"It takes ages to finish a quilt you're not working on!"

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Embroidery exhibition.

Today was wet and cold in Melbourne, but for me, it was a perfect day! In the morning, Sharon and I went to an embroidery display put on by Bustle & Bows, a specialist needlecraft shop in Melbourne's eastern suburbs. It was not a large exhibition by the usual standards of big halls, in fact it was in three average size rooms of the local community centre, but the quality of the work displayed was...well, I can't find a suitable adjective. It was simply superb. We spent two very happy hours there, going around once, then doing it all over again, just for the sheer pleasure of all that eye candy! We both took heaps of photos, and no doubt Sharon will have put hers on her blog, so do visit her to have a look. I took about 30, too many to put on here, but I've put them on my Flickr account, so if you go here, you can have a look. Just as a teaser, here are just two of the items that impressed me: I LOVE our native Kookaburras, so this pillow really called to me!
A stunning example of goldwork.
Bustle & Bows run classes, and had a room full of gorgeous hand made goodies for sale to raise funds for charity. I paid just $2 for this exquisite blackwork pincushion. ****************************************** The rest of my day was spent stitching. (That is, after I'd done the week's ironing, and made a pot of soup for tea: Sweet Potato and Chilli - perfect for two sneezing and coughing senior citizens!!). I made some headway on the cross stitch picture I'm doing for a friend's 50th, and I practised my embroidery stitches on my patchwork chook: and my TAST stitch sampler:


Miss 376 said...

You look as if you had a lovely day Gina. That patchwork is an ideal piece to practice your new stitches on, and that soup sounds delicious

PAULE said...

Hi Gina

I visited Australia for the past three weeks and left Melbourne on Tuesday.
I would have liked to see this exhibition. Thanks for sharing your photos.

Gina E. said...

Miss376 - you have the recipe in your email - enjoy!
Paule, thank you for visiting me -I have left a comment on your blog.