Stitching Delights in Melbourne

I had a few days in Melbourne recently, and had to share with you some delightful stitching experiences.

The Embroiderers Guild, Victoria – open day

It happened that the Guild was having an open day at Embroidery House in Malvern, so how could I resist?

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I’m sure that embroiderers anywhere would be thrilled to have such a wonderful creative environment!  Once I had overcome my envy, I was made very welcome by President Anne and other members, and joined the throng of visitors to admire the demonstrations of different machine and hand embroidery techniques.  As seems to be the case with embroiderers everywhere, members were busy generously sharing their enthusiasm and knowledge, and here is just a small sample:

Machine embroidery  Embroidery House 7 Vic

 

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Sandra Warren Smith introduced me to the delights of Lefkara Embroidery, which is a traditional embroidery technique from Cyprus also known as Lefkara Lace, or Lefkaritika.  Mmm, will have to investigate this one further, starting here.

 

 

 

 

Embroidery House 9 VicSandra told me that books on this technique are few and far between, so here is one by Androula Hadjiyiasemi.  I will be checking our own Guild’s library, plus those talented members who do Hardanger and all kinds of drawn thread, needlelace etc..

 

 

 

 

 

I had to tear myself away, but not before buying a couple of things from the book sale (you can never have too many embroidery books).   On the way out, I noticed that even the doorplates have embroidery, sigh.   If you’d like to find out more about The Embroiderers Guild,Victoria, Australia, click here.

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Then it was on to the National Gallery of Victoria, for the exhibition Exquisite Threads: English Embroidery 1600s – 1900s, showcasing examples of English domestic and professional embroidery from the NGV’s own collection, plus from private collectors, the National Gallery of Australia, the Melbourne Diocesan Historical Commission, and members of The Embroiderers Guild, Victoria.  Non-flash photography allowed, yippee!

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Used for apprentice embroiderers to learn stitches, as recording of stitches and patterns for domestic embroidery, then an important part of the education of young women, samplers in the exhibition dated from 1692 to 1932.

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Sorry about the quality of my photo of this Wessex embroidery sampler, completed by Margaret Foster in 1932, but I couldn’t resist the opportunity to digress into mentioning our Guild’s classes on WESSEX STITCHERY with Annette Dziedzic.

Wessex Stitchery

Please note that the dates have been changed for this class, now on 11 and 25 July, with preparation on 6 July, but keep checking our web site here any time you would like to check out our classes schedule.  I hear that Robyn Duncan, our Classes Co-ordinator, already has an exciting list of internal and external tutors coming up for 2016.

But back to the exhibition.

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Here we have a Privy Councillor’s uniform from 1939, and an ecclesiastical cope made in 1853.

 

 

 

 

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A waistcoat from the 1770’s, an evening cape circa 1924, and a pelisse and dress circa 1818.

 

Exquisite Threads 9 Writing box, circa 1665

 

 

 

 

 

I’m thrilled to bits with the book from the exhibition, which gives background details of the items, embroidery history from different periods, and close-up photographs showing beautiful detail.  I believe that this exhibition will not be touring, but will be on at the NGV International until 12 July, so if you can get there, it’s well worth a visit – see the details here.


Then I had to go back to the NGV International, to see A Golden Age of China, Quianlong Emperor, 1736-1795.  On loan from the Palace Museum, Beijing, it included a selection of magnificent items from the collections of this emperor, and it was truly wonderful to be able to see both front and back of silk embroidered robes.

Emperor’s ceremonial court robe Qing dynasty, Quianlong period 1736-95 silk satin The Palace Museum, Beijing (Gu42311)

No photos were allowed in this exhibition, but once again the book gives excellent information and photography.  Sadly, this exhibition finished on 21 June, but you can see more information here.


You thought I was finished?  No way, read on…

Then it was off to the Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries Costume Exhibition, at Rippon Lea House and Gardens, the National Trust property that is used as Aunt Prudence’s house in the TV series.  People who are especially interested in the costumes for this series, based on the novels by Kerry Greenwood, will know that Marion Boyce, costume designer, and Every Cloud Productions, use collected vintage items to re-create the fashion fantasies of the late 1920’s.

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Fans of the TV show will recognise these outfits from the latest series.  There was also a behind the scenes workroom exhibit, showing how costumes were constructed, and genuine 1920’s accessories, part of Marion Boyce’s personal collection.

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Yes, of course there is a book with detailed descriptions and gorgeous photos.  But then it was time for afternoon tea, still in 1920’s character, in the stable building.

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You’re in luck if you need time to get to this one, as it’s on until 30 September 2015, and will tour to other cities.  For more information, click here.


And the WW1 Centenary Exhibition, on at the Melbourne Museum until 16 August, details here.

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IWM 2Would you believe this is made of paper?

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Ambulance officer uniform, and detail


Finally, the Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne, open all year, including the museum beneath, details here.

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There are textiles everywhere, including this copy of the Battle of Britain lace, circa 1942-47.

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I’m sure I could have found more stitching delights, but only had a few days, and needed to come home for a rest!

Gail

Jacobean Jewel

Hi everyone

Today I’m going to share a wonderful piece from the Guild’s Collection. It’s a bag decorated with a Jacobean embroidery design. It was stitched by one of our most accomplished members Margaret Thompson.

It’s a lovely object and without further ado here’s the eye candy:

Jacobean Bag by Margaret Thompson

Detail 1 of Jacobean Bag by Margaret Thompson

Detail 2 of Jacobean Bag by Margaret Thompson

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Enjoy!

Carmen

Diana’s Story Box

Hi again

As promised here’s the second box stitched by Diana Churchill. It’s quite a large box and covered in delightful detail.

