Stunning Stitchers

  This little elephant came trotting along last week to catch up with his friends. Beautifully embroidered by Sue T.   IMG_0736 I’ll just show you her Metal thread woodpecker while we’re at it shall I ?   IMG_0716 Not much you can say except ‘Wow !’ Another ‘Wow!’ is Nicola’s Crewelwork parrot, which as usual she had finished and framed by the day after the course ! Oh, bother, can’t get the picture up as it says it’s zippered, never mind, you’ll just have to imagine how lovely it is ! Last weekend we had a stumpwork course at the shop. We were working on sheep, lots of lovely woolly sheep ! Everyone who attended the course can now do French knots blindfolded with one arm behind their backs !   IMG_6812   IMG_6813   IMG_6814   IMG_6816   IMG_6819 One of my regular groups of girls came for the day last weekend, all working on different, but equally beautiful projects. Max is making a large bed quilt in a stunning array of purple fabrics ….   image1 (1) This was just the layout and arranging stage ! Jackie is already planning for Christmas. She started an applique table runner in lovely muted shades and a folksy design …..   IMG_6826 …. she also made a Marvel comics cushion for her nephew too ! Carol was a woman on a mission, she wanted to do dressmaking and to learn how to use her new sewing machine. She achieved both and went home with a beautiful blue chambray top – she even made her own bias binding to give it a very professional look!  I didn’t get a picture of the finished garment unfortunately, but this is it in progress ….   IMG_6823   Yesterday we had two people who had travelled a bit further than some to come and spend a day at Croft Myl. ‘V’ had come all the way from Scotland and her nephew Sean had come from Boston Spa. They both wanted to learn rag rugging and made a lot of progress in the course of the session. They went home with their projects well underway …..   IMG_6830   Last week I spent an afternoon at Bradford Cathedral with my friend Emma. We went to have a look at the work a group of embroiderers are doing to create some large canvaswork pieces. We are hoping we may be able to get more involved with the project, time allowing !   IMG_6765   IMG_6766   Another friend, Emily Precious, has had a piece of her Goldwork featured in the ‘Inspirations’ magazine online ‘Embroidery News’. It is the stunning blue peacock which I showed a picture of previously. She kindly gave me a mention as being her tutor, and Chrissy for running courses at the Fabbadashery. Finally, Beckie and Tom went for a day walking in Hardcastle Crags recently and the lovely Beckie took this amazing photo for me. I will definitely be stitching this little fellow as soon as I get a few minutes spare !   20160625_195649