Getting ready to run a class or workshop has always been enjoyable. Researching the history of a type of embroidery, and working samples to help students see the possibilities, is very satisfying.
Parma embroidery features in my next workshop in a few weeks. I included it in a workshop back in 2013 when I covered several techniques in one day. This time we have the whole time to explore it so we will also think about the use of the stitches and design elements in less traditional ways. I’m looking forward to seeing the different interpretations by the the group as they develop their own use of Parma embroidery.
By the way, there is still one place available on the day if you want to join us: details here.
This weekend I dropped off some pieces that will be in an exhibition by the Eastern Region Textile Forum. It takes place as part of the Textiles East Fair on Friday 17 and Saturday 18 February. This looks as though it will be well worth attending – many different exhibitors, guilds, traders and demonstrations.
As usual at this time of year I have been looking back, and forward, and I realised I hadn’t posted here for months. I had said I would post a picture of the work that was accepted into the Norwich Shawls exhibition back in October – so here it is. Pattern Study was based on a motif from an exquisite woven shawl (in the museum’s collection) and mounted against an interpretation of the punched cards used to programme a jacquard loom. By a an unplanned coincidence it was hung right next to a shawl from a private collection woven in the exact same design. I was so delighted!
Here too is an image of the 3D piece I was working on – from the same design source.
As I hadn’t posted for so long I asked myself why I thought having a presence on the web was A Good Thing. Several quite convincing answers emerged: keeping potential students up to date with teaching plans, letting groups know what I can offer them, passing on stuff I have found interesting / useful in the hope others find it so too. And there’s the personal challenge of course, that of overcoming my reluctance to put myself and my work ‘out there’ and if I do, to make the posts actually interesting and/or useful.
So I start the new year with the intention of regularly posting here (note the ‘regularly’, not ‘often’!) and with the traditional hope that you all had a good holiday season and that the New Year will be full of whatever you want it to be.