A Slight Delay!

Well, I still haven’t finished the write up of part two of the openwork bookmark project “Glimpse”. However I am now over a dose of depression which made concentrating on everything difficult, and I’m raring to get on with creative stuff again.

Sprig - silk on silk, shadow work

A few weeks ago, Rachel of VirtuoSew Adventures blog told me about the great Lady’s Magazine Stitch-Off – part of a project being run by the University of Kent. The Lady’s Magazine blog put some patterns from the magazine online and invited people to work their own versions. I tried this little sprig in shadow work – Devere Yarn’s 06 silk thread on silk habotai – the fabric was  little too light for the stitching but, because of its lightness, it showed the ‘shadow’ colour through well. This year is the 200th anniversary of the publication of Jane Austen’s Emma and the pieces we made are now on show as part of the Emma exhibition at Chawton House.

I am all ready for my stitched box workshop in Manchester at Easter, having made up the kits now. (This is part of a science fiction convention in the city.) A workshop is bit daunting as I haven’t run one for very many years. I am sure it will be good fun. It’s the Chester Box pattern which I originally designed for workshopping and for kits. I’ve got some little bee charms to trim the tops of the boxes, in recognition of Manchester: this is a (Man)Chester Box. I’m also exhibiting in the art show there, so I will be as busy as a bee too.

(Man)Chester Box

I was a workshop attendee myself, at Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery in February – more about this when I’ve finally finished the tent stitch piece that I started there.

But my next post will be the second part of the bookmark project, promise!




8 Responses to “A Slight Delay!”

  1. Your work is absolutely beautiful! 🙂

  2. I especially love your bee box. 🙂

    • suetortoise Says:

      It’s an easy project. All the how-to’s for this stitched box are on the site. I found the bee charms on eBay.

      • I think maybe you make it look easy? 😉
        Thanks for your tip on the Kent university site with the antique embroidery charts. I didn’t know that sewing was one of their ‘things’ – my cousin works there as one of the lecturers.

  3. The box is very sweet. I hope the workshop is a roaring success!

    • suetortoise Says:

      It went very well, despite 13 of us being crammed into a tiny room better suited to 8. Lots of nattering, much laughter and no major problems. Several of the participants finished their boxes during the weekend.

  4. The little flower is beautiful. I’m sorry to hear about the depression. I’m having an episode at the.minute and it’s killed my creativity

    • suetortoise Says:

      It does that, Wendy. Fortunately the creativity doesn’t stay dead, once the depression goes away. I hope you’ll be over yours soon.

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