Jo has very kindly invited me to hold a class in her new Needlework supplies shop in Ballarat and I thought I would like to teach this new Pinball...which I showed you the workings of earlier...finally finished it and yes the engineer varnished the spool for me....he tells me I really cant afford him but if you keep on persisting its amazing what you can get engineers to do!
I will be showing my version of the Elizabethan braid stitch, Sorbello knots , Up and down Buttonhole stitch .
The kit will be supplied by Jo and will have the felt , the linen and the button forms included.
I am working on a little pipkin which I will add to the ball...it will be ready for the class too...!
Also available will be the Pink Lemonade thread pack from Cottage Garden Thread (you could use any of the other thread packs if you prefer ... Jo will have the details....
if you cantact Jo at 0408922850
or email her at:
I am sure she will be happy to take a booking...
Just a little side note...my new website is up and running.
I am going to put up a page just for Cottage garden Threads hoping to put all of the pack images on there in the next few days.
By the way: Turnips should never be pulled...it injures them...it is better to send a boy up and let him shake them down ...Mark Twain ...more at the AQm in November!
Cheers and thanks for being so patient while I got my self mor or less together after moving house last year...Brenda
Jo has opened her Needlework supplies and class room at 199 Victoria St in Ballarat East
contact jo at : firstname.lastname@example.org
...no pictures yet but she is open from Wednesday to Friday from 10am to 5pm and Saturday 10am to 1pm so all you keen embroiderers will be made welcome...below is a pic of one of her Embroidered elephants...in a couple of incarnations ....Jo is a pattern designer and needleworker she has the full range of Cottage Garden Threads , Au Ver a Soie ,Presencia and Appletons along with some Linens, Cottons, Liberty prints etc...there is small range of already embroidered trinkets...some beautiful buttons from her recent visit to Turkey, collectables and above all lovely welcoming style!
This is the beginning of a baby blanket pattern I am developing....stitched on Brushed wool flannel...(cream ) from Geelong Blanket company.
Uses Cottage garden 'Little Cottage " Pure wool thread in
Cobblestone (Light) Dandelion Dark and Light, Buttercup dark and light , High Country Light and China doll Dark.
I will also be using some precut pure wool felt circles from Cottage garden...
Stitches used so far...Raised chain Band , Backstitch, Stem stitch.
Instructions for Raised Chain Band stitch , this is often used as a canvas stitch but can be used on any fabric. This is just a scratch drawing shall do a bettr one later or you could look for Yvette Stantons Stitches for right handed embroiderers there are excellent instructions in her book .
Using a heavy thread ..the wool or perle 5 or 8 gives a better finish.
Traditionally the stitch is worked over a series of small horizontal straight stitches ...Bars ...one under the other...
Step one is to work the Bars ...in the blanket these were about 1/4 " long...four or five of them spaced only 3mm apart..they form the little spike flowers
Bring the thread out over the top of the first bar and and then insert the needle tip under the top bar..angling to the left....only under the bar not thru the fabric....Pull the thread thru gently....The second diagram shows this....
The next step is to pass the needle under the bar only again ...this time from over the top of the bar with the thread under the needle... pulling thru and tightening slightly...the next step is to repeat the first step by passing the needle up and under the next bar...the needle does not re enter the fabric whilst working the bar.
I am using some variations I love variations! by lengthening the bars and working another set of the stitches over the bar ...but more about this soon..when the engineer can take a photo or two for you.
Very conscious of the look of my wrinkled fingers in any photo but I am getting counselling for it!!
I am stitching some chickens for a baby blanket at the moment and I found these pictures of geese that I took from a plate....thought would be interesting to you ....greys and off white on a grey fabric might be nice...Use thepattern as you see fit... a frieze might be good...with my compliments.
Also working on another new piece using a red colour that Pam from Cottage Garden developed for me....it is based on a repeat of a William Morris style leaf...witha few insects thrown in for good measure...I haven't decided on an inner border design yet....it is eluding me a little....below is a pic of the pattern rough and a scan of part of the nearly finished piece...I'm reasonably happy with it so far...shall be even happier when I pass it of to Janine for finishing into a long cushion. I worked it on a dark cream/grey linen..and used Cottage Garden Gumnut, DMC Black and the new red from Pam which I am calling Redleaf in the absence of any other direction from the chief dyer person.
I attended a creative canvas workshop this weekend at the Embroiderers's Guild in Geelong with Effie Mitrofanis ..most interesting and informative and very agreeable company too...to say nothing of the quince slice...Cheers Brenda
Nearly finished the Pink Lemonade Ball (threads courtesy CGT)a ball with four sides..I have finished all the stitchery and construction and am just pondering the top bit....might get the engineer to varnish it for me...or not.....it is just sitting in the top at the moment..not sewn in..the felt pam dyed for me...will be part of the kit which I am writing at the moment.
The Cottage Garden Threads Pink Lemonade colour range was so well thought out by Pam ..didnt need to even think about adding anything else...I used my new (Brendas) Blanket Stitch Braid stitch...so happy with that...still experimenting with it.
I taught it to the Embroiderers guild students in Malvern a few weeks ago and they thought it was Ok too...
am printing up the first of the "Alice In Wonderland" patterns happy with the embroideries...just a word to the wise...never move house and office whilst under a deadline for a stitchery quilt..Cheers Brenda
For those of you signing up to the Cottage garden thread club I am busy sitching the first of the designs for Katie and Pam to go with the first mail out..the new design has a few free form (unstructured) satin stitch flowers at the base...a bit like these and will include a little technique for Sorbello Stitch(Knot)