Looking Over Shoulders 5

 

Hello again everyone

I’ve been busy with my iPad over the last couple of weeks taking pics as I look over people’s shoulders at the Monday morning and evening meetings.

To the members of the Guild thanks so much for sharing your work and being so patient with me as I whisk away your work to take a pic.

This post comes with its own warning – it’s a mega post just in case you need to get a cup of coffee or tea…….

Here goes……

Irene Burton is incredibly fast at finishing work – look what she’s done in the last couple of weeks:

Granny Square

Granny Square crocheted by Irene Burton

Blue Crochet Bag by Irene Burton

Ballroom Dancers x-stitched by Irene Burton

I love the sparkly bits on the dancer’s dress – they add something special. What do you think?

We had two special visitors on Monday

Margaret Kilby from Ottawa is working on this lovely field of red poppies:

Red Poppy in Progress x-stitched by Margaret Kilby

and Dee Glenn from the USA on this elegant quilt:

Quilt in Progress by Dee Glenn

While we’re talking about quilts here’s where Dorothy Rudland is up to with her butterfly quilt:

Butterfly Quilt in Progress by Dorothy Rudland

Detail of Butterfly Quilt in Progress by Dorothy Rudling

and Lee Scott  is finishing the crazy quilt block she started on her recent stitching cruise around New Zealand:

Crazy Quilt Block by Lee Scott

You’ve seen this crazy quilt block that Fran Novitski has been working on in previous posts so here it is finished and very cleverly turned into a folder cover:

Crazy Quilt Folder by Fran Novitski

Julie Knight who is just the most creative person across a range of media was showing us the pieces she’d entered into the Canberra Show last month. Just look at this awesome baby doll – don’t you just want to pick her up and give her a big cuddle?

Baby Doll by Julie Knight

Her other pieces were this baby’s outfit

Baby Dress by Julie Knight

and this silk ribbon embroidery

Ribbon Embroidery in frame by Julie Knight

Shona Phillips has also been adding some ribbon embroidery to this retro design:

Lady with Roses Silk Flowers in Progress by Shona Phillips

while Pat Bootland is stitching away on a new piece inspired by a Sydney Long painting in the National Gallery of Australia.

Woman Piper by Pat Bootland

Floriana Basilisco finished this embroidery for a cushion

Surface Embroidery in progress by Floriana Basilisco

This piece is a bit deceptive because the painted green background suggests you’re looking at appliqué when in fact it’s surface stitching.

Floriana’s now started on this filet inspired by similar pieces she saw on her last trip back to Italy

Filet in Progress by Floriana Basilisco

Near her Catharina Koopman was working on this cross stitch

Sogno in Progress x-stitched by Catharina Koopman

Gail Haidon was working away at this stunning piece of wool embroidery that you’ve seen in an earlier post

Wool Embroidery by Gail Haidon

and Lesley Fusinato has started another block of her super cute French mouse Monet quilt

Monet Mouse Quilt Block by Lesley Fusinato

Jan Senti has finished her too cute bear stitched with mingled threads to give a ‘tweed’ effect

Teddy Bear x-stitched by Jan Senti

and now she’s onto Sashiko

Sashiko in Progress by Jan Senti

On Monday night Sarah Kimmorley was painstakingly counting threads for the tassels on a baby blanket

Preparing Tassels by Sarah Kimmorley

While Jenny Balderson was adding the finishing touches to her Stitch of the Month book cover

Stitch of the Month Sampler in Progress by Jenny Balderson

Now if you love Hardanger and drawn thread work here’s some eye candy for you that various members are working on

Lesley Jemeson

Hardanger in Progress by Lesley Jemesen

Germaine Esther

Hardanger in Progress by Germaine Esther

Nan Horne’s Ukrainian work

Ukrainian Embroidery in Progress by Nan Horne

Here’s a corner of a large Hardanger tablecloth that Brenda Phillips is making as a raffle prize for a special birthday of the Yass Country Women’s Association – we all want to win it!

