EAC · embroidery · Needlepainting

Sweet Pea

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.

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Barbara Jackson · Cross-Stitch · embroidery · Needle Book

Sweet Heart of Mine

In February 2013 I went down to Williamsburg, Virginia for a stitching retreat. I have had all of the stitching done for a while now but I hadn’t completed the finishing.  I had the needle book done in 2014 but it was only this weekend that I finished the scissors case and the floss purse.    I’ve never been great at mitred corners but I think these ones are pretty good.  

EAC · embroiderer's association of canada · embroidery · Inspirations Magazine · Needlepainting · Uncategorized

Finished Retirement Present

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.

embroidery · Free Project · Mary's Reticule · Tambour Embroidery · Town Clock Stitchers

Tambour Christmas Tree

The actual post that got my subconscious interested in learning Tambour embroidery was from a December 2014 post by Mary Corbet.  She posted a design for a Christmas tree that I love (see post here).  In it were the words…”especially suitable for Tambour embroidery…”  Naturally I had to follow the link about Tambour embroidery and my interest was peaked.  So when I saw an early 19th century reticule that was done in tambour embroidery I had a frame of reference, and when my guild decided to reproduce that reticule I was glad for the excuse to finally learn the technique.  In the lull of waiting for the materials for my reticule project to arrive I printed off the Christmas Tree design that originally interested me and stitched it with my Tambour hook.  The fabric is red cotton and the thread is metallic gold machine embroidery thread.

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Chicken Scratch Embroidery · Cross-Stitch · embroidery · WIP

Chicken Scratch Embroidery

I hadn’t been posting a lot lately but now I’m in the mood.  I have been curious about Chicken Scratch Embroidery/Gingham Embroidery since I saw a mention of it on Mary Corbet’s site Needle n’ Thread.  I got a kit to make a table cloth and am currently working on the centre portion of the fabric.  The pattern uses double sided cross stitch.  I love the shade of green…it makes me think of spring.  Next I want to try the Christmas tree ornament.

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embroidery · Inspirations Magazine · Jane Nicholas · Needlepainting · Stumpwork · Town Clock Stitchers

Hint of Spring

My stitching guild is without a program coordinator this season coming up so as President I have to cobble together a few things.  There has been interest in doing Stumpwork…so I scoured my fave magazine (Inspirations) for something small and straightforward.  I landed on “Hint of Spring” by Jane Nicholas in Issue 77.  Naturally I don’t have access to all the specific materials so I subbed with whatever is available in my area.  I really enjoyed working on it and hopefully I can get permission from the magazine to make enough copies for our guild.  We have used Inspirations as a source for a couple of meeting programs in the past.

I practised making the petals for a couple of evenings before actually doing petals that I would use in the piece.    I can now do blanket stitch fairly well and consistently.  I used a super fine marker to trace the design and I taped the tracing paper to the underside of the fabric and put my iPhone underneath with the flashlight function turned on.  It worked great for tracing the tiny pattern.

The stems are done in Stem stitch so I rifled through my various books to make sure I was doing that properly.  The bumblebee is done in turkey work (Ghirodes Knot).  I’m not sure I did it right…the area to work in was really small so I approximated and it turned out fluffy.  I think it needs a little more of a trim but I am happy with my puffy bee.  I don’t have a more recent picture…I’ve since added the wings.  There are of course things I would do differently or advise the group to look out for but I am satisfied with the work.

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EAC · embroiderer's association of canada · embroidery · Scott Manor House · Town Clock Stitchers

2014 Scott Manor House Exhibit

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