Sublime Needlework

Hi again

I’ve previously used the adjective sublime to describe the stumpwork of Lorna Loveland here. It’s not a word to be used lightly but it absolutely also applies to this exquisite piece of needlework stitched by Marjorie Gilby.

Waratah Tray Cloth stitched by Marjorie Gilby

History

This piece has a really interesting history. It’s a reproduction (with some variations) of a piece of Mountmellick designed and embroidered by Miss S. Docker around 1912-1913.

Marjorie got this design from the book Australian Heritage Needlework Wildflowers edited by Jennifer Sanders which includes a range of wonderful colonial and early twentieth century designs.

This particular design is The Waratah Tray Cloth and it was contributed by Ann – Marie Bakewell. For those readers who don’t live in Australia a Waratah is a spectacular native flower and the floral emblem of New South Wales.

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Mountmellick

Mountmellick is a type of Whitework embroidery with floral motifs that developed in the Irish town of Mountmellick around 1825. It uses predominantly knotted and padded stitches to create a richly textured surface. Traditionally it’s worked in a white matt thread on white cotton satin jean fabric.

Mountmellick was popular in Australia at the turn of the century for those household items that needed frequent washing. Whitework generally was also fashionable and the motifs used were often nationalistic and featured designs based on local wildflowers.

Marjorie’s Waratah Tray Cloth

This design has adapted the original design to surface embroidery using linen fabric and coton a broder.

Let’s have a closer look….

Waratah Tray Cloth 2 stitched by Marjorie Gilby

and closer again…….

Detail 1 of Waratah Tray Cloth stitched by Marjorie Gilby

Detail 2 of Waratah Tray Cloth stitched by Marjorie Gilby

Detail 7 of Waratah Tray Cloth stitched by Marjorie Gilby

Detail 8 of Waratah Tray Cloth stitched by Marjorie Gilby

If you look at the main Waratah flower the central area is embroidered in Padded Satin Stitch. The petals are outlined in Stem Stitch and filled with needlelace in Sixteenth Lace Stitch.

Ann – Marie Bakewell notes that in researching the original embroidery by Miss Docker she found this stitch in the Encyclopedia of Needlework by Therese de Dillmont. This was one of the few embroidery reference books available in Australia when this piece would have been stitched.

What do you think of Sixteenth Lace Stitch? I’m just blown away by it and can’t wait to learn it.

Now to the Waratah bud….

Detail 3 of Waratah Tray Cloth stitched by Marjorie Gilby

Again the central element is Padded Satin Stitch slanted at various angles. The petals are outlined in Stem Stitch and then filled with Laced Herringbone Stitch.

The centre spine of the leaf on the right is worked in Feather Stitch and the outline of the leaf in Crossed Buttonhole Stitch at right angles to the edge.

detail 5 of Waratah Tray Cloth stitched by Marjorie Gilby

In the large leaf above the long centre line is stitched in Slanted Buttonhole Stitch and surrounded with Seed Stitch. The outline is Indented Buttonhole Stitch.

The smaller leaf to the right in the above photo has Feather Stitch down the centre and Crossed Buttonhole Stitch along the outer edges.

detail 6 of Waratah Tray Cloth stitched by Marjorie Gilby

I was intrigued by these two leaves and the use of Oyster Chain Stitch (also called Knotted Cable Chain Stitch) to define the centre line of the top one – just awesome. The Sawtooth Buttonhole Stitch along the outline of this leaf is also incredibly effective.

Both these leaves have very clever placement of closed and open spaces to create shape and directional change.

The French Knots provide a delicate decorative effect.

Marjorie thank you so much for sharing this stunning needlework with us.

As you can tell I just adore this piece – hope you enjoy it too!

Have a great week!

Carmen

Super Cute Teddy Bear Pyjama Case

Hi everyone

Here’s a lovely piece to round out the weekend. It was stitched by Marjorie Gilby.

Marjorie has been a powerhouse of activity and support for our Guild over the years. She managed the Library for many years, has taught classes in a range of techniques and has a wonderful oeuvre of embroidery work.

She’s an incredibly generous person who’s always willing to share her knowledge and help you come to grips with a stitch or technique. I’m a relative newcomer to the Guild and I learnt long and short stitch from Marjorie.

We’re in the process of documenting and photographing her work and you’ll be seeing much more of it over the coming weeks – Crewel work, Canvaswork, Blackwork and Pulled Thread Work.

Now to the eye candy of this piece including some awesome close-ups of the stitching.

Embroidered Teddy Bear Pyjama Case by Marjorie Gilby Detail 1 of Embroidered Teddy Bear Pyjama Case by Marjorie Gilby Detail 2 of Embroidered Teddy Bear Pyjama Case by Marjorie Gilby Detail 3 of Embroidered Teddy Bear Pyjama Case by Marjorie Gilby Detail 4 of Embroidered Teddy Bear Pyjama Case by Marjorie Gilby Detail 5 of Embroidered Teddy Bear Pyjama Case by Marjorie Gilby Detail 6 of Embroidered Teddt Bear Pyjama Case by Marjorie Gilby Detail 7 of Embroidered Teddy Bear Pyjama Case by Marjorie Gilby Detail 8 of Embroiderered Teddy Bear Pyjama Case by Marjorie Gilby Detail 9 of Embroidered Teddy Bear Pyjama Case by Marjorie Gilby

Marjorie says the design is by Nanette Jurd and appeared in Embroidery and Cross Stitch Volume 5 No.6. She’s made four of these bears and advises that she found getting the head shape right is the biggest challenge.