Hardanger Tablecloth Corner by Brenda Phillips

Mmm I have to apologise to the owner of this Hardanger piece in progress as I can’t read my scrawled notes – so if you recognise it please let me know and I’ll add your name

Blue and Cream Hardanger by

For something completely different check out the progress that Sharon Boggon has made on her contemporary piece

Contemporary Embroidery in Progress by Sharon Boggon

and Agnes Sciberras on her very evocative seascape

Contemporary Seascape by Agnes Scibberas

Margaret Roberts is almost finished her Australian landscape and is looking for feedback and ideas on whether she should put something at the foot of the tree – so your comments would be very welcome…

Landscape in Progress by Jenny

For the history buffs among you here’s the Millennium Sampler being worked on by Jan Prowse

The Milennium Sampler in Progress by Jan Prowse

Detail of Milennium Sampler by

while Patricia has started this panel of the Bayeux Tapestry and was showing me her Bayeux Stitch

Edward the Confessor Panel from Bayeux Tapestry by

Detail 2 of Bayeux Tapestry Panel in Progress by

If you’re a fan of Diana Lampe’s designs then you’re in luck because two members are working away on very similar pieces. In the morning group Janice Brennan was finishing this design

Diana Lampe Embroidery in Progress by Janice Brennan

and in the evening group Rosie Collis is just about finished this

Diana Lampe Embroidery in Progress by Rosie Collis

There’s also lots of cross stitch going on

Ruth Jackson

Geometric Square x-stitched by Ruth Jackson

Delma Burgdorf

Coffee Cups x-stitched by Delma Burgdorf

Barbara Bailey 

Cottage in progress x-stitched by Barbara Bailey

Anne Small 

X-stitch in progress by Anne Small

and Samantha Benda

Bouquet of Flowers x-stitched by Samantha Benda

Threadpainting always generates a lot of interest at our annual exhibition and on the Members Gallery so here’s a lovely violet by Ros Stanford

Violet Threadpainting by Rosa Stanford

There’s the same kind of delicacy but a very different technique in these Stumpwork elements that Margaret Cooper is working on

Stumpwork in Progress by Margaret Cooper

Evelyn Foster is working on this winsome Trish Burr miniature

Trish Burr Miniature in rogress by Evelyn Foster

While Mary Doherty is almost finished a block for our Sunbonnet Sue quilt

Sunbonnet Sue Quilt Block by Mary Donohue

For a pop of colour have a look at these pieces by Jan Hure

by Jan Hure

Polly Templeton 

Canvaswork in Progress by Polly Templeton

and Diana Churchill

Surface Embroidery in Progress by Diana Churchill

Surface Embroidery in Progress 2 by Diana Churchill

We’re going to end on a Christmassy note with this stocking being stitched by Carol Van Gelder

Xmas Stocking in Progress by

and Glenda Hudson’s fun button Christmas Tree from the Creative Group workshop

Button Xmas Tree by Glenda Hudson

Enjoy!

Carmen

Encore for My City Lives by Caroll Pichelmann

Hi everyone

Last year on 28 September I wrote about our 2013 Annual Exhibition here. I included some photos of Caroll Pichelmann’s My City Lives – a major piece of textile art in the Retrospective of her work that was part of the exhibition.

Those photos were taken at the Exhibition in not very good light. There’s been quite a bit of interest in this work and so Stewart Bath has re-photographed it in detail. We also have some images of the whole work by Andrew Sikorski of Art Atelier.

 If you haven’t had a chance to read the earlier post then the important thing to know is that this an imaginary city composed of bits and pieces from various Australian cities.

So here we go with an encore of My City Lives.

These first two photos are by Andrew Sikorski. It was fascinating to watch Andrew at work. The first photo presents the work as a textile – you can see the folds and creases in the fabric:

ART_1The second presents it in a more ‘art work’ way with less dimensionality and texture:

ART_2

Both approaches are accepted ways of showing textile art and I wanted to share them with you. Which do you prefer?

