I don’t take needlework classes often, not at all because I know everything, but because I do not like doing “projects”, where everyone works on the same thing, only differentiated by the varying skills of the makers, or perhaps the colours used….I much prefer to do my own thing…..however some months ago I was persuaded to sign up for a two day class which will be held this weekend through our local Embroiderer’s Guild, to make a small Indian Purse.
( Saturday 22nd October – I had a couple of photos here, but have removed them – our teacher is very concerned about any of her designs being reproduced in any form, particularly online. Copyright is a huge issue, and thoughtlessly I may have done the wrong thing. I can only suggest that you Google “Indian Mirror work purses” or similar, and you might find the sort of thing I’m making.
I’m not exactly sure what I shall do with it – if it gets finished, but it might be fun and I shall enjoy the company of good friends while we all stitch. I spent most of today preparing the design and fabrics for stitching, and framing them up. Did you know this process is called “dressing the frame”? My working piece has been extended on all sides to enable stitching right to the edge of the red cotton, and it has been laced into this roller frame in a different way to any tutorials I can find on the web. There is one here, but it is seems a bit more complicated than the way I did it. I was shown my method by someone who teaches Japanese embroidery, and was told it is the preferred method for that form of fine silk stitchery. I like it because it does not seem to stress the supporting fabric, the tension is spread and holes do not develop, while the end result is tight as a drum and it sits flat in the frame. If you study the last photo you might be able to work out how it is done.
Now, a little tale of how helpful some folk can be…
I wished to purchase an out of print book from one of the second hand book suppliers in the UK, but they would not post it to Australia. Thinking of contacting some distant relatives, instead I emailed an English internet friend, and asked if it would be possible to have the book delivered to her, and if she would forward it on to me, and I would reimburse all costs somehow.. I have not met this lady, but we were in an online class together at some stage, now read each others blogs, and email occasionally. I’m sure that if I was in the UK and we met, we would have heaps in common and become real friends. No problem at all she said, but asked that it be sent to her workplace in case it did not fit through her letter box. The book was ordered, and delivered in three days. Repacked to make it less heavy, and the sent on to me, it arrived five days later, with some extra goodies inside. My friend had even encouraged the Post Office Person to use as many stamps as possible to make it more interesting. What service! Thanks Lyn!
The amazing stamps will be given to the woman who runs our small Post Office, as she collects stamps for charity, so they will be put to good use. Australian Post Offices usually just weigh the package, and then print out a sticky label – so boring in comparison to colourful stamps of interesting places.
In return there is a parcel on its way, with some Aussie textile magazines and a little something from me. The book? One I had seen mentioned on another blog, and thought it might be useful – given my comment above about preferring design my own things, and the fact there is always something more to learn.