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Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Learning Pretty Stitches, Putting it All Together

You know I love thread... maybe even more than fabric!  I love to incorporate hand stitching in my work, whether it's a quilt or a landscape.  Like everything else I do, I have no formal training.  I'm self taught with the help of instructional craft books and YouTube videos.  (That's the nature of being a work at home mom with young kids.)

Now that my kids are getting a little older, I'm able to venture out more.  In my search for some form of learning / mentorship that fits my mothering schedule, I came across a really terrific group!!  It's the Bridge City NeedleArts Guild, under the umbrella of EAC or Embroiderers' Association of Canada.  I've seen the local group's work on display at the Centre Galleries.  It's hard not to stand there and just STARE at all the incredible detailed stitching.  Ooooh it's so right up my alley!!  By the way, 'Bridge City' is a nick-name for Saskatoon.  We have seven to be exact, with an 8th bridge underway soon.

the beginning of my landscape collection

I found the The Bridge City NeedleArts Guild on FacebookThe group meets monthly, offers workshops, and has a weekly year-round stitching group on a night that works for me!  I dropped in last week with my son after a soccer game to say hello.  WOW - the diversity of stitching in the room was fantastic!  There was stump work, cross stitch, pulled thread work, and more that I have yet to learn the names for.  Everyone was so friendly, I really must go back.  Thank you everyone for your hospitality, and thank you to Caroline for the invite.  (Caroline, if I missed any details of the events offered by the group, add it into the comment section below?)  Otherwise, any of you can check out the colored links withing this post for yourself.

thread thread thread.  I do love thread.

So that's the plan - to do my fourth year with the Saskatoon Quilters' Guild, my second with the Saskatchewan Craft Council, and also join the Bridge City NeedleArts Guild as a new member.  (I can be in 3 guilds, right?)  I'm not sure I can do the patterns though.  When I see that embroidery, it's like quilting for me.  I just want to make my own designs.  I'll start with a blank cloth and fill it with samples of different stitches as I learn them.  Here's a link Caroline passed on to me.  It's FULL of gorgeous threads, even hand dyed ones!  Check it out!  Wow, I can't wait.  Imagine the postcards, quilts, and the landscapes with all this applied to it!  mmmmmmm!

up in the boughs of Mandy's Tree!  Beads and french knots.

I have so many ideas in my head and THREE COMMISSIONS to finish first.  Mandy's is done after I put on the hanging sleeve.  (!!)



LynCC said...

Of course you can be in three guilds. :) I can't wait to see the finished Mandy project with all its details.

Galen Pearl said...

You are a marvel! I love looking at all your photos. I can tell from what you write that this is your passion. I'm envious in a way. I would love to have an artistic talent that I feel that way about. You are so lucky.

Cheryl (Grandma Coco) said...

I never gave "thread" much thought. Your collection is amazing! Can't wait to see what you do with it.

Anonymous said...

An entire new dimension is about to burst forth in your art. I'm so excited for you!
Cheers - Tara.

Christie, Describe Happy said...

Oh wow, so much inspiration, texture, and color in one post! Delicious!! I am also so excited to see Mandy's Tree all finished up!! Looks like you will be one busy lady with your guild and other excitement!

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