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

A Gentle Bear

Hi everyone

This is a quick post to show you a very gentle candlewicked teddy bear stitched by Jillian Bath.

There’s something about the simplicity of this bear that makes it very endearing to small children and this particular one has had a lot of cuddles!

Candlewick Teddy Bear stitched by Jillian Bath

The pattern comes from Candlewicking Book by Tonia Todman 1993. She describes him as ” an easy bear to make because his head and body are all in one. Limbs are all sewn in rather than jointed. You can allow your creative spirit free rein when embroidering – all sorts of candlewicking embellishment will be suitable. I suggest that it would be almost impossible to embroider him too much !! “

Here’s some eye candy of how Jillian has embroidered him…

Detail 1 of Candlewick Teddy Bear stitched by Jillian Bath

Detail 2 of Candlewick Teddy Bear stitched by Jillian Bath

Detail 3 of Candlewick bear stitched by Jillian Bath

Detail 4 of Candlewick Teddy Bear stitched by Jillian Bath

Detail 5 of Candlewick Teddy Bear stitched by Jillian Bath

Just too cute!

I’m also going to share the postcard that Jillian created for our 2014 Creative Challenge Stitching Love and Hope. It evokes in a very delicate way the poppy fields of Flanders which are one of the most powerful symbols of WW1.

2014 Creative Challenge Postcard stitched by Jillian Bath

Detail of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard stitched by Jillian Bath

Hope you have a fun weekend with lots of stitching!

Carmen

Exquisite Ethereal Mermaid + Two more Postcards

Hi everyone

In this post I’m going to share an exquisite and beautiful Mermaid stitched by Agnes Sciberras.

It’s a lovely Gary Clarke design and the ethereal quality of the work is created by the layers of objects, embroidered organza and embellishment.

The quality of the design, stitching and photography mean that this Mermaid needs no words from me.

Mermaid stitched by Agnes SciberrasDetail 1 of Mermaid stitched by Agnes SciberrasDetail 2 of Mermaid stitched by Agnes Sciberras

Detail 3 of Mermaid stitched by Agnes Sciberras

Detail 4 of Mermaid stitched by Agnes SciberrasThank you so much Agnes for sharing this work and Stewart (Bath) for the great sequence of photos. We’re so lucky to have such talent in the Guild and to be able to showcase the design of an awesome Australian designer.

Two more Postcards from the 2014 Creative Challenge

We’re going to progressively share with you the rest of the 45 fantastic postcards made for the Challenge – Stitching Love and Hope.

Here’s the delicate postcard full of symbols of hope and love stitched by Agnes Sciberras:

2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Agnes Sieberras

and a closer view of the lovely bluebird:

Detail of Bluebird from 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Agnes Sieberras

Lorna Loveland’s very evocative postcard draws on time-honoured motifs for remembrance:

2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Lorna Loveland

and here’s a closer look at the gorgeous goldwork:

Detail of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Lorna Loveland

Enjoy!

Carmen

News Update

Hi everyone

Just a heads up to let you know that I’ve updated the following galleries:

Canvaswork

Contemporary Creative Embroidery

Crazy Quilting

Cross Stitch

Landscapes and Scenes

Needlelace

Silk Ribbon Embroidery

Stumpwork & Textured Stitching

Young Stitchers

The new additions are at the top of each gallery page.

And here’s a preview of a small sample of the photos uploaded:

Octagonal Box Lid with Needlelace & Goldwork

Detail 3 of Octagonal Box Lid with Needlelace and Goldwork stitched by Marjorie Gilby

Stumpwork Butterfly stitched by Jillian Bath

Embroidered landscape

Spring in the Forest stitched by Betty Matthews

Embroidered box

Side 2 of Oriental Box by Marjorie Gilby

Ribbon embroidery flowers

Detail of Ribbon Embroidery Flowers by Mary Bowron

Historical Embroidery Books

In a couple of recent posts Mary Corbett in her Needle ‘N Thread blog listed a number of great historical embroidery books that are available online and are in the public domain. You can find them here and here. The latter post includes a great Hardanger book.

Bye for now

Carmen

 

More Beautiful Pieces from our 2014 Annual Exhibition

Hi again everyone

I’m back with another post to celebrate our Exhibition. Today was another fantastic day – the incredibly positive feedback on the ‘wow’ factor of  the show has been very special and meant a great deal to us.

Here are two more postcards from the Creative Challenge Stitching Love and Hope where members have re-interpreted WW1 silk postcards.

The first is a classically elegant stumpwork with a simple but heartfelt message by Meryl Fellows:

2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Meryl Fellows

The second has a fresh, very Aussie theme but at the same time conveys deep emotion. It is by Christine Bailey:

2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Christine Bailey

and here’s a closer look at that too cool kangaroo with loads of personality…

Detail 1 of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Christine Bailey

Exquisite Contemporary Coastal Seascape 

In the general part of the Exhibition this seascape stitched by Agnes Sciberras is just stunning with beautiful stitching and embellishment. The quality of the work and Stewart Bath’s photography make my life easy – the embroidery doesn’t need any extra words from me:

Coastal Seascape stitched by Agnes Sciberras

Detail 1 of Coastal Seascape stitched by Agnes Sciberras

Detail 2 of Coastal Seascape stitched by Agnes Sciberras

Detail 3 of Coastal Seascape stitched by Agnes Sciberras

 

Enjoy!

