Friday, August 29, 2014

Hurray for Trish Burr




This piece above is one of the Trish Burr patterns I stitched before taking her online class. I was particularly pleased with the way this one turned out as it was a gift for my parents.   It is called French Rose and demonstrates her red palette of colours in her book 'Colour Confidence in Embroidery'  Although I see the piece when I go home to England for a visit, this picture is all I really have to remember it.  I often think I would like to do a second one for myself.

Colour Confidence in Embroidery
Trish is an absolute master at putting colours together to develop a sense of realism. If I remember correctly she has an artists background, and it certainly shows in her work.  One of the things I love is that she freely admits that her techniques have changed over the years as she continues to learn her craft, and that you may see different instructions in her books.  As an embroiderer there are many techniques I enjoy, but part of the fun is continuously learning new and different methods, and improving on what I have already learned.  My previous post showed my first attempt at designing a thread painting, but I still have a long way to go to reach her standards.


This particular book should be an absolute must-have for any painter or embroiderer.  It has fabulous examples of colour palettes, detailed embroidery stitch instructions and full instructions for 13 embroidery designs.  The last design in the book is called the Sacred Kingfisher and I am trying to work up the courage to try it.  It is a work of art.

She has also written 'Long and Short Stitch Embroidery: A collection of Flowers'; 'Redoute's Finest Flowers in Embroidery'; Needle Painting embroidery: fresh ideas for beginners' and Crewel & Surface Embroidery; Inspirational floral designs'.  If you haven't seen any of her books yet, find them.  They are all worth a long look.

Addendum:
I was asked if the picture above is the one from the book?  No, it is my finished work, but thank you for the compliment.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Welcome to Curlypow Embroidery

Hi anyone, and everyone.  Perhaps some day there will be legions of followers who are champing at the bit to see and read my next embroidery related words, but I won't hold my breath.  Not everyone can be a Mary Corbett, but her amazing following is a wonderful goal to aspire to.

I love to embroider, and to teach embroidery and my wonderful and very talented co-stitchers at my embroidery guild have been encouraging me to start a blog for quite some time now, so I decided to take the plunge.  If I ever want to expand my teaching horizons, I have to have somewhere for people to go to and this will be it.  At this point in time I have no set ideas for what I will show on this blog, but for today and the next little while I'll just let my work speak for itself.  If you like it, then I'd love for you to tell me so.


This piece above was the first piece of thread painting that I designed myself.  It was a rather daunting prospect, I must admit.  I had taken an online course with Trish Burr and her comments were beautifully encouraging.  She basically told me that my next step was to design a piece myself - and this is what I came up with.  I love poppies in all their infinite varieties, but the colours are what really speak to me.  This one was stitched in Anchor cotton thread, which I prefer to DMC although it is somewhat harder to find, and I used a simple heavier weight quilting cotton as my background fabric.  

I will try and update the blog regularly and to add a page with some teaching information, but for now, that's it.  Talk to you later.