye candy of how Jillian has embroidered him…

Detail 1 of Candlewick Teddy Bear stitched by Jillian Bath

Detail 2 of Candlewick Teddy Bear stitched by Jillian Bath

Detail 3 of Candlewick bear stitched by Jillian Bath

Detail 4 of Candlewick Teddy Bear stitched by Jillian Bath

Detail 5 of Candlewick Teddy Bear stitched by Jillian Bath

Just too cute!

I’m also going to share the postcard that Jillian created for our 2014 Creative Challenge Stitching Love and Hope. It evokes in a very delicate way the poppy fields of Flanders which are one of the most powerful symbols of WW1.

2014 Creative Challenge Postcard stitched by Jillian Bath

Detail of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard stitched by Jillian Bath

Hope you have a fun weekend with lots of stitching!

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

 

A Crewelwork Delight from Jillian

Hi everyone

Those of you who read this blog regularly know that Stewart and Jillian Bath are crucial to making it possible because they take care of the photography. I’m always at their home delivering work to be photographed or picking up pieces to be returned to owners.

So I’ve been noticing wonderful embroideries in all sorts of spots around the house and asking (very nicely of course) when they were going to be photographed. Well Yay I’ve just got my mits on a disc of photos so here’s a Crewelwork treat for you.

It’s a stable bag that Jillian began in a Carolyn Pearce class at Koala Conventions in 2007. She only finished the embroidery this year and a very dear friend then made the bag up for her. Jillian says that it was a complex and tricky job to sew it up.

Crewelwork Stable Bag stitched by Jillian Bath

I love the use of a Dorset Button to close the bag. Not to mention the lovely flower detail. Here they are in more detail……

Detail 1 of Crewelwork Stable Bag by Jillian Bath

Detail 2 of Crewelwork Stable Bag stitched by Jillian Bath

Here’s an awesome side panel of Crewelwork…

Detail 3 of Crewelwork Stable Bag stitched by Jillian Bath

Now for those of you who love to look at the stitching close up here’s some wonderful eye candy thanks to Stewart Bath……

detail 4 of Crewelwork Stable Bag stitched by Jillian Bath

Detail 5 of Crewelwork Stable Bag stitched by Jillian Bath

Detail 6 of Crewelwork Stable Bag stitched by Jillian Bath

Detail 7 of Crewelwork Stable Bag stitched by Jillian Bath

Detail 8 of Crewelwork Stable Bag stitched by Jillian Bath

Detail 9 of Crewelwork Stable Bag stitched by Jillian Bath

See Jillian’s Wonderful Stable Bag at our Annual Exhibition next Weekend

If you’re going to be in Canberra next weekend for Floriade or any other purpose then you might want to also rock along to the Guild’s Annual Exhibition at the Albert Hall and get to see Jillian’s stable bag in all its specialness. It’s on from Friday the 19th to Sunday the 21st of September from 10.0 a.m. to 4.o p.m. each day.

As well as over 300 pieces of stitchy goodness from members there’ll also be the Creative Challenge in which members have re-interpreted WW1 silk postcards. Here’s a taster – this is the postcard stitched by our President, Fran Novitski…

Fran Novitski 1 WW 1 postcard (6285)

For those of you who are fans of Sharon Boggon’s amazing Pintangle blog you’ll be able to see her Band Sampler at the Exhibition. Beyond exciting no?

Jillian thank you so much for sharing this Crewelwork delight with us.

Take care everyone and have a great weekend!

Carmen

Weekend Wonderfuls 7

Hi everyone

The Hardanger Group of the Guild meets on the second Saturday of the month – it’s a lively bunch of people who just love stitching this technique. There are all levels of expertise with a common thread of enthusiasm and friendship.

I went to the June meeting and looked over people’s shoulders and here’s a sample of what I saw:

Brenda Phillips was working on a large tablecloth – here’s one of the decorative elements:

Pink Hardanger Diamond with Sunflower Motif stitched by Brenda Phillips

and a closer view of the sunflower motif:

Sunflower motif stitched by Brenda Phillips

and a quick look at her cool scissor’s fob and special cutwork scissors

Hardanger Scissorskeep by Brenda Phillips Close up of Hardanger Scissorskeep by Brenda Phillips

Jillian Bath brought along a selection of the sample ornaments she’s been stitching as part of a Hardanger Ornament Club with Nordic Needle – she wanted to share her progress and the fun, pretty seasonal designs.

The ornaments are designed by Roz Watnemo:

Close up of Ornament 11 stitched by Jillian Bath

Hardanger Christmas Ornament No.12 stitched by Jillian Bath

Hardanger Christmas Ornament 10 stitched by Jillian Bath

Hardanger Christmas Ornament No 11 stitched by Jillian Bath

Hardanger Christmas Ornament 9 stitched by Jillian Bath

Hardanger christmas Ornament 8 stitched by Jillian Bath

Hardanger Christmas Ornament 7 stitched by Jillian Bath

Hardanger Christmas Ornament 5 stitched by Jillian Bath

Hardanger Cross stitched by Jillian Bath

Hardanger Red Diamond stitched by Jillian Bath

Christmas Ornament 4 stitched by Jillan Bath

Christmas Ornament 3 stitched by Jillian Bath

Christmas Ornament 2 stitched by Jillian Bath

Meantime Jillian was making progress on this cute small piece from the ebook Hardanger for the Horrified by Jane Greenoff:

Hardanger in Progress stitched by Jillian Bath

and Marion Hendy was stitching away on this elegant design:

Hardanger in progress stitched by Marion Hendy

Detail of Hardanger in progress stitched by Marion Hendy

 

Enjoy!

Carmen