Looking over Shoulders 11

Hi everyone

Hope you’ve had a good week & have set aside some special time for yourself over the weekend.

Next Monday the Guild’s weekly meetings will start up again so I thought you might like to see the pics I took of people’s work during the last morning meeting for 2014. Believe it or not this is only  a sample of all the stitchy goodness that was going on. The photos were taken with my phone so they’re not up to Stewart Bath’s wonderful standard but hopefully they’ll be good enough to give you an idea of the work.

I’m going to share the work with in the order that I took the photos.

This is an epic post so grab a cuppa or glass of wine and a comfy chair…….and here we go………

In the front room Ann Lond was working on this Hardanger cream square

Hardanger Cream Square in progress stitched by Anne Lond

Maddalena Gustin is trying her hand at Hardanger under Bonnie Crawford‘s careful guidance. Here’s the piece she was working on

Hardanger Diamond in progress stitched by Magda Gustin

Bonnie herself was working on this cream and blue rectangular piece

Hardanger Blue and White Runner stitched by Bonnie Crawford

Avis Gesling’s Hardanger had a pop of colour in aqua and mauve

Hardanger Acqua and Mauve Piece in progress stitched by Avis Gesling

Detail 1 of Hardanger Acqua and Mauve Piece in Progress stitched by Avis Gesling

While Elizabeth Hooper was having fun stitching some purple hearts

Hardanger Purple Heart Piece in progress stitched by Elizabeth Hooper

Detail 1 of Hardnager Purple Heart Piece in Progress stitched by Elizabeth Hooper

Now something completely different – a Goldwork dragon being stitched by Pat Bootland 

Dragon Goldwork in Progress by Pat Bootland

Detail 1 of Dragon Goldwork by Pat Bootland

Across the table Carol Van Gelder was having fun working on this too cute wool blanket with monkeys

Wool Blanket with Monkeys in progress stitched by Carol Van GelderNear her Lesley Fusinato was finishing this Canvaswork Christmassy house

Canvaswork Xmas House in Progress stitched by Lesley Fusinato

and Floriana Basilisco‘s tapestry was also getting some finishing touches

Tapestry Fish in Progress by Floriana Basilisco

Lesley Jemesen had a lovely Hardanger runner in her hoop

Hardanger in Hoop stitched by Lesley Jemesen

While Evelyn Foster was stitching a vintage embroidery

Vintage Embroidery in Progress stitched by Evelyn Fosterand Helen Nastopoulos had a cross stitch underway

Cross Stitch in Progress stiched by Helen Nastopoulos

In the room down the corridor Margaret Cooper was working on this piece

Cross Stitch Horse in Progress stitched by Margaret CooperKathy Pascoe had a bright Janlynn wallhanging underway

Blue Cross Stitch Wallhanging in Progress stitched by Kathy Pascoe

and Gwynyth Peddey had made amazing progress with Harlech Castle since we last saw it

Harlech Castle Cross Stitch in Progress by Gwynyth Peddey

Margaret O’Beirne was working on an intriguing Macedonian style embroidery from a class with Alison Snepp

Macedonian Style Embroidery in Progress stitched by Margaret OBeirne

While Gail Haidon was cross stitching these fun owls that just make you smile

Cross Stitch Owls in Progress by Gail Haidon

and Jan Hure was working on a very different kind of bird – a gorgeous Or Nue Superb Parrot from last year’s class with Pat Bootland

Or Nue Superb Parrot in Progress by Jan Hure

 Libby Williams was hand stitching this quilt with appliqué in felted wool

Quilt with Applique in Progress by Libby Williams

Detail of Applique from Quilt by Libby Williams

Back in the front room Janice Brennan was crocheting

Crochet by Janice Brennan

Janice also showed us a cool granny blanket she’d made during Show & Tell which got a huge response to its awesomeness. This detail doesn’t do it justice but at least it gives you an idea of its beauty

Detail of Crochet Rug by Janice Brennan

Trish Hyland was stitching some elegant Hardanger

Hardanger Diamond in Progress stitched by Trish Hyland This Happiness Quilt by Anne Dowling got lots of oohs and aaahs at Show & Tell

Happiness Quilt made by Anne Dowling

Cecilia Skene was upcycling curtain fabric to create these awesome needlecases for her granddaughters

Needlecase in Progress by Cecilia Skene

Needlecase 2 in Progress by Cecilia Skene

Needlecase 3 in Progress by Cecilia Skene

Needlecases 4 in Progress by Cecilia Skeneand adding a scissors fob for each one

Scissors Fob by Cecilia Skene

This Canvaswork by Judy Barton Browne has a real pop of colour

Canvaswork stitched by Judy Barton Browne

Detail 1 of Canvaswork by Judy Barton Browne

Another vibrant piece was this Book Cover designed by Luba Tomaska. Luba’s doing the Stitch a Month classes and this is her sampler of stitches in progress.

