Last night, at the Albert Hall in Canberra, the Embroiderers’ Guild ACT annual exhibition was opened by Dr Brendan Nelson Director of the Australian War Memorial and former Defence Minister.
This year I was excited as I was invited to exhibit my band sampler. At nearly 100 feet long it ran down the centre of the hall. We used a serpentine fold that ran the length of a series of tables to display it. For readers who have not encountered my band sampler before you can read about it here.
What are the poppies doing all over the place? Well they tie into the exhibition theme . The Creative Challenge this year was: Stitching Love and Hope. Inspired by silk postcards from World War One, the exhibit ties in with the WW1 commemoration. The challenge was to re-interpret a Silk postcard. Embroidered silk postcards, known among collectors as simply Silks were popular from 1900 to 1920. The peak of production was during WW1 when it’s estimated that around 10 million were produced. Servicemen serving on the Western Front purchased these cards in Paris on their way through to the trenches. Many were posted home to Australia. You can read more about them on the Embroiderers’ Guild ACT website here.
The 2014 Annual Exhibition will be held from 19 to 21 September at the Albert Hall, Yarralumla, Canberra, Australia Capital Territory open from 10am to 4pm.
Just a quick heads up as Pam Kellogg of Kitty and Me has produced a calendar for 2015. It is loaded with talented crazy quilters and will bring inspiration through out the year.The calendar features the work of :Mary Ann Richardson, Nicki Lee Seavey, Maria Mulder, Kathy Shaw, Pat Winter, Cathy Kizerian, Brenda Sandusky, Gerry Krueger, Terri Lee Takacs, Betty Pillsbury, Connie Eyberg, Allison Aller and Pamela Kellogg.
This series Crazy Quilt details highlight the hand embroidered seams and embellishments on the blocks that make up my crazy quilt I dropped the button box. For a free pattern of the block and information about the fabrics I used when I made up the block click on the block thumbnail.
This hand embroidered detail is a seam on block 76. The seam detail is tucked int he corner of the block and made up of detached chain stitches that are worked using perle #5 thread. They are worked both sides of a ribbon that covers the seam. I then threaded a novelty thread under them weaving the thread from one side to the other. It is a light knitting yarn that attracted my eye.
Below the seam are two curves that I worked in stem stitch using a hand dyed cotton thread. I used the same thread for the detached chain stitches before adding the seed beads.
Peggy Kimble has donated her TAST sampler to Embroiderers’ Association of Canada and they are currently up for auction online. The sampler is stitched on blue and white twill measuring 6.5 x 57 inches (916.51 x 144.78 cm).