A more detailed look… 

Caroll says that this next section is inspired by The Rocks area of Sydney and I’ve included a selection of photos to give you some close-ups of the layers, texture and stitching:

Detail 7 of My City Lives by Caroll Pichelmann

 

Detail 8 of My City Lives by Caroll Pichelmann

 

Detail 4 of My City lives by Caroll Pichelmann

 

Detail 5 of My City Lives by Caroll Pichelmann

 

Detail 9 from My City Lives by Caroll Pichelmann

 

Detail 11 of My City Lives by Caroll Pichelmann

Now this next section is a bit of a mystery – Caroll doesn’t have any notes on which city this is from so if you recognise the buildings please let us know.

Detail 1 of My City Lives by Caroll Pichelmann

 

Detail 3 of My City Lives by Caroll Pichelmann

 

Detail 2 of My City Lives by Caroll Pichelmann

 

Detail 10 of My City Lives by Caroll Pichelmann

 

Detail 6 of My City Lives by Caroll Pichelmann

This work is also special because Caroll is very committed to upcycling materials and it incorporates many re-used fabrics, yarn and thread.

Enjoy and take care

Carmen

Weekend Wonderfuls 5

Hi everyone

Here’s a quick update of what the Creative and Paper Arts Groups explored when they got together again on 1 March.

Button Magic

The Creative Group focussed on buttons and the interplay with different stitches and techniques to alter surfaces and create layers. It was also really interesting to see how everyone approached the geometry of button holes to shape stitch forms and embellish fabric.

Here’s Pat Bootland‘s finished sample – the use of needlelace to layer is really cool:

Button Fun by Pat Bootland

Robyn Duncan combined a felted surface, thread and buttons to create this vibrant and striking abstract textile that highlights  colour and form:

Buttons on Felted Fabric by Robyn Duncan

Debbie Argue‘s vintage piece brings together the old and the new:

Doiley with Buttons by Debbie Argue

And Annette Horvath‘s panel is seriously cute:

Annette Horvath Buttons

Suzanne Clarke uses knots to embellish and compose a set of buttons:

Buttons by Suzanne Clarke

While Dorothy Rudland’s juxtaposes colourful threads, buttons and intense stitching with a highly textured surface:

Buttons by Dorothy Rudland

For a real pop of colour have a look at Margaret Lamond‘s work:

Buttons by Margaret Lamond

and I can’t get over how Annette Dziedzic can get so many design possibilities out of  button holes:

Buttons by Annette Dziedzic

Ditto with Lili Bradley:

Buttons by Lili Bradley

Dimity Manton was working on this delicate composition – my apologies for the quality of the photo:

Three Buttons by Dimity Manton

These embellished buttons by Hilary Rowell are just the business:

Buttons by Hilary Rowell

And the needlelace on Shona Phillips‘ large button really plays well with its texture:

Buttons by Shona Phillips

Cecilia Skene:

Buttons by Cecilia Skene

and Pearl Moyseyenko had just started their pieces and I’m really looking forward to seeing the finished pieces:

Buttons by Pearl Moyseyenko

While Rosalie Wells was further along with this vivid study:

Buttons by Rosalie Wells

And Glenda Hudson was working away at this charming and intriguing piece – is it a Christmas tree?

Buttons by Glenda Hudson

Meanwhile our President Fran Novitski showed the crazy quilting block she’d finished from the previous workshop of the Creative Group:

Finished Crazy Quilt Panel by Fran Novitski

Great Tutorial

Before leaving the Creative Group and their buttons here’s a really great tutorial from Kate Davies on how to stitch a covered button.

Paper Arts Group

Unfortunately I wasn’t able to stay for their session but I can share the fantastic piece that Dorothy Rudland created from the previous workshop:

Paper and Stitched Hearts by Dorothy Rudland

Detail 1 of Paper  Stitched Hearts by Dorothy Rudland

Detail 2 of Paper and Stitched Hearts by Dorothy Rudland

and the elegant project that Patricia Flower and Suzanne Clarke had prepared for this workshop:

Project for Paper Arts Group on 1 March 2014

 

Enjoy!

