Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Revisiting photos

I was revisiting photos taken on a holiday in central  west NSW on our way to the Open Plains Zoo at Dubbo. On a not major road we came across a series of sculptures featuring animals and bicycles.  I took quite a few pics but one of my favourites was the pink elephant.   We just had to turn back so I could get this shot.  There were far too many to keep stopping but it made a very enjoyable diversion.  More photos can be found at Animals on Bikes - Public Art Scupltures

The zoo was interesting too - you can walk around it if you are feeling energetic - or drive and stop at points of interest.  our trip was a couple of years ago and we were lucky enough to see a baby white rhino and his mum.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Loop Stitch Landscape

Finally got a needle in some fabric and played with Loop Stitch using  a limited palette, different thickness of cotton  and a small amount of perle and rayon.

Loop stitch itself reminded me of a sort of blanket stitch - I had problems working it right to left as is the usual way to do it and found that if I turned the fabric and worked away from me I achieved the effect.  The diagram was a very even stitch with the up and up/down stitch very straight and the same length but I really like the uneven effect that an 'imperfect' stitch gives.
I haven't stitched as much as I would have liked to lately as I have been involved in a fundraising campaign for the Embroiderers' Guild NSW.  We have an exciting time ahead of us - once sufficient funds are raised we will have a 3 level centre of excellence for embroidery with a public gallery, research level housing the Guild collection of embroidery and embellished textiles and Library of over 5000 books and purpose build workshop and meeting rooms.  

Please support us in our endeavours - learn a little more about our capital campaign and donate now.   We hope to have started the building process by mid 2014.

Not quite a self portrait

Not quite a self portrait
small 8' quiltlet with embroidered hair

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