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Wednesday, May 25, 2016


On the last weekend in April, I did a two-day course in Fisherton-de-la-Mere embroidery with Christine Bishop at the Embroiderers' Guild of SA. It was terrific.                                                   I used a piece of Permin linen that I had bought as a remnant at the end of 2014 at The Crewel Gobelin while on a visit to Sydney. It proved to be a great buy.
The main embroidery was done using ecru cotton a broder. I lost count of threads in the centre of the pattern. As I only realised this after completing the basic squares and beginning the bullions, I stuck with the error and adapted the rest of the design.
As always with Christine's classes, this was a well-designed project. The number of stitches, the size of the piece and the challenge fitted the two-day class. The stitches included pulled stitch, wrapped bullions, a pulled edge, buttonhole and needle lace.

The stitches new to me were the wrapped bullions and the picots on the needlelace edge. The wrapped bullions were terrific - a real advance for me over the usual needle wrapped version.

The challenge was the picots on the needlelace. I am comfortable with needlelace per se, but the picots challenged me. I undid quite a few before getting some I was prepared to live with. I achieved them - but crudely. I need to keep working on them.

I used a large, fat pincushion to support the needlelace.

We had the option of making our piece into a mat or a pouch. I chose the pouch and decided to line it with a piece of raw silk left from a past dressmaking project.
I really like the way this turned out. There are errors - which act as a prompt to check and double check my thread counting - but it is harmonious and elegant.

Many thanks to Christine and my fellow students for a really pleasant day, some new skills and a most pleasing little pouch.


Lyn Warner said...

What a pretty little pouch! I love the colours you chose. And the needlelace edge is a lovely finishing touch.

Jillian said...

Thanks Lyn. It's a nice little design, isn't it?

margaret said...

what a lovely pouch you have made and so lucky to do a class with Christine I have her book such a creative lady

Jillian said...

Thanks Margaret. Yes, we are very lucky indeed!

Monica said...

Yes, it is Very elegant! I love the soft green and ecru together. I don't know if I'm getting too wabi-sabi, but I like the counting variation, and you tied it all together seamlessly. For a wrapped bullion, are you wrapping a stitch on the fabric rather than on the needle? It sounds interesting. I've learned something new again. Great post!

Jillian said...

Yes, you put in a straight stitch, then pass the threaded needle under and over that stitch until you have covered it - so you are wrapping the threaded needle around the thread, rather than wrapping the thread around the needle - as you do for s conventional bullion. Much easier. I had to look up 'wabi-sabi'. Good word - and concept.