Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Goldwork progress

Day 2 


Laid work. I really like it - slowly and methodically covering a shape with neat rows. For this lobe I place the couching stitches in rows across the shape. Double pale mushroom pink stitches over a doubled fine twist. It fills rather quickly, until...


 ...those ends. Folding each thread back and stitching it down. That is when I wonder if laid work really is such a good idea.


 I am sure it takes me at least twice as long as the actual embroidery. Turning it back over...

... it is worth the effort. 

Happily Stitching,
Anna x

Monday, January 26, 2015

Goldwork progress

To get the goldwork piece moving, I have set myself the challenge to stitch one lobe shape each day this week.


Day 1


I would normally complete any silk embroidery before beginning the metal thread work but I feel the outlines and sizes of these shapes have to be quite accurate for the design to work, so I am making an exception and stitching from the outline inwards.


 Choosing colour for the satin stitch. The one to the right is too dark and 'flat' and the one to the left too golden yellow. I like the freshness of the top one and the peppermint green through it might work really well...

... nope. Completing the padding stitches it was pretty obvious it was too bright and stark.


Once stitched the 'too dark' mushroom pink, looks pretty good.

So fare so good. Now let's see if I get much done today.
Have a lovely week.
Anna

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Where the week went

It seems I blink and another week has passed.


I never keep a big stock pile of any of my kits, in fact they were all rather depleted so much of my time last week was spent stoking up because - drum-roll -  yesterday I had my first ever trading table at the Embroiderer's Guild of South Australia Summer School Market day.
The main reason I haven't done this before is because I am a chicken and didn't feel I had enough to offer - well it filled the table quite nicely. It was great fun and a fabulous opportunity to catch up with a few people I had not seen for some time.

What I was most excited about sharing with those passing by and stopping for a chat, and now you was the red flyer in the left corner. This ...


... I will be running the first short course in hand embroidery at the TAFE SA Adelaide City Campus in term 2. This is amazing and I can't wait to get started. I love to teach and I have often wondered and wished that textile students here had the same opportunity to study embroidery that I did in Europe, but there was nowhere. I am really not very brave or good at putting myself out there, but I really, really, really want to do this - so late last year I took a deep breath and contacted TAFE. I am completely blown away by how quickly the took they idea on board and we will be up and running in May!
It is no secret that I love stitches and, in short, this first course will be a fusion of good, 'old-fashion' sampler stitching mixed with individual creativity. We won't be making 'stuff' as such, more like a portfolio of samples for future reference. The main purpose is to get to know stitches, how they work and what you can do with them. It should be great fun.
The bookings are not open quite yet and I promise to fill you in as it happens, but to begin with you can download the flyer Here.

I did manage a bit of time out one morning to make a little bit of progress on the goldwork piece - just one more lobe (don't know that it really is a lobe...).


It was nice and I am going to try and do one each day this coming week... We'll see how that goes. Today, is simply too beautiful, the garden is calling and I am quite convinced that a few hours of fresh air and garden dirt will do me good.



Have a wonderful weekend,
Anna x