Stumpwork, Goldwork and Vintage Book Covers.

 

This post is a bit later than it should have been as I have been struggling with the Chronic Cluster Migraine which I have now had for 3 years. It is constantly present, day and night. I can usually cope with it, but have gone under with it over the past few weeks. Hey ho, the drugs help, but the textiles help even more, and give my head something to focus on. So, stop moaning girl ,and let’s have a look at what’s been happening in the world of RaggedyAnnie !

We had a lovely day at the Fabbadashery working on ‘Stumpwork Letters’. This was a more advanced session, incorporating many different techniques such as Goldwork, stumpwork and surface embroidery. Here are some works in progress ….

 

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And here is Helen’s wonderful completed piece …..

 

helen's stumpwork letter

 

Goldwork and stumpwork are my favourite techniques, so it was lovely to be able to spend a day at home with Maxine, Jackie and Carol working on these methods. They have been for a number of sessions now and are becoming very proficient embroiderers !

Maxine was working on her own design based on the Union Jack ….

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Jackie was working stumpwork fruit and flowers – lovely pomegranate ! …

 

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And Carol was working a thistle and acorn design inspired by a piece by Jane Nicholas …

 

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Giddy girls !!……

 

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As it is the school holiday once again I usually get a few visits from children and their adults wanting to spend a day creating. Last week I had two of my regular visitors, Adam and Emma, who get more talented every time I see them ! Emma (I think she’s year 5) wanted to make a needlecase for her Mum…….

 

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Adam (now at senior school), however, wanted to learn how to do Zentangle. He made a notebook cover and a card and also had a go at drawing Manga characters ….

 

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….. very talented artist, I’m sure you’ll agree !!

 

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Back at the shop, this weekend I ran a day which I called ‘Vintage Pieced and Embellished Notebook Covers’ – long title, but it explains what it is ! Here are some pictures of our day …..

 

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Most of the book covers were almost completed by the end of the session …

 

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….. they’re pretending to be shy ! …. don’t believe them !!

 

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Pamela’s beautiful book cover was almost finished.

 

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… as was Shabana’s wedding photo album cover ….

 

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Chrystal sent me a of picture of her completed book the following day ….

 

chrystal book

 

Ella doesn’t usually get chance to do much work during the sessions as she’s too busy looking after the rest of us (thankyou Ella !), but as she’s a quick worker this week she managed to get her bookcover well on it’s way ….

 

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and she also brought the beautiful butterfly she started on the Angie Lewin inspired applique course. I know it’s not flowers and seedheads – she’s just rebellious and does her own thing ! …..

 

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We are running the Vintage Book Covers course again on November 7th, just in time for you to make them as Christmas presents for your friends and family. Get in touch with The Fabbadashery if you would like to book a place. 01422 647574.

Over at the New Library Textile Project we have been busy as usual, a few little people have joined the team ….

 

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….mmm, she looks familiar, Sue M !!

A couple of other little people also joined us for the day last week …

 

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They were helping with our project looking at Halifax people of note. Alex is making some flowers from sweet wrappers in reference to Violet Mackintosh of Mackintosh’s Toffees. Bea made a museum out of an empty Quality Street jar – quite ambitious, but it worked !

And finally, for this week, I helped Kev run a Lino-printing day course for the Sowood WI. They are a talented bunch as you will see from the photos. The added bonus was that a bread-making workshop was running next door, and a fabulous lunch was provided. Ooh, that bruschetta …. !

 

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Excellent day ! Contact Kev at kevtheprint@outlook.com if you are interested in attending one of his courses, or would like him to run a session for your group.

 

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