Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Posts Tagged ‘Scunthorpe Embroiderers’ Guild’

Embroidery as promised. I not only finished off the faux driftwood piece I stitched at our sea-themed Embroiderers’ Guild March workshop…

DSCN9751.JPG

…but also found a framed ceramic plaque for £1 in a charity shop which after a bit of sanding and dry brushing with some pale blue emulsion paint yielded the perfect frame.

DSCN9752.JPG

The beaded fish is now nearly a name badge. I just need to add a brooch back, ladder stitch the two sections together and bead it round the edge.

DSCN9750.JPG

On Saturday it was our April Scunthorpe Embroiderers’ Guild meeting and an opportunity to revisit the embroidery we produced in March after Mary’s workshop. It was lovely to see such a variety of outcomes.

20180428_152425_HDR.jpg

20180428_152430_HDR.jpg 20180428_152444_HDR.jpg

20180428_152453_HDR.jpg

20180428_152458_HDR.jpg

20180428_152518_HDR.jpg

20180428_152522_HDR cropped.jpg

20180428_152528_HDR.jpg

20180428_152533_HDR cropped.jpg

This was followed by a fascinating talk by Alice Fox, learning about her creative journey and focusing on her ‘Findings’ body of work. Anyone who beach and pavement combs and turns the oddments she finds into works of art is a woman after my own heart. We had a workshop booked with her on the Sunday but I’m going to blog about that separately.

I’ve also been embroidering more pieces of silk carrier rod to inlay into upcycled jewellery – two lockets and a pendant. The pendant was first: vibrant green carrier rod with a crimson ribbon embroidery rose circled by five little leaf stitch leaves.

20180426_114259_HDR.jpg

This went beautifully with a stamped filigree brass frame to become June Rose.

Then I moved onto the smaller of two gold tone lockets. I used a wintry blue carrier rod and embroidered it with tiny snowflakes in two weights of silk thread. 20180426_114304_HDR.jpg

It really is very small – the central oval is about 2cm by 1.5cm and the finest thread is thinner than normal sewing cotton. The snowflakes aren’t quite well stitched as I wanted, but embroidering something that intricate freehand was quite a challenge.

DSCN9722.JPG

Snowflakes is available here.

For the second locket I returned to a familiar design, an undersea landscape of waving feather stitch fronds of coral or seaweed and tiny nuggets of sea glass.

DSCN9712.JPG

I chose a variegated pink and turquoise thread as a starting point and teamed it with turquoise/blue carrier rod, three nuggets of multi-coloured Seaham sea glass and a couple of darker pink threads.

DSCN9746.JPG

The Coral Garden locket is quite a bit bigger than the Snowflakes locket at about 4 by 4.5cm. I really like the colour combination. I wouldn’t have necessarily put the two colours together but they worked so well in the variegated thread.

I really love stitching these little vignettes and using them to make bits of junk jewellery into things of beauty again.

Read Full Post »

On Saturday our Guild meeting was an all day workshop led by Mary, one of our members. It was themed as ‘The Sea’ and Mary provided not only inspiration in the form of some lovely examples of her own work on the subject…

20180324_095712_HDR.jpg

 

20180324_095735_HDR.jpg

20180324_095800_HDR.jpg

…assorted books, magazines etc. but also masses of fabric, shells, stones, beads, paints, printing blocks, silk waste; you name it… basically a complete treasure trove of stuff.

20180324_095808_HDR.jpg

20180324_153115_HDR.jpg

And we all know how much more deliciously tempting other people’s stuff is than our own!

As a topic, the sea is completely in my comfort zone, so much so that my initial problem was where to start. There was so much I wanted to do! But as Mary talked us through her goodies, inspiration was initially triggered by a cloud of bright orange silk throwster’s waste and then confirmed by some foam core board. With a very definite idea in my head, I nipped in, grabbed a few bits and bore my loot off to my table.

