We’re going to cover a bit of ground in this post.
Update of Members Gallery
Over the next 24 hours I’ll be updating the following galleries:
Bags & Purses
Crewel and Surface Stitchery
Landscape & Scenes
Quilts & Wallhangings
To help you find the new work quickly I’ve reversed the order of the photographs so that the latest additions are at the top of each gallery.
Game of Thrones
Are you a Game of Thrones fan? If the answer is ‘No’ and you haven’t watched this TV series then it’s a fantasy drama based on the novels of George R.R. Martin.
If you answered ‘Yes’ then you’ll know it has sumptuous costumes and some include quite extraordinary embroidery. This adds a decorative effect but is also closely integrated into the story and evolution of certain characters. The embroidery has been stitched by Michele Carragher – although the word ‘stitched’ seems woefully inadequate in the face of her artistry. On her website she explains how the embroidery reflects the narrative of a character’s life and showcases an extensive gallery of her work. It’s really worth a look!
Here’s an example from Cersei’s wedding dress:
This photo comes from Michele Carragher’s website and the copyright for it belongs to her.
A Couple of Wonderful Works from Pat Bootland
Here’s some Goldwork and Or Nue eye candy from Pat. It’s her own design:
(this photograph is by Andrew Sikorski – Art Atelier)
And a close-up of the gorgeous Snowy Owl:
(Detail from photograph by Andrew Sikorski – Art Atelier)
Not to mention this super cute rabbit:
(Detail from photograph by Stewart Bath)
Another of her works is this elaborate 3D embroidery of Fountain Abbey:
(this photograph by Andrew Sikorski – Art Atelier)
This piece has a lovely story as this Abbey is in Yorkshire close to where Pat’s Mum lived.
A Vintage Gem
For something very different here’s a vintage tea cosy from the collection of Jillian Bath. It’s a family heirloom. Aren’t the saturated colours fantastic? And the butterfly has a real pop!
A favourite blog is Susan Elliott’s Plays with Needles. She’s a member of the Costellation Chapter of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America in Maryland. If you’re not familiar with Susan’s work she does awesome stumpwork and exquisite crazy quilts. Her best known work is probably a marvellous piece called Breakfast at Tiffany’s with a stumpwork Audrey Hepburn as the Holly Golightly character.
She recently wrote a very expressive post about the experience of participating in a Challenge at her Guild:
‘Beauty not only in the stitched pieces but the women themselves. It’s a real blessing to have such a great group who share the same passion.
We gather. We teach one another. We encourage one another. And together, we are all the better for it……‘
Her words really resonated as she could have been speaking about our Guild and the way it enriches our lives.
A quick thought – you might like Susan’s story about the first time she met our Sharon B – it’s told here