Elizabethan Sweet Bag

Hi there

I’m sharing another example of Marjorie Gilbey’s wonderful stitching.

This Elizabethan Sweet Bag is just exquisite. It’s quite small – 12.5 x 16 cm or 5 x 6.5 inches.

Elizabethan Sweet Bag stitched by Marjorie Gilby

The technique is counted work and best described as petit point.

Close up of Elizabehan Sweet Bag stitched by Marjorie Gilby

In this closer view you can see that the horizontal green borders are done in Long-armed Cross Stitch. The caps of the acorns are needleace while the acorn themselves are embroidered in Satin Stitch. The blue hearts are also Satin Stitch. They are then finished with an outline in Holbein Stitch (also called Double Running Stitch).

Now for a closer look at that lovely central panel:

Detail 2 of Elizabethan Sweet bag stitched by Marjorie Gilby

The centrepiece rose is again needlelace  and the birds are filled in with Tent Stitch and outlined in Holbein Stitch. The use of Chain Stitch in three colours from dark to light is very effective in creating a geometric twisted vine effect to frame this central design.

But the details that really intrigued me are the tulips and the strawberries which are done in Queen Stitch (also called Renaissance Stitch):

Detail 3 of Elizabethan Sweet Bag stitched by Marjorie Gilby

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I’ve been practising this stitch and thinking of ways I can use it to create a lovely and very delicate surface.

Here’s one of the decorative elements attached to the bag:

Pincushion from Elizabethan Sweetbag stitched by Marjorie Gilby

Enjoy!

Carmen

A Summer Parterre

Hi everyone

Hope you all had a great weekend.

Before we look at some wonderful stitching here are a couple of photos of our big move last Thursday:

Hackett Community Centre

Through that glass door is the Guild’s new home at Hackett Community Centre

Leaders truck arriving

Here’s the first truckload arriving

Christine in cupboard

Look who we found in one of the cupboards!

At the moment our new home at Hackett is just a sea of boxes, furniture etc and it’s going to take a huge effort to get everything sorted. So to help the settling in process go smoothly the morning and evening meetings that would have happened today have been cancelled – they start again next Monday 12 May.

The May meetings for Hardanger, Creative and Paper Arts and Young Stitchers have also been cancelled – we’re really sorry about this and looking forward to things getting back to normal in June.

A Summer Parterre

This is another exquisite piece from Marjorie Gilby. She created the design for a class with Pamela Watts in a technique called ‘scribble canvas’ in 1998. Just click on the photos if you want to look more closely.

Here’s the finished work framed

Canvaswork Summer Parterre by Marjorie Gilby

and some closer views

Unframed Canvaswork Summer Parterre Marjorie Gilby

Central Square of Summer Parterre by  Marjorie Gilby

This is specially for those of you who like to look closely at the stitching

Detail 4 from Summer Parterre by Marjorie Gilby

The green plant in the pot is done in needlelace. The pot is constructed of two metal rings each of which has been sewn over with Buttonhole stitch. These two rings were then laid on top of each other and stitched together.

The grey/beige ‘pebbles’ around the pot are French knots while the terracotta pavement is Cushion Stitch.

Detail of Summer Parterre by Marjorie Gilby

The flat blue and pink flowers are Rice Stitch. To create the waterlillies in the bottom left hand corner Marjorie first made needlelace leaves and then she used Cup Stitch to give dimensionality to the lily flowers.

Now you might remember Velvet Stitch (also called Turkey Stitch or Ghiordes Knot) from the blog post about Audrey’s extraordinary Aran style Canvaswork pillow here. It’s used to create a plush pile and here Marjorie has stitched it in green wool to create a box hedge for the parterre.

Tip

Here’s a tip that Pamela Watts passed on to Marjorie for creating a thick and even pile – use an eyebrow brush to shape and fluff up the pile after you’ve cut off the top of the loops.

Detail 3 of Summer Parterre by Marjorie Gilby

The other feature flower that’s repeated in the geometric design of this piece is made with Bullions and then set off with needlelace leaves. The surrounding triangle in mauves and pinks is done in Algerian eyelets. The small mauve and yellow ground cover flowers within the box hedges are French Knots.

Detail 2 from Summer Parterre by Marjorie Gilby

To create the shaped Cumquat trees Marjorie first made pompoms and then clipped them into a ball shape and added beads for fruit.

The texture, geometry and dimensionality created by all these different stitches is just awesome. My favourite feature is the terracotta pot and plant in the centre of the piece. Do you have a favourite feature?

Marjorie – a heartfelt thanks again for sharing your wonderful pieces with us.

Take care

Carmen

 

Blackwork Beauties

Hello again

Well  here’s a quick post with some more of Marjorie Gilby’s beautiful embroidery work. This time two pieces of Blackwork.

The first is a cushion where the Blackwork is embellished with sequins:

Blackwork Cushion stitched by Marjorie Gilby

Corner of Blackwork Cushion stitched by Marjorie Gilby

Detail 1 of Blackwork Cushion stitched by Marjorie Gilby

Detail 2 of Blackwork Cushion stitched by Marjorie Gilby

Detail 3 of Blackwork Cushion stitched by Marjorie Gilby

And then there’s this delicate pouch which is a blend of Blackwork and beading:

Blackwork Pouch stitched by Marjorie Gilby

Detail 1 of Blackwork Pouch stitched by Marjorie Gilby

Detail 2 of Blackwork Pouch stitched by Marjorie Gilby

Detail 3 of Blackwork Pouch stitched by Marjorie Gilby

Enjoy the eye candy!

Carmen

Super Cute Teddy Bear Pyjama Case

Hi everyone

Here’s a lovely piece to round out the weekend. It was stitched by Marjorie Gilby.

Marjorie has been a powerhouse of activity and support for our Guild over the years. She managed the Library for many years, has taught classes in a range of techniques and has a wonderful oeuvre of embroidery work.

She’s an incredibly generous person who’s always willing to share her knowledge and help you come to grips with a stitch or technique. I’m a relative newcomer to the Guild and I learnt long and short stitch from Marjorie.

We’re in the process of documenting and photographing her work and you’ll be seeing much more of it over the coming weeks – Crewel work, Canvaswork, Blackwork and Pulled Thread Work.

Now to the eye candy of this piece including some awesome close-ups of the stitching.

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Marjorie says the design is by Nanette Jurd and appeared in Embroidery and Cross Stitch Volume 5 No.6. She’s made four of these bears and advises that she found getting the head shape right is the biggest challenge.

This piece now belongs to Lorna Loveland – so Lorna thank you for sharing this delightful work by Marjorie with us.

Enjoy!

Carmen