In April I attended the Embroiderers' weekend in Folkestone. These pictures show the work that I did. The first picture on the left shows the beginnings of a piece of needle lace, using pea stitch. This is worked separately and attached later.
The second picture shows the piece of needle lace completed. It is to be the seed head of the Erynguim.
The third photo shows the needle lace attached and the embroidery starting around it. We used double back stitch for the shadow work and raised fishbone and closed fly stitch for the bracts. There is a lot more work to be done .....
This is my report of the weekend.......
On 5th April 2013 my husband drove me to the Clifton Hotel
Folkestone, in a blizzard. It was just raining when we arrived
and we quickly found my room on the 3rd floor. The hotel is like
a maze and my husband got lost on the way down the stairs to leave
the hotel and had to come back up and use the lift! The Clifton
is situated on the Leas and it was wonderful to walk along looking
down at the sea, getting fresh air when the eyes and back no
longer worked well enough to stitch and to bend over a frame. The
work room was pleasant to work in and had a view of the garden.
There were two courses on offer for the weekend and I had chosenJenny Adin-Christie, who was teaching a slant on Crewel Work.
Before the weekend Jenny had sent a letter that sketched out the
sort of stitching we would be working and some ideas on what to
take. She brought along project packs for us to chose a design to
stitch, or we could use all our own threads or buy a project pack
and add our own threads beads sequins etc. I decided on a project
pack, so I only had to take a basic stitching kit and a light and
The projects were Honesty and the one I chose, Eryngium. The
project pack was beautifully designed, in it's own hand made
material bag with a photo of the design on the front. It
contained everything I would possibly want to complete the piece,
even down to a very cute needle book complete with 10 needles and
pins, all carefully labelled. In the pack there was a very
comprehensive and beautifully drawn book of instructions,
including detailed descriptions of the stitches we were to use and
the design to trace onto the silk organza.
There were plenty of lamps, frames and different pieces of
equipment that Jenny had brought with her for us to borrow. She
was very generous with her supplies and her time.
It all looked terribly complicated but with Jenny's patient help,
most of the projects were near to completion by the end of the
weekend with one finished! I learned a lot from Jenny, she is
unstinting in imparting her considerable knowledge of the use of
the needle and her lesson on needle direction, will change the
look of my stitching for ever. She has given me a insight to
stitches that was missing.
The whole weekend was a whirl of stitching and Jenny was with us
all the way, right through until nearly bedtime.
My Mum taught me to knit when I was under 5. She also taught me to make clothes for my dolls and I eventually made them for myself and my children. When they were gown up, I discovered embroidery. This came from the WI, then the Embroiderers Guild.
This blog will show my work, including anything stitch related.
My Tatting can be seen on Wendytats.blogspot.com
My other work can be see on my website www.handicrafts.org.uk