Knitting and Stitching Show Harrogate

Phew!  It was busy yesterday, but I thought not quite so bad as last year.

I had a lovely day, but it was exhausting.  Apart from trying to see all the stalls that interested me, the Textile Gallery deserved a quota of my time.

The displays I enjoyed most were the late Beryl Dean’s Ecclesiastical work  (lots of goldwork), and Diana Springall’s.  Diana’s drawings, paintings etc. from the design stages are shown, which I found interesting.  It seems that I am going about things in a similar way to Diana, which reassures me that I am on the right track.

I was disappointed that two exhibitors I purchased from last year were not there.  Maybe that was because last year, on the Sunday, the weather was atrocious, and some were ‘snowed in’.  What I bought was mostly bits and pieces, and most of it for planned projects.

Down on the lower floor I found Richard Box.  It was good to see some of his work for real, rather than in a book.

There were quite a few male embroiderers showcased.  I mention this because so often we assume that needlecrafts are the domain of females – not the case in some cultures.  I liked Edward Taylor’s work.

The Embroiderers’  Guild and the Quilters’  Guild both had prizewinning work by children among their displays.  I was impressed by what they had done.  Well done!  (The children, and the Guilds for encouraging them.)

Now I need to put away my purchases and spend some time looking at the other ‘stuff’ I have brought home – booklets, flyers, business cards- and look at web-sites to see if they are to be added to my list of useful ones.

If you can get there  ( it ends on Sunday 27th), it is well worth a visit.  We came across one lady who does no stitching, but just goes every year to see the beautiful work displayed.


November 25, 2011. Tags: , , , . Embroidery, Goldwork. 1 comment.

Books Part 4 – Miscellaneous

These are books which didn’t quite fit into the catgories so far described.

The first is Needlework School, by the Embroiderers’ Guild Practical Study Group.  My copy has a cream cover, and was published in 1989.  Many of the photographs are in black and white, so it is a bit dated, but I love it.  There is a newer book published in 2000, with a green cover.

This book could have gone into any of the previous three posts, but I felt that it is different.  It covers designing, manipulating  fabrics, felt and paper making, and many kinds of embroidery.  This is a good book to dip into to find out about a type embroidery which is new to you.  Or you could use it as a needlework course, and work you way through it.

The next two books were purchased for very little money, and haven’t yet had the attention they deserve – maybe waiting for a rainy day.

Stitchery and Needle Lace from Threads magazine.  This is a series of 25 articles which I presume appeared in the magazine.  The ones which particularly appeal to me are Contemporary Needlelace,  Drawn Threadwork, and Net Darning.

Embroidery by Diana Springall.  This book accompanied a television series, broadcast from 1980, which I do not remember seeing.  It is a collection of items to make, and there are contributions from others.  Most of the items are useable or wearable, and I could see myself making some of them, maybe as gi

I bought Kit Pyman’s Embroiderd Flowers when I first got into embroidery with silk.  It gives several different ways of producing an embroidery of flowers.

Jane Lemon’s Embroidered Boxes was a must-have when it was turfed out of the library cupboard at the Embroiderers’ Guild. Tthe cupboard really was bursting at the seams.  It was published in 1980, so nearly all the photographs are in black and white.  There are boxes of different shapes, and other items  – bags and purses, cushions, blinds and curtains, and book covers.

In the past I have made boxes and Bags, and quite enjoyed the processes involved, apart from the lacing required for the boxes.  I also enjoy making book covers.  They are a good way to use a small piece of experimental work which is nice enough for someone else to appreciate.

The last section of books are those which are not embroidery books!

November 25, 2011. Tags: , , . Craft, Embroidery, Needle Lace. Leave a comment.

Hardanger Filling Stitches

I’ve been trying more filling stitches, and woven bars with picots.  I’ve decided that Hardanger Embroidery is not really my thing, but having given it a try, I have a small project in mind, as a present for Christmas .

