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.