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Well, it’s been a while but it’s time to catch up with the rest of the photos from our annual stitching weekend at Greenhills Conference Centre.

Greenhills cockies 1Greenhills cockies 2

 

 

Greenhills magpie

More wildlife at Greenhills 2015.  The sulphur-crested cockies were on the lookout for seeds left out by the kitchen staff.  The magpie felt left out, but was not brave enough to take on the cockies.

 

Jeanette at Greenhills 2015

 

 

Jeanette was happy for me take this photo of her wearing her lanyard made at Stitching on the Lake, a class with Fiona Horden and SylviaFrazer.

 

 

 

 

There was plenty of cross stitch happening, with a confession or two that that there are UFO’s that may have spent some time languishing in cupboards between episodes of activity.

Cherry Blossom Waterfall, counted cross stitch by Margaret Kelemen

Cherry Blossom Waterfall, counted cross stitch by Margaret Kelemen

Counted x stitch by Polly Templeton

Thea Governeur counted cross stitch kit by Polly Templeton

Counted x stitch by Tracey Kent

Great Dixter, Northiam, East Sussex counted cross stitch kit by Tracey Kent

Counted x stitch horse 1 by Anne Hazell

Country Horses, Anchor counted cross stitch kit by Anne Hazell

Counted x stitch horse 2 by Anne Hazell

Counted cross stitch by Anne Hazell

Counted x stitch Xmas card panels by Tina Korda

Tina Korda was working on counted cross stitch panels for Christmas cards

 

As a change from embroidery, there was some crochet and knitting going on.

Crochet squares by Ellen Tynan

Crochet squares by Ellen Tynan

Knitted tea cosy1 by Diana Churchill

Cleckheaton pattern for pineapple tea cosy

Knitted tea cosy2 by Diana Churchill

Pineapple tea cosy by Diana Churchill

 

Diana has told me that this will be for the teapot used for peaceful cups of tea at a special place in her garden.

 

 

Pam Hynd was working on this exquisite Jacobean Embroidery work, threadpainting using DMC threads, from Sarah’s Hand Embroidery Tutorials.

Jacobean work 1 by Pam Hynd Jacobean work 2 by Pam Hynd Jacobean work 3 by Pam Hynd Jacobean work 4 by Pam Hynd Jacobean work 5 by Pam Hynd

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Polly Templeton also worked on this Japanese Beading project, from a class by Margaret Lee.

Japanese beadwork 2 by Polly TempletonJapanese beadwork 1 by Polly Templeton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sarah Kimmorley was working on this Crewel piece that came from a class by Carolyn Pearce.

Crewel work 3 by Sarah KimmorleyCrewel work 1 by Sarah KimmorleyCrewel work 2 by Sarah Kimmorley

 

 

 

 

This floral drawstring bag, designed by Sylvia Fraser, was being worked on by Rhonda Howlett.

Floral drawstring bag 1 by Rhonda Howlett Floral drawstring bag 2 by Rhonda Howlett

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jenny Balderson was working on her Bayeux Tapestry panel.

Bayeux Tapestry panel1 by Jenny Balderson Bayeux Tapestry panel2 by Jenny Balderson Bayeux Tapestry panel3 by Jenny Balderson

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have had a previous blog about the Bayeux Tapestry, which you can find here.

 

Claire Westley worked on her Portugese Whitework, and some Canvaswork which came out of a NSW Embroiderers’ Guild class on basic embroidery techniques.

Canvas work by Claire Westley Porugese whitework by Claire Westley

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pincushion panel by Di Ballantyne

A sweet little panel for a pincushion by Di Ballantyne.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Even more creativity with this applique panel, pattern entitled Cairo Rug Makers, by Kate Ross.

Cairo rug makers applique panel by Kate Ross

 

And coasters created by Susan Douds, painted with acrylic paints and sealed.

Coasters by Susan Douds

 

This panel was being prepared by Libby Williams, to be embellished with Goldwork.

Panel ready for embellishment byBerry Quilting Exhibition

 

 

Libby’s panel of an embellished Angel has been used in the advertising for this year’s Berry Quilting Exhibition.

