|I was so excited that pieces were photographed in macro so we could really see what was going on in the work.|
Saturday, October 28, 2023
Wednesday, October 25, 2023
It has been a very busy two weeks getting the Frostings Box out the door and back from a trip to Ireland and off to the UK. I am here in Oxford ready for a visit to the annual Witney Antiques Exhibit and very excited! I warmed up today visiting the burial site of Martha Edlin right after getting out of Heathrow and then a quick nap and hours in the Ashmolean Museum looking at 17th century embroidery.
If you have been following the Witney Antiques Instagram you may be seeing some of the outstanding pieces that are in the exhibit and the associated book coming out for the exhibit.
I will report back soon on the exhibit which runs from now until Nov 18th daily (email to let them know you are coming) and the hotly anticipated book.
I have gotten a few emails inquiring if I will be having the book in my shop. Initially I didn't think so, but Access Commodities called yesterday to let me know that they will be able to get the book in and I will be taking preorders for the book as soon as pricing is figured out. You can always call Witney and purchase one as well if you don't want to wait a few more weeks.
|Screenshot from Witney Antiques Instagram of a pristine casket!|
Tuesday, October 17, 2023
A new free needlework nibble pattern has been posted on my teaching site. Get in and download it. The ornament is 4 inches in diameter and uses sampler stitches combined with five types of gilt die stamped spangles that I have sourced and a really fantastic twisted gilt trim made from bullion and check that is twisted around a wire.
Each of these materials are available in the store as well as an all-in-one stitching kit (I have a limited number of them available). One of the spangles can be seen below - they are super cool!
Friday, October 13, 2023
I love getting emails with photos of the finished caskets! It can certainly brighten my day to see such a monumental amount of work finished (and make all this work to get here worthwhile on my part).
Josephine Wootton has been showing us progress on her flat top casket with doors for years on the NING site for the class and it is so cool to see it all together.
Her first friezes were posted in late 2017 so it has been a long journey to get to all the embroidery. Jo said that she used designs from the original Cabinet of Curiosities course and mixed the ones she liked together on the panels. She worked it all in Split Stitch on 40 count linen (it must glow!). She laughed and said she was getting a little tired of the technique when she worked the back so the design is a bit more sparse. I think we can give her a pass on that! The casket is just beautiful. I love how she has embroidered on the drawer fronts as well - and you can see several of the small projects from the Cabinet of Curiosities as well in the drawers! What a heirloom for her!
She said she is now off to work on the Double Casket she has!
|Friezes finished in 2017|
|The front and top of Josephine Wootton's Casket|
|Josephine Wootton's Casket with old man fall pruning on the left side|
|Josephine Wootton's Casket right side with a woman holding a flower|
|Josephine Wootton's Casket inside with embroidered doors|
|Back of Josephine Wootton's Casket|