This piece now belongs to Lorna Loveland – so Lorna thank you for sharing this delightful work by Marjorie with us.

Enjoy!

Carmen

Pat’s Stumpwork Box – Flowers, Funghi and Insects

Are you ready for another of Pat B’s amazing ornamental boxes?

Well here’s an octagonal box which has multiple themes – Pat says her inspiration was exploring the stumpwork and embroidery techniques in the Jane Nicholas book Stumpwork Embroidery: A Collection of Fruits, Flowers and Insects 1995

This post is mainly eye candy with some notes on the stitches and techniques used. If you want a closer look at any photo then just click on it to enlarge.

Box Lid

Here’s the box lid where the main picture is an evocative view of trees and sea:

Hexagonal Box with Trees and sea by Pat Bootland

Around the main embroidery there is a theme of flowers, fruit and insects – some embroidered, some beaded and some stumpwork. Here’s a closer look at them:

Blue Flower and Insect

Blue Flower from Hexagonal Box by Pat Bootland

The petals of the flower are done in needleweaving – each one has been stitched and then twisted into a shape. The wings of the insect are made from loops of buttonhole stitch.

Soldier Fly

Gold Beetle from Hexagonal Box by Pat Bootland

This little fellow is mainly satin stitch and straight stitch with beads for the eyes. Pat tells me that each wing was made by vliesofixing two pieces of transparent ribbon together and then stitching around the edges and on the wings to create a pattern.

Foxgloves

Three Pink Bell Flowers on Hexagonal Box by Pat Bootland

These are created with satin stitch with a wired edge and seed beads.

Bee

Bee on Hexagonal Box by Pat BootlandThe body of the bee is turkey stitch (also called Turkey rug knot or Ghiordes knot – see Stitch Dictionary) while each wing is two layers of sheer ribbon vliesofixed together.

Fig

Pomegrate on Hexagonal Box by Pat Bootland

These luscious fruits are in padded satin stitch.

Snail

Snail by Pat Bootland

The shell is twisted and whipped fabric while the body is padded satin stitch.

Flower

Cream Flower on Hexagonal Box by Pat Bootland

Pat has again used button hole loops – this time to create the flower petals.

Ant & Clover

Three Clover Flowers by Pat Bootland

Ant on Hexagonal Box by Pat Bootland

Pink Flower

Dusty Pink Flower on Hexagonal Box by Pat Bootland

I was curious about the stitch used for the petals and Pat explained that it’s Whipped spider web stitch used straight rather than in a wheel. She likes the ridges it creates to give form not only to flowers but also to fish fins, shells etc.

Dragonfly

Blue Dragonfly on Hexagonal Box by Pat Bootland

Berries

Berries and Leaf on Hexagonal Box by Pat Bootland

It turns out that these berries are beads that have been stitched over to create a sense of full ripeness.

Teeny Weeny Spider

Spider and Web on Hexagonal Box by Pat Bootland

Close Up Black Bead Spider by Pat Bootland

The web and spider are really minute – no bigger than a centimeter (just under half an inch) – it’s a great example of using simple materials to great effect. The spider is just 2 tiny seed beads with some wool thread.

Thistle

Purple Flower on Hexagonal Box by Pat Bootland This is another example of how you can use Turkey stitch very effectively – here to create the thick fluffiness of the thistle flower.

I hope you’ve enjoyed looking at Pat’s work in this post. If you have any questions about the stitches or techniques used then just leave a comment and we’ll try to answer them.

Tomorrow I’ll show you the stumpwork on the vertical sides of the box.

Bye!

 

Pat’s Whimsical Etui

Pat B is one of the Guild’s very accomplished embroiderers and she loves to make decorative boxes.

An etui is a small ornamental box for holding needles, thimbles etc.

We have been photographing a series of her boxes for the Members Gallery and I couldn’t resist sharing this etui that Pat designed with you. If you’d like to look at the detail just click on any photo to enlarge it.

Black and White Etui by Pat Bootland

…..and here’s a view of the other side…..

View 2 Black and White Etui by Pat Bootland

Pat has created an etui in the style that opens up flat once the box is opened:

Unfolded Etui by Pat Bootland

Would you like a closer look at the inside of the etui?

Well here’s the side with the comfy armchair and lamp:

Inside Wall with armchair of Etui by Pat Bootland

This one has a warm fireplace with a striking portrait above it:

Inside wall with fireplace and portrait in Etui by Pat Bootland

….this wall is full of crafty things:

Inside wall with two pictures of Etui by Pat Bootland

…..and this one has a relaxing view through the window..

Inside wall with window of etui by Pat Bootland

And guess who’s enjoying all this?

Creature in Etui by Pat Bootland

Pat says that this little creature gets very upset if it’s mistaken for a cat or a dog…….it is its own whimsical self!

Enjoy!