20180324_102202_HDR.jpg

The lovely pale marbled fabric was a perfect base for my wrapped and back stitched  foam core board driftwood. I just cut it roughly to the right shape and then back stitched through the boards and several layers of dyed muslin, pulling and pleating the fullness of the fabric to give the impression of wood grain. It was easy to stitch invisibly to the background, where I used Inktense pencils to enhance the pattern of the fabric.

20180324_115110_HDR.jpg

The orange silk said rust to me, so I created a rusty square-headed bolt from a sandwich of silk carrier rods, the throwster’s waste and a street-scavenged washer I just happened to have in my bag, wrapped in an off-cut of the brown muslin I’d used for the  driftwood and stitched down with my favourite semi-metallic thread.

20180324_121626_HDR.jpg

The last element was some lovely aqua sea glass nuggets I also had in my bag. I nestled them in the curves of the marbled fabric pattern…

20180324_133503_HDR.jpg

…and after gluing them in place, stitched them down with a toning machine rayon thread.

20180324_134750_HDR.jpg

I couldn’t believe I’d actually finished a project within the workshop and still had time to start another one. There was a leaping fish stamp that I liked the look of, so I used metallic blue acrylic paint to stamp some images of it onto more of the grey marbled fabric.

20180324_150529_HDR.jpg

Then I stitched beads in the spots and some short bugle beads for his underbelly to make him sparkle. I’m adding my name underneath to turn him into a name badge. We are supposed to have one and wear it at meetings, but to my eternal shame it’s something I’ve never quite got round to – until now.

20180324_150517_HDR.jpg

A good day’s work.

20180324_153525_HDR.jpg

I know that some members prefer to have a bit of a project set out, but this free for all rummage through Mary’s treasures was perfect for me, and thanks to her skilful facilitation, gave me a wonderful day’s stitching.

Read Full Post »

If we have had a workshop of some sort at our Embroiderers’ Guild group, then at the next meeting there is a space available for people to bring their workshop pieces, whether finished or just continued, to show. It was fantastic to see what had happened to the stitch play pieces from my workshop in December.

20180127_140536_HDR.jpg

20180127_140541_HDR.jpg

20180127_140547_HDR.jpg

20180127_140551_HDR.jpg

20180127_140557_HDR.jpg

20180127_140607_HDR.jpg

20180127_140617_HDR.jpg

20180127_140635_HDR.jpg

Many thanks to everyone who brought along their work – glad you enjoyed it!

I’ve also been doing some more upcycling. First, I turned a single 1980s enamelled earring which looked like orange sherbet into a beaded brooch. I removed the post and then beaded it onto some hand dyed vintage cotton fabric with some matching pearlised opaque orange seed beads using peyote stitch.

20180118_164001_HDR.jpg

Then I gathered the spare fabric over the back and ladder stitched it to the covered vilene circle onto which I’d already stitched the brooch back.

DSCN8132.JPG

Then I could add the edging in a mixture of clear orange, opaque pale yellow and very pale lilac beads, to echo the colours in the swirl.

DSCN8129.JPG

It’s not a terribly quick thing to stitch, but a lot of fun to do!

Among the oddments I scored from my Dad’s workshop last year were some bits of veneer that he had hand cut. This little piece is apple wood.

20180114_105655_HDR.jpg

I wondered what would happen if I doodled on it in black pen…

20180114_105701_HDR.jpg

…and then cut it into sections to fit in this vintage bracelet.

20180114_105630_HDR.jpg

Measure twice, cut once…

20180114_105648_HDR.jpg

Hold your breath and hope…

20180114_105733_HDR.jpg

…and be pleasantly surprised at the result.

DSCN8125.JPG

 

I’ve also added nuggets of sea glass and sea washed china to a selection of vintage pendants, brooches and rings.

DSCN7960

 

DSCN7815.JPG

DSCN7984.JPG

DSCN6560.JPG

DSCN7967.JPG

DSCN7971.JPG

DSCN8367.JPG

They are all sitting in my Etsy shop now, waiting for loving homes!

