Monday, October 5, 2015

Itching fingers

If you have been wondering why I haven't posted for ages it is simply because I have not touched a needle in weeks!
I cannot remember the last time I didn't put in a single stitch for more than two weeks. Looking at my program for what lies ahead, it will be a little bit yet before I can get back to the many projects and ideas that are floating around in my studio. Never mind, I will get there.

I have started a new job, you see. Well, a rather intense induction course for a new job. It is very, very different to anything I have ever done and I am completely out of my comfort zone. Although it is demanding and tiring, it is super interesting and I am loving it. Don't get me wrong, my embroidery and teaching is my first love and I would not give that up for anything, but since finishing on Inspirations magazine almost two years ago, I have been missing working with other people. Once the induction for my new venture is complete, the plan is to be able to combine the two and find some sort of balance. I hope.

I really don't like doing it but I have had to postpone the 'Partridge in a Pear' stumpwork workshop at Create in Stitch. I had to realise that I simply was not able to have the kits and notes ready the way I like them. I am waiting to hear back, but I expect the new dates will be 28 November and 5 December.

Next weekend is 'kit-packing weekend' for the 'Stitching in Spring' weekend (17-18 Oct) at the Adelaide Botanical garden. It will be fabulous I am sure, and I am really looking forward to a couple of days surrounded by fabric, threads, needles, stitches.

I hope you are enjoying more time with needle and thread than me!
Best stitches,

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Lone Tree - WIP

It seems spring is here - finally! The weather this weekend has been absolutely amazing, simply too beautiful to be inside.

Now, after what feels like 1000 wheelbarrow loads of weeds - the garden is looking fresh and tidy.

I haven't done an awful lot of stitching lately - just a bit here and there, but last night I (almost) finished the tree.
I started covering the trunk and branches a while ago but then thought that perhaps it would be better to finish the sand dunes first. I usually stitch most things from the background up and was thinking it would be easier to get the edges of the dunes right in under the trunk if they were finished first.

As it turned out that was not a very bright idea. Because the trunk and branches are so raised, it is almost impossible not to brush my hands over the completed parts of the embroidery when covering them.

To get right in under the edge, I am having to hold the frame side ways. Thankfully that is easily done with the stand I use.

There is now just one little branch at the top and this little bit on one side of the main trunk to do and then the tree will be finished. The branch on the ground will be quick and easy in comparison. 

Best stitches,
Anna X

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Heaps of Hoops

I seem to have hoops on the go all over the place at the moment and I am not sure if that is a good or a bad thing...
Two of them are taken up by the Partridge in a Pear project.

I did a bit more work on the partridge last week. It may not quite look like a bird yet, but the piece for the body is ready now.

It is sitting, patiently waiting, in one hoop together with a wired leaf. 

In another hoop is the main embroidery - almost done. All that is left to do on that piece is to complete the pear. This one is done in raised stem stitch over a very padded felt shape. There is so little left to be done that I am now quite puzzled as to why I didn't finish it while I was at it?

Perhaps I will get to it tomorrow?

Best Stitches,
Anna X