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

 

 

 

Kay’s Exquisite ‘Reflections of Silk’

Hi everyone

Where has the last week gone??!! I can’t believe it’s over a week since the previous post.

In this post we’re going to feature an exquisite Canvaswork piece called Reflections of Silk stitched by Kay Reid. It’s a French sampler by Stella Sampler. Here it is:

Reflections of Silk stitched by Kay Reid

Stewart Bath was clearly intrigued by this lovely piece because he’s photographed close-ups of every motif. I’m going to show a selection only in this post as there are 31 motifs and to include them all would make this an ultra marathon post! The whole collection is on the Canvaswork Gallery here.

Now here’s the selection of motifs:

Detail 2 of Reflections of Silk by Kay Reid

Detail 3 from Reflections of Silk stitched by Kay Reid

Detail 4 of Reflections of Silk stitched by Kay Reid

Detail 18 of Reflections of Silk stitched by Kay Reid

Detail 20 of Reflections of Silk stitched by Kay Reid

Detail 22 of Reflections of Silk stitched by Kay Reid

Detail 23 of Reflections of Silk stitched by Kay Reid

Detail 26 of Reflections of Silk stitched by Kay Reid

Awesome use of colour, pattern and geometry don’t you think?

Enjoy!

Carmen

Aussie Floral Emblems

Hi everyone

We’re enjoying the Australia Day long weekend here in Canberra.

To celebrate we’re going to share some lovely work featuring Aussie themes.

In this post we’re showing you a lovely piece of Canvaswork stitched by Kay Reid. The design showcases Australian floral emblems.

Here’s the whole design:

State Floral Emblems stitched by Kay Reid

and now for some close-ups…..

Golden Wattle – Floral Emblem of Australia

Goolden Wattle stitched by Kay Reid

Kangaroo Paw – State Floral Emblem of Western Australia

Kangaroo Paw stitched by Kay Reid

Cooktown Orchid – State Floral Emblem of Queensland

Cooktown Orchid stitched by Kay Reid

Waratah – State Floral Emblem of NSW

Waratah stitched by Kay Reid

Close up of Waratah stitched by Kay Reid

Sturt’s Desert Rose – Floral Emblem of the Northern Territory 

Sturts Desert Rose stitched by Kay Reid

Common Heath – State Floral Emblem of Victoria

Common Heath stitched by Kay Reid

 Tasmanian Blue Gum – State Floral Emblem of Tasmania

Tasmanian Blue Gum stitched by Kay Reid

Royal Blue Bell – Floral Emblem of the ACT……. and very special to our Guild

Royal Blue Bell stitched by Kay Reidand Sturt’s Desert Pea – State Floral Emblem of South Australia 

Sturtand s Desert Pea stitched by Kay Reid

Thank you for sharing this awesome embroidery Kay and also Stewart (Bath) for the great photos.

Take care!

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

Kay’s Elegant Colour Study in Canvaswork

Hi everyone

I’m really enjoying the tropical colours of North Queensland especially the warm greens which all tend to be at the yellow end of the spectrum. There are none of the cool greens of cooler climates.

So today when I received the latest CD of photos from Stewart Bath I was immediately taken with a very elegant Colour Study in Canvaswork stitched by another of our very talented members Kay Reid.

Canvaswork

As the name suggests this is a technique stitched on canvas or similar foundation material rather than on  fabric. It’s counted thread work and its hallmarks are geometric patterns and precision stitching. The most familiar forms of Canvaswork are Tapestry/Needlepoint, Petit Point, Bargello etc.

You can use various kinds of thread and tapestry needles which have blunt ends. The bluntness of the needles stops the thread catching and splitting as you stitch in and out of the canvas.

Kay’s Colour Study

Kay’s piece features colours in warm greens and aqua tones. It’s a long, narrow work and Stewart Bath’s photos really highlight the beauty of the stitches and the pattern:

Canvaswork Colour Study stitched by Kay Reid

Detail 1 of Canvaswork Colour Study stitched by Kay Reid

and here are some close-ups

Detail 2 from Canvaswork Colour Study stitched by Kay Reid

Detail 3 of Camvaswork Colour Study stitched by Kay Reid

Detail 4 of Canvaswork Colour Study stitched by Kay Reid

Detail 5 of Canvaswork Colour Study stitched by Kay Reid

Detail 6 of Canvaswork Colour Study stitched by Kay Reid

Detail 7 of Canvaswork Colour Study stitched by Kay Reid

Thank you Kay and Stewart for sharing your awesome work with us.

Enjoy!

Carmen