Firstly, a BIG thank-you to all those folk who left birthday greetings on my earlier post, and apologies for being remiss in acknowledging them individually. I seem to have had a rather long drawn out Birthday celebration which involved generous gifts, dinners and lunches, a Guild meeting and a weekend visitor, and it is not totally over yet as I am still to meet with my own stitching group at the beginning of next month and I think that might include a special cake and perhaps a little present or two. I’m very spoilt!
Time has also been taken up with a great deal of stitching and classes as I decided to enroll for an Intermediate Creative Canvas Work Certificate with the Embroiderer’s Guild. I have done a fair bit of Canvaswork in the past, especially when I worked for a short time at a Needlework shop in Hawthorn in the late 80’s but have done none recently, in fact stitching generally has been replaced with photography in the last couple of years. Within our Guild one needs three different Intermediate Certificates to be able to teach, and although I have no desire to do so, I decided it would be good to complete the hat-trick so to speak. I’m enjoying it, but as with those I have done before, it takes over one’s life and there is little time for much else. My garden needs attention, the dogs and I need more exercise, there is a pile of paperwork that needs sorting, and it will all just have to wait a bit longer!
Here is some of what I have been doing:-
Class Exercise – Rice, Simplified Rice, Chequer, Scotch and Mosaic Stitches.
This is an exercise in using only one type of thread, one stitch and colour to make a design. I used Rice Stitch.
Then I did another, same principal of one thread and one stitch. It is a sort of freestyle Bargello, worked with a Straight or Gobelin Stitch.
Today there another class, the third of six, and I believe that the focus will be on texture, and one colour only in its various shades and tints. Should be fun. You will notice that in all of these examples the canvas, a #14, has been coloured to suit the threads used. Our teacher reccommends this as it enables us to leave some canvas unstitched, and the glaring white of the original does not show through any of the other stitches. I used a well known acrylic paint that comes in tubes, but other mediums work too – such as paint sticks, watercolour pencils, oil pastels or spray paint. One must make sure however, that the medium is well cured, and will not come off on fingers or threads.