Wednesday, 24 February 2016

new silk shading sample

I teach silk shading or Long and Short stitch quite a lot around the country so every so often I get board with my sample and have to stitch a new one. This time I have tried to make the design a touch more modern but still have all the elements that the students need to learn, and have a nice looking piece of work to take home. I will be teaching this new design first in Whakatane, NZ in May

 All worked in 1 strand of a stranded cotton, the background is tea dyed silk.

Wednesday, 17 February 2016

contemporary sttch sampler

I have just finished another bus queue, this design will be a 1 day stitch sampler class. I am just arranging the date. I simple design that will cover the main embroidery stitches so good for someone getting into surface stitching or someone new.

Saturday, 13 February 2016

Quilt top almost done

I have finished stitching down the skull and flowers, I had to add some more leaves as the ones I had just disappeared when you were looking at the quilt from a distance. I am pleased with how its looking, I will get those leaves stitched down next week, then on to the quilting, by hand of course and lots in the ditch I think.

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

class is Berry

Berry Quilt and co have now got details on their website  about the head class I am teaching for them in April. I met the new owner of this shop when I was teaching in Melbourne last year so it will be really cool to go over and see how her quilt is coming along.

Saturday, 6 February 2016

latest piece of long and short

I started this piece when I was guest artist at the Christchurch quilt and craft show at the end of last year. It has been waiting to be finished since then. I decided to give it a fabric border and make it up like a tiny quilt.
The idea behind it is that if we only ever listen or look at things we choose we have a very one sided view of the world, rose tinted maybe! I read a book a while ago about how google searches are different for different people depending on what google thinks you want to see. I much prefer the library where you come across random bits of info in the process of looking for something else. Or listening to the radio where you get a collection of music some of which is very cool that you have never heard of.

Rose Tinted Glasses

I just love satin stitch lips!

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

New class sample

This year my embroidery 201 class will be a class that takes the outlines from a patterned fabric and then translates them in stitch. using all the stitches from my Embroidery 101 class. It is an easy step into designing your own embroidery.
Please look at my class page to see what and where I am teaching during the year.

Monday, 1 February 2016

weekend away

We have just returned from our 1st camping trip in our Purple 1969 caravan, it was fantastic.
I spent lots of time sitting in the shade doing the needle turn of my new skull quilt. Once all the pieces have been tacked down you can do the needle turn anywhere because nothing moves, great!
When Kit took the picture he even of a peek of my knitting needles that I had stuck in the arm of the deck chair.