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


  1. Hi Anna:

    It is always a bit funny reading your comments about the seasons because we're opposites. Right now you are harvesting and preparing for autumn's onset. We, on the other hand, are heartily sick of winter, of shovelling snow, of sub-zero temperatures, of dowdy winter coats, hats, scarves, mitts and especially boots. We are dreaming of spring and it can't come soon enough!

    I've particularly enjoyed reading the outline of the course you will be teaching. I'd love to be able to enrol int he class. It made me wonder, then, if you've considered offering an on-line version of this class? There are hundreds of us rural types, for whom the trip to an urban centre to take a class like this is virtually impossible, who would love to take this class on-line. As a webinar, via a series of e-mails, actually any format.

    I know you're über-busy all the time, but please give it some thought; you'd make a lot of would-be stitchers very happy and, after all, the heavy work (course/class design) is already done...

    Hope you're well and happy!

    Heaps of love, Pam. xx

    1. Hi Pam - yes, the different seasons is a funny thing. I grew up in Denmark and is has taken me a while to get used to everything being upside-down and back to front.

      Stay tuned about online courses and classes. I have had quite a few request and am just trying to work out how to best go about it. I can't promise how soon I will have something available but it is definitely in capital letters on my 'to do list' Anna x

  2. Hi Anna,

    I never posted on yoru blog, but I love seeing your work. What thread did you use for that wonderful result ?
    It would make such a nice patchwork-like baby blanket with no efforts...

    1. Hi - I lover your idea of a baby blanket. This little piece is rather small. I used a bit of Waterlilies by Caron (086 Tahiti) on 28 count linen. I am sure you can find thicker threads and softer, larger weaves to work on for a blanket. I think Zweigart puts out an even-weave cotton fabric specific for baby blankets, I would love to hear how you go. You can email me directly on needlenotesATbigpondDOTcom if you don't feel like using the comments box.
      Have fun Anna x

  3. so wonderful inventive embroidery, i truly appriciated :)

  4. Embroidery work is a creative work and through you embroidery work I can say that you are so creative and your threading work is brilliant.

  5. Embroidery looks amazing on any cloth and I appreciate it for sharing as this article is very interesting and helpful Keep updating about new things

  6. Thanks for the information. I had no clue what embroidery digitizing was about.Also, thanks for info on watching your shows