Diana’s Flower Box

Hi everyone

This is a quick post to show you a small elegant box beautifully embroidered by Diana Churchill.

It’s also a taster for a larger and more elaborate box stitched by Diana that I’m going to show you in the next post.

Here’s the eye candy…

Small Box with Flowers stitched by Diana Churchill

Detail 1 of Small Box with flowers stitched by Diana Churchill

Detail 2 of Small Box with Flowers by Diana Churchill

Detail 3 of Small Box with Flowers stitched by Diana Churchill

Detail 4 of Small Box with Flowers stitched by Diana Churchill

Don’t you just love the palette of variegated colours that Diana’s used? I do!

Take care

Carmen

Aussie Postcards


Hi everyone

In this post we’re going to share some more postcards from the 2014 Creative Challenge to re-interpret WW1 silk postcards. These all have an Australian theme which makes them very special.

The first one is by Jenny Clayton and features wonderful kangaroos made from bullion knots. It’s called Lest We Forget:

2014 Creative Challenge Postcard 2 by Jenny Clayton

Detail 1 of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard 2 by Jenny Clayton

Detail 2 of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard 2 by Jenny Clayton

The next two are by Gail Haidon and feature Australian flora. The first has the poignant title of Mother Dear and is a beautiful study of eucalyptus flowers:

2014 Creative Challenge Postcard 2 by Gail Haidon

Detail 1 of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard 2 by Gail Haidon

The second is Birthday Wishes and showcases the lovely Kangaroo Paw;

2014 Creative Challenge Postcard 3 by Gail Haidon

Detail 1 of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard 3 by Gail Haidon

Detail 2 of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard 3 by Gail Haidon

Here are Gail’s notes for the background to these two postcards:

Inspired by watercolours painted by WA artist Rosetta Kelly (1864-1963) in memory of her son, Cyril, and the final card that he sent home, written on his 20th birthday.

And the next awesome postcard by Jan Hure also explores the themes of peace, hope and reunion through eucalyptus flowers. It’s called We’ll Meet Again:

2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Jan Hure

Detail 1 of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Jan Hure

Detail 2 of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Jan Hure

Jan describes her starting point for this design as follows:

Designed to reflect Australian themes in similar fashion to early ones depicting the nations the soldiers came from

Val Woodward has created this next postcard to evoke the very human emotion of hope for peace in the face of war and to celebrate the Australian Lighthorse:

2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Val Woodward

Detail 1 of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Val Woodward

Detail 2 of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Val Woodward

Val is a horse lover and this card was inspired by a family memento:

Finding a postcard from Egypt, dated Jan 1916, written by my husband’s great-uncle to his sister reminded me of those serving in the Egyptian campaign, particularly the Australian Lighthorse. Horses are not often mentioned in the remembrance of WWI

This next postcard by Kathy Pascoe has a very Art Nouveau and emblematic feel to it. It’s great example of ‘less is more’ and is called Australia is Home.

2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Kathy Pascoe

Detail 1 of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Kathy Pascoe

Kathy’s creative inspiration came from both traditional and personal sources:

The idea came from silk cards on the Australian War Memorial website. I thought it was an opportunity to use one of the buttons I inherited.

Hope you enjoy these very meaningful and beautiful postcards.

Carmen

Postcards in Blue

Hi everyone

Hope you’re ready to see some more postcards from our 2014 Creative Challenge Stitching Love & Hope where members were asked to re-interpret WW1 silk postcards.

The four postcards featured in this post all have a common theme of blue flowers.

We’re going to start with a cool postcard of blue violets beautifully cross stitched by Janice Brennan:

2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Janice Brennan

Detail 1 of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Janice Brennan

Detail 2 of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Janice Brennan

Now to Elvi McCann’s elegant postcard which features forget-me-nots in Brazilian embroidery. She’s adapted the design from Delma Moore’s The Book of Sunshine Treasures.

