Monday, March 2, 2015
The individual courses are more study courses where you do samples, research, etc. Lots of information on the correct way to do things and little hints along the way to improve your stitching. So, even though I've done a fair bit of counted thread work, I am starting with the beginner one and so far I am happy I did. You are allowed 18 months to finish the six lessons in this course. You send each lesson in and make whatever corrections are necessary when you get it back. You end up with a huge binder of wonderful resource material although by the way lesson one went, I don't think one binder will do it, lol.
These are my pages from Lesson One ready to be packaged up and sent off in the mail to my counsellor. It looks like a small pile but only a fraction of the pages need to be corrected along the way - the rest will be reviewed when I submit the whole binder at the end. This little pile of pages actually represents quite a bit of work though!
So, keep your fingers crossed for me that I don't need to re-do too much of it! While I am waiting for it to come back, I'll be starting on lesson 2 - blackwork!
Monday, February 23, 2015
I am going to Edmonton for ten days of classes with Tanja Berlin in April - so excited! The first class I am taking is four days on designing your own needlepainting picture. I will be stitching Duke, my daughter's older bloodhound - love that dog!
This is the photo I will be using for the basis of the needlepainted or threadpainted piece I'll be working on. Isn't he the handsomest boy?!
The second class will be two days of goldwork and I had to choose one of Tanja's kits for that one. I have wanted to learn or nue for some time now so am going to do her peacock feather piece.
The last class is three more days and is on designing your own blackwork pieces. No idea what I will do on that one yet but very excited.
These classes are all put on by the Focus on Fibre Arts Association - a wonderful organization in Edmonton devoted to encouraging, fostering and developing, excellence and appreciation of fibre as an art form. Their goals are to promote fibre artists, to create an awareness of fibre as art and to highlight the benefits of creating fibre art. To this end, they regularly put on classes that are free to members and the yearly membership in Focus on Fibre Arts Association is only $10 a year - what a wonderful opportunity this creates to learn from outstanding teachers!
I joined the organization of course and so all I need to pay for these ten glorious days is my supplies and accommodations.
Sunday, February 22, 2015
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Sunday, February 15, 2015
Now, not really fair to show you this and not tell you where to get the design, is it? I wouldn't do that to you! lol You can check out Karen's design for yourself here.
Sometimes I seem to spend a lot of time keeping busy with no results. This is one of those examples. I volunteered to make the nametags for the teachers at Seminar 2015 in Calgary. The photo above shows what I was given as a guideline.
Thankfully, my friend Jennie sent me a photo of one she designed and asked what I thought of it. I loved it! And so did the committee! So, off the hook and happy as a clam to get back to stitching something else. But this is where my hours seem to trickle away to...