Carmen

Some Mid Century Modern at our Annual Exhibition

Hi everyone

A quick post to share some of the awesomeness that was the opening of our Annual Exhibition last night plus a couple of pieces of stitchy goodness.

Opening of the Exhibition

The Exhibition was opened by Dr Brendan Nelson AO, Director of the Australian War Memorial and he gave a fantastic speech that gave the evening a real buzz.

Here’s a photo of the special Creative Challenge Stitching Love and Hope where members were asked to re-interpret WW1 Silk Postcards

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and one of our President Fran Novitski and Dr Nelson at this display

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Here’s one of the postcards – an exquisite Flanders Poppy stitched by Glenda Hudson in honour of a family member. Very poignant and beautiful.

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One of the other special displays was Sharon Boggon’s Band Sampler. I love this photo of Sharon and Jerry with the Sampler

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Mid Century Modern Quilt

One of the pieces in the general exhibition is this wonderful quilt stitched by Susan Coates

The Sewing Circle Quilt stitched by Susan Coates

The blocks are from a Block of the Month series called The Sewing Circle by Robyn Allen-Waters.

Susan made the quilt with 1950s reproduction fabrics. These and the blocks give this quilt a real mid century modern feel.

Here’s some wonderful eye candy of a selection of the blocks….

Block1 from The Sewing Circle Quilt stitched by Susan Coates

Those wall ducks are so cool and so ‘in’ at the moment.

Block 2 from The Sewing Circle Quilt stiched by Susan Coates

Block 3 from The Sewing Circle Quilt stitched by Susan Coates

Block 4 from The Sewing Circle Quilt stitched by Susan Coates

Block 5 from The Sewing Circle Quilt stitched by Susan Coates

Block 6 from The Sewing Circle Quilt stitched by Susan Coates

The retro vibe of these stitcheries is really fun and the colours are so 50s.

Enjoy and have a great weekend!

Carmen

Irene’s Awesome Mile High ShoChikuBai

Hi again everyone

In this post I’m going to share another of Irene Burton’s awesome embroideries. You’re in luck because Stewart Bath was also intrigued by this work and took lots of detailed photos of the stitching.

Technique

The technique is traditional Japanese embroidery and it’s stitched with silk threads on silk fabric. Irene worked under the tuition of accredited Japanese embroidery teachers to create this piece.

Sho Chiku Bai

I was curious about the word ‘shochikubai’ so I googled it to see what came up.

Well if you use it as a whole word then it’s the brand of a famous Japanese sake. Nothing wrong with a good sake but the inspiration for an embroidery design?……mmmm maybe not.

But if you spell it Sho Chiku Bai then it means Pine, Bamboo and Plum which are the legendary ‘friends of winter’ in both Chinese and Japanese art.

The embroidery design that Irene has stitched comes from the Japanese Design Centre and incorporates these three symbols.

Mile High Shochikubai stitched by Irene Burton

Detail 1 from Mile High Shochikubai stitched by Irene Burton

Detail 2 Mile High Shochikubai stitched by Irene Burton

I just love the delicacy and gentle beauty of this horizontal element of sky and cloud which balances the verticality of the botanical design…..definitely a cool example of ‘less is more’…..

Detail 3 of Mile High Shochikubai stitched by Irene Burton

The next photo shows a vignette of the three symbols.

Detail 4 of Mile High Shochikubai stitched by Irene Burton

The pine/Sho is evergreen through Winter and is the symbol of  inner strength, resilience and permanence.

While the bamboo/Chiku is the symbol of longevity.

The plum blossom/Bai symbolises beauty and optimism in the face of adversity.

Here’s some more eye candy for you….

Detail 5 of Mile High Shochikubai stitched by Irene Burton

Detail 6 of Mile High Shochikubai stitched by Irene Burton

Detail 7 of Mile High Shochikubai stitched by Irene Burton

Detail 8 of Mile High Shochikubai stitched by Irene Burton

Detail 9 of Mile High Shochikubai stitched by Irene Burton

Detail 10 of Mile High Shochikubai stitched by Irene Burton

Detail 11 of Mile High Shochikubai stitched by Irene Burton

Detail 12 of Mile High Shochikubai stitched by Irene Burton

 

 

Enjoy!

Carmen

News Update

Hi everyone

A very quick post to say that I’ve updated the following galleries:

Contemporary Creative Embroidery

In this gallery it’s wonderful to see how different people have interpreted Glenys Leske’s Path to the Beach so that each work is quite individual even though the basic elements are the same.

Crewel & Surface Stitchery

Quite a bit of new eye candy here

Cross Stitch

Some delightful new work here too

Samplers

Two examples of the notebook covers from last year’s Stitch a Month classes

Here’s a taster of the photos uploaded….