Read Full Post »

The theme for our January EG meeting was ’21st Birthday’ – ours, to be exact, and we plan to mark it with an exhibition later in the year. The activity was for us all to stitch a letter to be made up into bunting for the exhibition in the following style:

20180127_142933_HDR.jpg

Liz had done a pile of lovely little counted work kits for us with the waste canvas all ready tacked onto the felt background and the promise that each letter should take no more than an hour to stitch.

It was a gorgeous little project, although anything counted tends to kill the atmosphere as you can’t count and chat at the same time! I ended up with a ‘T’ and had stitched it by the end of the session.

20180129_105124_HDR.jpg

Then I trimmed the waste canvas closely,

20180129_105353_HDR.jpg

damped it, and pulled the strands out.

20180129_134146_HDR.jpg

I’ve got an ‘R’ to stitch next.

A friend has been giving me various odds and ends for upcycling as she clears her dad’s house, and some while ago, among the oddments was a vintage two-strand bead necklace with a damaged catch which was very much in her favourite colours but too short. I took it home and restrung it, interspersing the bigger glass beads with big copper coloured seed beads, which immediately made it longer while keeping the overall look.

 

20180126_195519_HDR

I found a bright red plastic cabochon which fitted the top of the catch perfectly and used closed fly stitch, closely packed, to embroider a scattering of tiny leaves in autumnal browns on a piece of hand dyed brown silk.

20180126_195529_HDR

Then I gathered up the silk over the cab, pulled it tight behind and stitched it securely before…

20180127_082049_HDR.jpg

… sticking it into place on the catch. I was very happy with the way it turned out and Debbie seemed pleased with it too.

 

20180127_083420_HDR.jpg

At the moment I’m researching and collecting natural dye stuffs and undyed linen, silk and wool to begin my first Dorian Gray project. Exciting!

Read Full Post »

First of all, Happy New Year to you all!  As promised, now the holiday period is out of the way, some more images of the stitch play workshop I ran at our December Embroiderers’ Guild meeting. I managed to stitch and mount four example pieces which between them showcase 48 different stitches, many of which were completely new to me.

DSCN7809.JPG

I provided everyone with a two-page worksheet containing the instructions and sixteen simple shapes from leaves and flowers to a star, bird, Christmas tree, heart etc to use as the base for their stitch play.  The results were fabulous.

20171216_153144_HDR.jpg

The background felt for Janet’s little robin was sparkly, which isn’t obvious in the photo, but made him look very festive!

20171216_153115_HDR.jpg

20171216_153053_HDR.jpg

20171216_153043_HDR.jpg

20171216_153029_HDR.jpg

20171216_153017_HDR.jpg

20171216_152958_HDR.jpg

20171216_152929_HDR.jpg

Pauline combined the stitch play idea with a felt project she already had on the go.

20171216_152917_HDR.jpg

All my pieces were stitched on light coloured felt so I could use a marker to keep my lines straight and equidistant, but pencil/markers don’t show up dark coloured felt so I made note of Sally’s use of guideline tacking stitches to keep her work level.

20171216_152852_HDR.jpg

20171216_152833_HDR.jpg

20171216_152754_HDR.jpg

20171216_152652_HDR.jpg

20171216_152635_HDR.jpg

20171216_152551_HDR.jpg

20171216_152520_HDR.jpg

20171216_152506_HDR.jpg

I admire the bravery of anyone, who like Christina, has a go at Rosette Chain Stitch, especially in stranded cotton!

20171216_152456_HDR.jpg

20171216_152423_HDR.jpg

20171216_145116_HDR.jpg

Don’t know why this one insists on going sideways!

20171216_135744_HDR.jpg

20171216_135733_HDR.jpg

Mary was also working on a project which lent itself to the stitch play.

