What Are You Stitching?
5th July 2019
Birds, always an ever-popular theme for those inspired by the love of needle and thread! This week we share the current flock of birds we have in our What Are You Stitching? files…
Claude A Lecerf
‘This time I am sending you a little tit, embroidered with needle painting. It is a pattern that was published on the Canevas Folies website. I had a lot of fun embroidering it and I keep this precious bird on display as we no longer see many tits in our garden unfortunately.’
Claude, we love that you’ve been able to capture a tiny blue tit in needle and thread and will now be able to enjoy it year-round!
‘I live in South Texas along the gulf coast very near the Mexican border. I discovered needlework in college when a roommate taught me to knit. I seldom miss an opportunity to take classes and dearly love attending national and regional seminars. I have met wonderful stitchers attending seminars and have made several lifetime friendships. I have an interest in raised needlework and goldwork. This piece was a wonderful introduction into a variety of goldwork techniques and has sparked my interest to learn more.’
Lea, your rendition of Nicola Jarvis’ Linnet from A Passion for Needlework | Factoria VII is so close to her original, it’s hard to believe this piece was your introduction to the technique! It looks like you have a bright goldwork future ahead of you and we can’t wait to see what’s next from your needles and threads.
‘I’ve just finished my Nicola Jarvis Peonies and Pear Tree that I did with her at Beating Around the Bush last year, I’ve just taken it off the frame and am about to take it to the framer. I really enjoyed Nicola’s class and have thoroughly enjoyed working on her piece, I haven’t done much in the way of beading before, so this threw me in the deep end, but it was such fun. I am looking forward to Nicola’s return in 2020 and can’t wait to see what she has in store for us!’
Ruth, you may have felt as if this piece threw you in the deep end, but you definitely swam whilst there! Your stitching and beading have created a rich, textured piece. Don’t tell anyone we told you, but we’ve just seen Nicola’s submissions for Beating Around the Bush 2020 and think you’ll be more than pleased with what she has in store!
‘I feel lucky to be able to indulge in my love for embroidery since my retirement a few years ago. Here is a piece I have just completed, inspired by my love for Australian native flora and birds.’
‘In this piece, I adapted Trish Burr’s design for the gum blossoms from the book A Passion for Needlework. It has given me so much joy to stitch this little fellow as well as the flowering gum. As the work progressed, I found myself studying leaves from gum trees and researching photos and information on the blue wren. It has been a work of love.’
Sandra, a work of love indeed! We admire that your time with needle and thread inspired you to learn more about what you were stitching – not only have you created something lasting with needle and thread, but also have some new-found knowledge to go with it.
Now that our current flock of birds have flown the coop, we’re hoping you’ve stitched a fine feathered friend you can share with us! Email photos of the bird you’ve created with needle and thread along with a few details about your stitching journey to firstname.lastname@example.org