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The lovely acorn tile black work design that I started at Guild a week last Saturday has grown steadily from this:

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I’ve just got the interlaced border to complete and as I’m enjoying it, I’m in no hurry to finish!

One other very lovely thing that happened at last week’s meeting was that I received my prize for winning the Yorkshire and Humber Embroiderers’ Guild regional competition for a piece of embroidery to be made up into a card: this fabulous book.

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For our July branch meeting we were asked to submit pieces of embroidery for the Regional Competition, the idea being that one piece would be selected from each branch and those pieces would go on to the regional AGM to select a final winner. I entered my North Cornwall Wallhanging, a piece of crazy patchwork that I pieced over several summer holidays in Cornwall and finally made up a few years ago into a hanging.

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I’ve blogged about both the individual pieces and the making up and if you’re interested you can search ‘North Cornwall Wallhanging’ and find a load more posts and photos.

Anyway, to my utter amazement it was selected by Scunthorpe branch and taken off to the the regional AGM where it was chosen as the final winner. Apparently, because there is so much going on, instead of just having one design, they are going to choose different areas and do several. I know which bits are my favourites, so it will be interesting to see what other people choose!

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I used little iridescent green delicas to create the beaded feather stitch on the right hand side of the piece. It’s a stitch I’ve used before but with ordinary seed beads and I’m not completely happy with the angular look the delicas give but I didn’t have any suitable seed beads and time was ticking on so it had to stay.

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The addition of french knot buds/flowers and lazy daisy leaves softened it a bit.

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More star stitched spotty birds outlined in chain stitch.

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And the whole thing is starting to fill up nicely.

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Lazy daisy flowers in two weights of Caron Christmassy red and green variegated thread with beaded middles.

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But then ‘stuff’ happened and on the night before our last meeting of the year I was only this far on!

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The beaded fly stitch leaves were still to be finished before I could even start to mount it in the book so I set my alarm for early on the Saturday morning and grafted! By lunchtime it was completed and mounted and I was able to head off (slightly late) to our knot garden canvaswork workshop.

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It was slightly too big for the page so the fabulous Indian trim I’d found for the border has encroached on some of the designs a little too far and mitred corners would have looked much neater but time had pretty much evaporated by this point. I hope Elaine likes it anyway. I really must pace myself better in future!

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Next to be added was the large lace motif on the left in a rich deep red…

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…which I stitched down with a variety of decorative stitches in contrasting green and complementary red.

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Then a gold chain stitch spiral to match the paisleys already on this piece of sari fabric and fill in the middle space.

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Next ribbon roses in an unusual tubular thread (Caron I think) with fly stitch leaves.

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I decided to ring the changes and give the next spotty bird stars on his spots.

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And with a start made on the spotty bird at the bottom, I felt it was going well.

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Only three blocks to finish and I’d already made a start on the experimental beaded fly stitch leaves for one of them so I was feeling really positive. Parting with this one was going to be probably the hardest of the lot!

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We finished the last round of our Travelling Books at Embroiderers’ Guild in July and despite some people’s misgivings at the start, most people thoroughly enjoyed the process and we’re planning to continue in September. For my last book, the prompt was just something very colourful, so I decided to return to the roots of my renewed interest in textiles – crazy patchwork.

I chose fabrics in tones of red, orange, gold and green including sari fabric, African batiks and sunprinted cottons and got patching. I always use raw edged pieces and feather stitch for the seams.

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It was lovely choosing brightly coloured thread for the seams and then as I worked, planning what I was going to do in the patches.

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Had a lot of fun surrounding this bird’s french knot spots with lazy daisy stitches.

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He’s a bird in a field of Brussels sprouts!

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I completed the last section of the crazy patchwork with some wheatear stitch and then forgot to take a photo of the completed flat piece before I stitched it into a tube and inserted the bead. But you get the idea.

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Once the wooden bead was inside…

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…I stabilised the back of the embroidery that was sticking over the ends with Modge Podge and clipped it like a fringe so I could gradually tuck the ends into the hole of the bead for a neat finish.

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To make up into a pendant I used a piece of gold tone wire and threaded on first a handmade glass bead with lovely greeny-brown flowers on a deep dark red base. This sat nicely in the hollow at the end of the embroidered bead. Then I used a hand made clay bead with a slightly metallic gold/green glaze that also nestled nicely into the hollow at the top before turning over the end of the wire to make a bale.

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I was going to hang it from a beaded chain, but that quickly proved to look far too busy, so a simple hand dyed ribbon was enough to finish it off.

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And it’s in my Etsy shop here.

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Another committee meeting gave me the time to crack on with my crazy patchwork bead.

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Scattered lazy daisy stitches in variegated green silk with occasional french knots.

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Lines of herringbone stitch which I may or may not lace.

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And the start of some chain stitch stems which will have wheat ear stitch tops.

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Very close to a finish!

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I saw the idea for covering a large focal bead with crazy patchwork some time ago and it was something that I knew I wanted to have a go at, but it wasn’t until I found a very large wooden bead a week or so ago while hunting for something else that I had my chance.

First I pieced together some scraps of silk in greens and browns.

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Then I used feather stitch in single strands of brown silk to secure the patches to the calico backing and started to embellish the first patch with spirals of kantha stitch in a variegated blue-green-brown silk thread.

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It looks more blue in the photos than in real life.

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Just need to work out what I’m doing on the other sections now. As it’s going to be a pendant drop, I want the embroidery to be flat, rather than raised, which counts out several favourite go-to stitches!

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