Embroidered Seascape

Close up of Path to the Beach stitched by Christine Bailey

Embroidered Seascape

Detail 3 of Path to the Beach stitched by Agnes Sciberras

Cross Stitch

Cute Mice Biscornu cross stitched by Helen Nastopoulos

embroidered tray cover

Detail 3 of I had a little nut tree stitched by Marjorie Gilby

Embroidered Diary Cover

Detail 2 of Pink Lotus Diary Cover stitched by Marjorie Gilby

Last Minute Inspiration on WW1 Silk Postcards

If anyone’s still looking for some last minute inspiration for your WW1 silk postcard here are some lovely ones that belong to Guild member Helen Hardie

WW1 Silk Postcard 5 belonging to Helen Hardie

WW1 Silk Postcard 4 belonging to Helen Hardie

WW1 Silk Postcard 3 belonging to Helen Hardie

Underneath of WW1 Silk Postcard 3 belonging to Helen Hardie

WW1 Silk Postcard 2 belonging to Helen Hardie

WW1 Silk Postcard 1 belonging to Helen Hardie

Enjoy and hope you’ve having a great weekend!

Carmen

 

Irene’s Stunning Bouquet from the Heart of Japan

Hello everyone

I’ve got a real treat for you in this post – an absolutely stunning piece of traditional Japanese embroidery stitched by Irene Burton.

Here’s a first look at this awesome work in its frame:

Bouquet from the Heart of Japan stitched by Irene Burton

The design comes from the Japanese Embroidery Centre and is stitched in the traditional way of silk floss on silk. Irene has been learning this technique from an accredited Japanese embroidery teacher.

We’ve missed Irene at the last few meetings but it turns out she was at home working away on this exquisite bouquet so that it’d be ready for the Guild’s Annual Exhibition in September. If you want to see it in real life you’ll have to come to the Exhibition!

The combination of Irene’s stitchy talent and Stewart Bath’s wonderful photos let the work speak for itself.

Detail 1 from Bouquet from the Heart of Japan stitched by Irene Burton

Detail 2 of Bouquet from the Heart of Japan stitched by Irene Burton

Detail 3 from Bouquet from the Heart of Japan stitched by Irene Burton

Detail 4 from Bouquet from the Heart of Japan stitched by Irene Burton

Detail 5 from Bouquet from the Heart of Japan stitched by Irene Burton

Detail 6 from Bouquet from the Heart of Japan stitched by Irene Burton

Detail 7 from Bouquet from the Heart of Japan stitched by Irene Burton

Detail 8 from Bouquet from the Heart of Japan stitched by Irene Burton

Detail 9 from Bouquet from the Heart of Japan stitched by Irene Burton

Detail 10 from Bouquet from the Heart of Japan stitched by Irene Burton

What do you think? Doesn’t it just leave you grabbing for superlatives? Do you have a favourite element?

Irene and Stewart a heartfelt thanks for capturing and sharing such beauty!

Enjoy!

Carmen

Looking over Shoulders 10

Hi everyone

You may remember this blog post on an Alison Cole Goldwork class held at the Guild in 2013. Here’s the design the class worked on:

Standing Tall goldwork

Standing Tall Goldwork Embroidery completed by Dorothy Brann

Well Pat Bootland has got out her UFO from this class and started stitching again. In her very creative way she’s decided to change the fabric element at the base of the design into a dragon.

And not just any dragon but a gorgeous medieval dragon.

Goldwork in Progress by Pat Bootland

Dragon Detail from Goldwork in Progress by Pat Bootland

Jenny Balderson was stitching away at another element of her large crewel design

Crewel Flower stitched by Jenny Balderson

While Monica Andrew was creating some crazy quilting from her niece’s wedding dress

Crazy Patchwork by Monica Andrew

Detail 1 of Crazy Patchwork stitched by Monica Andrew

Jacinta Nelligan was back in Canberra visiting us – Yay!!!

……and she was working on this striking piece from a class at Central St Martins in London.

Contemporary Embroidery by Jacinta NelliganWhile Sarah Kimmorley was persevering with this Winnie the Pooh cross stitch…….

Winnie the Pooh cross stitched by Sarah Kimmorley

she can’t wait to finish all the white stitching around the outline!

Elvi McCann was appliquéing these too cute hippos

Applique stitched by Elvi McCann

and Yvonne Kingsley was working on this delightful Jenny McWhinney design

Rabbit Stitchery by Yvonne Kingsley

For something quite different Lel Whitbread was smocking some purple stitchy goodness

Smocking by Lel Whitbread

Tracey Kent had just started this delicate iris

Iris Embroidery stitched by Tracey Kent

While Samantha Benda was cross stitching this elegant piece as a wedding present for some friends

Wedding Hands cross stitched by Samantha Benda

You’ve seen this lazy big cat design being stitched by Joyce Lynch in earlier Looking over Shoulders posts. This is where Margaret Kelemen is up to

lazy Cat cross stitched by Margaret Kellemen

And now for some Canvaswork – here’s the piece just finished by Judy Barton Browne

Canvaswork stitched by Judy Barton Browne

Enjoy! and have a great weekend!

Carmen