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.

Embroidery House 8 Vic


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.

IWM 1More uniform goldwork.

 

 

 

 

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.

Shrine 1

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

Looking over shoulders 12

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.

 

 

 

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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

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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

Celebrating World Embroidery Day 2014

Hi everyone

Today’s World Embroidery Day – what are you doing to celebrate?

The concept of World Embroidery Day came from the Skane Branch of the Swedish Embroidery Guild (Broderiakademin). You can read more about them here

The Swedish Guild also wrote this inspiring Manifesto to go with World Embroidery Day

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Our Guild’s Celebrations

We emailed the Swedish Guild to find out how they celebrate World Embroidery Day and they wrote back saying that they go to cafes and stitch. So hey that’s what we did too!

Here are some of us at the retro and funky Bite to Eat cafe at Chifley this morning.

World Embroidery Day Balloons 2014

World Embroidery Day at Bite to Eat Chifley 2014

Here’s a peek at some of the stitchy goodness going on with all the chat and coffee.

Sandra Pollard was stitching this vintage piece

Detail of Vintage Embroidery stitched by Sandra Pollard

Leonie Hunt was also working on a vintage piece

Vintage Embroidery stitched by Leonie Hunt

and Jillian Farrer was chain stitching this piece with a real pop of colour

Chain Stitch Embroidery stitched by Jillian Farrer

We’re hoping to post some photos from the group who met at the Arboretum cafe on Facebook soon.

One of our members Tracey Kent couldn’t join us for the cafe fun but celebrated the day at her school – how awesome is that!

More Stitchy Goodness 

Now as a bonus to celebrate World Embroidery Day here are some lovely embellished and stitched surfaces.

Monica Andrew has just finished this creative and contemporary cushion featuring entrapped objects and an embellished surface

Entrapped objects cushion by Monica Andrew

Detail 1 of Entrapped Cushion by Monica Andrew

Detail 2 of  Entrapped objects Cushion by Monica Andrew

Detail 3 of Entrapped Objects Cushion by Monica Andrew

For a different kind of embellished embroidery here’s a delicate and too cute elephant softie stitched by Barbara Adams

Elephant Softie stitched by Barbara Adams

Detail 1 of Elephant Softie stitched by Barbara Adams

detail 2 of Elephant Softie stitched by Barbara Adams

Detail 3 of Elephant Softie stitched by Barbara Adams

Detail 4 of Elephant Softie stitched by Barbara Adams

If you’re a fan of Gary Clarke designs you’ll love this elegant entrapped organza piece stitched by Agnes Sciberras

Encased Organza Tulip stitched by Agnes Sciberras

Detail 1 of Encased Organza Tulip stitched by Agnes Sciberras

Detail 2 of Encased Organza Tulip stitched by Agnes Sciberras

Detail 3 of Encased Organza Tulip stitched by Agnes Sciberras

Agnes has also embellished this lovely painted canvas

Embellished Lady stitched by Agnes Sciberras

Detail1 of Embellished Lady stitched by Agnes Sciberras

Detail 2 of Embellished Lady stitched by Agnes Sciberras

Enjoy!

Carmen

Looking over Shoulders 8

Hi everyone

Here I am back in Canberra which is amazingly mild for this time of the year.

The trip to Central Australia was a blast but I did feel a twinge at missing the Greenhills stitching weekend. By all accounts it was fantastic fun – lots of stitching, friendship, laughter, chat and good food.

