Friday, July 15, 2016

World Embroidery Day

World Embroidery Day is celebrated around the world on the 30th July. Here is a little of what will be happening this year in our neighbourhood to spread the word about embroidery and share our love of embroidery.

From Broderiakademin, the Swedish Embroidery Guild.
One of the Cape Embroiderers' Guild members has been encouraging local schools to participate by scheduling a little time for pupils to spend with needle and thread and explore the creative joy of stitching. It is quite sad that needlework is no longer a part of the curriculum in South Africa. I so enjoyed my needlework classes at school.

A local embroidery shop is hosting a stitch-in and others are gathering groups of friends to bring along a project and enjoy the camaraderie of our passion. There may even be a group stitching at a local shopping centre and letting the public peek over their shoulders and have a look at what treasures can be made with the simple means of fabric, needle and thread.

The CEG are also spreading the word about WED via their Facebook page and hoping that embroiderers everywhere will get together in groups and celebrate the sheer enjoyment of embroidery. Visit the CEG Facebook Page here.

The idea for a World Embroidery Day was born in Sweden and took place on 30th July 2011. You can read more about the intention in the one page manifesto here. It did make me think more broadly about this age-old activity that so many of us enjoy as a relaxing hobby and a creative outlet.

I would love to hear about what you are doing on Saturday 30th July on World Embroidery Day. Do leave a comment in the comment box below.

In the words of the manifesto, may your day on 30th July be filled with creativity for the sake of Peace, Freedom and Equality.

Happy Stitching!

Friday, June 24, 2016

Truro Cathedral Church Embroidery

There are two blogs posts on Hands Across the Sea Samplers that anyone interested in Church embroidery should not miss seeing. You will find the first one by clicking here and the second one here.

These are just a few of the wonderful images captured on a visit to Truro cathedral that appear on the Hands Across the Sea Samplers blog.

Truro Cathedral with altar cloth (Source Hands Across the Sea Samplers)

Burse (Source: Hands across the Sea Samplers)

Stole (Source: Hands Across the Sea Samplers)

Angel wing (Source: Hands Across the Sea Samplers)
There are a number of vestments decorated with silk embroidery and goldwork that were photographed and that are included on the blog.

I love the photo of the needleworkers of the Cathedral Sewing Guild that meet every week and stitch in the cathedral.


Thursday, May 12, 2016

Danielle Clough - embroidery, rackets and shoes

Some of you may remember those old wooden tennis rackets. The Cape Town textile artist and photographer Danielle Clough has put them to another use. She embroiders on rackets...

Aloe on a racket by Danielle Clough

Face on a racket by Danielle Clough

and shoes.

Rat on pair of shoes by Danielle Clough
The embroidery is all done with a variety of wool and thread. If, like me, you are interested in what the back of the work looks like, take a peek at the back of the Rat on a racket, by clicking here.

Rat on racket by Danielle Clough
Danielle learned to embroider only three years ago and has embroidered a large number of pieces in that short time. You can see more of her work on both her website and on Instagram
Humming bird by Danielle Clough
'Till next time, happy stitching!

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Variegated threads

Variegated threads are fun to work with, especially if choosing colours is not your strong point. Years ago I found Anchor multi-coloured threads on a trip to Bangkok and I happily added some to my stash to try out.

A crazy patch pincushion,




 a mini stitch sampler needlebook,


and a herringbone stitch sampler all enlivened by variegated threads.




On the Create and Stitch website I found this today.


DMC have brought out a new range of variegated threads. I can't wait to see them.

Now to pack for a family get together in Sedgefield, along the Garden Route, a beautiful part of the country.

Till next time, happy stitching!