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!



News Update

Just a quick note to say I’ve updated the following galleries. The new work is at the top of the each gallery:

Bags and Purses





Contemporary Embroidery

Crewel and Surface Stitchery

Cross Stitch






This and That

Hi everyone

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

Contemporary Creative

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:

Goldwork and Or Nue Snowy Owl and Rabbit by Pat Bootland 2

(this photograph is by Andrew Sikorski – Art Atelier)

And a close-up of the gorgeous Snowy Owl:

Detail of Snowy Owl in Goldwork and Or Nue Work by Pat Bootland

(Detail from photograph by Andrew Sikorski – Art Atelier)

Not to mention this super cute rabbit:

Detail of Rabbit from Goldwork and Or Nue Snowy Owl and Rabbit by Pat Bootland

(Detail from photograph by Stewart Bath)

Another of her works is this elaborate 3D embroidery of Fountain Abbey:

Fountain Abbey by Pat Bootland 2

(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!

Vintage Tea Cosy from the Collection of Jillian Bath

Detail 1 of Vintage Tea Cosy in the Collection of Jillian Bath

Detail 2 from Vintage Tea Cosy in the Collection of Jillian Bath

Detail 3 from Vintage Tea Cosy in the Collection of Jillian Bath

Detail 4 from Vintage Tea Cosy from the Collecton of Jillian Bath

Heartfelt  Quote

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