Our wonderful Jillian Bath took lots of great photos for you……..if you want a closer look just click on the photo

Ruth was working on this bright appliqué

Ruth Applique

and Kathy Pascoe on this Canvaswork

Kathy Pascoe Canvas work

Pat Bootland was making progress on this Alison Cole Goldwork design

Goldwork by Pay Bootland

Tina Korda worked on her stitchery

Stitchery by Tina Korda

Stitchery 2 by Tina Korda

She also made this wool flower brooch in the special workshop

Wool Flower Brroch by Tina Korda

This delicate Brazilian embroidery was in Mercia Needham’s hoop

Brazilian Embroidery by Mercia Needham

and this one in Kay Reid’s hoop

Brazilian Embroidery by Kay Reid

Kay also found time to work on this stitchery

Stitchery by Kay Reid

Hazel Hunt was also working on a lovely piece of surface stitching

Hazel Hunt tablecloth

Hazel Hunt tablecloth 2

Gail Haidon is almost there with her wool embroidery project

Wool Embroidery by Gail Haidon

Anne Dowling had a couple of projects on the go – this Canvaswork with a real pop of colour

Canvaswork by Anne Dowling

Close up of Canvaswork by Anne Dowling

and this cute Christmas appliqué

Anne Dowling Applique

Diana Churchill was also working on a Christmas hanging

Diana Churchill Xmas hanging

A couple of people were stitching away on Crewel work – Pam Hynd on this softly coloured but complex pattern

Crewel work by Pam Hynd

and Claire Westley on this detailed design

Crewel work by Claire Westley

Antoinette Stojadinovic had her feet up knitting a scarf – look at those cool red shoes!

Antoinette knitting scarfand this funky cat being stitched by Lel Whitbread

Lel Whitbreads Cat

Liz Bell was cross stitching this elegant alphabet

Cross Stitch by Liz Bellwhile Margaret O’Beirne was working on this super cute owl and friends

Cross Stitch by Margaret OBeirne

Sarah Kimmorley was making progress on her postcard

Stitchery by Sarah Kimmorley

This retro Blackwork project of Susan Coates is very striking

Susan Blackwork

as is this quilt that Lynn Burgess was working on

Lynn Burgess Quilt

A traditional Deerfield design was emerging from Fran Novitski’s hoop

Deerfield by Fran Novitski

While Sue McLean was tatting

Tatting by Sue McLean

and Lesley Jemesen was doing Hardanger

Hardanger by Lesley Jemesen

as was Rosemary Daniels

Hardanger 2 by Rosemary Daniels

A mystery person had finished this pile of crochet squares – if someone can let me know a name I’ll add it to this post

Crochet squares

Workshop on Paper Folding

As well as doing an awesome job of organising this stitching weekend Brenda Phillips also taught a Paper Folding workshop. Here’s a quick peek

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Paper folding 1

Paper folding 4

A big thanks to Brenda and Jillian for all their hard work.

Enjoy!

Carmen

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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

This and That


Hi everyone

We’re going to cover a bit of ground in this post.

Update of Members Gallery

Over the next 24 hours I’ll be updating the following galleries:

Bags & Purses

Contemporary Creative

Crewel and Surface Stitchery

Goldwork

Landscape & Scenes

Quilts & Wallhangings

To help you find the new work quickly I’ve reversed the order of the photographs so that the latest additions are at the top of each gallery.

 Game of Thrones

Are you a Game of Thrones fan? If the answer is ‘No’ and you haven’t watched this TV series then it’s a fantasy drama based on the novels of George R.R. Martin.

If you answered ‘Yes’ then you’ll know it has sumptuous costumes and some include quite extraordinary embroidery. This adds a decorative effect but is also closely integrated into the story and evolution of certain characters. The embroidery has been stitched by Michele Carragher – although the word ‘stitched’ seems woefully inadequate in the face of her artistry. On her website she explains how the embroidery reflects the narrative of a character’s life and showcases an extensive gallery of her work. It’s really worth a look!

Here’s an example from Cersei’s wedding dress:

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This photo comes from Michele Carragher’s website and the copyright for it belongs to her.

