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
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.
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.
This one of a kind Crewel Embroidery pieces was designed and stitched by JB.
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, Richelieuand 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).
I attended a wedding last weekend and when I got back I decided to move a week early just to get it over with. So I haven’t had any time to cross stitch in the evenings. Nearly a whole week without stitching. I didn’t really start missing it until last night when I had all my furniture and boxes moved into the new place and I don’t get the cable hooked up until Monday morning. My brother and a friend of his helped me move the heavy stuff (nearly all of it was heavy) and I moved clothes, linens and other small items. There was 90% humidity so the three of us were soaked and I made sure that we all kept drinking water and gatorade. I moved up two floors in the same building and don’t have to turn in the keys to the old place until Tuesday night. So this evening after it cools off (and after my brother and I have gone to see ‘Dark Knight’) we are going to finish up downstairs (cleaning floors and mostly removing cat hair from the carpet around the baseboards) and he’ll help me arrange the furniture in the new place. I am so thankful that my brother is helping me, I wouldn’t have been able to do it without him.
I start vacation in two weeks and I’m looking forward to that. I’ll be home for one week and then visiting family on PEI for the second week. Plenty of time to putter around and unpack. Now that I have a second bedroom I can use it for storing my cross stitch supplies and ongoing projects in. It’ll be a craft room/guest bedroom. My new apartment is on the harbour side of my building and I get the breeze off the water. I swear it it 5-10 degrees cooler than my old apartment. I haven’t had to use my fans since I got up here, whereas I would have to downstairs. Anyway, I’ll be posting pics next weekend. I am hosting at the Scott Manor house exhibit on either Saturday or Sunday (don’t know which yet) and I’ll be taking pictures of the exhibit.
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.
Here is the biscornu that I made for the Town Clock Stitcher’s Brown Bag Surprise Challenge.
Last night was the last Town Clock Stitchers meeting until September. We have our “June Social” in a couple of weeks and there are two more stitch-ins. In July there is an exhibit at Scott Manor House in Bedford the week of Monday, July 28 to Sunday, August 3.
This month we had a guest speaker in to give a talk on framing. She covered lacing technique, what type of board to lace the project to, matte board, glass or no glass, custom frames or store bought frames, depth of frame vs. thickness of foam core board, how to put paper on the back of the frame (this was cool and new to me), and adding bumpers to the back of the frame so it will hang flat on the wall. It was definitely an interesting talk. I can refine some of the things that I do while framing a peice and apply the new stuff as well.
The guild members have gotten over half of our fundraising stitching completed. We are doing two sets of “12 Days of Christmas” ornies and we now have one complete set done. We’ll be dedicating May and June stitch-ins to the finishing of the ornies. We are ahead of ourselves this year and will probably manage to have both sets of ornies done in time to include them at our display at Scott Manor House in Bedford this summer.
In April our program committee is teaching us shadow work. I am really looking forward to it. I saw an example at last year’s Scott Manor house exhibit. I don’t really know how to explain it at this point, but I’ll have a picture after the April meeting.