If you follow this blog you will gather by now that I am a huge fan of my local branch of the Embroiderers Guild. Not only does if provide a forum for sharing techniques and ideas and the comfortable feeling of being in amongst like minded people but it offers the chance to take part in workshops with very talented people as happend last Saturday but also, as today, affords an opportunity to listen to one of your fine textile artists. Today Carol Naylor talked to us about how she creates her absolutely amazing machine embroideries. When she was asked how much thread she uses, her considered answer was...."a lot" with the same answer for the amount of time put into the pieces. She uses thread to "paint" the pictures for there is no paint in any of her pieces and the sublties of colour come just from the varying threads (colours and weights) in her shuttle and needle. She told us how on one occasion a photographer had photographed the "wrong" side, looking at the work you can't blame the man. Our projector failed (don't you just love machines) so she was unable to show the slides she had intended but she still managed to keep us riveted for over an hour.
Having mentioned last Saturday with Frances Pickering here are some of my favourite pages from the little book I started in her class.
I was on such a high on Sunday I made a couple more, this one is about ATC size and
I have left it blank inside for the moment.
and just to prove that I can do something that isn't green...well not entirely...