I’ve felt the need to practice needlepainting ahead of my class with Alison Cole at the Inspring Threads Seminar in Toronto. Im doing the Siennese Illuminated Treasure. It’s a small piece so I want to work on my finer motor skills. I always feel clumsy when I switch between counted and surface work. So I’m going to get rid of that clumsy feeling before class.
I picked Trish Burr’s Sweat Pea to work on. It fits comfortably into a 5″ hoop. I really like needlepainting flowers. I’m allergic to the real things so this is a good way around that.
All the stitching is done on Full Bloom. I’ve assembled it and now I have to get a frame for it. I really like it. I needed the needle painting practice in advance of my EAC Seminar class in a couple of weeks.
I’m taking Alison Cole’s Siennese Illuminated Treasure and Kathryn Drummond’s Bluebells. It will be this year’s “fancy” vacation. All together I will have three days of free time. Naturally I’ll be going to the ROM, the Bata Shoe Museum and the Textile Museum of Canada. Other touristy stuff as well but right now I’m just playing it by ear.
Last year we took a break from organizing and presenting the display but this year we are back at it.
Anyone in the area is welcome to stop in and view our work. Our display is presented in groups of technique (crewel, cross stitch, etc.) as well as showing off our program pieces and EAC group correspondence work. Whenever we are out in the public the main feedback from visitors is that they could never do that, it’s too fancy, or they don’t have the patience. This year we have decided to show off our UFO piles. Partially completed projects that maybe we struggled with and set aside out of frustration, or set aside because something else caught our eye, or we just got bored with it. We want people to see the beginning and middle stages as well as the finished product in hopes that it comes across as more accessible and less intimidating activity.
Location: Scott Manor House, 15 Fort Sackville Rd, Bedford, NS
When: August 11 – 17
Time: 1-4pm daily
I didn’t post all summer…but here are the pictures from my guilds exhibit in July. Once again the exhibit was gorgeous. Jean organized and several guild members volunteered as support staff for the week. Walking in the exhibit room the first thing people saw was a crewel embroidery piece of all the provincial flowers in Canada designed and stitched by Janet Brown. This corner of the exhibit was for crewel embroidery, thread painting, and candlewicking.
Just inside the door to the right of the crewel embroidery was our display for the Christmas Fund Raisers that our guild stitches every year. Cross stitch ornaments on wreaths and a banner of four hardanger hearts.
Then moving left…
Well that is it for my exhibit pictures. I have been stitching myself and will post that in a seperate entry. I did a lot of stitching on a few different things…so I only finished one thing this summer (a Christmas present for my cousin). I’m about 75% through a Mirabilia piece.
It’s been a while since my last post…life interrupts. Getting over a sinus headache, busy at work, muscle spasm in my neck and a mother in the hospital for a week. Well I’m all better, it’s the weekend and my mom got home a couple of days ago and is feeling better.
I had a good time at seminar. My favourite part was the boutique. Five different vendours had all kinds of threads, fabrics, patterns, beads and books available for purusal and purchase everyday!! There isn’t a needlework shop of that magnitude in Halifax so it was a real treat and my only regret is not being prepared with a huge list of things that I wanted. I’ll take a picture of my stash haul later (camera batteries are getting charged up).
The two classes that I took were great. Carolyn Mitchell is a really nice person and a great teacher. She made sure that we knew how to stitch the more complicated / out of the ordinary stitches and talked about the design so we would be prepared to work on it individually after we got home. My second class was equally pleasant. Sylvia Murariu also made sure we practised the stitches and talked about the use of rayon threads. I would recommend both ladies as teachers, they definitely put thought into how to present the designs in a manner that will make it a good learning environment for students.
Here are the pictures of my class projects progress as of today.
Mystique by Carolyn Mitchell
Plumage Extravaganza by Sylvia Murariu
At the meeting we talked about what we’ll be doing for a fund raiser this year. We have decided to do the same amount of stitching but some of it will be different. We’ll be doing Snow Baby ornies and something in hardanger instead of two sets of the same designs. I volunteered to do a hardanger ornie. As yet I have not gotten very into finishing projects as ornaments so I am looking forward to learning more about that.
The programme team continued with the Richelieu doilie instructions. I was worried about doing the ‘Y’ button hole bar, and wanted to stitch it in the meeting so I would have help if I needed it. ‘Y’ bar wasn’t that bad.
A few of us were talking about how to do buttonhole stitches on the outlines because we want to keep things even looking. Someone mentioned a basting stitch which I will end up doing. When the designer was contacted to ask if we could use her pattern for the group she was more than happy that we planned on doing the doilie. She wants to see pictures of the various doilies that everyone is producing. There are many different colours on the go….variagated and solid. The designer’s name is Margaret Beemsterboer.
I have been working on my Beginner Blackwork piece from EAC’s correspondance course designed by Colleen Darling. Once I finish the border I’ll post a full picture.
In our guild (and I think this is common to most guilds) we are supposed to have a stitched name tag. I’ve been with my guild for three years now and haven’t gotten around to stitching one. I am tagless no longer, I finally stitched my name and am in the process of finishing the edges. I used PCStitch to make a cross stitch pattern for my name from the Curlz font. To answer the question of what’s in a name…silk. I had silk perle left over from doing a project and I like the colours so I used them. Gloriana Stranded silk 124 Holiday Blue for my name and for the edgeing I’ll be using Thread Gatherer Silk Perle 081 Forget Me Not. I have never done hardanger edges before, so I tried a little test of six kloster blocks and button hole stitch edge, then I cut the outside fabric away. I still need to work on the inside turns on the button hole stitch. Here is the finished name tag:
The new motivation to finish a name tag comes from my May plans. I am attending the EAC Seminar “Thousand Islands Thousand Stitches” in Kingston, Ontario. I am taking two course (each two days long). The first one is called “Mystique” taught by Carolyn Mitchell it’s canvaswork. The second class is “Plumage Extravaganza” taught by Sylvia Murariu, it’s Brazilian Embroidery. I am looking forward to both, and think that it will be really interesting to learn the Brazilian Embroidery because it’s seems to be more about working with different fibres because I know the basic stitches involved. Flight and accomodations are booked.
So aside from that I have two wedding gifts to stitch for the summer. The first wedding is in July and the second is in August, both for cousins.
Town Clock Stitchers are participating in Seminar 2011 which is going to be held in Sackville, New Brunswick. We are going to be facilitating the design and distribution of kits for stitched fund raiser items. I’m on the Fund Raiser committee. The Maritime guilds are all pitching in to cover different aspects of the seminar.
Tomorrow is the Saturday Stitch In and I have to get the TCS newsletter finished this weekend.