A Couple of Wonderful Works from Pat Bootland 

Here’s some Goldwork and Or Nue eye candy from Pat. It’s her own design:

Goldwork and Or Nue Snowy Owl and Rabbit by Pat Bootland 2

(this photograph is by Andrew Sikorski – Art Atelier)

And a close-up of the gorgeous Snowy Owl:

Detail of Snowy Owl in Goldwork and Or Nue Work by Pat Bootland

(Detail from photograph by Andrew Sikorski – Art Atelier)

Not to mention this super cute rabbit:

Detail of Rabbit from Goldwork and Or Nue Snowy Owl and Rabbit by Pat Bootland

(Detail from photograph by Stewart Bath)

Another of her works is this elaborate 3D embroidery of Fountain Abbey:

Fountain Abbey by Pat Bootland 2

(this photograph by Andrew Sikorski – Art Atelier)

This piece has a lovely story as this Abbey is in Yorkshire close to where Pat’s Mum lived.

A Vintage Gem

For something very different here’s a vintage tea cosy from the collection of Jillian Bath. It’s a family heirloom. Aren’t the saturated colours fantastic? And the butterfly has a real pop!

Vintage Tea Cosy from the Collection of Jillian Bath

Detail 1 of Vintage Tea Cosy in the Collection of Jillian Bath

Detail 2 from Vintage Tea Cosy in the Collection of Jillian Bath

Detail 3 from Vintage Tea Cosy in the Collection of Jillian Bath

Detail 4 from Vintage Tea Cosy from the Collecton of Jillian Bath

Heartfelt  Quote

A favourite blog is Susan Elliott’s Plays with Needles. She’s a member of the Costellation Chapter of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America in Maryland. If you’re not familiar with Susan’s work she does awesome stumpwork and exquisite crazy quilts. Her best known work is probably a marvellous piece called Breakfast at Tiffany’s with a stumpwork Audrey Hepburn as the Holly Golightly character.

She recently wrote a very expressive post about the experience of participating in a Challenge at her Guild:

Beauty not only in the stitched pieces but the women themselves. It’s a real blessing to have such a great group who share the same passion.

We gather. We teach one another. We encourage one another. And together, we are all the better for it……

Her words really resonated as she could have been speaking about our Guild and the way it enriches our lives.

A quick thought – you might like Susan’s story about the first time she met our Sharon B –  it’s told here

Enjoy!

News Flash

Hi everyone

We have some news updates!

Butterfly Detail from Lorna’s Wren Stumpwork

After the last post there were a few requests for a closer view of the butterfly in Lorna’s Wren stumpwork. We aim to please so here’s the butterfly:

Lorna Loveland - Stumpwork Butterfly

New Galleries 

As you probably noticed the Members Gallery grew and grew and became unwieldy so Sharon B has created a whole series of new sub-galleries.

This presents a different challenge – how do you know if new photos have been uploaded without having to check every gallery? Well for the moment we’re going to list the new additions in special posts.

Some work includes a range of techniques and is shown in more than one gallery. Where this happens we’ll try to remember to flag it in our listing.

So here we go:

Beadwork – work by Glenda Hudson, Lesley Fusinato & Jenny Naughton

Crewel & Surface Stitchery – work by Diana Churchill, Anne Eccleston, Lesley Fusinato & Elvi McCann

Cross Stitch – work by Trish Hyland, Jenny Naughton & Luba Tomaska

Dolls & Softies – work by Irene Burton

Goldwork – work by Jenny Naughton

Hardanger – work by Marion Hendy & Elvi McCann

Quilts & Wallhangings – work by Lesley Fusinato

Seasonal Items – work by Glenda Hudson (same piece as in Beadwork gallery) & Lesley Fusinato

Stumpwork & Textured Stitching – work by Lesley Fusinato (same piece as in Beadwork gallery)

Vintage – work by Tina Korda

Hope this helps! If you have any ideas for how to handle this a different way just leave a comment – we’d love to hear from you.

2014 Challenge

Every second year the Guild holds a stitching Challenge.

Next year the commemorations of WWI begin and go through to 2018. The theme for the 2014 Challenge is Stitching Love and Hope.

How’s that for a teaser? Members will know more detail as soon as they purchase their envelopes……..and there’ll be an update in a blog post as soon as we know more!!!

Hope you’re having a great weekend!

 

2013 Exhibition 1

 

The Guild’s 2013 Exhibition is on right now.

