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.
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.
Last weekend I took a beginner course in Stumpwork and Cartonage. The designer/teacher is Joyce Gill. Joyce walked us through the steps for stumpwork on the first day and then for making the box on the second day. I finished my box last night. It’s going to be a Christmas present for my mother because pansies are her fave flower.
Treasures designed by Joyce Gill stitched by Melissa
Last weekend I had a two day workshop with Tanja Berlin. She taught needlepainting. I was looking forward to learning and am pleased to say it was easier than I thought it would be. I really enjoy needlepainting and will probably do more in the future.
Here are progress pictures of my rose:
Progress: Saturday, April 11, 2010
Progress: Sunday, April 12, 2010
Progress: Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Tanja Berlin is teaching at our guild this weekend. Two different needlepainting designs. Beginners are doing the Wild Rose and the Intermediate design is the Iris. I’ve never done needlepainting so I’ll be starting with the rose. I think that Tanja is going to be teaching in Saint John’s, Newfoundland next week. I’m really looking forward to it. I’ve been wanting to try needlepainting for a while, I even got the A-Z of Needlepainting but didn’t want to jump into it without some supervision. I’ll definitely have pictures of my rose (in various stages of un-finish) by Sunday evening.