Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Our Sharing Garden

This last Sunday workshop Lise brought many smiles and stories as well as the classic The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. The book-cover spoke volumes of the stitch and inspired her to purchase it. I am so glad she did and shared it with me.

It's a story I have yet to read and is now on my reading list due to the creativity of Jillian Tamaki. Visiting her website was a wonderful. She is a very inspiring artist. Her needlework median is uplifting and reveals her natural story telling journeys. She has done a few more book covers. All is very special.

I have been working on a series of trees for the seasons.  My Spring and Winter are finished. Here is where I am with my Summer tree. I am happy with it's progress. Feeling good that it will be completed before the heat begins.

Lise and I took the challenge to master the Bullion Knot in this last workshop.  I am glad to know that when two determined heads are put together got to master the technique ourselves. I was inspired to re write the steps in my words to hopefully bring more clarity and ease. Leave a comment if these steps work for you.

It's a totally beautiful stitch. One that I will use more frequently.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

The Summer Schedule

The kits I put together are full of color. I love seeing people getting their own Embroidery Travel kit. I spend a week creating the pouches for their goodies. My students get a great discount when they buy the kit with the course. It's something I know will be cherished a long time in their Needlework journey for years to come.

This year I am enjoying the one on one experience.  During my students first workshop we cover a lot of ground.

The new beginnings. The first stitches are the gateway to the emerging artwork. I am always pleased that my students can be at this stage at the end of their first workshop.


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