Carmen

News Update

Hi everyone

Well about an hour ago I managed to erase the whole Cross Stitch Gallery and it’s taken me all this time to figure out how to restore it! WordPress is seriously scary at times….Anyway it’s back & updated to boot.

Here’s the list of all the galleries that have been updated:

Blackwork

Canvaswork

Contemporary Creative

Crewel & Surface Stitching

Cross Stitch

Goldwork

Hardanger

Landscapes & Scenes

Stumpwork & Textured Stitching

Whitework

All the new photos are at the top of the galleries.

Facebook

We’re on Facebook and you can find us here. Yay! \0/

Enjoy!

Carmen

 

Sublime Stumpwork 2

Hi everyone

Are you ready for some more eye candy of Lorna’s exquisite stumpwork? Well here are two more pieces.

Another Exquisite Jane Nicholas Design

The first is a Jane Nicholas Design of a Crocus with Clover and a Green Beetle:

Purple Crocus with Green Beetle Stumpwork by Lorna Loveland

Stumpwork Crocus and Clover Flowers stitched by Lorna Loveland

Close-up of Stumpwork Crocus Flowers stitched by Lorna Loveland

Green Stumpwork Beetle with Red and Purple Patches stitched by Lorna Loveland

Isn’t the beetle just amazing – like a gorgeous jewel??

Lorna’s Own Design of a Dog Rose with Ladybug

This piece is Lorna’s own design and was very difficult to photograph because it’s so deeply recessed behind glass but Stewart (Bath) has done a great job again.

Let’s have a look:

Pink Dog Rose with Ladybug by Lorna Loveland

Close up of Pink Stumpwork Dog Rose by Lorna Loveland

Red Stumpwork Ladybug on Leaf by Lorna Loveland

There you go!

Enjoy!

Carmen

News Update

Hello again

This is a quick news update:

New photos uploaded to Members Gallery in:

Blackwork

Canvaswork

Contemporary Creative

Crewel & Surface Stitchery

Fabric Postcards

Landscapes & Scenes

Stumpwork and Textured Stitching

Whitework

Young Stitchers

The new photos are at the top of each gallery so that you can see what’s new easily.

Awesome Win for Young Stitcher Lara at Actew/AGL Canberra Show

One of our Young Stitchers Lara is 8 and she entered some of her beautiful embroidery in the Canberra Show.

And ta-da look what she won:

Elephant with Canberra Show Prize Ribbon by Lara Espeland

And a closer look….

Elephant by Lara Espeland

But there’s more – she won Student Champion!!!!

Vase of Flowers with Canberra Show Prize Ribbon by Lara Espeland

Vase of Flowers by Lara Espeland

How awesome is Lara’s stitching?!!! Those grub roses are just so cool!

2014 Exhibition

Just a head’s up about two of the wonderful special features of our 2014 Exhibition which will be held from 18-21 September at the Albert Hall.

If you’re a fan of Sharon Boggon’s Pintangle blog then you’ll know all about her Love of Stitching Band Sampler.

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This sampler is many things:

– an amazing and beloved piece of embroidery and creativity that’s over 32 metres or 29 yards long x 6 inches wide

– a stitched journal of her life

– an important teaching tool

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And Y-E-S it’s going to be an awesome part of our 2014 Exhibition!! Yay! \0/

Another delightful work on show will be Doreen McGregor’s Dollhouse for Stitchers (seen here) and visitors will have the chance to look in the windows and see all those exquisite, tiny contents up close! Yay! \0/

Crafty Tadpole Dollhouse 6 by Doreen McGregor

And top of this there’ll be the curated exhibition of the postcards in the Stitching Love and Hope Challenge – Can’t wait!!