On Thursday it went from this:

Setting up 2013 Exhibition

to this…….

Exhibition 2013

in the space of a few hours. Amazing!

Young Stitchers

One of the first things that visitors see when they walk in is the table with the work of the Young Stitchers:

Young Stitchers table at Exhibition 2013

Haven’t they done some awesome stitching?

Caroll Pichelmann Retrospective

A special feature of this year’s Exhibition is a retrospective of the work of Caroll Pichelmann. Carol came to Australia from Austria in 1960 and has had a lifelong love of all things creative in embroidery.

She’s always encouraging other members to think outside the square when it comes to embroidery. She’s an artist with both the technical expertise and imaginative flair to pull off ambitious contemporary textile works like this one:

Cityscape by Carol Pichelman

This work My City Lives is large, three dimensional and with a strong architecture. It’s intensely worked and detailed and there’s a surface richness that’s hard to capture in a photo.

The city itself is a composite of favourite places in cities around Australia that Caroll has visited. Here are some details that I picked out from the foreground…..

Rocks and plants…

Detail Rocks and Plants from Cityscape by Carol Pichelman

The rock garden up close – you can see how the stitches create a landscape effect…

Detail rock garden cityscape by Carol Pichelman

Gates……

Gate detail from Cityscape by Carol Pichelman

and a mossy tree…..Detail Cityscape stitched by Caroll Pichelman

It’s an inspiring and powerful work and it’s been a hit with visitors to the show. What do you think?

Some other Sumptuous Surfaces from Caroll

Caroll uses many techniques to create the complex, layered and interesting surfaces to her textiles. Here’s a sample of other work:

gum leaves…..

Detail gum leaves by Carol Pichelman

lid of a small chest…….

Chest lid in gold green and purple by Carol Pichelman

a piece created with Tunisian crochet…

Tunisian crochet flowers by Carol Pichelman

I’ll be sharing more of Caroll’s work in later posts on the Exhibition.

Other work

And here’s a quick impression of some other work on show….

In earlier  Looking Over Shoulders posts you saw Fran’s A Siennese Treasure in progress. Here’s the finished lid of her box: 

Siennese Treasure Lid by Fran Novitski

Hazel has stitched an intricate  goldwork butterfly:

Goldwork Butterfly by Hazel Frances

 

While Sarah K has made her Perugino embroidery into an elegant pencil case…

Detail Perugino Pencil case stitched by Sarah Kimmorley

Doreen G has done a colourful sampler of stitches on canvas:

Sampler of stitches by Pat Bootland

and Anne E has given her special touch to another vintage embroidery:

Detail Strawberries stitched by Anne Eccelston

Alison K has used machine embroidery and beading to give a contemporary twist to her leaves. Here’s a close-up:

Detail Just a pile of Leaves by Alison Kennedy

and Margaret J has made a decorative cushion with a cool blue cross stitch:

Blue Jars x-stitched by Margaret Joy

Tomorrow’s the last day of the Exhibition and if you’re in Canberra then make sure you don’t miss out on this chance to see some great stitching….

And when you need a break there’s the cafe’s excellent coffee and the retail therapy of The  Gift Shop and the Recycle Table.

Bye!

Looking over Shoulders 2

Well I’ve been at it again – this time looking over the shoulders of the Monday morning group.

Are you comfy? Because this is a bit of an epic post and it’s still only a tiny glimpse of what goes on in the morning group which is large, enthusiastic and incredibly productive.

All this stitching is done over lots of laughter and chatting with the occasional pause for concentration over a tricky stitch or complicated bit of a design.

If you’d like a closer look at any of the work just click on the image to enlarge it.

Fran’s Stumpwork and Goldwork

In the previous post on Looking over Shoulders you saw the meticulous work Fran was doing to prepare the elements of an Alison Cole design called A Siennese Treasure. Elizabeth Braun of the sew-in-love blog commented and expressed an interest in seeing how this work progressed.

So here’s where Fran’s got to now:

Fran Novitski detail of A Siennese Treasure

and a closer view….

