I’ve been saving some little needlework news snippets for a while, so today, I think I’ll share part of the list with you. Kick back and join me for a cup of coffee!
First, some delectable eye candy!
Have you seen Eleanor Pigman’s Etsy shop?
Eleanor Pigman (she has a blog, too) is a contemporary bead embroidery artist.
And she creates some fantastic little bead embroidery images – like this Emperor Penguin, which I am in love with.
Or this beaded pelican!
Looking through Eleanor’s work makes me happy. There’s just something about it that lifts the spirits! Her bead embroidery seems somewhat whimsically conceived, is beautifully worked, and is just downright fun.
If you like bead embroidery, you will undoubtedly enjoy exploring Eleanor’s blog!
Well, I just found out that Lady Anne’s Needlework Retreat (hosted by Phillipa Turnbull of The Crewel Work Company) has one space left on it, due to a cancellation.
As much as I would like to snatch up the opportunity, I can’t – but if you’ve been hoping to go on this adventure, there’s one spot up for grabs!
If you’re familiar with Janet Davies and JMD Designs in New Zealand, you might want to know that she’s establish a youth sewing center in Papakura, and the initiative is called Te Horoi Tereti.
They are currently seeking donations for sewing machines. If you like to support educational endeavors for youth, they could use your help! You can read about the project here and in more detail on this PDF, and, if you’re looking to do a good deed today or pay it forward somehow, you can donate on their website, if you like.
Oh wow. Speaking of eye candy!! Have you seen Pam Kellogg’s new 2015 Crazy Quilt Calendar? If you need a stitch-related gift that keeps on providing inspiration all year long, this would be a good one!
I love hanging a needlework-related calendar in my workroom, so I’m pretty excited about this. The cover promises an insanely fun inside. You can see a preview of the crazy quilt blocks featured on the inside here. If you’re interested in purchasing the calendar, you’ll find it available for sale on MagCloud.
Another embroidery blog worth checking out: Margaret Dier Embroidery.
If you love 17th century stumpwork, you’ll especially love her article on the Burrell Collection. Lots of pictures!
While you’re there, do check out her lovely embroidered brooches – they’re bright and cheery and a grand idea!
Finally, I’ve gotten quite a few questions lately about this little autumn tree and pumpkin embroidered with silk gimp and silk wrapped purl. You can find the articles relating to this quick project here:
Embroidered Autumn Tree, part 1
Embroidered Autumn Tree, part 2
How to Embroider a Wee Pumpkin in Less than 5 Minutes
And that, I think, covers it for this morning! Besides, my coffee cup is empty…
Wishing you a stellar week!
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