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Glorious Goldwork and Three Record Breakers !


No blog entry for the past couple of weeks, but when I show you how busy I’ve been I think you’ll understand !

There has been a lot of beautiful Goldwork embroidery going on . Although Goldwork is my very favourite thing to do I wasn’t sure initially how many people I would find who were interested in coming on one of my courses. However, having just run the third fully booked course at The Fabbadashery last Saturday, and another of many more I’ve run from home last Sunday, I am now convinced that I’m not the only person to find it a fabulous and exciting form of embroidery.

Firstly, some pictures from the shop ….


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Here are a couple of part-worked pieces from this course …


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And here is the amazing Emily’s Elizabethan flower which she has completed since the previous course …..


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Wow !!!

Now the Goldwork course from home with Mel and her crew from Hull ….


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Everyone is pretending to be concentrating ! – they weren’t able to keep up this studious pretence for long …


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Here is one of their works in progress …


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Another favourite embroidery technique of mine is Stumpwork. We had a session on this method at our Halifax New Library Textile Project last week. I demonstrated a number of techniques used to create the raised elements which are worked in this very textural form of embroidery. The group practised some of these with a view to incorporating them in the finished piece.


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This is part of the gibbet which Dee is working. The gibbet is still in situ in Halifax, just in case it’s needed again ! – the red beads are for the blood !

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Back at the shop this weekend we spent the morning learning 25 embroidery stitches. Some people chose to work the sampler and others incorporated the stitches into cottage garden pictures…..


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The picture above shows me admiring Angela’s cottage garden picture below – she’ll have done another 10 by the time I next see her !


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Maxine and Jackie started their samplers along with everyone else, but broke the record by managing to send me photo’s of their completed pieces before bedtime later that evening !


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Amazing !!

Saturday afternoon was Dorset Buttons. This is another addictive technique I’m afraid. The finished buttons can be made into earrings, keyrings, bag charms, broches or just used as buttons !


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And finally, for this post, another RaggedyAnnie record breaker !! A group of ladies came to my house yesterday to learn rag rugging, along with the lovely 10 year old Rowan. As soon as I had taught the group how to rag rug Rowan was a girl on a mission to make one for her friend before she went home. Believe it or not, she did it !!


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I would have said that was impossible before yesterday !

The rest of her group didn’t do badly either ….


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So, you can see why my blog has lapsed over the past couple of weeks, you’re all wearing me out !!