Elvi describes her inspiration as follows:

I was inspired by the story of how the forget-me-not flowers were named. It reminded me of mortally wounded soldiers in the battle field thinking of their loved ones, hoping they would not be forgotten.

On that very poignant note here are some photos of Elvi’s postcard:

2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Elvi McCann

Detail 1 of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Elvi McCann

Detail 2 of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Elvi McCann

The next lovely postcard by Sarah Kimmorley features a charming basket design. Sarah’s postcard has a story as it’s based on a card sent from the front by one of her husband’s ancestors:

2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Sarah  Kimmorley

Detail 1 of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Sarah  Kimmorley -

Our fourth postcard is Gail Haidon’s delicate design which also features a basket of blue flowers. Gail’s background note on the postcard is:

Inspired by watercolours painted by WA artist Rosetta Kelly (1864-1963) in memory of her son, Cyril, and the final card that he sent home, written on his 20th birthday.

2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Gail Haidon

Detail 1 of 2014 Creative Challenge by Gail Haidon

Detail 2 of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Gail Haidon

Aren’t these cards just awesome?

Enjoy!

Carmen

 

Postcards with a Difference

Hi everyone

For the start of the week I’m sharing four postcards from our 2014 Creative Challenge to re-interpret WW1 postcards.

The first two feature ribbon embroidery.

Robyn Duncan has created an elegant and understated postcard with a lovely message:

2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Robyn Duncan

Detail 1 of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Robyn Duncan

Diana Churchill has also used ribbon embroidery to create a delicate and evocative heart with a simple but poignant sentiment:

2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Diana Churchill

Detail1 of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Diana Churchill

Detail 2 of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Diana Churchill

The next two postcards use Whitework to create a subtle, delicate and beautiful message.

Annette Horvath’s postcard combines Cutwork with a charm to evoke the period:

2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Annette Horvath

Detail 1 of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Annette Horvath

Ros Stanford also uses Whitework to create this refined symbol of a heart (love) that incorporates an anchor (symbol of hope). She’s added a sprig of rosemary for Remembrance.

2014 Creative Challenge Postacrd by Ros Stanford

Detail 1 of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Ros Stanford

Detail 2 of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Ros Stanford

These postcards are all profound in their own way with the common thread of elegant embroidery techniques to create powerful symbols of love and hope that resonate deeply.

Have a good week!

Carmen

Hydrangea Melody

Hi everyone

Today I’m sharing a really striking piece of wool embroidery beautifully stitched by Gail Haidon. You may remember Gail’s Bayeaux Tapestry panel featured here.

This particular design is called Hydrangea Melody and is from an Elsa Williams Heritage Collection Kit. I love the pop of colour from the blue and mauve shades:

Hydrangea Melody stitched by Gail Haldon

Detail 1 of Hydrangea Melody stitched by Gail Haldon

The blending of colours to create a dappled effect is just awesome. Not to mention the Whitework tablecloth.

Detail 2 of Hydrangea Melody stitched by Gail Haldon

Detail 3 of Hydrangea Melody stitched by Gail Haldon

Detail 4 of Hydrangea Melody stitched by Gail Haldon

And now for some close ups……

Detail 5 of Hydrangea Melody stitched by Gail Haldon

Detail 6 of Hydrangea Melody stitched by Gail Haldon

Enjoy!

Carmen

Lest We Forget

Hi everyone

In honour of Remembrance Day I’m going to share four more awesome postcards from our Stitching Love and Hope Creative Challenge to re-interpret WW1 Silk Postcards. All four postcards feature poppies.

The first is a beautiful Needlelace and Stumpwork postcard by Sharon Burrell:

2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Sharon Burrell

Detail 1 of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Sharon Burrell

Detail 2 of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Sharon Burrell

This next lovely postcard is by Jenny Clayton:

2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Jenny Clayton

Detail 1 of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Jenny Clayton

Margaret Roberts has stitched two delicate and vivid poppies on her beautiful postcard:

2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Margaret Roberts

Detail 1 of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Margaret RobertsWhile the message in Luba Tomaska’s evocative field of poppies sums up the solemn purpose of today:

Detail 1 of 2014 Creative Challenge postcard by Luba Tomaska

2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Luba Tomaska

 

If you want to see all the Stitching Love and Hope postcards that we’ve shared to date then go to the Challenges Gallery here.

