Forest Lake is in Brisbane. I initially learnt goldwork from Avril Ambrose De Havilland. Avril is from New South Wales and would come up to Queensland regularly to teach. Unfortunately her visits are not as frequent as they used to be..…"
"Sandy!! He would look stunning, transformed . . . AGAIN!! . . . into a piece of fabulous jewellery!!
He reminds me of the tiny marcasite lizard brooch our Nanna used to wear pinned onto her tawny
fox fur collar . . . way back in the 1940's!…"
"Hi Sandy! So this is what happened when I chased him!! As he raced up the street he called out . . .
" I'm off to Forest Lake! . . . at least I'll be safe there! " Wrong move my little gecko! How could you
have known . . .…"
I mostly do goldwork and stumpwork but put my hand to just about any form of embroidery. I must be a bit of a masochist though as I love fine embroidery. I work part time in a quilting and embroidery shop and vowed I would't take up quilting but the inevitable has happened and I have started moving to the "dark side" and have found hand quilting and hand piecing a bit addictive!
Where did you learn your textile skills?
I trained as a home economics teacher and back in those days embroidery was a part of the training course. However in the past 8 or so years I moved from the formal education field to work in the embroidery field. The first store I worked in gave me the opportunity to take part in many embroidery classes with some of Australia's well known embroiderer's and I thank them for passing on theitr skills. I am an avid reader and have continued to develop my skills through reading and practice.
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I have designed some of my own goldwork patterns and teach regular classes in Brisbane at the store where I work part time. Some of my patterns can be viewed for sale at the website below.
I have some goldwork and stumpwork books but not the A-Z (they are on my wish list) and I will search for the others you meantioned. Do you think one technique is better to learn first? I am not going to get to this until after the first of the year and I learn by reading and doing best. I will get back to you soon.
I love your embroidery and my goal for 2010 is to study and understand goldwork and stumpwork better. Any suggustions for books to start with? I have tried adding you as a friend but am never sure that I do this correctly, but will follow you blog.
I saw this in your comments above "I have started my leaves using the buttonhole method over the wire but will now do the petals in overcast stitch. I will post a picture when I am done showing the comparison. "
Went to the Crab stitch-along, saw how many pages there were, and ran away.
Did you ever post the comparison photos?
HI Sandy,. Yep, I've started on one of the leaves or I should say that I've had a few starts. The covered wire is a huge improvement over uncovered. I do like the look of the blanket stitch but I realize that it may not appear as "realistic." I'm getting a lot of time to stitch with this broken foot! Hope you have a nice Easter! Vicki