Sampler Book Cover in Progress by Luba Tomaska And last but not least is this amazing Or Nue Zebra design being stitched by Lorna Loveland also from the class with Pat Bootland

Or Nue Zebra in Progess by Lorna Loveland

Detail 1 of Or Nue Zebra in Progress by Lorna Loveland

Would you believe it’s her first Or Nue embroidery!

Enjoy!

Carmen

Exquisite Ethereal Mermaid + Two more Postcards

Hi everyone

In this post I’m going to share an exquisite and beautiful Mermaid stitched by Agnes Sciberras.

It’s a lovely Gary Clarke design and the ethereal quality of the work is created by the layers of objects, embroidered organza and embellishment.

The quality of the design, stitching and photography mean that this Mermaid needs no words from me.

Mermaid stitched by Agnes SciberrasDetail 1 of Mermaid stitched by Agnes SciberrasDetail 2 of Mermaid stitched by Agnes Sciberras

Detail 3 of Mermaid stitched by Agnes Sciberras

Detail 4 of Mermaid stitched by Agnes SciberrasThank you so much Agnes for sharing this work and Stewart (Bath) for the great sequence of photos. We’re so lucky to have such talent in the Guild and to be able to showcase the design of an awesome Australian designer.

Two more Postcards from the 2014 Creative Challenge

We’re going to progressively share with you the rest of the 45 fantastic postcards made for the Challenge – Stitching Love and Hope.

Here’s the delicate postcard full of symbols of hope and love stitched by Agnes Sciberras:

2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Agnes Sieberras

and a closer view of the lovely bluebird:

Detail of Bluebird from 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Agnes Sieberras

Lorna Loveland’s very evocative postcard draws on time-honoured motifs for remembrance:

2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Lorna Loveland

and here’s a closer look at the gorgeous goldwork:

Detail of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Lorna Loveland

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

 

News Update

Hi everyone

A quick note to say I’ve updated the following Members Galleries:

Bags & Purses 

Beadwork  

Canvaswork  

Crewel & Surface Stitchery

Cross Stitch

Hardanger

Japanese Techniques

Silk Ribbon

Stumpwork & Textured Stitching

Here’s a tiny taster of the photos I’ve added.

Detail of Dragonfly Needlecase stitched by Marjorie Gilby

Embroidered Bag

Detail 4 of Embroidered Cream Bag stitched by Marjorie Gilb

Hardanger

Hardanger Table Runner stitched by Meryl Fellows

Stumpwork

Guild’s Stumpwork Sample

cushion

Detail from Canvaswork Cushion with Blue Hen stitched by Bill Thorn

Detail of Bargello Cushion  stitched by Bill Thorn

Detail of Bargello Cushion stitched by Bill Thorn

Detail 5 of Camel Rug stitched by Yvonne Kingsley

Crewel embroidery stool

Detail of Crewel Stool stitched by Marjorie Gilby

Hope you enjoy the pics and have a great weekend!

Carmen

Sublime Stumpwork 4

Well everyone here’s the post I know a lot of people have been hanging out for – the second   exquisite and utterly beautiful Jane Nicholas mirror by Lorna Loveland.

Again Lorna’s extraordinary talent needs no input from me ……

Jane Nicholas Mirror 2 in frame stitched by Lorna Loveland

Jane Nicholas Mirror 2 Unfamed and Stitched by Lorna Loveland

Owl and Fly from Jane Nicholas Mirror 2 stitched by Lorna Loveland

Owl from Jane Nicholas Mirror 2 stitched by Lorna Loveland

Yellow Fly and Green Buds from Jane Nicholas Mirror 2 stitched by Lorna Loveland

Yellow Fly from Jane Nicholas Mirror 2 stitched by Lorna Loveland

Pinwheel Flower from Jane Nicholas Mirror 2 stitched by Lorna Loveland

Clover from Jane Nicholas Mirror 2 stitched by Lorna Loveland

Thistle from Jane Nicholas Mirror 2 stitched by Lorna Loveland

Dragonfly from Jane Nicholas Mirror 2 stitched by Lorna Loveland

Rust Flower from Jane Nicholas Mirror 2 stitched by Lorna Loveland

Hive and Hedgehog from Jane Nicholas Mirror 2 stitched by Lorna Loveland

Spider and Hedgehog from Jane Nicholas Mirror 2 stitched by Lorna Loveland

Hive and Bees from Jane Nicholas Mirror 2 stitched by Lorna Loveland

Salmon Needlewoven Flower from Jane Nicholas Mirror 2 stitched by Lorna Loveland

Bee and Fig from Jane Nicholas Mirror 2 stitched by Lorna Loveland

Strawberries from Jane Nicholas Mirror 2 stitched by Lorna Loveland

Viola Flower from Jane Nicholas Mirror 2 stitched by Lorna Loveland

This wonderful piece brings to mind the line from John Keats

‘A thing of beauty is a joy forever’

What do you think?