New Website & Facebook page of Qld Embroiderers’ Guild

The Queensland Guild has a bright new website with a real pop of colour here and a new Facebook page here. So go have a look and if you’re on Facebook then you might want to ‘like’ their site – it’s really important to support our fellow Guilds.

Enjoy!

Carmen

 

Looking Over Shoulders 4

It’s going to be 39C here today so if you’re looking to escape the heat (or the cold in the Northern Hemisphere) by staying inside here’s some eye candy from the evening meeting of the Guild last Monday:

Jenny Balderson was working on a large crewel design:

Crewel work in progress by Jenny Baldessin

At another table Prue Deacon was adding a border to one of her striking canvaswork designs:

Canvaswork in progress by Prue Deacon

While Jan Senti was cross-stitching a teddy bear in an interesting way – she was mixing the thread to create a ‘tweed’ effect:

Tweed style Teddy bear x-stitched by Jan Senti

And Margaret Callinan was also doing cross stitch – a very atmospheric scene of a waterfall and cherry blossom:

Cherry Blossom and Waterfall in progress x-stitched by Margaret Callinan

Sarah Kimmorley was stitching this footstool cover for her dollhouse – my eyes were protesting just looking at the tiny size of the stitches!

Miniature Footstool cover stitched by Sarah Kimmorley

At the next table Lee Scott was knitting this gorgeous green lace:

Green Knitted Lace Shawl 2 by Lee Scott

and a closer look:

Green Lace Knitted Shawl by Lee Scott

Sitting nearby was this crocheted bag that Lee was about to start blocking:

Crocheted Bag with Pearls by Lee Scott

Across the way Anne Eccleston was bringing another vintage Semco piece to life:

Semco Vintage Strawberry Cushion and Pattern x-stitched by Anne Eccleston

Semco Vintage Strawberry Cushion x-stitched by Anne Eccleston

It’s a cross stitch cushion with strawberries and matches the tablecloth she had in last year’s exhibition which you can see here.

Jillian Farrer was also into vintage and embroidering this softly delicate piece:

Vintage Embroidery with Blue Flowers stitched by Jillian Farrer

On a totally different note Monica Andrew was working on this contemporary textured piece:

Contemporary Textured Embroidery on Marrone fabric stitched by Monica Andrew

Next to her Jill Travis was adding stitches to her Stitch of the Month book cover:

Stitch of Month Bookcover by Jill Travis

While Mary Bowron was chatting to her and knitting this bright piece for one of her family:

Blue Knitted Childs Dress by Mary Bowron

Lel Whitbread was very excited about stitching these blackwork flowers from a new book which gives this traditional technique a modern twist:

Blackwork stitched by Lel Whitbread

Just then Catherine Fetherston arrived and pulled out these two works in progress – a striking Hardanger motif:

Hardanger on Red Fabric in Progress stitched by Catherine Fetherstone

and some contemporary Casalguidi which is a UFO she’s trying to finish:

Contemporary Calasguidi in Progress by Catherine Fetherstone

Speaking of Casalguidi Yvonne Kingsley had this lovely needlecase sitting on the table next to her embroidery stand:

Casalguidi Needlecase by Yvonne Kingsley

She had this date palm in her hoop:

Date Palm on Wool blanket stitched by Yvonne Kingsley

It’s part of a large wool blanket – here’s a camel that’s also in progress:

Camel in progress from Wool Blanket being stitched by Yvonne KingsleyIf you’re curious about the white material around the camel – it’s soluble interfacing onto which Yvonne has traced the design. A cool way to get a design onto a dark fabric.

Well that’s it for now – I’m off to get a mega dose of high wattage energy – the Young Stitchers have their first meeting of the year this afternoon!

bye!

Weekend Wonderfuls 4

Hi everyone

Yesterday I called in to the Guild to catch up with the activities of the Creative and Paper Arts Groups. These two groups have decided to hold their activities on the same day with Creative in the morning and Paper Arts in the afternoon. They’re also co-ordinating the theme for the day and yesterday it was hearts.

