Saturday, February 23, 2008

Quality time...

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...




11 comments:

Carol said...

Oh how lovely these books are. I love the final one the bue one. Just lovely

Purple Missus said...

Pat, these are absolutely gorgeous.
You have done really well here. They are wonderful.

Doreen G said...

What lovely book Pat-and I must agree with you about our local Embroiderers Guilds.
I love the friendships that are formed within the guild and the many opportunities that they offer.

thealteredpage said...

These books are such amazing treasures!

Micki said...

Fantastic books, Pat. I love them all.

Vivian said...

Hi Pat:
I love your little books. the green one reminds me of a book an elf would carry. In the land of elves, the mystical power is part of the trees and nature.
Another question: what did you use for the paper? The blue one looks like watercolour paper?

Debbi Baker said...

I can only ditto everyone else - all of your books are just so gorgeous!! Love the photo in the previous post too!!

Susan said...

Hi!
The books are wonderful! It must have been a great meeting for the guild to have the speaker "wing it" without slides....something really special, unplanned, and unrehearsed and totally natural. It had to be a delightful way to gain insight to an artist and their work!
Susan

MargaretR said...

You were obviously inspired to create beatiful work on your course with Frances Pickering. They are all really lovely.

Leah/ Texas/ United States said...

i love your little green book, especially the trees and the blue one is very pretty also.

Ella said...

Great!