Wednesday, 27 February 2013
The last couple of days I’ve been busy at a workshop with our Guild…we had planned, many months ago, to have a tutor teach us the ‘right’ ways to do sashiko and we were all looking forward to it, BUT…..you know those little curve balls that life throws sometimes???…..Yeah, well, our tutors were dealt a bucket full, and they had to cancel our workshop very late in the game. So, some fast tracking led us to a tutor from Rockhampton who does some beautiful hand embroidery…..long story short, our tutor, Glenda Semple came to teach us some of the traditional stitches of early American woman, called Deerfield Embroidery.
Deerfield embroidery was developed in the 19th century and predominantly used varying values of blue, and white threads, basically because it was easy to find indigo dye and not much else. Blue threads varied in depths of colour by the number of ‘dips’ the threads got in the dye. So simple but so effective!
That’s Glenda standing helping one of our members with her stitching….such a lovely lady, and such talent. Here is some of Glenda’s other work…….gor-geeeee-ous don’t you think????
Here is our planned project, a modern version of a Deerfield embroidered needle roll that Glenda brought along to show us….
and here is the progress I made over the two days she was here…..
A little bit of modern influence with the addition of a mustard yellow accent thread…….not the best photos, I know….very dark and creased but I was so excited to share it with you, I couldn’t stop to iron it!!!! …and a little bit left, I know! Don’t know how many times I was told to stop checking my Facebook page…..I may have finished it if I’d listened to the ladies!!!! hee hee
I learnt some excellent tricks and new stitches I’d use again, and some I wouldn’t touch with a crowbar but what is it they say?….if you learn one thing at a workshop, it is money well spent. I think I must have came home with quite a few new learnt things and every cent was spent extremely wisely (in my opinion!!!) ….I’m excited to finish it and have the needle roll made and ready to take to Adelaide with me…..*eek*…next week??!!!
So, have you tried something new this week??? I’d love to hear about it!
Sugary hugs :O) xox
Sunday, 24 February 2013
Time is flying…again! Where does it go…it seems only a day or so since I’d posted but there are real tell-tale signs that it’s been a tad longer than that!!!! I have been busy, I promise!!! I was even late to lock into the Friday Night Sew In, but….just in the nick of time, I was!
Well, Friday night saw me finish off the stitchery for block 10 of A Long Time Ago in Bethlehem…..I learnt I could take a panoramic photo with my Iphone so I tried it to show you the whoooooole block…it’s a biggie….…
…..but I thought I’d show some close ups as well, so you could get the same giggles I did as I was stitching!
These blocks are such fun!
I also managed to get some little girls prepared for stitching…
ok…hand up….who thought I was teaching kiddlywinks to stitch??? LOL Not this time….. These ‘girls’ will have a job to do but I’ve a bit more to do to them before they’re ready to go to their new homes.
I’ve done a lot more over the weekend….but I can show you only a sneaky peeks…. done and dusted…..
I’ll reveal this one to you soon….
and one secret one for the Birthday-Love stash……
…well ok, it really is two for the Birthday-Love Stash!!!! but it has to stay a secret…just for now!
So how is your birthday-love stash going??? I’ve forgotten to show you the prize for this month’s Birthday-Love Stash crafters…..
…a panel (or more) of yummy, delish baked goodies… very drool-worthy, that’s for sure! I could see some yummy placemats, table runners recipe book covers..etc, etc….made from these!!! Couldn’t you??? mmm mmmmmmm!
So make sure you have linked up to Mr Linky HERE, it’s not too late…..write a post showing your Birthday-Love goodies and I’ll draw a winner next Saturday!
Tuesday, 12 February 2013
The last couple of nights have been spent counting sheep…..
What I really should be doing is catching up on my birthday stash, my UFO’s, my North Pole blocks or maybe some ‘zzzzzzzzzzzz’s’ instead???!!!
Sugary hugs xox :O)