We had our second day of the Sue Spargo workshop today and it finished off a wonderful friendly weekend.
Today we learnt lots of interesting stitches and different ways to use them. The beauty of it is, that there is no right and wrong way to do things, just play and see what effects you can create.
I must say I don’t have much to show for the day, but I will be able to play at my own leisure, with no pressure and no one seeing when I make mistakes. I will sit down with my embroidery books and see what I can come up with.
I started adding beads to my poisonous mushrooms. Still a few more to go.
I tried doing some Palestrina Knots, but I’m not happy with the results, so I’ll pull them out and have a bit of a practice on a scrap before having another go, as they give a lovely effect.
Fly stitch is a wonderfully effective stitch with lots of applications. I love the effect around this leaf. I still have to decide what to do next on it. I had to include an apple (although this looks more like a cherry) as Mum grew up on an orchard.
I think I might be finished this leaf, but then again, I may add something more to it. I have used scroll stitch around the edge with a really fine cord thread. I love the effect it has created. Up the middle is more fly stitch with some beads as well.
Here I have started with a beaded edge. I don’t know what I’ll do next.
I think half the fun is thinking about what to do where, and just letting it evolve. I’m not going to rush to finish this wall hanging. It will be a project I can pick up every now and then and play a bit more with. It will be a good one to take to our patchwork group.
It was great fun seeing what effects the other ladies had come up with. Each piece is truly unique.
Us locals were well and truly outnumbered on the weekend. There were several from Sydney, some from the southern highlands, one lady from Inverell and two ladies even came over from Perth.
We had a lovely group on our table.
Marg and Liz from Perth
Dawn and Teri-Ann
Susan, Cheryl and Beth
And, of course, Sue was our great tutor.
I think everyone was a bit sad the weekend was over, but we all have a lovely little memento. Everyone was given a little bird from the table centres. Mine even matches my autumn tree.
Thanks so much Sue, and thanks to Anni and all the team at The Home Patch for organising such a great weekend.