Saturday, November 19, 2011
Note to self: Be careful what I say I will stitch!
Monday, November 14, 2011
Just click here for the RSN website: Royal School of Needlework There is the link to the article in the second paragraph. "Find out what it's like studying the RSN Certificate in Technical Hand embroidery - read Linda Kilgore's article here"
You can locate information about the classes offered at the RSN on their website and contact information. The classes will be taught again in the spring and the fall of 2012 in San Francisco, California.
Hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Friday, November 4, 2011
Thank you Linda for writing this wonderful article about the Royal School of Needlework and inviting Freddy to be included. We work hard and have so much fun in our classes. Last month we completed another class together, looking forward to spring.
Friday, October 21, 2011
Just returned home after completing my third Diploma class at the Royal School of Needlework in San Francisco, California. The above picture is the view from the hotel . . . the weather was beautiful, not that we had time to enjoy it.
This class was Applique, I have never done applique, so it was all new to me. I loved the class and my tutor was wonderful. There were six ladies in my class, one doing advanced silk shading, one doing advanced tapestry shading with goldwork and three doing stumpwork. We had a great class and everyone completed their projects. Now we wait for our assessments.
The design is my own funny creation!
If you are a member of the American Needlepoint Guild, check out the article beginning on page 16 about the Royal School of Needlework.
Next class will be blackwork in the spring.
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
These are just a few of the pictures that I took. Everyone should attend at least once, it is amazing how they hang all the quilts on the buildings and in the trees. Some were for sale, I was surprised that they weren't more expensive considering all the time that goes into each quilt.
The end to a wonderful week-end was a stop at Mount St. Helens, I can see a new project in this picture.
Saturday, July 2, 2011
A must have book for every embroiderer's library.
Thank you Jessica and Emily!
Saturday, June 25, 2011
The description of the class said you will learn a new way to use embroidery stitches in a stumpwork sweet pea design. Some of the techniques will be silk shading, wired petal, padded pea pod just to name a few fun things to learn to stitch. The kit will include the silk for the background fabric, fibers, wire etc.
Sunday, May 15, 2011
Saturday we got to started framing up our slate frames, working on our design and transferring it onto the silk fabric. I stitched a red fox, Freddy, on white silk with Anchor and DMC cotton floss. The CBS Sunday Morning program had a story about the Royal School of Needlework on their show a few weeks ago.
I have to say this project was done with blood, sweat and tears. I can't say how many times I poked my fingers and the last time was my thumb on the second to the last day. I was working on the rocks in the snow, I pulled the thread up and there it was a big spot of blood, well it was actually about 1/8 - 1/4" but it looked huge. I said a bad word and started to cry. Within seconds there were three of my fellow students around me, one took charge the other two rubbed my back, prayed and gave me a drink of water. She said suck on this, a piece of buttonhole thread. She threaded a needle and started taking the needle down through the blood. It wasn't too long until she had most of it removed. Then she said I have something in my room that will take out the rest. She returned with eucalyptus wool wash, cotton swabs and water. She mixed a little of the eucalyptus wool wash with water and very carefully blotted the spot and patted with a paper towel. You can look at the picture below, where is the blood?
Buttonhole thread and needle
Eucalyptus wool wash
Paper towels (maybe just a couple in a Ziploc bag)
Next class is in the fall, applique . . . . need to get my design ready to be approved and gather supplies.
Friday, April 22, 2011
It made me want to go back to England to take another class. We have the same tutors and the same instruction in San Francisco that we have in England, but it is not the same as being at Hampton Court Palace seeing Henry VIII walking around.
Classes are being offered in May and October in 2011 in San Francisco with the (click here to see the classes being offered) RSN.
Sunday, April 17, 2011
I had fun stitching this, but the best part was giving it to my Dad. His birthday was on April 24th, "Happy Birthday Dad" I miss you!
Both pictures have a million French knots and Colonial knots, fly stitches, basketweave, alternating cross stitch, chain stitch, stem stitch, satin stitch and a few more stitches.
I loved making them and I know someone in my family would like to have one.
I just completed a stumpwork piece to teach in June and I am getting ready to take another class with the Royal School of Needlework, so stay tuned.
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
It is time for the MS Walk again, April 3rd in Seattle, keep your fingers crossed that there won't be rain. Our daughter and I will be walking the four miles from the University of Washington to Gas Works Park and back again this year.
I would appreciate any donations, nothing is too small, my grandmother said if everyone donated a dollar that would be a lot of money.
If anyone would like to help by donating in my name please click on the link on the top right.
Thank you for your support.
Monday, March 7, 2011
This is a picture of five of us with the hats that we planned to make at 2010 Sewing Expo. We all used the same knitting pattern, I knitting mine, one cousin knitted three and one, it would be best to see the next picture . . . . . we called her the UFO, we have all been there . . . . .
Since she didn't finish her hat we rolled the rest of the yarn into a ball and put her knitting needles into the ball. I was thinking that we need to put a poll on the back - finish or not finish. I don't think she will finish it for next year either, but she will have to buy more knitting needles, everyone loved the UFO.
We all decorated our own hats with things like, flowers, feathers, buttons, ribbons, etc. Our youngest cousin passed away in January, so we added a button in his memory and a shamrock for our Grandmother, her birthday was on March 17th. There will be more added for next year and who knows what else we will do next year.
The hats were a huge hit, many people just smiled as we walked past, but others stopped to ask questions or tell us how much they liked our hats. It was so easy to keep track of each other, all we had to do was ask someone if they had seen a pink hat and they would say yes and tell us which direction the hat went. Even people in cars waved at us.
Anyway we had a great week-end - lots of laughs, eating, talking, shopping and catching up.
If there is anyway you can make a trip to Puyallup next year for Sewing & Stitchery Expo the dates will be March 1, 2, 3 & 4, 2012. Just look for the pink hats!
Hope these pictures made you laugh!