I wrote this a while ago, but haven’t felt like being on the computer much. Been crazy busy at work for the past few weeks and after being on the computer all day I tend not to go on-line at home and cross stitch instead.
Our monthly meeting went well. We have a ‘show and tell’ portion at the beginning of each meeting. Members that have finished items they would like to display bring them in and write the details about the piece on a card. We have one person (J) who holds up the finished work and reads out the card. There were several things for show. I brought in two (Holly & Ivy Sampler (w/o beads) and Grapes and Quilts), there was a hardanger Christmas piece, crewel work done with floss rather than wool (which I really liked), a finished Peony, and a Richeleu (sp?) pillow.
The program for the meeting was Shadow work. B displayed a piece at our Scott Manor House exhibit last summer and announced that it would be taught for one of the programs this year. We’ve all been looking forward to it. The program committe prepared fabric (milano) that is opaque and outlined the pattern of a little flower. The actual technique is very simple, do a back stitch on one side of a petal and cross over to do a backstitch on the opposite side of the same petal. The ‘right’ side of the fabric looks like its been outlined in back stitch and the ‘wrong’ side has a herringbone pattern that fills in the petal. Seen from the right side of the fabric the petal takes on a very soft colour. It works up quickly and is very enjoyable.