Wednesday, February 16, 2011

What have I been up to recently--well there has not been any blogging which is quite evident-but I have been busy.
Last weekend I did a 2 day workshop with Isobel Hall at the Embroiderers Guild on Embroidered books.
Isobel is a mixed media artist from the UK and has written several books including "Bags with Paper and Stitch"-"Embroidered Books" and her latest book"Mixed Media :new studio techniques" was written in conjunction with Maggie Grey.
There were 15 of us in the class and we all had a great time and learnt so much from such a giving teacher.
We found new ways to use "stuff" that we already had-different ways that is.
Isobell's husband Eric travels with her and what an asset he is-doing all the odd jobs for us like drying our painted papers so that we could get on with the next new technique.
I can honestly say that I have never enjoyed a class so much-no stress involved-no pressure to get things completed-which is a good thing because my book is far from being completed.
We made the book pages and stitched them to the tapes and then went about making the covers.
I am not going to show you much at present------------------
Here I am with Isobel having a good time-----

-----------but here is a sneak peak of my paper which had been stencilled with Light molding past using a floral stencil.
I know it is a bit hard to see but that adds to the mystery.
I won't be able to do anything more to it until the weekend because I have a fellow blogger coming for a sleepover on Thursday night and there won't be much time for craft when there is so much chit chat going on.

On Monday I started the first of 3 x 2 hour classes in Pattern Darning which I never thought I would do because counting stitches and rows on even weave fabric is not my idea of fun.
But I have admired the work of the person who is teaching it at the Guild so I decided to bite the bullet and give it a go.
I had to enlist the aid of a magnifying glass because I am working on a 28 count fabric and perle 8 thread-need I say more.
So far the stitching and "unstitching" are about even in time spent-- because if you make a mistake (and I do) you have to correct it otherwise it stands out like a sore thumb.
If you don't know what Pattern Darning is go to Sharon Boggans blog here and see how it is done.
I will show you my efforts when I finish the sample (that's if my eyes hold out).
Next week we are doing Kogin embroidery and you can see a sample here
And lastly the OWOH event finishes tomorrow and if you want to enter my giveaway you still have time --just scroll down to the previous post and leave a comment just remember that I must be able to contact you to let you know should you be the winner.
Oh and I have decided to give another prize as well because of all the comments.
It will be another Quiltie but not the same type as the first one.


Val said...

It sounds as if you really had a geat time at the weekend - the 'taster of things to come' looks amazing! Can't wait to see more of the book as you progress.

Heather said...

Great to have a workshop with Isobel Hall - I have two of her books and love her work. Looking forward to seeing your book. That's very fine fabric - good job you have a magnifying glass - sounds interesting. Lovely photo.

Sandy said...

That sounds like a super workshop. I have her books.

Nancy said...

Workshops are so inspiring. Looking forward to seeing your completed pages.

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

My you have been busy!
I imagine Isobel enjoyed your company like we all do Doreen!!!

I love blogs that point one in the right direction and you always do. Sharon's blog is a favourite stop off for me with a cuppa in hand!

First class with the guild last night, with baby steps a new part of my journey begins!

Our family arrive from France today so it's been a madhouse here in the last month or two getting everything tickity boo for the VIP's!

As you'll see by the time 4:10am I can't sleep - I know you understand that problem!

Catch up soon
Shane x

Suztats said...

I like the texture and mystery of your paper, and look forward to seeing what develops.

Fran├žoise said...

It looks like you had fun at the workshop with Isobel Hall! :-)
Good luck with the pattern darning. The Kogin embroidery is so beautiful.

Janet said...

I can tell by the smile on your face that you had a great time at the workshop. You're always so busy creating beautiful pieces....I can't wait to see what you do with the book.

Penny said...

I didnt manage to catch up with Isobel when she was here, had a wonderful 5 day class with her in Ballarat a couple of years ago , she and Eric make a wonderful team.
Hope the eyes hold out.

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Another new-to-me type of embroidery - Kogin. Sounds like you've been a busy girl - good for you!

maggi said...

I am so glad that you enjoyed your workshop with Isobel. I would love to do one of her books workshops.