Tuesday 6 May 2014

Stitches and Doodles

It was a busy Bank holiday weekend. It started on Friday evening with a talk to the Harrow branch of the Embroiderers' Guild. I thought we were going to have a bit of a technical disaster with my presentation but thanks to the expertise of Michael Dennis all went very smoothly and seemed to be well received. Thank you Michael! The journey home wasn't quite so smooth when I discovered the A1 was closed and the detour round Barnet took longer than expected due to an HGV driver deciding to ignore the signs and instead he followed the "Non-HGV" diversion. It took about 20 minutes and a fifty five point turn, almost demolishing both the traffic lights and a rubbish bin, to get his truck to make the left hand turn into Barnet High Street and I was sat right behind him going nowhere!
So having  got home at nearly 11.30 pm I was a bit bleary eyed when I arrived at Art and Stitch on Saturday morning. I was teaching a "Stitches and Doodles" workshop... a repeat of the one I did at Art Van Go a few weeks ago. You can read about that one here.
As ever I was totally bowled over by what the students achieved and by the variety of work produced.

They started mostly with black and white doodles.... although this lovely green/russet variagated thread that Jacqui used works well too.

They learned to add text...

And Lynda even managed to turn hers into Zentangles...

and then advanced to a really complex design... I don't think I could even begin to draw this never mind stitch it!

As the class progressed we added applique to the basic stitching and the range of designs produced was fabulous. I'll let the pictures speak for themselves...

It was a really fun and enthusiastic class and I'm looking forward to doing follow up workshops at both Art Van Go on 9th September and Art and Stitch on 27th September.
The rest of the weekend was taken up with a rather lovely wedding reception, Sunday breakfast with friends and rather a lot of pottering about in the garden. So I really should be knuckling down to some work now.... but it appears to be lunchtime! Ah well... there's always this afternoon.


  1. Beautiful and amazing stitching....you do have clever students Gina! :)
    V xxx

  2. The work is stunning, everyone's results look fantastic. Congratulation to you all.

  3. Lots of lovely work there and so varied.

  4. Great work. Love the zentangles, and the appliqué and… and … it all.

  5. Ah, those students were taught well, very well. Lovely work.

  6. Such talent - students and teacher!

  7. Oh my, beautiful! The flower appliqué is particularly stunning!

  8. I am completely in love with all the sketching done with stitches! I mean, the creative possibilities are endless! Adding in appliqué just makes it all the more fun and interesting!

  9. wow - there's some extremely impressive stitching there Gina.

  10. Glad you got home safely and your students' work is stunning. You must have been shattered by the weekend.

  11. What amazing work, obviously taught by a brilliant teacher! I love it all, especially the appliqué. Cheers

  12. Wow, what fantastic work from your students! I love drawing zentangles but never thought of stitching them on the machine - they're amazing!

    I watched your video on free machine embroidery recently and it really made me want to come to one of your classes :)


  13. 'Who dares to teach will never cease to learn' John Cotton Dana. Where would we be without our students? Great job, Gina


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