The piece I have done so far is a piece of fabric cut to size so that it can go with my other stitch samples, and another piece of fabric has been cut so that I can do the sampler from the Anchor Book of Hardanger Embroidery.  I am not proposing to photograph the work done so far, as it is not ‘pretty’.  It was not planned out, and some of the stitching is definitely that of a learner!

In the meantime…..

Progress has been made on the design front.   I have prepared the wherewithal on which to embroider my peacock.  I have ironed very fine layers of dyed silk hanky onto a piece of cotton, and basted a piece of shimmery gold organza over it.  The effect is sumptuous.  It took a whole afternoon of messing around to get it right.

When my husband saw one of the paisley designs,  he took an instant liking to it, and said it would make a nice cushion cover.  He rarely comments on designs and embroidery!  So I have found two pieces of silk dupion, to consider which will be best to use.  The design is still in it’s infancy, but I am sure it will be greatly influenced by Hazel Everett’s book.

I have also been looking at some Tenerife embroidery.  At first sight it looked like Hardanger,  but the large mounted piece which shows how it is done has the threads cut out first!  It seems to have the thread wound in and out of the spaces.  I will have to go to look at it again,  work out how it is done, and write another post about it.

November 17, 2011. Tags: , , , , , . Embroidery, Hardanger. Leave a comment.

Books Part 3 – Types of Embroidery

I could’t decide whichof these to list first,  so I decided that the alphabet has an accepted order for a good reason – so here we go.

Beautiful Bargello,  by Joyce Petschek,  has 20 different charted designs,  with instructions to make a wide range of different items.   Cushions are the more obvious ones,  but there are also other items like a doorstop  (a covered house brick),  a box,  a waistcoat,  and a bag.   I have a stash of tapestry wool and lots of canvas,  and the intention of using them!

Brazilian three-dimensional Embroidery,  by Rosie Montague.  I love working in three dimensions, and some of the designs would lend themselves to other techniques.

New Canvaswork,  by Jill Carter.  Canvas makes me think of tapestry and Bargello.  This book gave me a new insight into the range of things which can be done with canvas.  The book gives many ideas for a differnt approach to using canvas as the base fabric for your work.

Wild Flowers in Cross Stitch, by Jane Iles.  This was a gift from a friend.  Again, apart from the designs, there a many ideas for making things with a cross-stitch design.  I did the cover design to make a cushion – see my post of July 12th, and also adapted a poppy design for another piece.

Goldwork – The Search press book covers the Histoy of Goldwork, and Church Embroidery.  There is a section on Goldwork Techniques, and  page about attaching jewels, glass, beads, and stones.  There are some interesting designs, but you would have to work out for yourself how to execute them.

Goldwork by Hazel Everett.  What can I say?  I am totally knocked out by this book.  I have not got all the way through it yet, but will probably do a review when I have.

Glorious Needlepoint, by Kaffe Fassett.  Again, this was a gift.  I loved Kaffe’s first knitting book, and went to a talk he gave in Halifax (many years ago).  But if I had seen this book first,  I would never have bought it for myself.   It is just not my thing.

A – Z of Stumpwork,  Inspiration Books.   There is agood instructional section, and a lot of varied designs.  All the outlines for the designs are on pages at the back of the book, and the pages are wire-bound.  This means than it is easy to scan a page, then enlarge the design to the rquired size.  I have used bits and pieces of stumpwork, and enjoyed getting that third dimension into some of my projects.

Painting with a Needle, by Young Yang Chung is another favourite.   This is a silk embroidery book.   I find the pieces shown inspiring.   The instructions for the projects are very clear,  literally step by step.  Sometimes I just get this book off my shelf, and look through it.  I found he information about traditional silk embroidery very interesting.

I hope you are enjoying these posts about my books.   Why not let me know which are your favourite books – perhaps the top five.

November 6, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , . Bargello, Brazilian Embroidery, Cross stitch, Goldwork, Needle Lace, silk shading, Stumpwork, Uncategorized. Leave a comment.