Carmen

Sublime Stumpwork 2

Hi everyone

Are you ready for some more eye candy of Lorna’s exquisite stumpwork? Well here are two more pieces.

Another Exquisite Jane Nicholas Design

The first is a Jane Nicholas Design of a Crocus with Clover and a Green Beetle:

Purple Crocus with Green Beetle Stumpwork by Lorna Loveland

Stumpwork Crocus and Clover Flowers stitched by Lorna Loveland

Close-up of Stumpwork Crocus Flowers stitched by Lorna Loveland

Green Stumpwork Beetle with Red and Purple Patches stitched by Lorna Loveland

Isn’t the beetle just amazing – like a gorgeous jewel??

Lorna’s Own Design of a Dog Rose with Ladybug

This piece is Lorna’s own design and was very difficult to photograph because it’s so deeply recessed behind glass but Stewart (Bath) has done a great job again.

Let’s have a look:

Pink Dog Rose with Ladybug by Lorna Loveland

Close up of Pink Stumpwork Dog Rose by Lorna Loveland

Red Stumpwork Ladybug on Leaf by Lorna Loveland

There you go!

Enjoy!

Carmen

Sublime Stumpwork

Hi again

The header on this blog post isn’t an exaggeration. According to the Oxford English Dictionary the word sublime means ‘of very great excellence or beauty’.

What makes this Stumpwork embroidery so sublime and out of the box is the combination of the Jane Nicholas design, Lorna’s extraordinary skill in executing the design and Stewart Bath’s wonderful photography.

We’re in the process of photographing the work of one of our members, Lorna Loveland, who does the most amazing sewing and embroidery but it’s her Stumpwork that’s beyond awesome.

The first lot of photos that Stewart has delivered has enough material for four blog posts and includes two exquisite, jawdroppingly beautiful Jane Nicholas Mirrors. So over the next few weeks you’re in for a treat! You can find out more about Jane Nicholas and her designs here

I’m going to bookend the series of posts on Lorna’s work with the two Mirrors and here’s the first. You don’t need any words from me – the beauty of this Stumpwork eloquently speaks for itself.

Don’t forget you can click on the photos to get a more detailed look.

Jane Nicholas Mirror 1 in frame stitched by Lorna Loveland

Jane Nicholas Mirror 1 unframed stitched by Lorna Loveland

Jane Nicholas Mirror 1 Top Panel stitched by Lorna Loveland

Flower Detail from Top Panel from Jane Nicholas Mirror 1 stitched by Lorna Loveland

Middle of Top Panel of Jane Nicholas Mirror 1 stitched by Lorna Loveland

Needlewoven Flower Detail from Top Panel on Jane Nicholas Mirror 1 stitched by Lorna Loveland

 

Spider Detail from Right Panel of Jane Nicholas Mirror stitched by Lorna Loveland

 

Pink Flower Detail from Right Panel on Jane Nicholas Mirror 1 stitched by Lorna Loveland

Pea Pods and Pink Flowers from Right Panel of Jane Nicholas Mirror 1 stitched by Lorna Loveland

Red Flower Detail from Right Hand Panel on Jane Nicholas Mirror 1 stitched by Lorna Loveland

Snail and Cricket Details on Bottom Panel on Jane Nicholas Mirror 1 stitched by Lorna Loveland

Cricket Detail from Bottom Panel on Jane Nicholas Mirror 1 stitched by Lorna Loveland

Yellow Flower Detail on Jane Nicholas Mirror 1 stitched by Lorna Loveland

Butterfly Detail from Left Hand Panel on Jane Nicholas Mirror stitched by Lorna Loveland

Red Berry Detail from Left Hand Panel on Jane Nicholas Mirror 1 stitched by Lorna Loveland

Purple Flower Detail from Left Hand Panel on Jane Nicholas Mirror 1 stitched by Lorna Loveland

I showed this Mirror and the photos to my family and it was interesting to see how the first reaction was to gasp at the beauty of the object. Then as they looked more closely they all responded to different details of the Stumpwork – one of the men in the family was a bit disconcerted to find himself drooling over stitched pea pods!!

Finally a very heartfelt and special thanks to Stewart Bath – this Mirror wasn’t easy to photograph. It was custom made for Lorna and has a special construction which gives it an unusual depth that’s integral to the whole visual effect. So not only did Stewart have the challenge of photographing the Stumpwork through the glass casing but also capturing the detail of stitching set at a greater depth than normal.

Well done Stewart! You’re a legend!

Carmen