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Saturday, 30 January 2016

Published

My mail went missing.  In this current article, I wrote about how I've never had mail go missing.  Here, now, it happened.  The rest of Canada got this winter issue of Embroidery Canada in early January.  Mine didn't arrive.  I did get the neighbor's mail a couple times.  I'll have to have a check-in with our carrier.  So I called up the EAC and they were kind enough to resend.  (THANK YOU)  It arrived at my house VERY fast.


There's lots of beautiful work inside this, all revolving around winter.  The article I was asked to contribute is on postcards.  I just got my resent issue this week!  Embroidery Canada is a members publication of the Emrboiderers Association of Canada.


There's a whole page that features my friend Jeanette's postcards.  I knew she was the right person to ask.  I have a lot of quilted postcards, but only a few hand embroidered ones.  You can see more of Jeannette Luther's work at her blog HERE.  She's a member of the Regina SK Stitchery Guild and her blog is Jenny Penny Poppy.  Her hand stitched postcards were curated into the Our Prairie in Fibre show one year ago as well!  : )

Happy stitching!
Monika

Thursday, 28 January 2016

Let's Do This!

Something new!  I was asked last fall by the Edmonton Needlecraft Guild in Alberta to run a hand embroidery workshop this spring.  I spent much of the winter floating ideas around in my head pondering what would make a good 2 day workshop.

As you know, I stumbled upon the oil pastels and stitching with yarn as part of the Arts Board Creative Grant.  I'm terribly excited about this new process.  I feel like I have so much energy for this.  It is so full of texture, so full of colour, and I love that they come from my own drawings.  They are so 'me'.


And so - this is what I will be teaching in Olds at the Fibre Potpourri   (linked to FB).  I can't wait!  I will lead you through working with pastels and mark making in order to translate it into stitch.  We will be working with the local environment, both indoor and out door.  We are in for a BIG treat as the Olds College features a beautiful Botanic Garden setting (linked to FB).  If the weather is aweful, I'll have some backup images we can go through from the area.  The workshop area looks lovely and FULL of natural light.  (See their FB page here).  There will be brief discussion on using photos as well as direction on composition and colour.  I'll supply the art materials for this exploration.  Then I'll walk you through how I use the Noro yarns and we'll get stitching some projects!  I'm excited because you will be stitching your own creations, so your final pieces will be uniquely yours.

MAY 27, 28, 29

Linked above is the event page.  I can't wait.  There will be a banquet, merchant mall, guest speaker, Friday Social, lodging, and a handful of embroidery teachers offering a great variety of workshops. Please click to learn more.

Thank you Edmonton Needlecraft Guild! : )  I can't wait to see what everyone creates.

Have a good day!



Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Handwork and More Handwork

I've stitched and sold my first aspen grove piece at my open studio.  It was my favourite, and I ended up spending some time skethcing the photo out as well.  I showed you those in an earlier post.  It's currently my favourite composition, and so I started things up again because I enjoy it so much.


There's just something about the yellow that makes me so happy.  I decided I wanted to spend a lot of time on this, so I went big.  it's 6"x15" / 15cm x 40cm.


As I'm working on it, I often post on Instagram (that's why you haven't seen me much here).  Comments roll in, and I suddenly realize, OOPS!  A cyber friend of mine requests a commission for a 4" round framed version of this.  Since January seems to be the month of multitasking, I get my hoop out and get to work on another, right on top of the current work.


She has something to put this in that has a 4" circular hole.  My friend Patti pointed out how the photo above looks like a magnification of the piece under it.  !  It does!

And here it is - tada!  Thankfully, my customer/friend loves it and it's been mailed off to her already.  I look forward to seeing how she frames it.


And now, switching gears, I best get back to that large threadpainting...

Have a great week!!  Linking to WIP Wednesday @ TN&TN
~Monika

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