Yesterday I taught the first part of my doll workshop for 'Abigail' my all in one doll; for the Bristol City Council Adult Education Service. It was a really rewarding day, with a terrific group of students, and the dolls are coming along beautifully. I'm looking forward to the second day of the class and will try to get some pictures.
I was also thrilled to be contacted by Kelley Aldridge . Kelley is a Royal School of Needlework tutor who teaches the RSN Certificate and Diploma Courses both in London and Bristol. She has her own business called 'Love Stitch' which offers a huge range of accredited and leisure classes to embroiderers. She'd seen one of my dolls and wanted to take a class with me, and has asked me if I will come and teach the class for her at 'Love Stitch'. You can imagine how excited I was.
Just after this on Friday - I was asked to create a new stump doll workshop too, so I'm busy thinking - and seeking inspiration!
As if all this wasn't enough happening, on Friday I had a meeting with my friend Sue Eyles. Sue is a professional photographic artist who creates the most stunning and creative images. She saw my dolls at an exhibition last year and was inspired by them (How great is that!) She contacted me to ask if she could photograph them. Needless to say - I was absolutely delighted and so we had a photo shoot, at which she took hundreds and hundreds of shots. (It has very much gone to some of the girl's heads I'm afraid, and I've had to speak sharply to Lady Isabella in particular!) I'm thrilled that she has chosen to use some beautiful and creative images of some of my girls on her own website gallery - (which you can see if you click on the 'People' tab). We have another shoot lined up soon. I'm thrilled with what Sue has done so far, and I hope to be able to show you soon on my new website ( which is a WIP at the moment!)
No TAST from me this week I'm afraid, I haven't had much time to spare; but here is the experimental piece I have been working on for the last 2 weeks, which is based on this very basic watercolour sketch I did of a pink pansy. I wanted a nice simple subject to work on and once I started the stitching I was I'm glad I chose this and not anything more complicated!
One thread of stranded cotton was used to build up layers of colour which add to the 'padded' effect - a bit like thread painting but much more 'bulky'.
Stem stitch, back stitch and picot were used for the foliage and bullion and Chinese knots to finish the flower.
This is turning into a long post - so finally - by far the most exciting news I have had this week. My first great - niece arrived safely yesterday afternoon - mummy and baby (and daddy) are all doing fine.
I'm a Granty!