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Greenhills 2015 panorama

Greenhills 2015 panorama

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

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

Fri night2 GreenhillsLiz Bell GeenhillsFri night3 Greenhills

 

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

Petit point dragon 1 by Anne Stewart

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

 

 

 

 


Away in a manger 1 by Kathy Pascoe

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

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


Counted cross stitch Diana Churchill

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

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


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

Canvaswork 2 by Prue DeaconCanvaswork 1 by Prue Deacon


Baskets 1 by Ruth Ellis

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

 

Baskets 7 by Ruth Ellis

 

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

 

 

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

Gail

Classes and Creativity

Pat Bootland‘s recent class, Box Construction, was popular for members looking for a way to display small pieces of embroidery.  Of course, Pat came prepared to give us plenty of inspiration in the form of her own sample boxes, plus books and magazines that the Library helpers had kindly found for the class:

PatPootland Box Class

Box 1 Pat Bootland Box 2 Pat Bootland

 

 

 

 

Box 4 Pat Bootland Box 3 Pat Bootland

 

 

 

 

Box 6 Pat BootlandBox 7 Pat Bootland

 

 

 

 

 

 

Box 8 Pat Bootland

 

Class members (especially me) appreciated that in week 2 Pat helped us to sort out any “technical difficulties” we had found since week 1!

 

 

 

 

Not all boxes were finished by the end of the second class, so here are just a couple:

Box 1 by Dorothy Brann

 

Dorothy Brann used her lovely Hardanger sample

 

Box 2 by Dorothy Brann

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Box 1 by Sarah Kimmorley

 

 

Here is the first of Sarah Kimmorley‘s Canvaswork samples to create Christmas box gifts.

Box 2 by Sarah KimmorleyAnd who wouldn’t want to receive such a lovely gift?


The Creative Group meeting in May was playing with Dorset Buttons with a Difference.  Once again, Library volunteers had produced some books and magazines, Pat Bootland and Fran Novitski had organised supplies and samples, and there was plenty of work in progress:

Dorset buttons with a difference 1

Dorset buttons with a difference 2 Dorset buttons with a difference 3

Dorset buttons with a difference 4Dorset buttons with a difference 5


Last but not least, our School Holiday Program was once again full of fun and stitching activity.  Felties were not the only projects on offer, but I managed to photograph these:

Feltie budgie by Ada Feltie frog by Sam Feltie penguin by Maddy


Sweet budgie was made by Ada, frog with bling by Sam, and stylish penguin by Maddy.  It’s hard to believe, but the next school holidays will be upon us soon, and Lel Whitbread as usual has planning under control.

Don’t forget, you don’t have to be a Guild member to join our classes, although there are Member and Non-member class fees.  You can check for any of our upcoming classes/workshops here, and Special Interest Groups here.  Or check our What’s on at a glance page any time, visitors are always welcome.

Happy, and creative, stitching.

Gail

Gallery Updates

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

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

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

Quilt by Glenda Hudson

Quilt by Glenda Hudson

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

Pat Bootland has stitched this lovely piece:

Girl with doves by Pat Bootland

Girl with doves by Pat Bootland

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

2014 Creative Challenge postcard by Carmen Zanetti

2014 Creative Challenge postcard by Carmen Zanetti

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

Quilts @ Wallhangings

Crewel and Surface Stitchery

Dolls and Softies

Challenges

 

Gail

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.

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

So go on, start playing with stitches!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

Doll and brooches1 by Shona PhillipsDoll and brooches2 by Shona Phillips

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Vintage Semco linen cloth by Sandra Pollard

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Quilted panel by Andrea Moore

Quilted panel by Andrea Moore

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

Quilted panel by Gloria LoughmanQuilted panel detail by Gloria Loughman

 

 

 

 

 

 

That’s all for now, happy stitching!

Gail

Baby Blanket for Princess Charlotte

Hi everyone

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

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

Carmen

A Head’s Up on What’s Happening Here

Hi everyone

Sorry for the break in posts but we’re in transition to a new arrangement at the moment. I’ve been writing the Guild’s blog for the last 18 months or so and it’s time to hand over to someone else – in this case to one of the Guild’s very talented members Gail Haidon.

Doing this requires a lot of training in WordPress, prepping images for the web etc for Gail but she’s just about ready to get going with her take on the blog. Gail’s going to do the next post and then I’ll do a final one before handing over completely to her.

I’ve had a blast doing the blog and it’s inspired me to start my own writing about my stitchy and other adventures. You can find my blog at stitchrobin.com – hope to see you all there!

Carmen

Jacobean Jewel

Hi everyone

Today I’m going to share a wonderful piece from the Guild’s Collection. It’s a bag decorated with a Jacobean embroidery design. It was stitched by one of our most accomplished members Margaret Thompson.

It’s a lovely object and without further ado here’s the eye candy:

Jacobean Bag by Margaret Thompson

Detail 1 of Jacobean Bag by Margaret Thompson

Detail 2 of Jacobean Bag by Margaret Thompson

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Enjoy!

Carmen

Kay’s Exquisite ‘Reflections of Silk’

Hi everyone

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

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

Reflections of Silk stitched by Kay Reid

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

Now here’s the selection of motifs:

Detail 2 of Reflections of Silk by Kay Reid

Detail 3 from Reflections of Silk stitched by Kay Reid

Detail 4 of Reflections of Silk stitched by Kay Reid

Detail 18 of Reflections of Silk stitched by Kay Reid

Detail 20 of Reflections of Silk stitched by Kay Reid

Detail 22 of Reflections of Silk stitched by Kay Reid

Detail 23 of Reflections of Silk stitched by Kay Reid

Detail 26 of Reflections of Silk stitched by Kay Reid

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

Enjoy!

Carmen

Meryl’s Exquisite Hardanger Runner

Hi everyone

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

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

Now to the eye candy….

Hardanger Table Runner stitched by Meryl Fellows

Detail 1 of Hardanger Table Runner stitched by Meryl Fellows

Detail 2 of Hardanger Table Runner stitched by Meryl Fellows

Detail 3 of Hardanger Table Runner stitched by Meryl Fellows

Detail 4 of Hardanger Table Runner stitched by Meryl Fellows

Detail 5 of Hardanger Table Runner stitched by Meryl Fellows

Enjoy!

Carmen