A Path to the Beach

Hi everyone

This post has some awesome eye candy.

From 31 May to 1 June the Guild ran a workshop led by the wonderful Glenys Leske from South Australia.

The aim was to create this delicate and lovely scene called Path to the Beach. It’s a richly layered and textured design.


Over the coming weeks we hope to share some of the finished projects with you. The participants in the workshop have all added their own touch to the design.

We’re going to start today with Pat Bootland’s finished piece. Pat has very generously allowed her work to be photographed before it was framed – you can see the basting around the edges that hold the silk organza to the background  fabrics. This meant that Stewart Bath could photograph the work in all its detail.

Pat’s piece is full of exquisite stitching to create the features of this beachscape.  I love them all but I was especially taken by the simple but effective use of the frayed edges of fabric to evoke the spray of waves as they hit the beach.

Here’s the eye candy:

Walk to the Beach stitched by Pat Bootland

Detail 1 of Walk to the Beach stitched by Pat Bootland

Detail 2 of Walk to the Beach stitched by Pat Bootland

detail 3 of Walk to the Beach stitched by Pat Bootland

Detail 4 of Walk to the beach stitched by Pat Bootland

Detail 5 of Walk to the Beach stitched by Pat Bootland

Detail 6 of Walk to the Beach stitched by Pat Bootland




Gorgeous Goldwork

Hi everyone

Part of the Guild’s program was a class in goldwork with Alison Cole called Standing Tall based on the Australian grass tree Xanthorrhea.

 Here’s a wonderful version from Alison’s class completed by one of our very talented members Dorothy Brann:

Standing Tall 2 by Dorothy Brann

It wasn’t easy to photograph because it’s in a special box frame but Stewart Bath has managed to get some special shots. Thank you Stewart!

Here are some close-ups:

Standing Tall Goldwork 5 by Dorothy Brann

Standing Tall goldwork 4 by Dorothy Brann

Standing Tall Goldwork 7 by Dorothy Brann

Standing Tall Goldwork 8 by Dorothy Brann

Woo hoo well done Dorothy!

If you want to know more about this class or Alison Cole’s designs then head over to her website here

There are also some other examples of Alison’s designs worked by members in the Goldwork sub-gallery of the Members Gallery here



2014 Workshops

There was a buzz of excitement at the Guild on Monday when the first workshops for 2014 were announced.

Kim Thittichai Workshops in April

Kim is a well-known UK artist, tutor and author from Brighton who teaches creative textile techniques internationally. She has a website and blog here where you get a real sense of the fun, colour and activity in her workshops.

If you like exploring new techniques for creating surface decoration then Kim’s On the Surface workshop on 4 April is for you!

Then in the 5-6 April Workshop you can unleash your design mojo and create original work with Kim in her Creating Original Designs and Printing Blocks

Glenys Leske Workshop on 31 May & 1 June

Glenys is from the Riverland in South Australia and teaches at the SA Guild’s Summer School. Her Path to the Beach Workshop offers the opportunity to create this exquisite work:

Path to Beach

using layered silks and manipulated organza fabrics with applied fence posts and wire mesh fence, hand and machine (optional) embroidered foliage and small shells applied in the fabrics.

Carolyn Sullivan Workshop on 30-31 August

Carolyn is an embroiderer and quilter who enjoys working with fabric and thread to make colourful works where shape and texture are important. She lives in Bundanoon in the Southern Highlands of NSW and teaches at the NSW Guild.

Her  Big, Bold and Beautiful………Stitch and More Stitch Workshop explores techniques for building up layers of stitches to create and embellish these textiles:

Carolyn Sullivan Circles

Carolyn Sullivan Paisley

 More Information on Workshops

More information about these workshops can be found in the Classes section of this website including the Classes Enrolment Form.


If you want to enrol in any of these workshops you’ll need to complete a Classes Enrolment Form and get it to the Guild together with a deposit of 50% of the fee for the Workshop.

Annual Exhibition

Don’t forget the Guild’s annual Exhibition opens on Thursday night at 7.30 p.m. and runs through from the 27-29 September. Opening times are 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. each day.

There’ll be a fantastic display of stitching and textiles from the traditional elegance of Hardanger to some very funky contemporary pieces.

The Gift Shop and Recycle Table are going to be awesome! Members have been stitching up a storm so if you’re up for some retail therapy come and join the fun.

There’ll also be plenty of good coffee, sandwiches and cakes……

ACT Textile Art Association Open Night

On another note ACTTAA is having an open night on 9 October at the Woden Senior Citizens Centre. The theme is knitting skills and inspiration.


Portuguese Embroidery

Portuguese Whitework

Last weekend a dozen or so of us joined Yvette Stanton at Gorman House for a workshop on Portuguese Whitework.

Yvette provided the kit which included her book Portuguese Whitework……and of course we all lined up to have our books signed.

Yvette Stanton signing books

This style of embroidery is intricate and Yvette deftly steered us to the right way to draw threads, introduce new threads and do the bullions that are a feature of Guimaraes embroidery. The buzz over coffee was her very clever tip on how to do eyelets.

Here’s a sample of the work in progress:


Close-up Portuguese whitework hoop

Close up Portuguese Whitework 2

Close-up Portuguese Whitework 3

Thanks Yvette for a great workshop!

If you want to know more about Portuguese Whitework then head over to Yvette’s blog White Threads

Portuguese Redwork

The latest issue of Inspirations magazine (No.79) includes a traditional Guimaraes embroidered bag from Portugal in redwork.  If you’d like to try this other style of Portuguese embroidery – see Inspirations Magazine

This bag is stitched by Meri Almeida of the agulhas da méri blog. She’s incredibly knowledgeable about Portuguese embroidery and very generous in showing readers how to do the various stitches. She writes in English and Portuguese so her blog is easy to read.

Have a great weekend!