I have given two workshops in two weeks, both fun and very different.
The first was with my Stitches with Stories group and we explored the origins of Parma embroidery then worked on a traditionally based small piece. Appropriately enough for the time of year it featured a heart-shaped foliate motif. In these sessions we also look at how the technique can be adapted to our own personal taste and style of work and already one member has embarked on a richly coloured version which looks wonderful.
On Saturday I led a workshop for the Brightlingsea branch of the Essex Handicrafts Association. A very different approach to embroidery which looked at creating pattern from simple stitches. The results can be used for many types of decorative work – mention was made of next year’s Christmas tree decorations and a set of napkins. I’ve used them for crazy patchwork in the past. I love the richness they give to the shapes.
I particularly enjoy this session as every person comes up with their own way of combining a framework stitch, such as Cretan, with two or more others. The resulting array of decorative lines is always intriguingly varied and this group didn’t disappoint. Jan even produced a fish from graduated up and down buttonhole!