Sunday, July 15, 2012

Indoor gardening for stitchers

 Last Friday I went to the fibre arts group at Peninsula Arts Society in Frankston.

I have been a member of this group for a couple of months now and although I have missed a few sessions I am beginning to feel quite at home.  The ladies who attend are artists (painters) first and do some textile work as well.  As a group we are a diverse lot with different interests and levels of experience or interest in textiles.  It is essentially a social group and at first I was a little unsure about spending time chatting when I am always so busy.  It is a symptom of our lives these days that just chatting is no longer valued, however I am finding I am settling in to the ways of the group now.

The ladies all take an interest in each others' projects and the last session included one member showing us how she produces the most amazing woven tapestry, from design through to the weaving process.  Another was making a japanese style bag (using her sewing machine) and yet another was embroidering a linen table cloth featuring just one stitch.  I discussed and demonstrated silk ribbon embroidery for another member while someone else was cutting a pattern for a silk scarf.  Another lady was making a memory quilt featuring photographs of her grandson printed onto fabric: this will be his 21st Birthday present.

Over the past few weeks I have been working on my gum blossom project but now that it is finished I have made a start on another knot garden.

First the design is drawn onto the fabric and then marked out with stitching.  Then the fun begins.  Deciding on stitches and colours.  I love doing these gardens.  They are so peaceful and meditative.  Like real gardening.

I have decided on a colour scheme of green, pink and  lilac.
Mind you I have been known to change my mind.


Judys Lace Creations said...

Yes, chatting is good. Glad you feel this is a worthwhile group.There's always more work/chores we can do, but socialising is very important. I'm looking for something to do too....

fabriquefantastique said...

Dian, I am a bit of a techno dinosaur (Hi, Judy) so only can answer you this way. I buy and sell blankets and other vintage textiles. I will sell these at market or on etsy. It is fun when you actively have an interest ( indeed, obsession) in what you are trading.
keep well, Jan

Linda said...

Lovely to see the beginnings of your latest Knot Garden Dian. I know you stitch them so beautifully. It's also very interesting to hear about your group and the diverse projects that are being worked. It is good to just chill out and chat sometimes [as we do on the phone - always very fulfilling]. Cheers.

Anonymous said...

Oh nice, now that's stitching I can get into. It's fun to work within a group and have a good chat up while you work. xox

Radka said...

I can't wait to see your garden, Dian! It is just one of many things I would like to make...where to find the time?