20171216_135617_HDR.jpg

As a workshop it seemed to go down very well indeed. Pretty much everybody tried at least one stitch they hadn’t worked before/hadn’t worked for some time and everyone, from the most to the least experienced of us, was able to work and achieve at our own rate and ability level, which is what I had hoped would happen. :o)

Read Full Post »

Our December meeting was held last Saturday and was an all day Stitch Play workshop sort of in the style of Sue Spargo which I led – hence why so much of my recent stitching has been under wraps! There are so many images of the work that came out of it that I’m going to leave you hanging until after Christmas for a report on the workshop and instead just show the results of our Christmas Challenge, which was set at the AGM in September to create a Christmas tote bag suitable either for an adult or a child.

We voted for our top five in each category by putting beads in a saucer.

20171216_121702_HDR.jpg

20171216_121718_HDR.jpg20171216_121710_HDR.jpg

20171216_121724_HDR.jpg

20171216_121731_HDR.jpg

The winner of the children’s bag section was Sally, with her intricate gingerbread house and biscuit button topped roof on the right in the photo.

20171216_121706_HDR

Hazel’s bag (far left) is fitted with fairy lights in the middle of each star which actually light up!

20171216_121633_HDR.jpg

20171216_121640_HDR.jpg

20171216_121648_HDR.jpg

20171216_121651_HDR.jpg

20171216_121655_HDR.jpg

The competition in the adult’s bag section was extremely close but Pauline’s Holly and the Ivy bag, on the left, won by a well-deserved whisker. I’m relieved that we had five votes because I could not have chosen just one.

20171216_121628_HDR.jpg

If I’ve missed anybody’s bag, my apologies! I’ll leave you with a long shot of the Challenge Bags in the background and a glimpse of my table set up with materials and examples…

20171216_121617_HDR.jpg

Have a fabulous Christmas!

Read Full Post »

For various reasons, this is the first Scunthorpe Embroiderers’ Guild meeting I’ve been to since June. Quite a number of our members are eager to get stuck into another round of Travelling Books so we had a lovely display of the initial pieces, ready for their next outing.

20171118_114004_HDR.jpg

We were joined by Hull Branch and the day was led by their own Alison Larkin. The last time we had a workshop with her was March 2014 when we stitched this miniature embroidery. She brought some of her exquisite miniatures along for us to marvel over. This one is about the size of a playing card.

20171118_114201_HDR.jpg

I tried to use the magnifier to give some idea of how minute these little stitched pictures are.

20171118_114155_HDR.jpg

I just love this Tudor/Jacobean style miniature bedspread. This is only about a third of it and the whole thing is no bigger than an A5 envelope.

20171118_114229_HDR.jpg

This time we had a talk in the morning about her big recent project, a recreation of a waistcoat stitched by Captain James Cook‘s wife Elizabeth. The original is stitched on tapa cloth, which is actually the inner bark of the paper mulberry tree, brought to Europe by Cook from one of his earlier voyages. Although the stitching has been completed, the waistcoat was never made up as Cook died in Hawaii in 1779.

Alison talked us through the whole process of researching the waistcoat, which was not only looking at the design of the original, which is held in a library in Sydney, but also working out the size, stitches used, methods of construction etc. before she could even start stitching. The finished item, much of which she stitched in period costume at the Captain Cook Memorial Museum in Whitby, is stunning.

20171118_122231_HDR.jpg

The tapa cloth has the look of a slubby silk dupion from a distance and it’s only when you get up close that you can see it’s actually a non woven fabric.

20171118_122156_HDR.jpg

In the afternoon Alison led a blackwork workshop, where we could try out various designs of hers on a variety of different fabrics. I opted for 18 count aida and a lovely acorn tile design.

DSCN7321.JPG

I love blackwork. The intricacies of the designs really appeal, so much so that I don’t even mind the counting involved and was happily engrossed for the rest of the afternoon in getting as far on with my design  as I could.

DSCN7322.JPG

This should be a nice quick finish and become a scissor keep for my big fabric scissors.

Read Full Post »

Older Posts »