 

 

 

 

Well, that’s the end of my notes from Greenhills 2015, I hope you enjoyed the creativity and variety, and a big thank you to Brenda Phillips for her great job in organising another fun stitching get-together.  If I’ve missed anyone, I apologise, but at least no-one can say that we sat around just eating and talking!  Look out for Greenhills again next year – members and friends, both old and new, are always welcome for a day, or the whole weekend.

Gail

 

 

 

 

 

 

Textiles in Canberra

After my Stitching Delights in Melbourne blog post, I thought “what about all the stitching delights in and around Canberra?”  Some people know that I spend a bit of time at the Australian War Memorial, where there are numerous examples of textiles and embroidery, such as:

Tapestry @ AWM Based on oil painting by Imants Tillers

Tapestry @ AWM
Based on oil painting by Imants Tillers

 

This tapestry, entitled Avenue of Remembrance, was commissioned by the AWM from the Australian Tapestry Workshop, and completed in 2015.

It is based on an oil painting by Imants Tillers, and took master weavers over 2,380 hours to complete. The poetic landscape is reminiscent of wartime roads on the Western Front, and the many Avenues of Remembrance planted around Australia after the end of the First World War.

Tapestry @ AWM Based on oil painting by Imants Tillers

Tapestry @ AWM
Based on oil painting by Imants Tillers

 

 

 

If you would like to find out more about the making of this beautiful work of art, click here, where you can see the full scale and detail of the work.

 

 

 

 

Have you heard of The Digger’s Dress?  It was made by three double amputees while they were in hospital in London during the First World War, and presented to Mrs Minnie Rattigan, one of the founders of the “ANZAC Buffet”, which provided free meals and entertainment to Australian servicemen.

The Digger's Dress  @ AWM

The Digger’s Dress @ AWM

The tabard features hand embroidery, and the skirt has appliqued unit colour patches. More detail can be found here.

That’s just a very small taste, so here’s a challenge – visit the Australian War Memorial, and look for some of my favourites:  patriotic crocheted milk jug cover; Rising Sun flag hand embroidered by veteran in hospital; woollen army blanket covered with embroidery by WW2 prisoner of war;  and much, much more on display.  Warning: might entail more than one visit!

And while I’m talking about the AWM, and it’s school holidays, there are some Drop-in Craft sessions, where children can enjoy making their own colour patch, bookmark, or poppy to take home.

Women employees of the Australian Glass Manufacturing Company inspecting their knitting, part of their donation to the Woollies for Britain Appeal. 1944 (141750)

Women employees of the Australian Glass Manufacturing Company inspecting their knitting, part of their donation to the Woollies for Britain Appeal. 1944 (141750)

And not bragging or anything, but our own Guild has participated in a number of Projects of National Significance.  Which reminds me, we must add Princess Charlotte’s Blanket to the list.

Enjoy!

Gail

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Greenhills 2015 panorama

Greenhills 2015 panorama

The Guild’s annual stitching weekend was on again in May at the Greenhills Conference Centre, where members and friends got together for fun with stitching (actually, anything “crafty”!) from Friday evening until Sunday afternoon.  It was a great success, with stitching, conversation, food, stitching, conversation, food, stitching, conversation, food….  you get the idea.  And yes, that is frost on the grass first thing in the morning, but most of us were tucked up nice and warm, apart from the intrepid people who managed to fit in a jog or two in the beautiful bushland surroundings.

Friday evening, and some people were all set up and raring to go, fortified by a glass of some bubbly stuff, and  Liz Bell was easing herself into things with some knitting.  My lips are sealed regarding the identity of the person who arrived having left behind her bag of clothing, but at least she brought the most important thing, her needlework!

Fri night2 GreenhillsLiz Bell GeenhillsFri night3 Greenhills

 

But in case you thought that it was all eating, drinking (seriously, it was mostly tea, coffee or water), and making merry, here is a glimpse (in no particular order) of what some people worked on over the weekend.

