Thursday 19 February 2015

Kit preparation

I am going to make a bit of fuss over my first embroidery kit .
 The background is not off-white is strait grey. :)
Did not was very excited at first but I am yet have to find a good supplier for twill linen. 

There is going to be used in my first official class of embroidery .
Can't wait to see how my students will get on . I try to not crowd the design but in same time I was very tempted to add lots of stitches . I presume they would need to do some work on they own or they will still need to comeback  for more classes after the first session is finished  .

Happy crafting all

Sunday 15 February 2015

Saturday class

Had a great day yesterday at Dublin Embroidery Guild were I had Romanian Point Lace class.
I know sound weird to have a lace class to an embroidery guild .
Anyway taking in consideration the lace is using needle point filling can be consider to have something in common with embroidery or so I like to think .
My class yesterday was very enjoyable and here are some pictures with some of my students work

 So very big concentration I felt a bit left out , kind .
Some of them started to actually download and work some designs from Internet
I am actually very happy about this fact as this mean my lovely craft is starting to take flight and so is start to spread around the world .
I am sure my gramma would be very happy about even if she would tell me '' hey something is loose here and some stitch is not like I told you :( ''

Happy crafting all

Saturday 14 February 2015


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Friday 13 February 2015

Embroidery classes


I am happy to let you know we got a space for the embroidery classes advertised at Tallaght Library in Nov 2014 .
The chosen venue is RUA RED beside the Tallaght Square ( 2h free parking , Busses and Luas at the door).

We are planning to start with a package of 6 weeks for €95.00 and a €15 kit. This will provide you with a high quality foundation in Crewel work which can be used for all kind of embroidery decoration (household, cloths , bags and all sort).Payment in two installments  - one of €50 before course start and second €45 in week 3.

Course will start on 1st April2015 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm

After this introductory  course anybody interested can progress to other modules( Blackwork , goldwork, silkshade )and we will progress on your own designs and stuff.

Please can you let me know if you are interested so I can arrange the space in function the number of people by end of next week as demands are great.

Happy crafting all

Thursday 12 February 2015

''Embroidery Windows '' more updates

Hip hip ura!!!! I have finished the embroidery in this small Sampler .
Now only one step left - to make something with . I am not very sure if to do a wall hanging or a bag.
I will probably opt for a wall decoration as a bag is getting messy and I am not having the luxury of washing it constantly .
All this little motifs will be part of my classes which will start in April I hope.
Here are pictures individual for each motif which I posted so many times thru the process in my blog or FB

Well I will hope to post over the weekend the final piece with edges finished

Happy crafting all

Monday 9 February 2015

Crewel Embroidery -- past and present - series

Well it have been some time from the last post. I have had another go to RSN in Hampton and started my Gold-work embroidery   and Silk shade embroidery  modules.
Not so much of work done but lots of new projects started .
Anyway manage to do few picture to try to go on with  our explanations in the field of crewel work .
 Last when we did talk about was about the fabrics used.
the next step you want to have is drawing your design
I use at first to get to put together a picture using different small pieces which I got from books or internet. Then when you get the idea about the crewel principles you are going to create your own designs from your imagination. 
Big bold flowers and leaves which are disproportional from each other and will look weird in the nature make the best designs .
After you successfully   draw your piece and you are happy with the outcome next step is to copy to a transfer paper as per below .

Next step to be done it would be to prick the design . Pricking is the action of making small holes with a paper piercing tool or I use a needle with some cork at the end ears end.
Take the transfer paper with the design and put in the top of a cork board , a foam pad or if you don't have such think I usually use a small cushion and with a crewel needle make small holes . 
You can see the small holes in the picture above.
The the fun part begin. You need to line the design perfectly on the middle of you fabric and with pouncing powder you will transfer the design on the linen.
A very important thing is the fabric have to be very well stretch on the  frame or embroidery hoop before you start to use the pouncing powder.
Then will look something like this .
Is a lovely doted picture. With some acrylic paint you have to unify all the dots and paint your lovely design
So now you really start to fun part. I mean the embroidery :) :)

Happy crafting all