Fran Novitski Close up A Siennese Treasure

What do you think? Isn’t this exquisite?

and yes Fran goes to both the morning and evening group sessions because she’s our President.

Hardanger

We have the most amazing group of people who do awesome hardanger. They’re enthusiastic, active and happy to share their skills and knowledge with everyone including people like me who are complete newbies to this technique.

Here’s some of their work:

Evelyn B had just begun her piece and you can see the geometry of the counted work emerging:

Hardanger in hoop Evelyn Bardara from Queanbeyan

Avis had combined her favourite hardanger designs to create a piece that skilfully balances elegance and precision. Here are some elements of her design:

Hardanger X by Avis Gesling

Hardanger diamond by Avis Gesling

Hardanger edge by Avis Gesling

Doreen McG was working on this piece with a lovely repeat pattern of a flower motif:

Hardanger in hoop by Doreen McG

Hardanger lacy detail by Doreen McG

She makes it look so easy….

while Meryl F was almost finished this beauty:

Hardanger rectangle in progress by Meryl Fellows

 

And if all that eye candy isn’t enough for you here’s a sample of the other stitching going on……

Schwalm

Sandra M was working on this delicate piece of Schwalm in a lovely soft palette of colours:

Schwalm work in progress Sandra Minns

Knitting

Val W was adding a real pop of colour as she knitted this jacket in angora wool:

blue knitting Val Woodward

Hatice who’s visiting from Turkey was also knitting – a very pretty cardigan for a lucky little girl:

Pink childs  cardigan with grub roses by Hatice Canturk

Now and then she’d also pick up this cross stitch and make some more progress:

Geese x-stitch by Hatice

 

Cross Stitch

Talking of cross stitch Barbara B was working on this very striking flower pattern called Bloomtime:

Red flower x-stitch in progress Barbara Bailey

While Faye had finished this trio of birds (Goldcrests I think) designed by Valerie Pfeiffer. Her trick of adding beads for eyes really brought these little birds to life.

Three Goldcrests finished x-stitch by Faye Guy

And Helen N transformed this small bunch of flowers into a neat biscornu:

xstitch squares by Helen Nastopoulus

Flower biscornu stitched by Helen Nastopoulis

 

Assisi

Hazel was almost finished this wonderful Celtic Knot design in Assisi work. It’s a kit from Mary Hickmott’s New Stitches magazine.

Assisi work in progress by Hazel Frances

 

Vintage Embroidery

Floriana had been rummaging in her stash and found this cool vintage embroidery of a gondola. While she liked the retro look of the design she decided to add a modern touch with the fresh colours.

Vintage Gondola in progress Floriana Basilisco

Diana was also taking a vintage pattern from a 1973 Coates publication called Mix and Match in Embroidery and giving it a contemporary look with her choice of colours:

Vintage cockerel stitchery by Diana Churchill

Stitchery

Jenny H was also using colours with a real pop in her stitchery:

small embroidery with DMC threads Jenny Hutchinson

while Louise W had begun a delicate traditional embroidery bought on one of her trips to Germany:

German Surface stitching in progress Louise Willey

 

Crewel 

Anne D was shading this Roseworks bloom in subtle tones of red and pink:

Reddy pink crewel flower by Anne Dowling beside her Barbara A was stitching away at this design in shades of blue:

Blue and pink crewel in progress Barbara Adams

 

Creative use of fabrics

and on the other side of her Irene B was cleverly creating these teddy bear ornaments from a fabric pattern:

Irene Burton 4 teddy bears

not far away on another table Dorothy R was sewing ric rac on this pretty butterfly block:

Butterfly block Rhonda

and Lynne B was working away at these hexies for a bed cover:

Hexies by Lyn Baldwin

 

 Babywear

Meanwhile Lesley E had just finished one of her cute babywear sets of bib and vest embroidered with bees and eucalypt flowers. Watching her creating bullion bees, animals and flowers is like watching magic!

Baby bib and singlet Lesley Edwards

Bye for now!