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Town Clock Stitchers 27 Jan 09 Meeting

First meeting since November.  Seems like forever.  We talked about guild stuff and then started working on the programme for the evening.  A small coaster size richelieu doily.  The technique isn’t so bad, so far….just single and double running stitches to outline the center portion and then make the detached parts (not sure of the right terminology at the moment) with long stitches and wrapping those with buttonhole stitches.   A few of the members took the Beginner Richelieu course from EAC last year and they were leading the teaching.  I like the intro size pieces that our guild does, just big enough to get you interested and not large enough to discourage.Richelieu

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Been busy…lots planned for this year

I’ve decided that Christmas 2009 will be one of stitchy gifts.  I am going to do smaller ones.  I like stitching Marilyn Leavitt-Imblum’s free angels…they work up quickly and the result is wonderful.  I’ve already stitched a couple for presents before.

I am working on the Challenge that my guild is doing.  We did one last year (I made a biscornu) and I got third place in the votes.  The parameters of the challenge are to stitch a sampler  that is 3-4 inches wide and 6 inches long and is original (i.e., not straight out of a pattern book).  We have to keep it secret from the rest of the guild members though, so I can’t describe it or post pics until after the May meeting.  The point is to vote on your favourite without knowing who stitched it and the top three winners get a little prize.  I’ve already started mine, I would rather have it done well before May because…

I am going to be doing another correspondance course from EAC this year.  I have chosen the Beginner Blackwork Embroidery by Colleen Darling.  I am the only one in my guild doing this one this year. 

Town Clock Stitchers January meeting is on the 27th this month, we are going to be doing a small richelieu (cutwork embroidery) piece.  Just big enough to get a feel for the techinque, which I like. 

I’ll post about the stitching I’ve been up to later.  I’ve been working on Book of Ink Circles and an HAED Book keep.

I am looking forward to the EAC Seminar in May, I haven’t found out what classes I ended up with.

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Stitchy Stuff

I am an office worker, so that means I’m on the computer for the day.  It’s been sooo busy at work for the past while that I don’t want to spend my time in the evening on my laptop.  So I mainly stitch. 

The September and October Town Clock Stitchers meetings were good.  September was an orientation of sorts…catch up on guild business and get an overview of what is to come for the 2008-09 year.  We decided to on a do-it-yourself workshop this fall.  One of the members had displayed a piece at Scott Manor House called “Four Sheep Grazing” and everyone loved it.  We got permission from the designer to use the pattern in a workshop and we started in October.  A few members are leading the way because they have more experience with a certain aspect of the technique (i.e, fabric painting for the background) and to keep us on track (thanks to Agnes and Jean).  Back to the meeting…we went over the eac group course offerings and the seminar in May. 

The October meeting was a little bit of business and then getting started on our program for October/November.  It’s a christmas ornament stitched on congress cloth.  I’m doing mine in blue metallics because I decorate with blue and silver. 

I had to think about what I want to do about vacation next year.  I usually go to PEI and stay with my grandmother, but it ends up being more stressful than work.  I figured that out because I spent the first week of my vacation at home and even though I didn’t do anything I enjoyed it more.  Anyway, I have decided that I am going to go to the EAC Seminar in Kingston, Ontario ‘Thousand Islands Thousand Stitches‘ in May ’09.  I know for sure I’ll enjoy it, since it is a vacation spent doing what I like best…stitching.

I’m the newsletter editor for my guild and I’ve been working on getting that together. 

Tonight is our November meeting, and then a week from today will be our December social and the draw for the 2 ornament wreaths that we stitched for our fund raiser.

Sorry, no pics this post.

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Fairy Grandmother FINISHED

Fairy Grandmother Face 1x1
Fairy Grandmother Face 1x1
Fairy Grandmother 19 Oct 2008
Fairy Grandmother 19 Oct 2008
I started working on Lavendar & Lace “Fairy Grandmother” in early July and finished on 19 Oct 08.  My mother’s birthday is in November so I finished a good month ahead of time.  Now I have to get it framed.  Now I can work on something just for me.  I have had Chatelaine’s “Watergarden” on my lapframe for a while now, and only had a little bit stitched.  So I am going to work on that more frequently.  I am also going to work on “Air”, a counted canvas design that I just got the materials for.
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Town Clock Stitchers Guild on the internet!!

