"Potatoe, Potatow? :)
And I had a moment today and pulled out my Toomer. I found several examples of applique with two layers that I remember seeing earlier. Essentially, like MargB notes, these are for whiteness, to emphasize leaves and petals and…"
"I prefer the Legacy Shadowworks linen myself. It's not as lightweight as the 18th c. stuff which is the style I like to work in but it's quite translucent and while I work it with a magnifier, I don't have to kill myself to see the…"
"Marg - interesting idea with the 'colour sandwich'. I like it :) I want to make sure I understand how you're working the two layer pt work - you line the holes up and work them through both layers simultaneously, right? Do you cut…"
"Jenny - if coverage is an issue and you're planning on cutting away the edge, try adding one or two rows of stabilizing stitch along the edge you're going to be buttonholing - a small running stitch or split stitch work well. That often…"
"Hi again. I will be going to seminar for the full session. I do not need any new projects as I have a collection of partially completed works. So, I will spend my time working on a piece of Japanese embroidery in the group stitching room. If it is…"
"Yes, I'm looking forward to Kingston. I'm just coming for the weekend though (Fri-Sun) and I'm taking the crewel work course with Judy....something or other (my form is in the other room). She's from Virginia, though. I've…"
"Hi Claire. I read your very positive review of Heather Toomer's book and ordered a copy for myself. When it arrives, I will let you know what I think of it. Are you going to the EAC seminar in Kingston?
I'm a stitcher stricken with wanderlust - or technique-lust - I enjoy whitework, pulled thread work, cross-stitch, smocking,machine sewing and pattern drafting. I always enjoy my current project, but usually by the time I finished with it, I need a change (hence the inability to only work with one style!)
Where did you learn your textile skills?
I'm mostly self-taught, although many of the women in my family are stitchers who have modelled or shown me the basics.
Is there anything else you'd like other members of Stitchin' Fingers to know about you? Please feel free to tell us a little bit about yourself by way of introduction.
I'm a writer, too and I contribute regularly to a range of needlearts magazines. I'm not ready for a Pulitzer nomination quite yet but I enjoy combining my love of sewing and embroidery with my writing.
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Hi again. I will be going to seminar for the full session. I do not need any new projects as I have a collection of partially completed works. So, I will spend my time working on a piece of Japanese embroidery in the group stitching room. If it is too noisy there, I will retreat to my room in the residence for quiet peaceful stitching time. I am actually looking forward to having a large block of uninterrupted stitching time.
If you are planning to go for the Saturday-Sunday session, you will be working on the "Crewel from the Past"--a nice design in the traditional crewel fashion. I love the graceful curves of the stems and leaves and the filling stitches look interesting too. Judy Jeroy has written a book on crewel with lots of stitch diagrams. I have this book as well as the one by Audrey Francini. I prefer Audrey Francini's as she provides a more detailed description of how to do each stitch. If you belong to a guild, these books might be in your guild library. If not, you can borrow them from the EAC library for reference and to see what you think of each. Appleton wool is nice to work with too. For 'long and short', I find it blends beautifully. And there is such a range of color varietions--great for soft shading.
Hi Claire. I read your very positive review of Heather Toomer's book and ordered a copy for myself. When it arrives, I will let you know what I think of it. Are you going to the EAC seminar in Kingston?