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

Brazilian Beauty

Hello again

I hope you’re having a relaxing weekend and finding time to do some stitching.

This post features a beautiful piece of Brazilian embroidery stitched by Sharon Burrell. The design is by Delma Moore for Blackberry Lane and is called Shades of Autumn.

Brazilian Embroidery

This technique is characterised by the use of rayon threads which have a sheen and a special z twist to them.

While the motifs are usually flowers the stitches used create a very textured and dimensional surface. If you love doing Bullion Knots, French Knots, Cast-on Stitch and Drizzle Stitch then you’ll love doing Brazilian embroidery. I can’t say that Bullion Knots are my favourite stitch but I do find them easier to do with rayon threads – somehow they’re more forgiving and it’s easier to control the tension and shape the knot after you’ve pulled the needle through.

The backgrounds which are flatter use stitches like Stem Stitch, Fly Stitch, Fishbone Stitch etc.

If you’d like to watch videos of how to do these stitches then head over here to Mary Corbet’s website.

Sharon’s Shades of Autumn

Here’s some awesome eye candy for you to enjoy:

Shades of Autumn Brazilian Embroidery by Sharon Burrell

Detail 1 of Shades of Autumn Brazilian Embroidery stitched by Sharon Burrell

Detail 2 of Shades of Autumn Brazilian Embroidery stitched by Sharon Burrell

Detail 3 of Shades of Autumn Brazilian Embroidery stitched by Sharon Burrell

Detail 4 of Shades of Autumn Brazilian Embroidery stitched by Sharon Burrell

Detail 5 of Shades of Autumn Brazilian Embroidery stitched by Sharon Burrell

A big thank you Sharon for sharing this beauty and to Stewart (Bath) for the great photos.

NSW Embroiderers Guild – Exhibition

If you’re in Sydney next weekend you might like to head over to this exhibition:

Surprise Exhibition copy

Bye for now!

Carmen

Some Stitchy Insect Goodness

Hi everyone

Hope you’re having a fun weekend with some time for stitching. Here’s some eye candy for you to enjoy with a cuppa or a glass of your favourite drink.

Pat’s Reverse Applique

In August the Creative Group had a session on reverse appliqué and Pat Bootland had fun creating this piece:

Reverse Applique with Ants by Pat Bootland

Here’s a closer look at the insect embellishments……

Detail 1 of Reverse Applique with Ants by Pat Bootland

Detail 2 of Reverse Applique with Ants by Pat Bootland

Detail 5 of Reverse Applique with Ants by Pat Bootland

Detail 4 of Reverse Applique with Ants by Pat Bootland

Detail 3 of Reverse Applique with Ants by Pat Bootland

Cool aren’t they?

Jennifer’s Elizabethan Panel

Now I’m taking a chance in sharing  this next piece with you.

I’m currently in North Queensland visiting family and I’ve been very lucky to enjoy a wonderful Elizabethan Panel designed and stitched by my sister-in-law Jennifer. It’s done in silk threads on silk and  measures 1.55m by 0.6m so it’s an amazing work. The central design revolves around 14 birds in padded needlelace.

This embroidery is a tour de force and is embellished with an awesome selection of antique beads and gemstones.

I hesitated to show it to you because it’s not yet blocked and stretched and because the photos are taken with my point and shoot camera – so there’s a lot of finessing still to do.

But it’s very doubtful that I’ll ever be able to show you this piece framed and photographed by Stewart Bath as it’s a long way from the Atherton Tableland to Canberra. So I’ve decided to jump in and share some small design elements.

Here’s a small section of the whole:

Section of Elizabethan Panel by Jennifer Zanetti

and here are some stitchy critters and flowers:

Detail 1 of Elizabethan Panel by Jennifer Zanetti

Detail 2 of Elizabethan Panel by Jennifer Zanetti

Detail 5 of Elizabethan Panel by Jennifer Zanetti

Detail 3 of Elizabethan Panel by Jennifer Zanetti

Detail 6 of Elizabethan Panel by Jennifer Zanetti

Detail 7 of Elizabethan Panel by Jennifer Zanetti

Detail 8 of Elizabethan Panel by Jennifer Zanetti

Detail 9 of Elizabethan Panel by Jennifer Zanetti

Detail 10 of Elizabethan Panel by Jennifer Zanetti

Detail 11 from Elizabethan Panel by Jennifer Zanetti

Cross fingers, toes and everything else that we might be able to share the whole piece sometime in the future!

Take care

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

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

A Crewelwork Delight from Jillian

Hi everyone

Those of you who read this blog regularly know that Stewart and Jillian Bath are crucial to making it possible because they take care of the photography. I’m always at their home delivering work to be photographed or picking up pieces to be returned to owners.

So I’ve been noticing wonderful embroideries in all sorts of spots around the house and asking (very nicely of course) when they were going to be photographed. Well Yay I’ve just got my mits on a disc of photos so here’s a Crewelwork treat for you.

It’s a stable bag that Jillian began in a Carolyn Pearce class at Koala Conventions in 2007. She only finished the embroidery this year and a very dear friend then made the bag up for her. Jillian says that it was a complex and tricky job to sew it up.

Crewelwork Stable Bag stitched by Jillian Bath

I love the use of a Dorset Button to close the bag. Not to mention the lovely flower detail. Here they are in more detail……

Detail 1 of Crewelwork Stable Bag by Jillian Bath

Detail 2 of Crewelwork Stable Bag stitched by Jillian Bath

Here’s an awesome side panel of Crewelwork…

Detail 3 of Crewelwork Stable Bag stitched by Jillian Bath

Now for those of you who love to look at the stitching close up here’s some wonderful eye candy thanks to Stewart Bath……

detail 4 of Crewelwork Stable Bag stitched by Jillian Bath

Detail 5 of Crewelwork Stable Bag stitched by Jillian Bath

Detail 6 of Crewelwork Stable Bag stitched by Jillian Bath

Detail 7 of Crewelwork Stable Bag stitched by Jillian Bath

Detail 8 of Crewelwork Stable Bag stitched by Jillian Bath

Detail 9 of Crewelwork Stable Bag stitched by Jillian Bath

See Jillian’s Wonderful Stable Bag at our Annual Exhibition next Weekend

If you’re going to be in Canberra next weekend for Floriade or any other purpose then you might want to also rock along to the Guild’s Annual Exhibition at the Albert Hall and get to see Jillian’s stable bag in all its specialness. It’s on from Friday the 19th to Sunday the 21st of September from 10.0 a.m. to 4.o p.m. each day.

As well as over 300 pieces of stitchy goodness from members there’ll also be the Creative Challenge in which members have re-interpreted WW1 silk postcards. Here’s a taster – this is the postcard stitched by our President, Fran Novitski…

Fran Novitski 1 WW 1 postcard (6285)

For those of you who are fans of Sharon Boggon’s amazing Pintangle blog you’ll be able to see her Band Sampler at the Exhibition. Beyond exciting no?

Jillian thank you so much for sharing this Crewelwork delight with us.

Take care everyone 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

 

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