You may want to get a long cool drink or a cuppa because this post is a bit of a marathon – there was so much going on. And even with all these photos I still only managed to get about 40 percent of the activity! What I didn’t capture was the laughter, chat, heads together playing with stitches and beads, comparing notes…….these two groups have really worked out how to mix serious technical learning and practice with fun company, lots of conversation and shared experience.

Beaded Stitches

The technique explored by the Creative Group was beaded stitches and the idea was to learn about the technique and then create a beaded heart or use it to embellish some other piece of stitching. By way of background members were encouraged to look at the beaded stitches that Sharon Boggon is featuring on her Pintangle blog.

Annette Dziedzic led the session and shared her knowledge about beaded stitches and had a wide range of books from the library spread out on tables as reference material. Some of the new books were getting people excited about the creative possibilities.

Sharon Boggon added lots of really useful tips and showed the various kinds of tools that were available including some tiny needles.

Then the fun part – looking at what everyone was doing – here’s a selection of photos taken with my iPad. Don’t forget to click on the photos if you want to get a more detailed look.

Sharon Boggon was working on this contemporary piece featuring a textured surface:

 Contemporary Embroidery in Progress by Sharon Boggon

Here’s a closer look:

Closer View of Contemporary Embroidery by Sharon Boggon

I also took a sneak peek at some other pieces that she had on the table:

Crazy Patchwork by Sharon Boggon

….and again a closer look:

Close up of Crazy Patchwork by Sharon Boggon

and look what else was hiding under some fabric – this exquisite contemporary whitework:

Embellished Contemporary Whitework by Sharon Boggon

Dorothy Rudling was stitching away with her usual flair. There were these vibrant beaded  flowers:

Dorothy Rudling Beaded Flowers

and this heart was in progress:

Dorothy Rudling Beaded Flowers with stitched Heart in progress

Christine Bailey was experimenting with stitches and beads on this crazy quilt block:

Crazy Patchwork Square in Progress by Christine Bailey

I thought these panels of flowers in different styles were very effective – what do you think?

Fran Novitski was also adding to her crazy quilt blocks:

Crazy Patchwork Block 1 by Fran Novitski

Crazy Patchwork Block 2 by Fran Novitski

Ditto Pat Bootland:

Crazy Quilt Block 2 by Pat Bootland

Crazy Quilt Block 1 by Pat Bootland

The compositional elements of crazy quilting are quite fascinating and it’s really interesting to see how different individuals balance and emphasise colour, shape and embellishment.

Not far away Jillian Bath was using Beaded Shell Chain Stitch which she’d researched on TAST 97 and 98 the night before. She was using bugle beads and varying the length of stitches to see what effect it had:

Beaded Shell Chain Stitch by Jillian Bath

Beside her Pearl Moysenko was starting these delicate beaded flowers:

Beaded embroidery flowers by Pearl Moysenko

Meanwhile Louise Willey was developing the foundation stitching for a wallhanging that’s going to include heirloom pieces from her family.

Louise Willey - stitched lines foundation for Wallhanging

And Helen Hardie was stitching beaded flowers on sequin waste:

Sequin Waste with Beaded Flowers

Jan Hure was adding a section of embroidery to her piece from a 2013 Creative Group session on entrapment:

Embedded Object Embroidery by Jan Hure

Working out all the objects entrapped between the layers of fabric is quite a challenge!

Jan had brought along some examples of beaded work she’d done to share with everyone. There was this elegant scissorskeep:

Beaded Scissorkeep by Jan Hure

Do you remember that here in October last year there was a post full of eye candy from an etui that Pat Bootland had designed and created? Well Jan has created one too. If you haven’t seen the earlier post an etui is a small ornamental box for holding embroidery tools like needles, thimbles etc.

