Sunday, July 18, 2010

Early Bird, and next stage of landscape

This table runner for the Early Bird CC is made using a  Sue Box design for the lace.  It is the free design on her home page, which can be stitched out a number of times and assembled to make a lace bowl.  For the runner I stitched the design out 6 times, joining 2 of them for the centre cutout section.  Her designs are so beautifully digitised and it is amazing to watch them stitch out. 

We had our next lesson in the embroidered landscape workshop on Friday.  We spent from 8.30 till 4 working on the embroidery, learning lots of tricks and stitching methods to bring the landscape to life.  At the end of the day there was only a small section stitched, and we wondered where the time had gone.  I worked on the tree branches in centre left, also started some of the leaves there, hence all the threads coming from that area.  I then started on the wattle just under that area, using french knots - 2 strands, 1 wrap.
At home I have now done the wattle at the bottom right, using 1 strand and most of it 1 wrap, though towards the top of that section I used 2 wraps to make the wattle appear more "fluffy".  The wattle that will be in the left foreground will combine knots, turkey stitch, and other little clumps of thread. 
For homework before next Saturday I need to work on some of the other branches, more leaves on the tree at the left, and more wattle. 
There are 5 in the workshop, each doing a very different landscape.  We have scenes from South Africa, Scotland, New Zealand, South Australia and mine from Queensland.  Next lesson I will have to try to get photos of the other ones.
Next Saturday will mark the end of the workshop, but we will need to keep working on them ourselves.
Today I am also going to make some possum pouches for the Wildlife Rescue, for use with orphaned or ill baby possums.  They are very quick to make so I will get them done and on to some other sewing.


Dianne said...

Hi Mardi, The wattle is coming along nicely. It would be wonderful to see the other ladies' work too if you are able to get a photo. It sounds like they are all very different. Possum pouches are a good idea!!

Teresa said...

Your landscape is going to be amazing. I love what you have done so far...