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Needlepoint Weekend 
17th-Aug-2004 12:12 pm
knitting sketch
pictures are up

I really enjoyed the weekend. It took me a while to get back into the swing of chart-based stitching. All that counting and making sure things were centred to begin with. I've been away from needlepoint for about 5 years, venturing into the more modern free-style. Why do I like needlepoint? It allows the head to be totally cleared of clutter. The mind concentrates totally on the task and I like the feeling of being alone (despite the people around me) and in total control of what goes on in my head.

I'd also forgotten that I'm usually the youngest person on these courses. I'm so used to being one of the elders, particularly on the BtVS and AtS boards. Anywho, nuff said, pics are Top Row, L->R

Anne, the eldest student there, with Sheila, Anna (tutor) and Lynn (her PA) int he background.

Ruth, working on a huge hand-painted canvas (cost £90 just for the canvas, threads extra)

Close up of Anne, working on a very fine, complicated piece, despite her very poor eyesight.

The beginnings of the main panels of my Winter Project. It's an adaptation of two of Anna's designs. (Come to think of it, I've never done one of her projects without adapting it in some way) It's based on a Kilim rug and a Florentine cushion design. What you see here is the result of two days of stitching and unpicking (the learning curve to get back into the swing of disciplined stitching was steep.)

First picture on the second row - The front of the Tudor Seal Purse I designed and stitched for jennylyle. That gives you some idea of a modern piece that is based on traditional Tudor embroidery. It is layers of silk and chiffon over shot silk. The surface stitchery is couching and bead work.
Comments 
17th-Aug-2004 05:04 am (UTC)
Very nice. I did cross-stitch once, but as usual want to run before I can walk and I want to design my own. I didn't reaaly have the patience (or the eyesight).
17th-Aug-2004 05:51 am (UTC)
No patience? That surprises me. You carry your writing folder around with you. You obviously have a lot of patience when it comes to writing.


How's chapter 5 coming along after the pruning? I'm sprinting through 12 with just a few minor hold ups. Can't get the descriptive part of the opening scene right so have left it and ploughed on with rest of it.
17th-Aug-2004 06:06 am (UTC)
Chapter 5 is leaner and meaner. I've just got to check the last bit through and I'll send you it.

I have to admit, when I read through it, a lot of just didn't make any sense. Hopefully it does now.

As for patience, just because I carry all around, doen't mean I actually do anything with it! ctually writing is the one thing I can apply myself to, but it's harder than it used to be.
17th-Aug-2004 07:22 am (UTC)
Why do I like needlepoint? It allows the head to be totally cleared of clutter. The mind concentrates totally on the task and I like the feeling of being alone (despite the people around me) and in total control of what goes on in my head.

Yes, I think that's what attracts me to it as well, although I really only do cross-stitch, and not nearly enough of that either! One day, when I win the lottery, maybe...

BTW, are you still going back to France next week?


17th-Aug-2004 07:35 am (UTC)
are you still going back to France next week?


That was the plan, but MWNN has decided that we won't travel until after the Bank Holiday weekend. That suits me fine, I'm at the Discworld Con. from 19th to 23rd, so a week in which to continue the writing and get Chapter 12 up will be a blessing.
17th-Aug-2004 07:50 am (UTC)
Oh wonderful! Cuz as you know, I'm going to be staying in the beautiful Kent countryside next week, and have tentatively made arrangements to meet us with bogwitch and calove (the latter not so tentatively, as I'll be staying with her), and it would be lovely if we could see you, too!
17th-Aug-2004 08:11 am (UTC)
Looks like I'll be there.

*bounce*
17th-Aug-2004 08:44 am (UTC)
The photos are wonderful. I do like Anna's new workshop.
I think she has put on a little weight - am I right.
I love all the work they are sewing and your purse is beautiful.
17th-Aug-2004 01:37 pm (UTC)
The new studio is lovely. It's a barn conversion. One end is used as a family room, with a TV and a billiard table. Then there is a door through to a lobby with a toilet and kitchen off the sides of the lobby and the studio off the far end.

Anna is looking very well. Marriage to Robert obviously suits her. When you met her she was in the second year after her divorce from Patrick and was suffering a great deal of stress. I don't think she's put on weight, just coloured her hair differently and using far less makeup.

My purse was a labour of love. I'll put up a photo of the reverse side soon. I'm really enjoying the new project which I'll take the whole of the winter to complete, instead of doing a new OU course.
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