Here it is all folded up:

Etui by Jan Hure

Here are the four sides:

Side 1 of Etui by Jan Hure

Side 2 of Etui by Jan Hure

Side 3 of Etui by Jan Hure

Side 4 of Etui by Jan Hure

Ande here’s the etui opened out:

Folded out Etui by Jan Hure

Awesome non?

Now to share the love on this very special and beautiful crazy quilt stitched by Annette Dziedzic to celebrate six generations of women in her family:

Family History Photo Quilt in Crazy Patchwork by Annette Dziedzic

Here’s her daughter Anna who has embroidered some of the detail on this block:

Crazy Quilt Block 1 by Annette Dziedzic

This is our Annette at 18:

Crazy Quilt Block 2 by Annette Dziedzic

Annette’s Mum – part of this block is a piece of vintage enbroidery stitched by Olive:

Crazy Quilt Block 3 by Annette Dziedzic

And these are the three older generations of the family – the baby in this photo is Annette’s Mum:

Crazy Quilt Block 5 by Annette Dziedzic

Crazy Quilt Block 4 by Annette Dziedzic

Crazy Quilt Block 6 by Annette Dziedzic

Very moving and a really engaging way to show family history and tell a story.

I could have run away with these two notebooks. This one is a design by Joyce Weeks:

Notebook Cover by Joyce Weeks

and this purple cutie belongs to Pearl Moyseyenko:

Purple Notebook with Beaded Flowers

Paper Arts Group

I stayed just for the beginning of this session when Suzanne Clarke and Patricia Flower were demonstrating how to use scrumbled tissue to create a heart. They’ve also recommended that everyone keep a journal over the year to record their experiences in this group.

Here are a couple of journal pages Suzanne had prepared:

Suzanne Clarke - page from Journal 1

Isn’t that sumptuous beadwork just the business?

Suzanne Clarke - Journal Page 2

And here is Patricia’s colourful start to her journal – it gives a real sense of energy and sparkiness:

Patricia Fowler Journal 1

Patricia Fowler Journal 2

Journal 3 by Patricia Fowler

Journal 4 by Pat Fowler

Enjoy!

Narnia

Hi everyone

There are lots of reasons to feature the piece of embroidery in this blog – looking at it makes you feel cool in the sweltering heat of December, it’s charming and the technique is intriguing. For those of you in the northern hemisphere I hope it feels Christmassy….

There’s also Pat Bootland’s joie de vivre in experimenting with various techniques to create an effect. Her love of embroidery is infectious! She’s also a great fan of the Narnia books and in this piece she wanted to create in stitch the scene at the beginning of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe….

Pat Bootland - Narnia 1

Looking at this piece up close I couldn’t work out how she’d put it all together so I called her in Canberra and she took me through it step by step.

First of all she took the inside ring of an embroidery hoop and wound white fabric around it to create a frame:

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You can see this frame under the top layer of organza.

To create the background she decided to use the same technique as that to make a dorset button but on a larger scale. So she used needleweaving to create the two large pine trees in the background and to attach them to the frame:

Pat Bootland - Narnia 3

Next she embroidered the small pine trees on to some white fabric and attached them to the back of the frame behind the large trees. This gives depth and perspective to the scene.

To evoke the atmosphere of the street lamp on a snowy night she embroidered the lamp post onto a piece of organza and added tiny dot and linear stitches to give the sense of snow flakes drifting in the cold air:

Pat Bootland - Narnia 4

If you look closely at this photo and the previous ones you can see that the layer of embroidered organza also creates a shadow which just adds more perspective and authenticity to the scene.

Then Pat came up with a very cool (no pun intended!) trick for a more complex and subtle spatial dimension – she added some textured threads to suggest a foreground with snow on the ground:

Pat Bootland - Narnia 6

The final step was to attach the organza to the front of the frame and add cord around the outside of the frame to finish the piece neatly.

Magic just magic!!!! What do you think?…… and have you found the explanation of Pat’s technique helpful?

Take care if you’re travelling over the Christmas period.