Bye for now

Carmen

For Fans of Diana Lampe

Hi everyone

In this post I’m going to share a lovely Diana Lampe floral garden design stitched by Sue Scorgie one of our very talented members.

Diana Lampe is a very special and well known embroidery designer. She also happens to live in Canberra. These days her creativity is channelled into food writing and vegetarian recipes. You can follow her food journal here

This piece is a very longstanding UFO (unfinished object) of Sue’s. She actually began it in a class with Diana Lampe a long, long time ago and just finished it recently. We’ve had glimpses of it in Looking over Shoulders posts but here’s the finished beauty:

Floral Garden stitched by Sue Scorgie

Detail 1 of Floral Garden stitched by Sue Scorgie

Now for some close up eye candy……

look at this cool Wisteria Arch in French Knots….. and the delightful cat….

Detail 2 of Floral Garden stitched by Sue Scorgie

Detail 4 of Floral Garden stitched by Sue Scorgie

and this elegant Magnolia tree…..

Deail 3 of Floral Garden stitched by Sue Scorgie

This is a very effective use of a simple stitch like Lazy Daisy (Detached Chain Stitch). The same again with the daffodils in this next photo….

Detail 5 of Floral Garden stitched by Sue Scorgie

…..a few more peeks at the garden detail……

Detail 6 of Floral Garden stitched by Sue Scorgie

Detail 7 of Floral Garden stitched by Sue Scorgie

Just a fantastic design and achieved with a palette of basic stitches skilfully executed  by Sue.

Thanks heaps Sue for sharing your beautiful piece with us and Stewart (Bath) for the photos.

Diana Lampe Inspiration on an Italian Blog

If you follow us on Facebook you know that we recently featured the exquisite embroidery of Elisabetta ricami a mano ( = Elisabeth hand embroideries). Elisa lives in San Bonifacio in the Italian province of Verona and showcases her stunning work on her blog which you can find here.

She also teaches embroidery locally including children’s classes. One of Elisa’s passions is embroidering alphabets (or cifre in Italian) and she recently got her young students to design some letters using Diana Lampe’s books as inspiration. Here are some examples of their work….

04.Petra

01.Ester

Amazing aren’t they? You can see more of these letters or cifre here.

By the way our Facebook page is a public page so you don’t need to join Facebook to follow it. You do need to be a member of Facebook to ‘like’ our page and/or posts and to comment on a post.

When I was researching this post I came across a 2010 interview with Diana Lampe on the ABC and you can find it here

Ciao Ciao

Carmen

Bluebirds of Happiness

Hello again

The 2014 Creative Challenge Stitching Love & Hope where members were asked to re-interpret WW1 silk postcards has given me a lot of stitchy food for thought over the last week. There were 45 postcards entered in the Challenge and so far we’ve shared 14 of them with you on the blog.

The postcards have been stitched in wide range of designs and techniques. I’m still thinking about how to showcase them so as to show their awesomeness to the max.

The three I’m going to share with you in this post are based on traditional silk postcards or Silks and they feature bluebirds.

Bluebirds as Symbols of Love, Hope, Happiness etc

Bluebirds are an ancient archetype associated with the sun and sky. They are found in Native American mythology and were symbols of fertility, love, hope and happiness.

Bluebirds are a species found in North America and the more ‘modern’ phrase ‘bluebirds of happiness’ comes from the popular American song of the same name that became a hit in 1934.

Three Creative Challenge Postcards

Here are three lovely and delicate postcards with a very vintage feel in their design but with a pop of contemporary colours.

