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!

Royal UFO

At the moment there’s an exhibition celebrating the Queen’s Coronation showing in the State Rooms of Buckingham Palace. It’s been curated by the Royal Collection Trust and includes dresses, robes and uniforms. Here’s a link

So it’s just the right moment to share a delightful story with you about a UFO (unfinished object) celebrating the Queen’s Coronation.

In 1952 one of our Guild members, Annette H, was a young teenager and her great aunt who was also her godmother gave her a tray cloth to embroider. Not just any tray cloth but one to celebrate the Queen’s Coronation the next year.

Annette remembers that her great aunt was part of a large, lively family and that all of them were talented artists, artisans and stitchers. She was also very much a royalist and decorated the family home’s front windows with a flower display in red, white and blue for the Queen’s visit to Katoomba (part of the Queen’s first visit to Australia in 1954).

To encourage her Annette’s mother crocheted the edging around the tray cloth before she started the embroidery.

The tray cloth was started but became a UFO not long afterwards.

Then last year the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations were in the news and Annette remembered her UFO………and that’s how it came to be finished 60 years after she started it!……….and here’s what it looks like finished:

Coronation Tray Cloth by Annette Horvath

What’s even more amazing is that she used the same needle she was given in 1952 to finish the embroidery in 2012.

Needle detail of Coronation tray cloth by Annette Horvath

Annette thinks the tray cloth was a Semco design but can’t be absolutely sure as all the labels have been lost. Here’s a detail:

Detail of Coronation tray cloth by Annette Horvath

What makes this story so memorable is how a love of stitching and craft is shared across generations in a family through a very special textile.

It’s a reminder of how important and precious textiles are in adding richness and depth to memories and family history.

What do you think? Do you have a treasured textile in your family?

Looking over Shoulders

One of the best things about writing the blog is that I get to look over everyone’s shoulders to see their work in progress.

Here’s a sampler of the work in progress in the evening group over the last 3 weeks:

Sam iphone case

Sam was working on an iPhone case from a kit by Make It

tamscrochetblanket2

Tam was using an incredibly fine hook to work this crochet blanket

Tam needlecase

I wondered if I could sneak away with her needlebook when she wasn’t looking…

Heather stitch on paper

Heather was just beginning one her stunning stitched works on paper. You can see the vibrant blue tones she’s painted the paper and the start of the stitching.

Frans Stumpwork in progress

Fran was meticulously creating stumpwork elements for a project called A Siennese Treasure. This is from a class by Alison Cole at the South Australian Guild’s Summer School

PrueParterre Canvas work

Prue was working on her own canvas work design called A Kitchen Garden. Her parterre design and the summery but soft colours give it the relaxing quality of a real garden. You’ll be able to see the finished work at the Guild’s Spring Exhibition at the Albert hall from 27-29 September.

Detail of Elvis Panda blanket

Elvi was nearly finished the cutest panda baby blanket for a very special new addition to her family. It’s a kit from Windflower with easy stitching and applique. You’ll also be able to see this in the Spring Exhibition

Detail Tasmania Anne Ecclestone 1950s Semco tablecloth

Anne E is a magnet for vintage embroidery as she’s passionate about saving these pieces and giving them a new lease of life. This piece is a 1950s Semco map of Australia – here’s the detail of Tasmania

Rosie Diane Lampe in progress

Rosie was finishing a piece her Mum started – it’s a cottage garden design from Diana Lampe’s book Embroidered Garden Flowers published in 1991.

Pat Bootland beading in process

Pat B was beading away on one of her own designs and making us all laugh with her stories about the latest crazy adventures of her dogs.

Enjoy!