Here’s the first side…

Side 1 of Large Embroidered Box stitched by Diana Churchill

and again from a different angle….

Detail 1 of Side 1 of Large Embroidered Box stitched by Diana Churchill

Now to side 2……

Side 2 of Large Embroidered Box sticthed by Diana Churchill

Side 3….

Side 3 of Large Embroidered Box stitched by Diana Churchill

and side 4

Side 4 of Large Embroidered Box stitched by Diana Churchill

And for those of you who love to look close up at the stitching and motifs here are some cute details…..

Detail 1 of Large Embroidered Box stitched by Diana Churchill

Detail 2 of Large Embroidered Box  stitched by Diana Churchill

Detail 3 of Large Embroidered Box stitched by Diana Churchill

Detail 4 of Large Embroidered Box stitched by Diana Churchill

and last but not least here’s the lid…

Lid of Large Embroidered Box stitched by Diana Churchill

Doesn’t it just make you smile and want to be a little kid again??!

Thank you Diana for sharing your awesome boxes and also Stewart (Bath) for the great photos.

Enjoy!

Carmen

Matthew’s Rug

Hi everyone

In this post we’re going to share a rug made by one of the delightful members of our guild Glenda Hudson. It has a really cool story.

Glenda made this rug for her son Matthew and it’s a combination of knitting and embroidery. The squares are joined by crochet while the backing is joined with a blanket stitch edging and held with ties. Some of the squares come from a pattern book put out by the Ku-ring-gai branch of the Knitters Guild NSW and the too cute buttons from Nikki Tervo Designs.

In her artist’s statement Glenda says:

My son Matthew has a great love of the Australian bush and its flora, fauna & birdlife. He works for Parks Australia as an environmental scientist. I made this rug to represent various aspects of his life.

Here’s the rug which is full of vivid Australian icons

Matthews Rug by Glenda Hudsonand here are the individual blocks. This first block show Matthew’s love of his pets and cricket. His dog Cherie was a very good fielder of the ball.

Detail 1 of Matthews Rug by Glenda Hudson

This next one has a cute koala

Detail 2 of Matthews Rug by Glenda Hudsonand this map of Australia shows the parks that he’s worked in. Glenda’s included a funnel web spider because her son had a close encounter with one.

Detail 3 of Matthews Rug by Glenda HudsonLook at this awesome block of Uluru

Detail 4 of Matthews Rug by Glenda Hudson

and these next lovely blocks of Australian nature

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Detail 6 of Matthews Rug by Glenda Hudson

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Detail 9 of Matthews Rug by Glenda Hudson

Detail 10 of Matthews Rug by Glenda Hudson

The windmill on this square really evokes the outback

Detail 11 of Matthews Rug by Glenda HudsonSome more fantastic Aussie designs

Detail 12 of Matthews Rug by Glenda Hudson

Detail 13 of Matthews Rug by Glenda Hudson

Detail 14 of Matthews Rug by Glenda Hudson

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Detail 16 of Matthews Rug by Glenda Hudson

Detail 17 of Matthews Rug by Glenda Hudson

Detail 18 of Matthews Rug by Glenda Hudsonand a special tribute to Mathew’s beloved footy club St George/Illawarra

Detail 19 of Matthews Rug by Glenda Hudson

Isn’t it wonderful – it just makes me smile!

Hope you enjoy it too!

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

Badge of Honour

Hi everyone

Well after the last post which was super long here’s a very quick one.

In this post we’re sharing a wonderful postcard from the 2014 Creative Challenge Stitching Love and Hope to re-interpret WW1 Silk Postcards.

This postcard was stitched by Dorothy Brann and honours her grandfather.

2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Dorothy Brann

The central emblem of the postcard is the cap badge of his regiment – the Sherwood Foresters Regiment (1881-1970)

Detail 1 of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Dorothy Brann

The symbolic elements on the badge include the Maltese Cross, an oak wreath and a white hart (large male deer).

Detail 2 of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Dorothy Brann

This postcard is deeply personal, evocative and very moving.

Enjoy!

Carmen

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

Bird Cage

Hi everyone

I’ve just been looking through the awesome program of workshops & classes for the Embroiderers’ Guild of America’s Seminar 2015. It’ll take place from 28 October to 1 November in San Antonio, Texas.

One of the classes that caught my eye was a Bird Cage by Australian designer Gary Clarke. In the class notes it’s described as a needle accessory disguised as a grand Victorian 3D bird cage.

As it’s Australia Day later this month it’s great to be able to feature an Australian designer. We can do this because the super talented Jillian Bath has stitched this piece and her husband Stewart has taken some fantastic photos. There are some great close-ups of the needlework for those of you who love a really good look at the detail.

So here’s the eye candy

Bird Cage stitched by Jillian Bath

Detail 1 of Bird Cage stitched by Jillian Bath

Detail 2 of Bird Cage stitched by Jillian Bath

Detail 3 of Bird cage stitched by Jillian Bath

Detail 4 of Bird Cage stitched by Jillian Bath

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Detail 6 of Bird Cage stitched by Jillian Bath

Detail 7 of bird Cage stitched by Jillian Bath

Detail 8 of Bird Cage stitched by Jillian Bath

Exquisite isn’t it? Thank you Jillian & Stewart for sharing the beauty of this design with us.

If you’d like to read more about the EGA’s Seminar 2015 then go to their website here.

Take care

Carmen

Happy New Year!

Hi everyone

Wishing you all a Happy New Year.

As a treat for the start of the New Year here’s an update of the following galleries for you.

Blackwork

Canvaswork

Contemporary Creative Embroidery

Crewel & Surface Stitchery

Cross Stitch

Fibre & Yarn

Hardanger

Samplers

Seasonal

Enjoy!

Carmen