Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Embroidered pictures: Lone Tree

Work in Progress...
Just a little bit of progress - there now is a tree.

I have quite a bit of writing and preparation to do for the embroidery course that I start the week after next - but I can't help but to steal a minute (or an hour) here and there...

The trunk and branches are quite high, padded with tightly packed perle cotton. The plan was to cover the padding with raised stem stitch, but I had to give up on that idea. The stitches holding padding are so tight it and the angles so steep it is impossible to slide the needle under without making a mess of it.

I am still using stem stitch - it gives such a smooth even surface - but I am having to take the stitches all the way to the back. The padding is tight enough so I don't loose any hight as long as I place one stitch over each couching stitch and don't pull it too tight. It is hard on the fingers and slow work. Still, seeing how it is coming along, it will be worth the effort.

Enjoy your week.
Anna X

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Back Home...

...but oh what a trip!

First day of classes in Bangkok. Great to meet up with old friends, Pao my delightful host and Gib my fabulous and sweet interpreter.

Perhaps my youngest student ever? Baby Me, hanging out with grandma while mum is busy stitching.

 I still pinch myself that I get to share my love of embroidery with these incredible ladies (and gentlemen) who are all so welcoming and eager to stitch. We may not speak the same language (I don't quite know what I would do without my fabulous interpreter Gib!) but we still manage to have a fantastic time together and share some great times and good laughs 

Students brought last years project to show. This one made into a fabulous work bag. 

After 4 full days in Bangkok it was on to Chiang Mai, getting ready for the last day of classes.

Great night out with friends at the most amazing Thai fish restaurant. Super delicious!
and then...


I didn't have time to be a tourist last year, but this time, Adrian flew up to join me and we had a few days of doing very, very little...

...starting with the best coffee I have ever had! 

...waking up to this visitor right outside our balcony...

Visiting a silk place, this one geared towards tourists - next time I want to find a smaller place. Did I buy silk?... silly question really, isn't it???

We did a few touristy things...

 - the silver temple was mind blowing. Completely covered in pressed tin inside and out!

Sent a day on the mountain...

... visiting a coffee farm...

...all on downhill mountain bikes! Sooo much fun!
The best way to finish an amazing time away.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Embroidered pictures: Lone Tree

I am busy getting ready for my second trip to Thailand. Five fun days of teaching crewel shading in Bangkok and Chiang Mai before Adrian joins me and we have a few days of total relaxation. Ahhh.....

As so often happens when I am really, really busy I manage to get completely side-tracked...
I love designing for kits and classes but it is nice to stitch just for me from time to time and there is something I have been burning to do for a very, very long time. Embroidered pictures.

I am not stitching realistic thread painted pictures like the immaculate pieces by my dear friend Trish Burr or the ridiculously beautiful landscapes by Monica Kinner of My Sweet Prairie (have a look on Monika's flickr page and you will see what I mean) - I could never stitch like that in a million years.

What I have in mind is something a little more... impressionistic, perhaps?
I have had this postcard (a picture by Pete Dobre, a very talented Australian landscape photographer) for years. I realise that to some the Australian outback look barren and empty, but I love it. Yes lush forests, pristine beaches and green rolling hills are lovely, but there is something about the outback that gets under my skin. The size of the sky, the rough and tough nature of the vegetation and the red, red colours of the dirt. I want to stitch that...

...and I know full well that I don't really have time to do it at the moment, but I started anyway.

Only time will tell how long it will take (it is rather ambition in size, but how can you stitch a massive desert on a tiny piece of cloth?) or even when I will get back to it again. I am just revelling in stitches and colour and breathing in every minute I can sneak away from much more important things to stitch another bit of red, red dirt.

Anna x