Friday, February 15, 2013

Embroiderers`Association of Canada - Online Auction

Treat yourself to some delicious eye candy by checking out The Embroiderers`Association of Canada`s online auction.  The auction is up and running now and well worth checking to see the beautiful stitching up for bid.  Below I am giving you a little sneak peek - for more you will have to check out the website here.

 Wouldn`t it be great to own a piece of embroidery done by someone you have longed to take a class from?
Janice Routley is teaching at Seminar 2013 in Winnipeg this year - I don't think anyone stitches nature like she does.  Check out Seminar listings to see her piece, Trees of the North, and those of others teaching. There is still room in many of the classes and still time to register for Seminar!

I had the privilege of meeting F James Cripwell in Saskatoon last year and what a fascinating gentleman he is! His work is nothing less than spectacular, even more so when you realize he graphs his designs himself, as he did with this one of a painting by one of the Group of Seven.  To see this man's works in progress has you marvelling at his unusual technique.  He works from the top down and every colour - and he uses hundreds in a piece! - is left hanging at the front of the piece until he needs it again.  It makes sense once you realize you can't get yourself tangled when the threads are out there where you can see them.  It looks pretty unorthodox to see this magnificent painting-like cross-stitch rising from a dense multicolour fringe of threads. James is definitely one of a kind and so are his works.

Well, I don't pretend to be worthy of this company of stitchers but I do have a piece in the auction as well. This is a tea cozy I made from a round robin block I sent around.  It is a generous size and will fit a large teapot comfortably.  It is padded with several layers of thermal batting so is functional for its job.  The fabrics are all upcycled bridal fabric and the bulk of the embellishments are gold in colour.    I have my fingers crossed it might raise a few dollars for EAC.

Okay, off you go now and check out the auction!

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