I love all textiles work, embroidery and mixed media.
Where did you learn your textile skills?
The Embroiderers' Guild of NSW's Basic Course; Jane Nicholas (stumpwork guru and really lovely lady), Mary Corbet's website (a very generous and erudite teacher); books and through the enthusiasm of tutors and stitchers I know.
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I've always loved finding new ways of embellishing fabric.
Thank you for your kind words on my work. I use a size 11 sharp and they are no longer the quality they were when they were made in England with that said it is not the fault of my little needle. I have so much thread overlapping as I get to the center of the flower the poor little needle bends to the point of breakage. I need to study and practice to make these stitches shorter and less and get the same results. I have such a deep passion for thread painting I forget it is not a pencil I am shading with but a needle and thread!
Neat. I see you did a bargello sampler. I did a small worked piece two years ago and enjoyed it. I've been thinking, actually for several years, to purchase the Elsa William's bargello book and decided to do so this weekend. I find bargello, like hardanger to be a relaxing project for me.
A quick note about the experiment. I have added to it and it's damp stretching at the moment. When it's dry I'll take a pic. and post it. I think the right hand side near the top needs something but haven't decided yet what that should be.
Hi Catherine, I stitched a bunch of little things for the Holidays. These were goody bags...but that didn't happen. I tend to do that quite a lot. Make more things than I need. A quilty something would be a great idea. Because they are still sitting & waiting to become something.
Oh, you are so lucking living close to Jane Nicholas! Have you seen that she is talking about antique beetle wing patterns in her beetle book. Maybe she could upload the patterns onto the antique pattern library? I will upload the new images of the RSN students in a bit. You can then see them here on my blog.
Thank you for your nice comments on the completion of my TAST-2012 sampler! It has been a busy few weeks for me with lots of teaching and a knitting and stitching show. This week will see a lot of catching up and some creation of new ideas for future courses and workshops.
Catherine, answers to several questions. First of all I'm glad you're on your way to smocking. Yes it was difficult working on the black but so worth it. It's a beautiful pillow cover. The worst part was doing the back smocking in black thread on black fabric at a friend's home with very low light.
For "Hasty Red" I used some evenweave cotton I had on hand - bought several years ago and just didn't do anything with it, so have been using it for embroidery.
For the pink and blue quilt block you like, yes, I did dye the fabric. It's one of my favourite things to do and when you're making a quilt out of odds and ends it's good to have on hand to tie colours together. Almost all the fabrics for this quilt are my own hand dyed.