Petit point dragon 1 by Anne Stewart

Anne Stewart was working on this petit point project, which will become a dragon entitled “Woodland Guardian’, from Heaven and Earth Designs.

 

 

 

 


Away in a manger 1 by Kathy Pascoe

Kathy Pascoe began with this “Away in a Manger” stitchery kit from Button Bliss.  Wooden nativity figure buttons will be added, and Kathy plans to add a Christmas themed border and make into a wall hanging.

Pink chairs 1 by Kathy PascoeOnce she had gone as far as she could with the stitching on her first project, Kathy moved on to this sweet project incorporating stem stitch, french knots and backstitch.


Counted cross stitch Diana Churchill

Diana Churchill began the weekend continuing on a counted cross stitch for her grandson, who just loves border collies.

… and here is the completed work.  The puppy’s name is “Shadow”.  Counted x stitch 2 by Diana Churchill


There’s more than one lucky grandchild who will receive a beautiful gift.  Prue Deacon was working on her original canvaswork design for her grandson, who loves all things relating to the beach.  This has a seaside theme incorporating elements from family photos and seaside pictures.

Canvaswork 2 by Prue DeaconCanvaswork 1 by Prue Deacon


Baskets 1 by Ruth Ellis

Ruth Ellis came equipped with her sewing machine to make more of her fabulous fabric bowls.

 

Baskets 7 by Ruth Ellis

 

Ruth says it takes about 40 metres of fabric-covered cord to make each bowl.  Apparently wrapping cord with fabric is a great TV-watching activity!

 

 

I’m going to make you wait for another post to see some of Ruth’s finished work, and much more.  There’s plenty more stitching activity to show from Greenhills!  I tried to take detailed notes, but if I’ve inadvertently left out acknowledgements, I’m sorry, the talking, stitching and eating were very distracting!

Gail

Gallery Updates

There have been a few updates to the Members Galleries, and here is just a small taste.

Glenda Hudson has shared a quilt she made.  In her own words:

“I made this quilt in memory of my mother.  Some of the threads were from her workbox.  Quite without thought, I finished it on her birthday.”

Quilt by Glenda Hudson

Quilt by Glenda Hudson

 

 

Thanks, Glenda.  I’m sure many of us sometimes like to incorporate both tangible items and memories of loved ones into our work.

 

 

 

 

Pat Bootland has stitched this lovely piece:

Girl with doves by Pat Bootland

Girl with doves by Pat Bootland

And another postcard from our 2014 Exhibition Challenge, “Stitching Love and Hope”, inspired by WW1 silk postcards, and created by Carmen Zanetti.

2014 Creative Challenge postcard by Carmen Zanetti

2014 Creative Challenge postcard by Carmen Zanetti

 

This was entitled “Lark Ascending”, and Carmen tells us it was inspired by her grandfather, Narciso Zanetti, who was an artillery officer in WW1.  He used to speak about hearing the skylarks singing during the lulls in the fighting and the hope they gave him.

 

 

 

 

For details of new additions, see the updated galleries here, and enjoy!

Quilts @ Wallhangings

Crewel and Surface Stitchery

Dolls and Softies

Challenges

 

Gail

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Hello everyone

It’s time for another blog post.  I’ve been slow to get up to speed, but that doesn’t mean that our Guild members haven’t been as busy and creative as ever.

Creative Stitches by Edith John

 

Judy Barton Browne was inspired by this book (available from the Guild library), to have a play with stitches, and create this sampler.

How many different “basic” stitches can you spot?  Look closely, and you can see where she has varied a stitch to give a different effect.

 

 

 

Stitch sampler by Judy Barton-Brown, detail1Stitch sampler by Judy Barton-Brown, detail2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stitch sampler by Judy Barton-Brown, detail3Stitch sampler by Judy Barton-Brown, detail3

 

So go on, start playing with stitches!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shona Phillips has created this happy little doll, and the brooches surrounding it are just some of the 90 brooches she was creating to give to all the female residents of a local aged care facility.  Shona didn’t want anyone to miss out on Mother’s Day, so she was powering along.  What a lovely thought!

