Monday, 20 April 2015

LETTERING CLASS


We have had the first session of the two day Lettering Class, everyone enjoyed it.


Hard at Work
We started off exploring the many, many types of lettering that could be used on needlepoint with the help of a specially prepared work manual.  This gave examples of simple letters, script alphabets, monograms, nautical flags that represent individual letters, and many more.
Hard at Play
 Besides numerous alphabets there was examples of how each type could b put to create whole projects or simply add a personal touch to a piece.  A lively discussion ensued with many examples of my own work being handled and discussed
 
Gill Alphabet



Phrase
Probably the areas that appealed most to the students were ‘Phrases’ , sayings like ‘You aren’t getting old just more valuable’ and one student brought in a great saying about gardens which will call out for a pretty floral border (to be worked on Day 2).  The Eric Gill script alphabet worked on a Tartan background which can be ordered and worked in other colours also proved popular; and the Rainbow letters which were originally created by my niece who does watercolours of children’s names.
Gina in Rainbow Letters

Monday, 13 April 2015

Stitching wilst the husband is enjoying The Masters Golf Tournament



As mentioned before the weekend I expressed the hope that, because of the back to back sport over the weekend I would get a great deal of stitching done and promised to share any progress!

Scheme II & III
Well, here is what I managed – finishing a third colourway of Tudor Rose and quite good progress on my Rhinoceros.  Some time ago I showed a ‘vide poche’ piece with Robert’s initials and multiply borders that I completed however I enjoyed working all the different borders so much that I vowed to follow the same idea and make it into a boxed cushion – so as to show the intricate border flat!


The Rhino is hand-painted from a woodcut by Durer (1515) and worked in Vineyard silks (my first use of this thread and good for Tent stitch as it is not divisible) The Border introduced Threadworx Overdyed floss and stranded cotton. 

By working the two central columns (top and bottom) and then the corners it makes fitting in the in-between columns simple and many of the patterns used before are working well.
Scheme I

The Tudor Rose kit is available with or without threads and the Rhino painted canvas and instructions can be ordered thru my email: anna.prearson365@gmail.com