The first postcard I’m going to show you has been stitched by Susan Coates:

2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Susan Coates

Detail 1 from 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Susan Coates

Detail 2 of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Susan Coates

This next one is by Lel Whitbread:

2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Lel Whitbread

Detail 1 of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Lel Whitbread

Detail 2 of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Lel Whitbread

Detail 4 of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Lel Whitbread

and the third one is by Dorothy Rudling:

2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Dorothy Rudling

Detail 1 of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Dorothy Rudling

Detail 2 of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Dorothy Rudling

Detail 3 of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Dorothy Rudling

Detail 4 of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Dorothy Rudling

All three of these designs have a poignant message in the context of war but they also have a certain brio and they left me smiling :))))

I hope you enjoy them too.

Carmen

If You Love Threadpainting……….

Hi everyone

This post is specially for those of you who love threadpainting.

First up I’m going to share two birds exquisitely embroidered by Sharon Burrell.

Here’s an awesome Eastern Bluebird from a needle painting workshop with Tanja Berlin that Sharon took at the 2013 Koala Conventions (this is an event held in Brisbane & showcasing a range of embroidery workshops – you can find the 2015 Program here).

Eastern Bluebird stitched by Sharon Burrell

Detail 1 of Eastern Bluebird stitched by Sharon Burrell

Detail 2 of Eastern Bluebird stitched by Sharon Burrell

Doesn’t Sharon just rock this design?

The next piece is called Summer Jewel and is technically a crewel kit from Elsa Williams but it’s all done in long and short stitch so I’ve included it here.

Summer Jewel stitched by Sharon Burrell

Detail 1 of Summer Jewel stitched by Sharon Burrell

Detail 2 of Summer Jewel stitched by Sharon Burrell

Thank you so much Sharon for sharing your beautiful work & Stewart (Bath) for the great photos.

2014 Stitching Love and Hope Postcard by Marjorie Gilby

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while you’ll be familiar with Marjorie’s stitching as we’ve featured it a number of times. For the 2014 Creative Challenge she has created a postcard using the thread painting technique.

It’s a breathtaking dog rose in the most glorious shades of red……

2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Marjorie Gilby

Detail 1 of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Gilby Marjorie

Detail 2 of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Marjorie Gilby

 

Enjoy!

Carmen

Some More Awesome ‘Stitching Love & Hope’ Postcards

Hi everyone

Here’s some more stitchy goodness from our 2014 Creative Challenge where members of the Guild re-interpreted WW1 Silks (postcards).

Meryl Fellows

You’ve already seen Meryl Fellows’ beautiful stump work postcard here but the awesomeness doesn’t stop there. Meryl made four postcards and here are the other three:

The first has a tranquil, welcoming country scene…..

2014 Creative Challenge Postcard 2 by Meryl Fellows

Detail 1 of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard 2 by Meryl Fellows

and here’s the heartsease close up…..

Detail 2 of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard 2 by Meryl Fellows

This next lovely postcard also evokes ‘home’ but the colours and style give it an oriental feel …..

2014 Creative Challenge Postcard 3 by Meryl Fellows

Detail 1 of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard 3 by Meryl Fellows

and Meryl’s fourth postcard is very Australian – an elegant beaded sprig of wattle…..

2014 Creative Challenge Postcard 4 by Meryl Fellows

Detail 1 of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard 4 by Meryl Fellows

Alice Kerley

Alice has designed a seriously cool and modern postcard in cross stitch

2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Alice Kerley

Detail 1 of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Alice KerleyI really like the use of metallic threads and the hearts to give a pop of colour.

Evelyn Foster

Evelyn has stitched a lovely postcard with a very vintage and delicate feel…..

2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Evelyn Foster

Detail 1 of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Evelyn Foster

Detail 2 of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Evelyn Foster

This postcard evokes the warmth and cosiness of a home full of love – I just want to walk through the garden and go in the front door and sit in front of the fire.

Enjoy!

Carmen