Where has the time gone?! It's almost a month since Christmas and I still feel to be playing catch up. I have a couple of new pieces of stitching to show you and one which you've seen before but is now completed, and then a couple of new ventures to tell you about.
So first, the completed piece. I'd like you all to meet Magda...
Now for the new ventures ...
Early in February I'm running another needlelace workshop at my Embroiderers Guild branch. I admit to being slightly concerned about this one as 28 people have signed up! That feels like quite a large number to manage on my own, though at least a few of them have done a little of this type of embroidery before.
We only have about 4.5 hours to work on these pieces so in order to save a little time I'm planning to stitch all the cordonnets for them so they can get straight on with learning the stitches. So - lots of preparatory work to do here in the next three weeks!
The other new track I'm following at the moment is getting to grips with using sketchbooks more effectively when I'm designing an embroidery. In the past, ideas have just been worked straight onto fabric and pieces have evolved as they go along. But last November two friends and myself decided that we would set ourselves a group challenge each month to work in our sketchbooks to design a piece of embroidery related to the title. We don't have to actually stitch the piece - just come up with the design.
November's topic was 'Palimpsest'
December's topic was, appropriately enough, Winter
January's topic is 'Joy' - so far I have a mind map and a colour 'map' of a sunset using squares cut from magazines.