Monday, November 25, 2013

A good weekend

I may not have sewn a single stitch this weekend, but amongst the usual 'must-do-weekend-stuff' it has been pretty inspiring...

Good company (thanks Eleanor) + Bowerbird Bazaar = Best way to spend a Saturday morning.
It was the first time I had been to this fabulous design market and it most certainly won't be the last! Intimate, but not small - lots of great stands but not too big. And the best part... Everything was so beautiful and well presented - just a joy to look at. I didn't mean to buy anything, but it was impossible to completely resist when faced with utterly clever stuff like ...

... groovy belts made from up-cycled bicycle tyres from BUCKit Belts and the most delightful Dinosaur terrarium kits from The Maker.

Though I haven't touch a needle all weekend (no quite true, I did teach on Sunday), I have had fun just playing with a few scraps. You know the kind of 'sit back and let the needle do its thing and see what happens' kind of stitching.

1. I had a pile of small - no, tiny linen scraps + a hank of denim blue crewel yarn
2. I had some line drawings of really odd looking creatures...
3. Each creature fitted onto a tiny linen scrap...
4.... so I stitched a couple...
5. ...then I drew scribbled some more creatures...
6. ... and stitched them too.

Once I start, each take on a life on its own and just grow. No plan, the stitches decide for them selves what goes where - easy stitching and I am loving it.
I probably should do something with these little crewel creatures, but for now I am quite happy just to let the menagerie multiply...

Hope you too had a good weekend,

Friday, November 15, 2013

Beating Around the Bush

The programme for Beating Around the Bush 2014 came out a few weeks ago and I have been meaning to show you what I will be teaching. Some of these you have seen coming along here on the blog, but this the reveal of the completed designs.

The Dainty Pink Daisy is my 1 day introduction to Or Nue. I ran this class a few weeks ago just to see how it goes in a class situation. Or Nue is sooooo slow - well in a nice way, but I was impressed with how far the girls got in just 5 hours.

Crimson Clover is a 2 day crewel embroidery class. It is a smaller adaptation of Meadow Bloom - which had turned out to be way too involved for a two day class. This one is kind of an introduction to crewel embroidery although I do get a bit carried away playing with stitches - but that is half the fun, isn't it?

My other 2 day class is this mirror frame, Illuminated Flora. It is a combination of silk embroidery and simple metal thread techniques with a bit of Or Nue thrown in for good measure. If you think it looks familiar, you are right. I originally stitched it for the cover of A-Z of Goldwork. It is a bit of an honour that the piece is also used for the cover of the Beating Around the Bush programme.
I am wondering though, if I should make up a smaller version of the design. Most of the elements are simply repeated several times around the frame so it would be relatively easy to make a smaller version, which has each element just once. What do you think?

For those who haven't heard of Beating Around the Bush before, it is an International needlework convention hosted by Country Bumpkin in Adelaide, South Australia every other year. I have taut at a couple of these conventions and they are just SO AMAZING to be part of. In essence it is a week of stitching, meeting new people, catching up with old friends and simply having a good time doing something you love - you can't really wish for more than that, can you?
As much as I love to teach, there are quite a few classes I wish I could do...       You can download your free class programme HERE to see the full line-up of amazing tutors from around the world. Bookings don't open until March so if you are able to come and join us in Adelaide, there is time to start saving or even add a class or two to your Christmas wish list.

Talking of Christmas - I have a pattern to finish this afternoon, so I'd better get to it.

Have a lovely weekend,
Anna x

Saturday, November 9, 2013

I am still here...

I certainly had no intention to be away from the blog for so long, but I have absolutely no idea where the last couple of weeks went!
I do know that last Sunday I taught these;

It was a fabulous day. Everyone got so much done and I am sure most will finish their Sweet Honeysuckle when we meet again in a couple of weeks. I know how easy it is to pop a class project in your cupboard to 'be finished later' only to forget about it and move onto other things. So I try to create class projects that can pretty much be completed during the workshop - it seems to have worked for this one. Hurray.

I had made extra kits for both the mini version and the larger Sweet Honeysuckle, so if anyone would like one let me know. There are so many little bits in kits so they were rather fiddly to put together and I am not sure I will be doing more in a hurry. So before I put them in the shop as a general listing, I thought I would let you know so that I can list them for you as 'reserved' via Etsy. Just send me an email. How does that sound?

Both kits have everything you will need for the embroidery; fabrics, threads, needles, wire, beads etc. and full instructions with diagrams. The small one is AU$40 and the large AU$55.

I do promise to move onto something else - and I do have a couple of things and ideas I want to share with you, hopefully doing the week. 

In the meantime, enjoy your weekend, 
Anna x