Its been a busy old month with lots going on this end so lots to tell you about this month prior to jetting off to Florence for our honeymoon in just over a weeks time… 🙂
I have been recently working on the Applique book which is due out at the beginning of next Spring. The pieces that I have been working on aim to be a step-by-step digestible practical guide and to show you how to work techniques correctly. Currently there is very little on the market so it will be good to have a thorough guide. I have also been exploring museums and collections with a view to learn more myself and make the most of the opportunity to be a student! Chertsey Museum, The Sunbury Gallery, The Embroiderer’s Guild and of course the Royal School of Needlework have been very supportive of all my research into the book.
The first piece of appliqué will details most of the appliqué techniques and as the projects are worked they build on technique and skill. Here’s a little look at my second project which is a section of a poppy. All further projects will be very contemporary and fun.
As a wedding present I had a marvelously skilled appliqué card from my regular students that they all worked on together (and managed to keep a secret). Thanks Mavis, Jane, Caroline and Jean!
Last weekend I was privileged to be able teach silkshading and Goldwork at West Dean College in conjunction with the Embroiderer’s Guild. Everyone had a fab time and learn lots and I think I will see some familiar faces at Ardingly next weekend where I am teaching a one hour class in pulled thread embroidery.
I have also been supporting the Future Tutors at the RSN in a project in collaboration with St. Augustine’s school. The project celebrates 100 years of faith and involves all students at the school working to complete a series of kneelers all of which have been designed by the children. The enthusiasm has been immense! I am hoping to soon be able to put a picture below of Mrs not so Cross Cross in her element teaching…
Looking forward to seeing some of you members of the Embroiderer’s Guild on June the 27th at Ardingly. The pulled whitework taster class costs £5 including materials kicks off at 11.45 and to book please click on the following link; http://www.southeastembroiderers.co.uk/programme.html
For those of you who enjoy goldwork and would like to continue to progress further over the summer I am offering Seashell Goldwork kits as per the image below at a cost of £40. Please email me or comment if you would like one sent to you.
For those of you that wish to develop your skills further in silkshading I will be taking a class at the RSN from the 27th of July to the 29th of July. The class will enable you to design and stitch under my expert guidance. For bookings please click onto the link below that will take you to the RSN site.