Friday, March 6, 2015

Work & Play

As you know I will be teaching a hand embroidery course at TAFE SA as part of their short course programme in May and June. This first course is a general introduction to surface embroidery stitches and I am steadily working away on the course material.

It is going to be all 'hands on' with the focus simply to learn stitches and what you can do with them - or at least begin to get an idea of the possibilities. In each lesson we will go through and practice a different family of stitches eg line, chained, linked, knots and so on. 

Part of getting the material ready is a bit of stitching - Thankfully! That way I get a bit of 'playtime' (I think I would go mad if it was all computer work) and make discoveries too. I am not preparing samples of everything - this is not planned to be a 'copy the sample' kind of course, but I still like to have some examples to show and illustrate. It is great because I get to play and make discoveries of stitches too. Just like last night when I had a bit of a play with the simple running stitch...

... now who would have thought!

... Just rows and rows of it and a pretty variegated thread.

For the Foundation Stitches Course you will complete the following:

  • A small portfolio, demonstrating knowledge and understanding of equipment, preparation and materials
  • A small portfolio of work, showing samples and knowledge of elementary surface embroidery stitches including: 
  • One sample of Line stitches
  • One sample of Chained stitches
  • One sample of Looped and Cross stitches
  • One sample of Knot and Isolated stitches
  • One sample of Filling stitches
  • Your personal sampler based on a simple design or colour exercise and relevant to your area of interest

Hopefully everyone will not just learn the stitches but also get an idea of the endless possibilities and get inspired to try new things. You can download both the FLYER and the COURSE OUTLINE if you would like more details. If you want to and are able to join me, you can BOOK here.

As well as working on the course I am also playing with ideas for some new tiny silk embroidery designs. As much as I would love to spend the rest of the afternoon doing this...

... I'd better stop playing and get to work.

Have a fab weekend. (we are picking grapes ... again...)

Anna X

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Crewel embroidery update...

... it is finished.

After having sat over it for hours, looking closely at each stitch, stepping back from the frame and looking at a finished piece - from a distance - is always such a good feeling. 

I gave up on both French knots and running stitches for the markings on the last flower.

Instead, I used detached chains. When stitched in the same direction as stitches below, they sink into the embroidery and become part of it. 

The flower is much more solid looking than any of the others but the wispy leaves around it kind of make up for it. 

And so, there it is. The best part about finishing - I get to start something new! Mind you, we are harvesting the grapes early next week, so there won't be much stitching time.

Have a great weekend,
Anna X

Friday, February 20, 2015

Crewel work WIP

Remember this one?

Last time I shared an update on this project was back in November - I can't believe that it is that long ago!

Back then I was Quietly stitching blanket stitch leaves. Just because I haven't shared anything in such a long time doesn't mean I have not been working on it (if only sporadically).

 The sprig of plump flowers and buds that I was working on is long finished.  It wraps around the centre flower in one corner.

In the opposite corner is a different blossom stem. The stem was too yellow to begin with so I worked a row of back stitch over the top - a stitch into each chain, just to tone it down. I like this stitch combination for stems. It gives them a little more texture than just plain chain stitch. Besides it was much more enjoyable than ripping out the chain stitch.

Still to go is the lily-looking flower in the remaining corner. I am happy with the colour combinations but I do think I need to 'tone it down a notch' or add some highlights. Somehow. I am not quite sure yet.

Also left is the other big petal on the main flower. I keep putting it off which is really silly - I know once I get stuck into it, it won't take that long. And then... then it is finished.

Summer is seriously back in Adelaide this week, so it is too hot for me to work on the goldwork piece. Clammy hands and metal threads, just don't mix but the wool is just fine. So perhaps, just perhaps...
...then again, we are getting the vineyard ready to harvest, so I will be on vineyard duty.

Have a wonderful weekend,
Anna X