 

Our guild recognizes that the internet is playing a larger role in our stitching lives and as such has been planning a website.  We are still in the process of adding the content, but it’s a great start for us.

We’ll be featuring a free pattern every month, and this month’s pattern is a counted canvas christmas ornament (with stitching and finishing instructions).  We have a page for stitching hints and tips, and currently have a document about various ornament finishing techniques.  Our guild newsletter Stitches will also be available (through the events & activities section); we publish it four times a year and going forward we’ll be keeping a year’s worth on the site. 

Town Clock Stitchers’ October/November program is a counted canvas heart ornament and we’ll be posting progress pictures from start to finish. 

I hope you can stop by and visit our site, we don’t have a guest book yet, but if you could send an e-mail and let us know what you think we would love the feedback. 

The site address is:  www.townclockstitchers.ca

Our e-mail is: info@townclockstitchers.ca

Thanks!

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Scott Manor House exhibit

The guild I belong to, Town Clock Stitchers of Halifax, put on an exhibit at the Scott Manor House in Bedford this past week.  Since I work during the week I volunteered my time on Saturday and Sunday afternoon.  I was very impressed by the exhibit this year, so many of the pieces that members put on display were sparkly this year (my fave kind).  J did an amazing job of organizing and setting up the exhibit for us.  The work was set up to emphasize learning.  We had a table dedicated to the group work that members have done. 

Starting with our “Welcome” table which we set our fund raiser on, and guest book. 

I’ll go around the room, the next thing that a guest would see is the table and wall that all of the Crewel embroidery was set up on.

Crewel work
Crewel work
 
This one of a kind Crewel Embroidery pieces was designed and stitched by JB.
Crewel Embrodiery of the Halifax Public Garden band stand designed and stitched by JB
Halifax Public Gardens band stand
Next was the cross stitch, petit point wall and our EAC table.
The Rose of Sharon and Morning Song were stitched by me.
Our EAC table underneath the cross stitch consists of many of the correspondance courses that the Embrodierers’ Association of Canada offers.  (Casalguidi, Schwalm, Deerfield, Blackwork, Crewel, pulled work, drawn thread, Richelieu and hardanger – I might be missing one or two).
Next is the display case which houses several unframed pieces, some smaller items that have been finished into ornaments, or purses, stuff like that:
The last portion of the room was the canvas work wall and the table with the items that have been finished into pillows.  I was most distracted 😉 by the canvas work wall since I have been planning on tackeling this type of needlework in the fall.
It’s not a close up picture, and you don’t get the full effect because everything was so sparkly. 
This is the third year the TCS have hosted an exhibit at Scott Manor House and it is a great way for members and guests to see all kinds of different work.  Members bring in their WIPs and smaller framed pieces to meetings for show and tell, but its not the same as seeing so many things in one place (I think there were about 130 pieces in the exhibit).
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Town Clock Stitchers Exhibit @ Scott Manor House

For the past two summers TCS has done an exhibit at Scott Manor House (15 Fort Sackville Rd. ) in Bedford, Nova Scotia.  The exhibit runs from Monday July 28th to Sunday August 3rd 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.  There is a tea room that serves tea, lemonade, oat cakes, & ice cream wih berries.  Very refreshing on a hot summer day.   The exhibit consists of framed and unframed work in various embroidery techniques that women from the guild have provided for display.  We will also be selling tickets for our annual fund raiser.  We stitched two sets of 12 ornaments with the ’12 Days of Christmas’ theme.  They will be on display as well.  Many of the women took different correspondance courses from EAC this year and some will be on display as well.   

Women from the guild volunteer to be present during Scott Manor House hours to answer any questions that guests have and hopefully get some stitching done.  I have volunteered for either of the last two days (Saturday and Sunday) of the exhibit. 

I will be moving in three weeks, from a one bedroom to a two bedroom with a view of the harbour.  There is so much to do between now and then, but rather than get stressed about it I just remind myself that it will be over in less than a month and I’ll be on vacation shortly thereafter.  I will take a couple of hours when I get home from work to clean and purge my current apartment and then sit down and relax (stitch) until bedtime.  I’m sure time will fly.  I only have two full weekends before the move rather than three because I’ll be attending a wedding in PEI next weekend.

Currently I am working on my mother’s 60th birthday present.  Fairy Grandmother by Marilyn Leavitt-Imblum.  Mom’s birthday is in November so I have to stick to it.