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Sunday, October 18, 2009

Needlework Tapestry Guild of Vic. Exhibition

Around this time last year, Sharon took me to the Tapestry Guild Exhibition, and I was hugely impressed by their display. Sharon told me this year's exhibition opened today, but she couldn't attend, so I went with another friend. We were both simply blown away by the standard of work, and I took photos again like I did last year. The theme of the exhibition was "Black And White" and the members had taken full advantage of this, using blackwork for many projects. The members of this Guild are not as touchy as other Guilds about people photographing their work - and I did say I'd be posting photos on my blog. I think they were flattered to think their work would be seen on the Net! These are only a few - I would have taken more, but my camera batteries were going flat, and there would have been far too many to post here anyway. Christmas cross stitch.
This tapestry picture had won a place in the Royal Melbourne Show, as had many of the other pieces here.
Rooster in blackwork - stunning!
A bright cross stitched rooster, looking very similar to the blackwork version above...could this clever stitcher have turned a cross stitch design into blackwork, or vice versa? I should have asked.
Unfortunately, I didn't focus the camera properly for this shot. This is cross stitch on 16ct (I think) Aida, all in black and greys - absolutely fantastic. Looks like a photo at first glance.
Peacock tapestry on footstool.
Another peacock design, this time in blackwork.
I fell in love with this and the next - OWLS!!! This one in cross stitch..
And a beautiful blackwork Owl.
Does anybody here remember the Milly Molly Mandy books from their childhood? She was one of my favourites, and as soon as I saw this, those books came alive in my memory! I'd love to know where the stitcher got this pattern - if it was a kit, or something she has designed herself. Again, I should have asked!
A gorgeous example of cross stitch in colour combined with blackwork.
This is work in progress of a a very well known design of cats asleep on a bookshelf among the books. Something I would have loved to attempt, but the thought of doing all that stitching on black Aida puts me off!
Another beautiful blackwork piece.
Having just completed my patchwork Dresden Plate, you can imagine how impressed I was with this Dresden plate in blackwork!
I'm such a one-eyed Aussie, I just love anything like this!


Sherri said...

What a wonderful exhibition. I was surprised at the amount of blackwork, all very beautiful. I think my favorite is the blackwork peacocks. Thanks for posting these pics!

loulee said...

There are some stunning pieces there, I especially like Santa.

Eggs In My Pocket / Yesteryear Embroideries said...

How wonderful every thing looks! I could get lost looking at every thing! blessings,Kathleen

Aussie Stitcher said...

I just read your comment on Bernadette's blog about not being able to attend the retreat, what a huge shame :(. I am going and would have been thrilled to meet you IRL. Could you perhaps make it for a few hours, or is it too far away from where you live? There is always next year to look forward to though.

Bellgirl said...

Ah, I saw that Milly Mo9lly Mandy picture at the exhimition in Box Hill, and was just doing a google search to see if there was a pattern too! It's so lovely it's inspired me to try out embrouidery! Thanks for blogging it, I've enjoyed looking around your blog :)