 

Doll and brooches1 by Shona PhillipsDoll and brooches2 by Shona Phillips

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Margaret Lamond was doing some experimentation, inspired by this book (also available in the Guild library), to create some stunning metal machine embroideries.  There was a bit of impromptu consultation around the table at a Monday meeting regarding colours to be used next.

 

The Art of Stitching on Metal by Ann ParrStitching on metal1 by Margaret LamondStitching on metal2 by Margaret Lamond

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sandra Pollard‘s work in progress is a Semco linen vintage cloth, in which the areas have been coloured in using Hobbytex.  Sandra has decided to use Minnamurra threads in a different, and softer, colour palette, and her plans include having some cut out sections in the finished cloth.

Vintage Semco linen cloth by Sandra Pollard

Vintage Semco linen cloth detail by Sandra PollardVintage Semco linen cloth threads by Sandra Pollard

 

 

 

 

 

 

Quilted panel by Andrea Moore

Quilted panel by Andrea Moore

 

 

Andrea Moore‘s quilted panel is from a Helen Godden workshop, and incorporates fabric paint, appliqué, and free motion machine quilting.

 

 

 

 

 

Gloria Loughman‘s quilted panel comes from a workshop she attended in Fiji, and incorporates hand painting, Visofix and free motion machine quilting.  Don’t you think that the little village is lovely?  Gloria intends to add more embellishment.

Quilted panel by Gloria LoughmanQuilted panel detail by Gloria Loughman

 

 

 

 

 

 

That’s all for now, happy stitching!

Gail

Baby Blanket for Princess Charlotte

Hi everyone

A  very quick catch up to let you know the Guild has had the most wonderful news – we’ve been selected to embroider the wool blanket that’s part of the gift from the Australian Government to the new baby Princess Charlotte of Cambridge!!! Woo ho0 we’re all over the moon!

You can read more about it here on the ABC site.

Carmen

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

Kay’s Exquisite ‘Reflections of Silk’

Hi everyone

Where has the last week gone??!! I can’t believe it’s over a week since the previous post.

In this post we’re going to feature an exquisite Canvaswork piece called Reflections of Silk stitched by Kay Reid. It’s a French sampler by Stella Sampler. Here it is:

Reflections of Silk stitched by Kay Reid

Stewart Bath was clearly intrigued by this lovely piece because he’s photographed close-ups of every motif. I’m going to show a selection only in this post as there are 31 motifs and to include them all would make this an ultra marathon post! The whole collection is on the Canvaswork Gallery here.

Now here’s the selection of motifs:

Detail 2 of Reflections of Silk by Kay Reid

Detail 3 from Reflections of Silk stitched by Kay Reid

Detail 4 of Reflections of Silk stitched by Kay Reid

Detail 18 of Reflections of Silk stitched by Kay Reid

Detail 20 of Reflections of Silk stitched by Kay Reid

Detail 22 of Reflections of Silk stitched by Kay Reid

Detail 23 of Reflections of Silk stitched by Kay Reid

Detail 26 of Reflections of Silk stitched by Kay Reid

Awesome use of colour, pattern and geometry don’t you think?

Enjoy!

Carmen

Meryl’s Exquisite Hardanger Runner

Hi everyone

It’s a while since we’ve shared some Hardanger so here’s an elegant table runner stitched by Meryl Fellows.

Meryl’s very talented on a whole range of embroidery techniques and it’s awesome to watch her working on a Hardanger piece – she’s just so fast! We have to be very quick to get photos because her work is usually a gift for someone in her family and needs to be posted somewhere! It’s also so cool watching her with the Young Stitchers……

Now to the eye candy….

Hardanger Table Runner stitched by Meryl Fellows

Detail 1 of Hardanger Table Runner stitched by Meryl Fellows

Detail 2 of Hardanger Table Runner stitched by Meryl Fellows

Detail 3 of Hardanger Table Runner stitched by Meryl Fellows

Detail 4 of Hardanger Table Runner stitched by Meryl Fellows

Detail 5 of Hardanger Table Runner stitched by Meryl Fellows

Enjoy!

Carmen